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Tennis Great's Response to Serena's Pregnancy: Racism

Not content with one controversy, Ilie Nastase starts two more

(Newser) - Most people respond to news of a pregnancy with congratulations, but a septuagenerian tennis great is catching heat for allegedly responding to Serena Williams' baby news with commentary about the baby's biracial heritage. "Let's see what color it has. Chocolate with milk?" Ilie Nastase reportedly told a... More »

Tennis Match Halted by Very Loud Sex

'I can still hear it; it’s still going'

(Newser) - When it comes to tennis, the word "love" isn't usually quite so literal. SB Nation reports a tennis match between Mitchell Krueger and Francis Tiafoe had to be briefly stopped when the sound of vigorous lovemaking filled the stadium at the Sarasota Open. At first, announcer Mike Cation... More »

Serena Challenges 2 Guys to Tennis in SF Park

'Is this for real?'

(Newser) - Two guys at a San Francisco park were lucky enough to get a tennis lesson from one of the biggest names in the game: Serena Williams was walking in Mission Dolores Park with her fiance on Sunday night when she came across two men playing tennis and offered to join... More »

Australian Open Will Have an All-Williams Final

Serena says she will face her 'toughest opponent'

(Newser) - Serena Williams is one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title after setting up an all-Williams final at the Australian Open. Now the only person standing in her way is her older sister, Venus. No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner, overwhelmed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1... More »

Knife-Wielding Intruder Attacks Tennis Star

Petra Kvitova says she's 'fortunate to be alive'

(Newser) - Two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova suffered a "severe" injury to her playing hand Tuesday when an assailant posing as a utilities worker entered her apartment in Prostejov, Czech Republic, and attacked her with a knife, reports the Guardian . "In my attempt to defend myself, I was badly injured... More »

Sharapova's Doping Ban Reduced

She'll be able to compete again in April 2017

(Newser) - Maria Sharapova can take part in next year's French Open despite an initial two-year ban from tennis. The Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the Russian tennis star's doping ban to 15 months on Tuesday, per the Guardian , noting she "had a reduced perception of the risk"... More »

Wawrinka Wins First US Open

He remembers 9/11 victims in victory speech

(Newser) - Stan Wawrinka wore Novak Djokovic down and beat the defending champion 6-7 (1), 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday for his first US Open title and third Grand Slam trophy overall. The 31-year-old Wawrinka is the oldest US Open men's champion since Ken Rosewall was 35 in 1970, the AP... More »

Coming to Tennis: Body Cameras?

It's just one of many interesting ideas for the game's future

(Newser) - What if they put tiny cameras on players to get more dramatic TV angles? What if serves that dribbled over the net were fair game? What if servers were on a 20-second clock to start points? And how about scrapping the pre-match warmup so matches actually start on time? These... More »

Serena Williams Out in US Open Semifinals

Angelique Kerber will be new world No. 1

(Newser) - Serena Williams was upset in the US Open semifinals for the second year in a row, beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by 10th-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic on Thursday night. Williams, who clutched at her left leg between points in the second set, double-faulted to end it. Afterward, her... More »

Teen US Open Sensation Has to Forfeit $140K

CiCi Bellis wants to remain an amateur for now

(Newser) - CiCi Bellis' impressive US Open run ended Friday night when the 17-year-old was beaten 6-1, 6-1 by 28-year-old German Angelique Kerber in a third-round match, ending her hopes of becoming the youngest American in the last 16 since Venus Williams in 1997, the Guardian reports.The Californian could take home... More »

Murray Repeats at Wimbledon

Britain finally wins at something

(Newser) - After Britain famously endured a 77-year wait between Wimbledon men's champions, Andy Murray has given the host country a pair of titles in quick succession. Murray dulled booming serves with quick-reflex returns, played impressively mistake-free tennis while coming up with daring passing shots and beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6... More »

Serena Williams Wins Record-Tying 22nd Grand Slam Title

She's now even with Steffi Graf

(Newser) - Serena Williams won her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title by beating Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Saturday, the AP reports. Williams pulled even with Steffi Graf for the most major championships in the Open era, which began in 1968. Now Williams stands behind only Margaret Court'... More »

Tennis Players Threaten to Pee in a Can at Wimbledon

They really wanted a bathroom break

(Newser) - It’s now affectionately known as "pee-gate." Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay and Marcel Granollers of Spain were cited for unsportsmanlike behavior during a third-round match at Wimbledon on Monday after Cuevas was denied a bathroom break in the fifth set, reports the Telegraph . But that was only the... More »

Tennis Player Mocks Opponent, Pays the Price

Robin Haase loses a point over fake grunt

(Newser) - Grunting is allowed in tennis. Mock grunting is, apparently, not. Dutch player Robin Haase found that out the hard way during an ATP Challenger Tour event in the Czech Republic. Each time opponent Gonzalo Lama hit the ball during one particular rally, he made a loud grunt. Haase, silent for... More »

Tennis CEO Quits After Comments on Women Players

Raymond Moore offered his resignation from tourney to Oracle founder Larry Ellison

(Newser) - On Sunday he was riding high as CEO of California's Indian Wells Tennis Garden and director of the BNP Paribas Open tournament held there. On Monday, Raymond Moore stepped down from both posts, reports the New York Times , after making disparaging comments about women tennis players over the weekend,... More »

Tennis CEO Delivers Sexist Rant About 'Lady Players'

They 'ride the coattails of the men,' says Raymond Moore

(Newser) - It took Serena Williams 15 years to return to the BNP Paribas Open after she was booed in 2001. She might never return again. While discussing how money is awarded in men's versus women's tennis on Sunday, tournament director Raymond Moore said female players "ride the coattails... More »

Sharapova Used Same Drug as Soviet Troops in the '80s

Soldiers took meldonium for stamina while fighting in Afghanistan

(Newser) - The drug at the center of Maria Sharapova's doping case was regularly given to Soviet troops in the 1980s to boost their stamina while fighting in Afghanistan, the AP reports. The tennis star said Monday she failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January for meldonium, which... More »

Drug Sharapova Took for Decade Usually Taken for 6 Weeks

The Latvian maker of meldonium explains the recommended course

(Newser) - The Latvian company that manufactures the drug Maria Sharapova on Monday admitted to using says the normal course of treatment for meldonium is four to six weeks—not the 10 years the Russian tennis star says she used the substance. Sharapova said she had taken meldonium, a heart medicine that... More »

Nike, by Sharapova's Side Since Age 11, Steps Away

Porsche, Tag Heuer also distance themselves from the tennis star

(Newser) - The fallout from Maria Sharapova's Monday admission that she failed a drug test at the Australian Open was swift. The tennis star found three of her sponsors—Nike, Tag Heuer, and Porsche—swiftly backing away from her. A "saddened and surprised" Nike announced it would suspend their relationship... More »

Maria Sharapova: I Failed a Drug Test

But tennis champion says it's an honest mistake

(Newser) - Tennis star Maria Sharapova admitted today that she's been caught using a drug restricted by professional tennis, the BBC reports. "I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it," the 28-year-old said in Los Angeles after failing a drug test at the Australian Open. But... More »

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