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In 5 Hours and 24 Minutes, Nadal Does the Extraordinary

He broke the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles with 21st win

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal got to 21 first, breaking the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles and doing it the hard way by coming back from two sets down to beat Daniil Medvedev in an almost 5 1/2-hour Australian Open final that didn't finish until the early hours...

Australian Open Winner Is Extra-Special to Aussies

Ashleigh Barty beat US' Danielle Collins, becoming first Aussie to win nation's tourney since 1978

(Newser) - It's been 44 years since either a men's or women's tennis player from Australia won the Australian Open. That changed Saturday, when Ashleigh Barty, 25, took home the title for her country in Melbourne, beating 28-year-old American Danielle Collins 6-3, 7-6, reports Yahoo Sports . The last Aussie...

Djokovic Has Been Deported From Australia

Courts affirmed right to boot unvaccinated tennis star

(Newser) - Instead of starting the defense of his Australian Open title on Monday, Novak Djokovic was on his way home, a stunning and unprecedented end to his run of success at Melbourne Park. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 Grand Slam trophies at the Australian Open—including three in a...

Australia Revokes Djokovic's Visa Again

Move means tennis star might be deported after all

(Newser) - Australian officials have made a decision that could put Novak Djokovic out of the Australian Open before it begins. The Serbian star's visa has been canceled for a second time, this time by Immigration Minister Alex Hawke on "public interest" grounds, the BBC reports. The unvaccinated Djokovic was...

Djokovic: Yes, I Tested Positive, Then Went to Interview

He admits not isolating was an 'error'

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic knew he'd tested positive for COVID-19 when he attended a newspaper interview and photo shoot in Serbia last month, saying Wednesday he made an "error of judgment" and should have immediately gone into isolation. In a statement posted to his social media accounts regarding "continuing...

Amid Aussie Mess, Djokovic Has a Message for Fans

Serbian tennis star is feeling the love as he tries to clear up visa/vaccine hubbub before Australian Open

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic still isn't revealing whether he's been vaccinated, but he's now speaking out to family and fans supporting him as he's caught up in a visa commotion Down Under. The Serbian tennis star, who was denied entry to Australia this week ahead of the Australian...

Djokovic Transferred to Immigration Detention Facility

He's fighting deportation from Australia

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic spent a day confined to a hotel room waiting for a court to deal with the prospect of a possible deportation from Australia. The 20-time Grand Slam singles winner will spend at least another night there, in immigration detention, as he fights against the deportation move. With his...

Djokovic Is Having Trouble Getting Into Australia
Australia Says Djokovic 
Will Be Sent Back
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Australia Says Djokovic Will Be Sent Back

Tennis star's visa has been canceled

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the decision to cancel Djokovic's visa. Novak Djokovic landed in Melbourne just before midnight Wednesday local time—but the world's top-ranked tennis player wasn't allowed to actually enter Australia. The Serbian star spent the night at Tullamarine Airport due to...

Djokovic's Exemption in Australia Generates Fury

He got the OK to play at the Australian Open

(Newser) - Update: The news that Novak Djokovic has been granted a medical exemption that will allow him to play in the Australian Open despite refusing to reveal his vaccination status has spurred outrage in the country, up to its highest ranks. NBC News reports a "visibly angry" Prime Minister Scott...

Fans Booing Vaccine at Australian Open Are 'Un-Australian': Official

Government officials, other public figures decry the incident

(Newser) - Fans at the Australian Open tennis final Sunday decided to criticize the coronavirus vaccine, and the government wasn't having it. A tennis official spoke about the COVID-19 vaccine efforts as a sign of hope, and some in the crowd responded by booing, the BBC reports. "I don't...

In 'Bearable Pain,' Djokovic Takes 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam

33-year-old climbs lists with 'most challenging' major victory

(Newser) - Maybe, the thinking went, Novak Djokovic would be just a tad more susceptible to trouble this time around at the Australian Open. After all, he tore an abdominal muscle in the third round. Entering Sunday, the AP reports, Djokovic had ceded five sets in the tournament, the most he ever...

Monica Seles Did It in the '90s. Now, Naomi Osaka

23-year-old women's tennis player has won all of her first 4 Grand Slam finals

(Newser) - Not since Monica Seles in the early '90s has women's tennis seen this feat. Representing Japan, No. 3 seed Naomi Osaka beat US player Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Saturday, making her the first woman to claim victory in the first four...

Tennis Players Urged to Stop Feeding Mice in Quarantine Hotel

They're inlockdown for 14 days before Australian Open

(Newser) - Lonely tennis players spending 14 days in a quarantine hotel before the Australian Open have apparently been befriending mice—and authorities would like them to stop. After world No. 28 Yulia Putintseva complained that the hotel in Melbourne was infested with mice, Victoria state police minister said players are being...

Players in Strict Quarantine Before Aussie Open in 'Revolt'

Some participants are under more rigid lockdown orders than others due to positive COVID cases

(Newser) - A "growing controversy" is brewing Down Under as the tennis world gears up for the Australian Open. The BBC reports three people have tested positive for COVID—two players and a "nonplaying participant," per Victoria state health officials—and quarantine protocols are frustrating players, while locals are...

Djokovic Picks His Spots, Attacks—and Repeats

New No. 1 wins his 8th Australian Open

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic looked weary and worn down. He felt dizzy and trailed Dominic Thiem in the Australian Open final—miscues mounting, deficit growing. Djokovic did what he does, though, the AP reports. He refused to lose, waited for a chance to pounce and found his best tennis when absolutely necessary....

Comeback Gives Sofia Kenin First Major Title

American defeats Garbine Muguruza after losing the first set

(Newser) - Sofia Kenin, a 21-year-old American, dropped the first set Saturday, then stormed back by winning a pair of 6-2 sets for the Australian Open title. She defeated Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain. This is her first Grand Slam victory, the Wall Street Journal reports. She'd beaten Coco Gauff and...

Paulo Coelho Deletes Draft of Bryant's Next Children's Book
Author Deletes Draft
of Bryant's Next Kids' Book 
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Author Deletes Draft of Bryant's Next Kids' Book

Also, NBA postpones Lakers game as an Italian city mourns

(Newser) - The mourning for Kobe Bryant was truly global on Monday, the AP reports. Among the responses:
  • The NBA said it was postponing the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night "out of respect for the Lakers organization." Bryant played for the Lakers for
...

Tennis Player Involved in Odd Banana Controversy

Elliot Benchetrit asked a ball girl to peel one for him, and an umpire wouldn't allow it

(Newser) - A French tennis player got reprimanded at the Australian Open Saturday after he asked a ball girl to peel a banana for him. Elliot Benchetrit made the request during a break in his last qualifying match against Dmitry Popko, per Business Insider . When the ball girl offered him the snack,...

An Aussie Open Cloaked in Smoke: 'I Couldn't Walk Anymore'

One player quit her match, 2 called medical timeouts, Sharapova's match called off amid fires

(Newser) - The Victorian government's advice as Australia's bushfires rage on is to "minimize the time spent in smoky conditions" and "avoid exercise"—both tough to do if you're competing outdoors in the Australian Open. But that's what players were forced to contend with Monday...

Djokovic Embarrasses a Legend at Aussie Open

Rafael Nadal loses final to relentless Djokovic, who marches to his 7th tournament title

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so pretty much perfect, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent—just a guy, really—and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his...

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