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A 'Remarkable Comeback' at US Open

Sloane Stephens beats Madison Keys for her first Grand Slam title

(Newser) - In what the New York Times is calling "one of the most remarkable comebacks in a sport where comebacks are the coin of the realm," the unseeded Sloane Stephens bested Madison Keys on Saturday at Queens' Arthur Ashe Stadium to win the US Open. Stephens won against the... More »

Player Blames Wimbledon Loss With Being 'Bored'

Bernard Tomic's statement that 'nothing motivates' is getting blasted

(Newser) - "If you can't get motivated at Wimbledon, it's time to find another job." That, per the BBC , is the disgusted reaction of tennis great Martina Navratilova upon hearing that Aussie player Bernard Tomic shrugged off his loss to Mischa Zverev at Wimbledon on Tuesday by citing... More »

John McEnroe Won't Apologize for Comments on Serena Williams

He 'didn't know it would create a controversy'

(Newser) - John McEnroe refused to apologize Tuesday after claiming that Serena Williams would only be ranked 700th or so if she played against men rather than women, Time reports. McEnroe induced a wave of ire, including some from Williams herself , after making the comment Sunday on NPR. On Tuesday he told... More »

Serena Williams Fires Back After John McEnroe Diss

He says she'd be 'like 700' against men

(Newser) - Serena Williams is an "incredible player" but she would be ranked "like 700" if she was on the men's circuit, John McEnroe said during an NPR interview Sunday, igniting a fierce debate and drawing a stern response from Williams. "I adore and respect you but please... More »

Tennis Great Accused of Being Racist, Homophobic

Margaret Court says tennis is 'full of lesbians'

(Newser) - There's mounting pressure to rename the Australian Open's Margaret Court Arena after its namesake, Australian tennis great Margaret Court, told a Christian radio station this week the sport is "full of lesbians" and transgender children are the work of "the devil." The Guardian reports the... More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Gamblers Fix Pro Tennis Matches: Report

Investigators accuse officials of letting problem fester

(Newser) - First FIFA , now this? Yep, evidence has emerged of possible widespread match-fixing in the pristine world of professional tennis. According to documents obtained by the BBC and Buzzfeed , investigators hired by the Association of Tennis Professionals uncovered signs of corrupt betting syndicates and gamblers buying off well-ranked players—but... More »

Tennis Player Fined for Jab About Rival's Girlfriend

Trash talks gets personal

(Newser) - Pro tennis player Nick Kyrgios decided to trash-talk his opponent during a match this week and made the mistake of doing it near a courtside microphone. As a result, everyone in attendance at his Rogers Cup match in Montreal against Stan Wawrinka got to hear the Australian mutter that another... More »

Martina Navratilova Got Engaged —at US Open

Tennis great popped question on camera

(Newser) - Cue the love puns: It was a memorable US Open yesterday for Martina Navratilova, who got engaged in a very public way. As People reports, the tennis great, 57, was being interviewed when she announced she would be doing the questioning, and got down on one knee and asked girlfriend... More »

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