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'98 Wimbledon Champ Dies of Cancer at 49

Jana Novotna won 24 singles titles

(Newser) - The Women's Tennis Association says 1998 Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. The women's tennis body says Novotna died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, the AP reports. The WTA made the announcement on Monday. Her family confirmed her death to the... More »

Nadal Dominates US Open Final

He beats Anderson for 16th Grand Slam final

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal against Kevin Anderson in the US Open final shaped up as quite a mismatch—and that's exactly what it was. His game at a high level at the end of an unusually easy path through a Grand Slam field, Nadal overwhelmed first-time major finalist Anderson 6-3, 6-3,... More »

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 »

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 »

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