Tennis

7:55 AM ET American Sam Querrey, who was sanctioned by the ATP for breaching COVID-19 protocols at the St Petersburg Open in October, has defended his actions and said he did what he felt was right as a father and a husband. Querrey left Russia in a private jet with his wife and baby son
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6:47 AM ET Associated Press Bob Brett, a tennis coach whose players included Grand Slam champions Boris Becker, Goran Ivanisevic and Marin Cilic, has died at the age of 67. Tennis Australia published a tribute to the Australian coach on Wednesday after being informed by Brett’s family of his passing. He had been battling cancer.
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6:18 AM ET Nick Kyrgios has paid the price for a year of inaction over COVID-19 concerns after he was ruled out of Australia’s team for next month’s ATP Cup after his world ranking slipped to No. 46 following an 11-month absence from the ATP Tour. The 25-year-old last played a competitive match at Acapulco
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11:24 AM ET D’Arcy MaineESPN.com The WTA announced its latest schedule for the 2021 season through July on Tuesday. The revised calendar includes the French Open and Wimbledon in their traditional spots, with start dates of May 23 and June 28, respectively. The WTA had previously shared its calendar for the first seven weeks of
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8:35 AM ET Sofia Kenin has never defended a Grand Slam title before, but the reigning Australian Open champion said on Tuesday that she will seek advice from world No. 1 Novak Djokovic if she feels the pressure is too much to handle. Kenin won her maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne last year which set
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11:16 PM ET Associated Press SYDNEY — ATP Cup champion Novak Djokovic and runner-up Rafael Nadal are set to return for the season-opening men’s team tennis event starting Feb. 1, but the United States will be missing because of a change in format that has halved the field. The inaugural event last year featured 24
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10:17 AM ET Associated Press Andy Murray has pulled out of the Delray Beach Open to minimize his coronavirus risk as he looks ahead to the Australian Open. The 33-year-old Murray said he was concerned about “the increase in COVID rates and the transatlantic flights involved” with traveling to the Florida tournament that begins Monday.
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3:29 PM ET Associated Press LONDON — American tennis player Sam Querrey was handed a suspended $20,000 fine by the ATP tour on Wednesday for breaching coronavirus protocols at the St. Petersburg Open in October. Querrey left Russia on a private plane after testing positive for COVID-19, despite having been placed in isolation by local
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7:53 AM ET Women’s world No. 1 Ash Barty will partner U.S. Open semifinalist Jennifer Brady in doubles at the 2021 Australian Open in a high-profile pairing between top singles players, organisers announced on Wednesday. Australian Barty played with now-retired German Julia Goerges in this year’s tournament in Melbourne, where they lost in the second
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11:33 AM ET D’Arcy MaineESPN.com The 2021 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, often referred to as tennis’ “fifth major,” has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Originally scheduled for March 8-21, the tournament in California will now be held at an undetermined date later this year. “The tournament is proactively working with the ATP
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5:55 PM ET Associated Press Roger Federer is withdrawing from the Australian Open while he continues preparing to return to action after two operations on his right knee, his agent told The Associated Press on Sunday. Tony Godsick — Federer’s long-time representative and CEO of their management company, TEAM8 — said he is working on
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9:30 AM ET Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard for February’s Australian Open, tournament director Craig Tiley said on Sunday. The main draw entry for the first Grand Slam of 2021 comes two years after Murray, the five-time runner-up in Melbourne, played what he feared would be his final professional match there, losing in
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1:57 PM ET Associated Press LONDON — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Frances Tiafoe were among the winners of the ATP’s top awards for 2020 on Monday. Djokovic was the year-end No. 1 for a record-equaling sixth time after winning four titles including a record eighth Australian Open. US Open champions Mate Pavic
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5:36 PM ET Australia’s wheelchair tennis star Dylan Alcott has capped a memorable 2020 by finishing the year as the International Tennis Federation’s world No. 1 for quad singles. It is the fifth time Alcott has claimed the year-end top spot, repeating his achievements from 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. In January, Alcott became the
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11:49 AM ET Associated Press LONDON — Egyptian tennis player Mostafa Hatem was banned for two years on Monday as part of a match-fixing case. The Tennis Integrity Unit said Hatem admitted to two charges, including failing to report an offer to manipulate a match. He is banned from playing in or attending any authorized
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6:00 AM ET Andy Murray defeated British No. 1 Dan Evans in straight sets in his first tennis match since October. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam winner, has been out of action after defeat to Fernando Verdasco. The 33-year-old pulled out of the remainder of the season after inflaming a pelvic injury he had sustained
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