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Start of Australian Open confirmed for February 8

The start date of the main draw of the tournament was originally slated for Jan. 18 and organisers have been locked in drawn-out negotiations with local government over COVID-19 health security measures.
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. A person picks up tennis balls in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files(REUTERS)
Tennis - Australian Open - Melbourne, Australia, January 14, 2018. A person picks up tennis balls in front of the Australian Open logo before the tennis tournament. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 19, 2020 09:44 AM IST
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MELBOURNE | By Reuters

‘One of the greatest achievements in sports’: Roger Federer reacts on Rafael Nadal’s record-equaling 20th Grand Slam win

“I have always had the utmost respect for my friend Rafa as a person and a champion,” wrote Federer, who sat out the tournament to recover from knee surgery.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer(Roger Federer/Facebook)
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer(Roger Federer/Facebook)
Updated on Oct 11, 2020 10:52 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com

Game, set and match: Newbies in French Open semi-finals

French Open 2020: Nadia Podoroska and Diego Schwartzman will play their maiden semifinal at the Rolland Garros
French Open 2020: Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning the match point(Getty Images)
French Open 2020: Diego Schwartzman celebrates after winning the match point(Getty Images)
Updated on Oct 08, 2020 09:24 AM IST
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Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

French Open 2020: Rafael Nadal eyes record-equalling 20th Grand Slam to go level with Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal, who skipped the US Open is considered hot favourite to win a record extending 13th title at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal in action(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal in action(Getty Images)
Published on Sep 26, 2020 06:03 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com

Andy Murray forced to wait for hip checkup after COVID-19 test result delay

Murray reached the second round at the U.S. Open this month in his first Grand Slam after hip surgery last year, but after developing a pelvic issue at Flushing Meadows the 33-year-old had to wait for a few days at home before meeting his doctor.
File image of Andy Murray.(USA TODAY Sports)
File image of Andy Murray.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 26, 2020 02:52 PM IST
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Naomi Osaka is a great role model, says Bob Bryan

The identical twins felt surreal watching a Grand Slam final in a near-empty Arthur Ashe Stadium amid the pandemic and could only imagine the energy of the crowd adding to the ebb and flow of the topsy-turvy last set and tie-breaker of the Dominic Thiem-Alexander Zverev clash on Sunday.
Sep 12, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 12, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the women's singles final match on day 13 of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 15, 2020 07:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

Zverev left reeling after Grand Slam slips through his fingers

“I was super close to being a Grand Slam champion. I was a few games away, maybe a few points away,” he told reporters. “I don’t think it’s my last chance. I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point.”
New York: Dominic Thiem, of Austria, right, and Alexander Zverev, of Germany, pose for photos after the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York. Thiem defeated Zverev in a tiebreaker. AP/ PTI Photo(AP14-09-2020_000005A)(AP)
New York: Dominic Thiem, of Austria, right, and Alexander Zverev, of Germany, pose for photos after the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in New York. Thiem defeated Zverev in a tiebreaker. AP/ PTI Photo(AP14-09-2020_000005A)(AP)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 10:26 AM IST
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NEW YORK | By Reuters

Naomi Osaka finds calm with second US Open title

Unlike the drama around her maiden Grand Slam in 2018, the Japanese player coolly rallies from a set down to beat Azarenka for a second victory
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)
Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the U.S. Open trophy in celebration after winning her Women’s Singles final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 10:38 PM IST
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Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

Alexander Zverev rallies by Pablo Busta to reach US Open final

Zverev raised his game just in time to deny the Spanish 20th seed the upset and, in doing so, secured his first career victory from two sets down on his second match point after a rogue backhand by Busta.
Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning a point against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.(Reuters)
Alexander Zverev of Germany reacts after winning a point against Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.(Reuters)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 07:29 AM IST
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New York | By Reuters

Djokovic plays down Nadal and Federer absence at US Open

Nadal pulled out earlier this month due to novel coronavirus-related issues surrounding the August 31-September 13 tournament at Flushing Meadows, while Federer will miss the rest of the season after having knee surgery in June.
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not taking part in the 2020 US Open.(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are not taking part in the 2020 US Open.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 28, 2020 05:55 PM IST
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Citi Open in Washington cancelled due to Covid-19 outbreak

