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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...

Russian Tennis Tourney Says Infected American Fled on Jet

Sam Querrey left isolation in St. Petersburg with his wife and young son

(Newser) - Organizers of a Russian tennis tournament said an American player took a private jet out of the country after testing positive for the coronavirus and being placed in isolation. Sam Querrey and his wife had tested negative last week when they arrived for the St. Petersburg Open, but both tested...

Nadal Ties Record With Stunning Win on French Clay

The Spaniard crushes Novak Djokovic in straight sets

(Newser) - Rafael Nadal tied Roger Federer with 20 Grand Slam titles by producing a nearly perfect performance against Novak Djokovic in the French Open final, the AP reports. Nadal equaled long-time rival Federer for the most major singles tennis championships won by a man and added to his own record at...

'It's Crazy': History Is Made at the French Open

Iga Swiatek is the first Polish player to win a Grand Slam singles trophy

(Newser) - With the poise of a veteran and the shots of a champion, 19-year-old Iga Swiatek picked the perfect place for her first tour-level title: the French Open, the AP reports. Unseeded and ranked merely 54th, Swiatek grabbed the last six games to beat Sofia Kenin 6-4, 6-1 in the final...

Thiem Defies History With US Open Comeback

The Austrian was down by 2 sets against Alexander Zverev of Germany

(Newser) - At US Open unlike any other, Dominic Thiem constructed a comeback the likes of which hadn't been seen in 71 years, the AP reports. After dropping the opening two sets against Alexander Zverev on Sunday at a nearly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium—fans were banned because of the coronavirus...

Naomi Osaka Tames 'Bad Attitude' to Win US Open

The 22-year-old from Japan beats Victoria Azarenka in a comeback victory

(Newser) - After one errant forehand in the first set of the US Open final, Naomi Osaka looked at her coach in the mostly empty Arthur Ashe Stadium stands with palms up, as if to say, "What the heck is happening?" In response to another wayward forehand against Victoria Azarenka seconds...

Booted Djokovic Sorry for Hitting Line Judge With Ball

'So unintended. So wrong,' tennis star says

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic apologized Sunday after he was kicked out of the US Open for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a tennis ball after dropping a game in his fourth-round match, a stunning end to his 29-match winning streak and bid for an 18th Grand Slam title....

US Open's Top Seed Booted for Hitting Judge

Novak Djokovic can see the rest of it on TV

(Newser) - Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was defaulted from his fourth-round match at the US Open after he accidentally hit a line judge in the neck with a tennis ball Sunday, the AP reports. It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start...

Serena Seeks Trio of Records at US Open

But many top-ranked seeds are sitting out

(Newser) - For Serena Williams, the chase has been long. She's been one Grand Slam win behind Margaret Court's all-time record for 44 months, ever since winning the 2017 Australian Open while pregnant. In four Slam finals since—two at Wimbledon, two in New York—she's finished runner-up. But...

Game Boycott Swells in Wake of Jacob Blake Shooting

The Milwaukee Bucks don't stand alone

(Newser) - The NBA is not standing alone against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. After the Milwaukee Bucks boycotted its Wednesday playoff game and the league ultimately postponed that and two other games, three WNBA games, five Major League Soccer games, and three Major League Baseball games originally planned for Wednesday...

Defending Champ Will Skip US Open

'The situation is very complicated worldwide,' Rafael Nadal says

(Newser) - Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday. "The situation...

Tennis Star Has COVID, Takes Heat for 'Horror Show'

Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena both have virus after controversial tennis exhibition in Balkans

(Newser) - A tennis exhibition series in the Balkans that got flak for taking place during the pandemic made even more headlines after three players—Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric, and Viktor Troicki—and two staff members contracted COVID-19. Now, a bigger name joins that group. Per the Telegraph and CNN , the world'...

Cuomo Says US Open Can Go Ahead Without Spectators

'You can watch it on TV,' governor says

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave the go-ahead Tuesday for the US Open tennis tournament to be held in his state starting in late August—but without spectators—as part of the reopening from shutdowns caused by the pandemic, the AP reports. "You can watch it on TV, and...

Maria Sharapova Calls It Quits

Tennis star cites injuries in ending 28-year career

(Newser) - "I'm saying goodbye." And with that, Maria Sharapova on Wednesday ended a 19-year tennis career that included five Grand Slam singles titles, an Olympic silver medal, and a suspension for her use of a banned substance. The 32-year-old Russian was the highest-earning women’s athlete from 2004...

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....

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...

A Ball Boy Sold Serena's Racket for $500. Now He Regrets It

Racket busted by Williams in 2018 US Open could fetch five figures in auction

(Newser) - Broken sports equipment usually turns up in the garbage, but one busted tennis racket up for auction starting Monday could end up selling for five figures. The racket that Serena Williams threw down onto the court in September 2018 during a US Open final match against Naomi Osaka is up...

Tennis Phenom's Big Move: Give Up US Citizenship

Naomi Osaka had to make a decision by age 22, per Japan's rules

(Newser) - Naomi Osaka, born in Japan to a Japanese mom and Haitian-American dad , currently holds both US and Japanese citizenship. But once she turns 22 next week, Japan's nationality laws dictate she'll have to choose between the two—and the tennis star says she's going with the latter,...

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