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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...

Osaka's US Open Win Was No Fluke
Osaka's US Open
Win Was No Fluke

Osaka's US Open Win Was No Fluke

She beats Petra Kvitova in Australian Open nail-biter

(Newser) - So close to victory, Naomi Osaka suddenly was letting the Australian Open final slip away. Three championship points? Gone. A sizable lead? Soon all gone, too. She was playing poorly. She yelled at herself. Slammed a ball. Tugged at her visor's pink brim. Trudged to the locker room between...

Stunning Day for the Greats at Aussie Open

Federer goes down in a shocker as the new kids romp in Melbourne

(Newser) - The Australian Open is proving one for the ages—just not the aged. As the AP reports, Roger Federer failed to defend his two consecutive titles on Sunday in a stunning loss to 20-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece. Tsitsipas becomes the first Greek to advance this far at a major,...

Tearful Andy Murray Makes Big Announcement

Australian Open could be his last tournament

(Newser) - Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open. In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room shortly after his first...

Federer Claims 20th Grand Slam
Federer Claims
20th Grand Slam


Federer Claims 20th Grand Slam

Resurgent tennis great defeats Marin Cilic in the Australian Open to defend his title

(Newser) - Roger Federer has won his 20th Grand Slam singles title with a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 victory over Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final, reports the AP . Back where his career resurgence began last year with an unexpected run to the title following a six-month injury layoff,...

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...

Federer Ekes Out 18th Grand Slam
Federer Ekes Out
18th Grand Slam

Federer Ekes Out 18th Grand Slam

It's a hard-fought, emotional victory over Nadal at Australian Open

(Newser) - Roger Federer has won his 18th major title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the Australian Open, reports the AP . Federer was down a break early in the pivotal fifth set, but came back to break the Spaniard in the sixth game to level the...

Serena Beats Venus for Record 23rd Major

Younger Williams sister regains top spot

(Newser) - Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug. The all-Williams final—the first at the Australian Open since Serena beat Venus in the first edition here in 2003—went to the younger sibling...

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...

Kerber Stuns Williams for Australian Open Win

Williams was the overwhelming favorite

(Newser) - Angelique Kerber has upset Serena Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the Australian Open title, ending the six-time champion's unbeaten streak in finals at Melbourne Park. Williams was an overwhelming favorite at the Australian Open, where she had won all six previous times she'd reached the final, and...

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