The tournament was set to begin on August 14 and serve as a build-up for the US Open but the organisers said concerns about travel restrictions and recent trends in the coronavirus outbreak had led to the decision to scrap the event.
A general view of the Citi Open court in Washington, DC.(Getty Images)
A general view of the Citi Open court in Washington, DC.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jul 21, 2020 09:30 PM IST
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Indian players question US Open decision to axe qualifying, reduce doubles draw

Tales like Nagal’s, however, will not be possible this year at the Flushing Meadows. The United States Tennis Association (USTA) on Wednesday announced that the 2020 US Open will be held from August 31 in New York.
Rohan Bopanna during a match against Leander Paes and Reyes Varela at Tata Open Maharashtra 2019 of the ATP 250 tournament at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, in Pune.(PTI)
Rohan Bopanna during a match against Leander Paes and Reyes Varela at Tata Open Maharashtra 2019 of the ATP 250 tournament at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, in Pune.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 18, 2020 07:48 PM IST
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Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta

Halep ‘highly unlikely’ to play restricted US Open

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the USTA would take “extraordinary precautions” to protect players, including robust testing, additional cleaning, extra locker room space and dedicated accommodation.
Romania's Simona Halep poses with a trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep poses with a trophy as she celebrates after winning the final against Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 17, 2020 02:16 PM IST
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Record eighth Olympics, 100th Grand Slam appearance on Leander Paes’ mind

Paes has so far played 97 Grand Slam matches and the uncertainty surrounding the resumption of the tennis season following the Covid-19 pandemic may not allow the veteran to get to the magical three-figure mark.
File image of Leander Paes.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Leander Paes.(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 05:21 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com

Roland Garros will take place this year, says head of French tennis

The French Open was initially schedule to take place from May 24 to June 7 but due to the outbreak of the virus, it was postponed till September 20.
File image of Roland Garros Stadium.(AP)
File image of Roland Garros Stadium.(AP)
Updated on Jun 03, 2020 01:43 PM IST
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Paris | By Indo Asian News Service

Petra Kvitova feels ‘good to be playing again’, but admits it’s weird without crowd

Petra Kvitova has 27 career titles but winning an all-Czech exhibition tournament last week was a different experience for her.
Petra Kvitova in action(Reuters)
Petra Kvitova in action(Reuters)
Updated on Jun 01, 2020 06:54 PM IST
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Frances Tiafoe wants to draw more black kids to tennis

Tiafoe, 22, was born to immigrant parents from Sierra Leone, with his father working as a janitor at a tennis centre in Maryland while his mother had to work double shifts as a nurse to help the family make ends meet.
United States' Frances Tiafoe.(AP)
United States' Frances Tiafoe.(AP)
Published on May 27, 2020 01:26 PM IST
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Mumbai | By Reuters

French Open date change over Coronavirus pandemic rocks tennis

Organisers said strict confinement measures imposed by the French government to tackle COVID-19 had made it impossible to continue with preparations.
Spectators leave the court during Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Austria's Dominic Thiem semifinal match.(REUTERS)
Spectators leave the court during Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Austria's Dominic Thiem semifinal match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 18, 2020 10:29 PM IST
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London | By Agence France-Presse

Mary Pierce on her career, current generation of players, and domination of Big Three in Men’s tennis

Mary Pierce was at the Hindustan Times office for an interaction with the sports team, on her career, the current generation of players and the domination of the Big Three in men’s tennis.
New Delhi, India - Feb. 26, 2020: Former tennis player Mary Pierce during an interview, at Hindustan Times building, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
New Delhi, India - Feb. 26, 2020: Former tennis player Mary Pierce during an interview, at Hindustan Times building, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, February 26, 2020. (Photo by Vipin Kumar / Hindustan Times)(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 27, 2020 01:15 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondents

