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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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

Federer Loses to 'Baby Fed'

'Grigor was able to put me away,' he says after shock defeat

(Newser) - Betrayed by his 38-year-old body, and his forehand, Roger Federer is done at the US Open. Federer's upper back and neck gave him trouble, he kept missing makeable shots, and he kept giving away the lead against a guy he'd never lost to. It all added up to... More »

Tennis Player Made Gun Gesture With His Racket

Mike Bryan is fined $10K after ill-advised gesture toward line ref

(Newser) - Mike Bryan may have won the point, but it proved an expensive one: At the US Open on Sunday, the American doubles player appealed a call made by a line ref, won the reversal, then turned his racket around to mimic a gun he pretended to fire at said... More »

She Stunned at Wimbledon, Now Wins Her US Open Debut

Coco Gauff is 15

(Newser) - Coco Gauff has come back from a set and a break down to win her US Open debut at age 15 by beating Anastasia Potapova 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Gauff got a wild-card entry from the US Tennis Association after making a surprising run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last... More »

Epic Wimbledon Final Went to 5th-Set Tiebreaker

Djokovic saved 2 match points in thrilling victory

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic became the first man in 71 years to win Wimbledon after facing match points in the final, coming back to beat Roger Federer in an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker Sunday, the AP reports. By barely emerging to win 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) after nearly five... More »

Serena Gets Rocked in Wimbledon Final

Romania's Simona Halep wins in just 56 minutes

(Newser) - Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "Miss S. Halep." Halep was not concerned... More »

Wimbledon Fines Draw Claims of 'Privilege'

Fabio Fognini given slap on the wrist for saying club should be bombed

(Newser) - "I wish a bomb would explode on this club. A bomb should explode here," Italian tennis star Fabio Fognini announced during his third-round loss at Wimbledon on Saturday, per Yahoo . The 10th-ranked player, apparently upset about the condition of the grass court, was subsequently fined nearly $3,000—... More »

Youngest Ever to Qualify for Wimbledon: 'I'm Still in Shock'

15-year-old Cori 'Coco' Gauff didn't get a wild-card slot—she earned her place with qualifying win

(Newser) - When Venus Williams faces off in the first round of Wimbledon on Monday, she'll be a little more seasoned than her opponent—nearly a quarter of a century more. That's because the 39-year-old tennis star will be playing the youngest person ever to make the tournament, not through... More »

Amanda Who? American Teen Puts Tennis World on Notice

Amanda Anisimova, 17, upsets defending champ and advances to semifinals

(Newser) - Even those who don't follow tennis might be hearing the name Amanda Anisimova a lot over the coming days—and beyond. Anisimova is a 17-year-old American who just pulled off an enormous upset at the French Open: She knocked off defending champ Simona Halep of Romania in fairly easy... More »

French Open Is Hit by 2 Big Shocks

Serena Williams and No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka are out

(Newser) - Maybe it was the daunting deficit Serena Williams faced in the French Open's third round. Maybe it was the way her 20-year-old American opponent, Sofia Kenin, was questioning line calls. Either way, as Williams attempted to start a comeback Saturday with a three-ace game, she followed those big serves... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

Tennis Star's Ex Kills Their Children, Himself

Stephanie Reece knew something was wrong Friday

(Newser) - Impossible to imagine: Former pro tennis player Stephanie Reece learned Friday that her ex-husband had fatally shot their two children and himself, People reports. After getting a call that their kids, Shelby, 13, and Harrison, 15, weren't in school, Reece tried reaching ex-husband Michael Hunn and finally drove to... More »

Naomi Osaka: As Crowd Booed, Serena Said This

US Open winner appears on the 'Ellen Show'

(Newser) - During and after Naomi Osaka's high-profile US Open win over Serena Williams on Saturday, the 20-year-old didn't always know what was going on. She told the Ellen Show on Wednesday that as Williams argued with chair umpire Carlos Ramos, she resisted the urge to stray from her training,... More »

Tennis Umps Reportedly Mull a Boycott of Serena Games

They feel 'thrown to the wolves,' per rumblings

(Newser) - Serena Williams has already been hit with a $17,000 fine for a confrontation Saturday at the US Open with the chair umpire. Now she may face a boycott from other umps who stand behind Carlos Ramos, per the Washington Post . In Serena's court: the US Tennis Association, tennis... More »

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