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Final-Set Tiebreaks Coming to Wimbledon in 2019

Decision comes after a six hour, 35 minute match this year

(Newser) - Starting next year, Wimbledon will have tiebreaks when the score reaches 12-12 in the final set, ESPN reports. The change is "informed by a thorough review of match data from the past 20 championships" and consulting with players and coaches, the All England Lawn Tennis Club says in a... More »

Djokovic Had Vowed to Skip Wimbledon. Good Thing He Didn't

Serbian star comes back after early French Open exit

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic was disconsolate and injured when he left Wimbledon a year ago, quitting during his quarterfinal because of a painful right elbow that would need surgery, the AP reports. Djokovic was so dispirited by his upset exit at the French Open last month that he vowed, in the heat... More »

Serena Loses the Final in Straight Sets

Angelique Kerber wins title as Novak Djokovic advances for final with Kevin Anderson

(Newser) - Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams' bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title, the AP reports. Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams in Saturday's... More »

He Has a Knack for Tennis Marathons. This Time, He Lost

American John Isner is out after 6-hour-plus match with Kevin Anderson

(Newser) - Tennis fans will appreciate the final scoring line: 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4, 26-24. It adds up to the longest semifinal in Wimbledon history and the second-longest match there overall, reports ESPN . In the end, South Africa's Kevin Anderson prevailed over American John Isner in the 6-hour,... More »

Women's Top Seed Stunned at Wimbledon

Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan knocks out Simona Halep

(Newser) - Top-ranked Simona Halep couldn't capitalize on her chances and was knocked out by Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan at Wimbledon on Saturday, losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round, the AP reports. Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the final set and had a match point in... More »

Wimbledon's Women Are Referenced One Way, Men Another

Some want to know why the marital status of female players continues to be cited

(Newser) - Mrs. JM Lloyd and Mrs. LW King aren't household names, but you likely know who they are. Those are the official monikers bestowed upon Wimbledon champs Chris Evert and Billie Jean King by the All England Club, host of the tennis tourney since 1877 —a result of what... More »

Martina 'Angry' BBC Pays Her 10 Times Less Than McEnroe

'It's still the good old boys' network,' tennis star says of Wimbledon pay disparity

(Newser) - The BBC has exposed a gender pay gap taking place within … itself. And among the women getting the short end of the stick is tennis great Martina Navratilova, who said she was thrown to find out she was getting paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the broadcaster... More »

'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 »

3 Wimbledon Matches May Have Been Fixed

Tennis watchdog group is investigating

(Newser) - A report last year warned that match-fixing was a problem in tennis. But at Wimbledon? The sport's independent watchdog group said Wednesday that three matches during this year's event seemed a little fishy and are being investigated, reports USA Today . The Tennis Integrity Unit didn't name names,... More »

Federer Makes History at Wimbledon

The Swiss great wins it for the 8th time, a record

(Newser) - Roger Federer's wait for No. 8 at Wimbledon is over. Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club and 19th major trophy overall, capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in a lopsided final... More »

In Upset, Nadal Is Out at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal loses to 16th-seeded Giles Muller

(Newser) - First, Rafael Nadal erased a two-set deficit. Then, he erased four match points. Nadal could not, however, erase the fifth. After digging himself out of difficult situations over and over during the course of a riveting encounter that lasted more than 4½ hours, Nadal suddenly faltered, getting broken in 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 »

Venus Williams Goes Speechless When Asked About Fatal Crash

Reporter brought it up during Wimbledon press conference

(Newser) - Venus Williams broke down during a press conference Monday when she was asked about the fatal car crash she was involved in last month. ESPN has video of Williams' response during the press conference that followed her winning her opening match at Wimbledon. "There are really no words to... More »

Mom: Wimbledon Player Was Poisoned With Rat Pee

Cops investigating after teenage British player spent 4 days in intensive care

(Newser) - Was a teenage Wimbledon player poisoned with rat urine? Police are investigating claims that 18-year-old British player Gabriella Taylor, who abandoned her quarterfinal match against American player Kayla Day last month after becoming ill, was given food or drink contaminated with a potentially deadly bacteria, the Guardian reports. Taylor initially... More »

Brexit Cost Serena Williams Almost $400K

Low British pound affects Wimbledon prize

(Newser) - Serena Williams may be celebrating her 22nd Grand Slam title win at Wimbledon on Saturday, but she's probably cursing Brexit. Had last month's Brexit vote not sent the British pound into a nose dive, Williams' £2 million prize money would have been worth close to $3 million,... 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 »

Serena, Novak Get Wimbledon's Groove Back

Tennis stars bust a move to 'Night Fever' at champions' dinner

(Newser) - After winning titles again on Wimbledon's grass, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams showed they can cut a rug, too. Reviving a bygone tradition, Djokovic and Williams busted a move at the Grand Slam tournament's annual champions' dinner yesterday, dancing together to "Night Fever," the Bee Gees'... More »

Djokovic Downs Federer, Rain to Win His 3rd Wimbledon

Defending champ outlasts Swiss player a second year in a row

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic has won the Wimbledon title for the second straight year, and again against seven-time champion Roger Federer. The top-seeded Serb beat Federer 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3 today on Centre Court to win his third title overall at the All England Club. Federer had been trying, again,... More »

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