Osaka plays Azaranka in matchup of current and former No. 1s

Tennis 05/30/19, 01:29

Naomi Osaka plays Victoria Azaranka in a matchup of current and former No. 1 players in the second round of the French Open.Also Thursday, Serena Williams is back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.In men's action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a "lucky loser" who ...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka finally starts her French Open on Day 3

Tennis 05/28/19, 01:50

Naomi Osaka's bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title finally gets started on Day 3 of the French Open.The No. 1-seeded Osaka never has been past the third round in three previous appearances at Roland Garros.She carries a 14-match winning streak at majors into Tuesday.The Japanese star plays 90th-ranked ...

A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

Tennis 05/26/19, 13:16

Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild ...

Tennis and tropical plants: New French Open court is wild

Tennis 05/26/19, 09:37

Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild.Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame strong opposition from critics who ...

Federer relishes French Open return after 3-year absence

Tennis 05/24/19, 11:34

When Roger Federer played his first match at Roland Garros the domestic currency was francs rather than euros, Steffi Graf was about to claim a sixth French Open title and few had heard of the young Swiss player who would go on to become a tennis great.It was 20 years ...

Unfamiliar, but nice: Halep back in Paris to defend title

Tennis 05/24/19, 07:08

Simona Halep is experiencing something new at the French Open this year.The Romanian player is back in Paris to defend her title, a situation she's never been in before.And she likes it.Defending champion Romania's Simona Halep smiles as she poses next to the cup during the draw of the French ...

Nadal opens bid for 12th French Open title against qualifier

Tennis 05/23/19, 14:23

Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting.The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: How much do you know about the Paris Slam?

Tennis 05/23/19, 01:28

How well do you know tennis and the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament? Go ahead and give this quiz a try:___1st Round: Rafael Nadal won the Italian Open, his last tournament before the French Open, for his first title of 2019. When was the last time ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Nadal eyes 12th; Djokovic, Federer 2nd each

Tennis 05/22/19, 11:30

Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NOVAK DJOKOVICFILE - In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Austria's Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, ...

FRENCH OPEN ’19: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major

Tennis 05/22/19, 10:45

Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:___NAOMI OSAKAFILE - In this May 30, 2018, file photo, Japan's Naomi Osaka returns a shot against Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. (AP ...

Fendrich on Tennis: ‘Bienvenue a Paris,’ Serena Williams

Tennis 05/20/19, 10:52

Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can't wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. Williams practiced at the French Open's redesigned main stadium on Monday — alas, Court Philippe Chatrier's retractable roof won't be ready until next year — and will want ...

Osaka withdraws from Rome quarters with right hand injury

Tennis 05/17/19, 05:04

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from her Italian Open quarterfinal due to a right hand injury on Friday.Osaka was scheduled to meet Kiki Bertens, who advanced to the semifinals via walkover.It wasn't immediately clear how serious the injury was, or if it will affect Osaka's status for the French Open, which ...

Andy Murray receives knighthood from Prince Charles

Tennis 05/16/19, 14:34

Two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray received his knighthood from Prince Charles on Thursday, more than two years after he was awarded the honor by Queen Elizabeth II.Murray was dubbed by the Prince of Wales during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, in recognition of his services to tennis and charity.The knighthood ...

Maria Sharapova out of French Open, citing right shoulder

Tennis 05/15/19, 15:30

Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova pulled out of the year's second Grand Slam tournament on Tuesday because of her surgically repaired right shoulder.Sharapova announced her withdrawal on Instagram."Sometimes the right decisions aren't always the easiest ones," she wrote.Maria Sharapova attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala ...

Italy’s men are starting to matter in tennis like its women

Tennis 05/15/19, 05:59

After four decades of dormancy, male tennis players in Italy are finally showing signs of becoming as good as the women have been.Marco Cecchinato got things rolling by reaching the French Open semifinals last year — the first Italian man to reach the last four of a major since 1978. ...

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Tennis 05/14/19, 10:43

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to an old left knee injury.Tournament organizers made the announcement on Tuesday, a day after Serena opened her clay-court season with a straight-sets win over Swedish qualifier Rebecca Peterson.It's the third straight tournament ...

Crafty Kyrgios leaves Medvedev slamming his racket

Tennis 05/14/19, 08:17

Nick Kyrgios took full advantage of his crafty game to eliminate Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Italian Open on Tuesday.For his first win on clay this year, Kyrgios was full of smiles as he fired aces and passing shots seemingly at will.Medvedev played better ...

Djokovic beats Tsitsipas to win his 3rd Madrid Open title

Tennis 05/12/19, 13:23

Novak Djokovic defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to win his third Madrid Open title on Sunday, tying Rafael Nadal for most Masters 1000 trophies with 33.It was the second title of the season for the top-ranked Djokovic, adding to his triumph in the Australian Open. He hadn't won in Madrid ...

Federer adds Italian Open to his Roland Garros preparation

Tennis 05/11/19, 07:55

Roger Federer has added the Italian Open to his schedule.A day after his three-set loss to Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, Federer announced his plans in an Instagram video on Saturday.Federer says, "Hello everybody. Just finished speaking to the team and happy to say I'm coming back to ...