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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 »

Djokovic Edges Federer in Nail-Biter

Final goes to 5 sets as Novak denies Roger's bid for 8th victory

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic edged Roger Federer in five sets to win the men's Wimbledon final today, reports the New York Times , denying Federer his eighth title even as the Serb claimed his second. Tearfully quipping, "thank you for letting me win today," Djokovic clasped the trophy he claimed... More »

Djokovic Buys All the World's Donkey Cheese

Tennis star snaps it up for restaurant chain

(Newser) - Hope you don't have a thing for donkey-milk cheese: Tennis star Novak Djokovic has bought what is possibly the world's entire supply for 2013, reports the Daily Mail . The Wimbledon champion made the deal with a donkey farm in Serbia for his new chain of Serbian restaurants. Financial... More »

Earthquake Relief a Hit With Tennis Stars

Federer throws together 'Hit for Haiti,' raises big bucks

(Newser) - Stars of the tennis universe got together today to hit a few—and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for Haiti earthquake relief. Less than a day before the start of the Australian Open, Roger Federer threw together "Hit for Haiti," a slate of doubles matches enlivened by... More »

In Picking Tennis Balls, Junk Science Meets OCD

(Newser) - The meticulous attention a pro tennis player gives to choosing balls ahead of a serve is a little bit of science with a healthy dose of superstition—or even stalling. Players say balls that have seen more play are fluffier and therefore have more drag, though the consensus is that... More »

No. 24 Seed Haas Cracks Wimbledon Semifinals

(Newser) - Tommy Haas continued his surprising Wimbledon run today, with the 24th-seeded German upsetting fourth seed Novak Djokovic, ESPN reports. Haas beat Djokovic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 4-6, 6-3 to advance to a meeting with five-time champ Roger Federer, a winner over Ivo Karlovic. British favorite Andy Murray is in the other... More »

Roddick Moves to Semis as Djokovic Quits

Australian Open's defending champion throws in the towel

(Newser) - Andy Roddick moved to the semifinals of the Australian Open after opponent Novak Djokovic quit in the middle of the fourth set. After taking the first set in a tiebreaker, the defending champion lost the next two to Roddick before calling a doctor and retiring the match at 6-7, 6-4,... More »

Ethnic Violence Erupts at Aussie Open

Serbs, Bosnians throw chairs during Djokovic-Delic match

(Newser) - Violence broke out again at the Australian Open today, as Serbian and Bosnian spectators threw punches, then chairs, at each other in Melbourne Park's garden square. The incident took place as Novak Djokovic, the Serbian defending champion, played his third-round match against Amer Delic, a Bosnian-born American. One woman was... More »

Federer Wows With 'Vintage Performance'

(Newser) - Roger Federer gave US Open fans a "vintage performance" today after his recent slip from divine to merely fine tennis, Bonnie Ford writes on ESPN. "I had moments out there where I really felt, 'This is how I normally play on hard court,''' Federer said after beating... More »

Djokovic Slams Roddick, —On and Off Court

Players lob choice words back and forth as Djokovic moves on to semis

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick had two competitions going on last night: the quarterfinal match of the US Open, and a volley of complaints and accusations that should not overly surprise followers of the Serbian No. 3. After taking Roddick down 6-2, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (5), Djokovic lashed out at... More »

Could Nadal Dominate Wimbledon?

Stage may be set for clay-court wizard to win on grass ... finally

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal has long since proven his skill on clay, and now the four-time French Open winner appears to have a serious shot at the Wimbledon crown. Rafa was on his game last week at the Queen's Club, beating Andy Roddick and Novak Djokovic and proving that he doesn't have... More »

Federer Advances to 1st Final of Season

Top-ranked player will play fourth-ranked Davydenko

(Newser) - Roger Federer aims for his first title of the season, facing Nikolay Davydenko in the final of the Estoril Open. The top-ranked Federer rallied to defeat Denis Gremelmayr 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 today in the semifinal. It's been eight years since Federer needed five tournaments to get a shot at his... More »

No. 1 Federer Can't Catch Slippery Fish

No. 98 player beats star in little more than an hour

(Newser) - No. 1 Roger Federer was involved in a semifinal match in the Pacific Life Open today that lasted barely more than an hour. That was no surprise. What was shocking was that it was Federer who lost: 6-3, 6-2 to No. 98 Mardy Fish. The defeat at Indian Wells put... More »

Roddick Serves Out Nadal

Heads to Dubai semifinals sans coach Jimmy Connors

(Newser) - Andy Roddick advanced to semifinal action at the Dubai Tennis Championships today, upsetting Spaniard Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-2, reports the AP. The No. 1 American-born player aced his way to victory, serving 17 of them throughout the match. "I knew I was going to hit... More »

Djokovic Takes First Slam Title

First Serbian to win Grand Slam battles fierce newcomer Tsonga

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic, the third-ranked Serbian who ousted Roger Federer on his way to the Australian Open finals, now has a Grand Slam title of his own. Facing fierce newcomer Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in an epic battle, Djokovic held on—and maintained his composure—to prevail 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (2), ABC... More »

Federer Falls in Straight Sets

In surprise trouncing, No. 3 seed Djokovic ends star's finals streak

(Newser) - No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic cruised past Roger Federer in straight sets today, bouncing him from the Aussie Open in a surprise end to his run of 10 straight grand slam finals. Federer looked off his game, lacking his typically dominant ground strokes and drop shots. “I’ve created... More »

Federer Fends Off Blake

Swiss sensation will see Djokovic in semifinals

(Newser) - Roger Federer had to work to defend his top ranking and earn a berth in the Australian Open finals, as American James Blake put up a good—though ultimately futile—fight today. Despite plaguing Federer with his powerful forehand, Blake fell 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4, as the crowd roared support... More »

Aussie Open Quarterfinals: Federer v. Blake

Ferrer to face Djokovic; Venus and Serena both make women's final 8

(Newser) - The day after playing a five-set marathon, Roger Federer dispatched his latest opponent, Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 to move to the Australian Open's quarterfinals. Federer will go up against American James Blake, who defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, AP reports. In other fourth-round action: More »

Fed Wins Aussie Open Opener

First 2008 Slam begins down under

(Newser) - World No. 1 Roger Federer was explosive today in his first Grand Slam match of the year, winning twice as many points as Diego Hartfield (84-42) to take his Australian Open opener at 6-0, 6-3, 6-0. Fed is trying to bag his third straight Aussie and his 13th Slam—one... More »

Nalbandian Shocks Federer

World no. 25 pulls off trifecta in Madrid after knocking off nos. 2 and 3

(Newser) - David Nalbandian achieved a rare trifecta in Madrid for his first Masters Series title, knocking off world no. 1 Roger Federer in the finals after eliminating no. 2 Rafael Nadal and no. 3 Novak Djokovic earlier in the tournament. Nalbandian came back from a set down to edge an uncharacteristically... More »

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