Sofia Kenin downs Ons Jabeur to reach maiden Grand Slam semi-final

American Sofia Kenin saw off big-hitting Tunisian Ons Jabeur 6-4 6-4 at the Australian Open on Tuesday to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. celebrates winning her match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.(REUTERS)
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. celebrates winning her match against Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 28, 2020 11:53 AM IST
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Melbourne | By Reuters

Navratilova, McEnroe blast ‘homophobic’ Court ahead of Grand Slam honour

Navratilova said the devout Christian’s deeply conservative views were “actually hurting people”, while McEnroe described Court as a “crazy aunt”, adding that marking her 1970 Grand Slam was a “nightmare” for governing body Tennis Australia.
Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)
Former Australian Open champion Margaret Court watches the men's fourth round match.(AP)
Updated on Jan 27, 2020 02:11 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Agence France-Presse

Petra Kvitova fights back to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Petra Kvitova came from a set down and took full advantage as her Greek opponent Maria Sakkari’s self-belief drained away to advance to the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic waves after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari.(AP)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic waves after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari.(AP)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 10:18 AM IST
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Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse

Australian Open 2020: Alexander Zverev pledges Australian Open prize money to bushfire relief

The German seventh seed had a miserable build-up to the opening Grand Slam of the year, crashing spectacularly in all three of his singles matches at the ATP Cup teams event, looking lost on court.
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during his match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato.(REUTERS)
Germany's Alexander Zverev reacts during his match against Italy's Marco Cecchinato.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 06:43 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Agence France-Presse

Simona Halep braves falls, sore wrist to make winning Australian Open start

The 2018 Roland Garros and 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep faces British qualifier Harriet Dart or Japan’s Misaki Doi next in Melbourne.
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during the match against Jennifer Brady.(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep reacts during the match against Jennifer Brady.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 21, 2020 04:39 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Agence France-Presse

Australian Open 2020: Ashleigh Barty roars back to make winning start in Melbourne

Barty, under huge pressure to deliver a home women’s champion for the first time since Chris O’Neil in 1978, plays Polona Hercog of Slovenia or Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson next.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the match.(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after winning the match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 03:51 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Agence France-Presse

Coco Gauff stuns Venus Williams in Australian Open first round

Coco Gauff shone on her Australian Open debut on Monday as she knocked Venus Williams out of the first round in a repeat of her stunning victory over the seven-times Grand Slam champion in the Wimbledon opener last year.
Coco Gauff reacts during her first round singles match against compatriot Venus Williams.(AP)
Coco Gauff reacts during her first round singles match against compatriot Venus Williams.(AP)
Updated on Jan 20, 2020 12:51 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Agence France-Presse

Ash Barty eyes home party as Serena continues chase

Her successes saw her become the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong-Cawley to gain the world number one accolade and also raised hopes that she could end the country’s 42-year wait for a home winner in Melbourne.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 17, 2020 10:54 AM IST
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Melbourne | By Reuters

Wozniacki to head into retirement, loved but legacy unsure

The 29-year-old said last month that the Australian Open would be her final tournament, ending a 14-year professional career that delivered 30 singles titles.
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during a practice session(REUTERS)
Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during a practice session(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 16, 2020 11:06 AM IST
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Melbourne | By Reuters

Australian Open: Young pretenders wait to topple tennis royalty

The last time a player outside of the Big Three of Federer, Nadal and Djokovic laid his hands on a Grand Slam title was Stan Wawrinka, at the 2016 US Open. It’s been 12 Grand Slams of renewed dominance of the familiar trio.
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece(AP)
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece(AP)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 10:53 AM IST
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Hindustan Times | By Rutvick Mehta

Prajnesh progresses, Ramanathan, Ankita Raina ousted from Australian Open qualifiers

Prajnesh knocked out local wild card Harry Bourchier 6-2 6-4 to set up second round clash with Germany’s Yannick Hanfmann.
File image of Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India.(Getty Images)
File image of Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India.(Getty Images)
Updated on Jan 14, 2020 04:43 PM IST
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Melbourne | By Press Trust of India
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