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Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 2, 2020 Spain's Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Italy's Stefano Travaglia REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes(REUTERS)

Ruthless Nadal charges into French Open last 16

PARIS | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 01:10 PM IST
The second seed, looking to match Roger Federer’s record of 20 men’s Grand Slam singles titles, will next meet 20-year-old American Sebastian Korda, one of his biggest admirers.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 2, 2020 Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during his third round match against France's Hugo Gaston REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 2, 2020 Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during his third round match against France's Hugo Gaston REUTERS/Charles Platiau(REUTERS)

Wawrinka out, marathon tiebreak at French Open

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 03, 2020 10:21 AM IST
In another third-round match, it took 36 points in a marathon third-set tiebreaker for Lorenzo Sonego to finally shake off the 27th-seeded American Taylor Fritz.
Canada's Denis Shapovalov argues with the umpire over a line call in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.(AP)
Canada's Denis Shapovalov argues with the umpire over a line call in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020.(AP)

Crossing the line: Pressure builds for Hawk-Eye at Roland Garros

Paris | By AFP
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 09:29 PM IST
After his five-hour, five-set loss to Roberto Carballes Baena in the second round, ninth seed Denis Shapovalov tweeted: “When are we going to have Hawk-Eye on clay @rolandgarros @atptour?” His plea was accompanied by a screenshot of a TV graphic which showed a ball landing well beyond the baseline being called in. Had it been correctly called, it would have taken the Canadian to match point in the fifth set.
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 2, 2020 Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts during his third round match against Norway's Casper Ruud(REUTERS)
Tennis - French Open - Roland Garros, Paris, France - October 2, 2020 Austria's Dominic Thiem reacts during his third round match against Norway's Casper Ruud(REUTERS)

Thiem schools Ruud to reach fourth round at Roland Garros

Paris | By Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 06:26 PM IST
The U.S. Open champion, who lost two Rafa Nadal in the last two finals at Roland Garros, struggled with his serve in the opening set and faced six breakpoints but improved as the match progressed under the closed roof of Court Philippe Chatrier.
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in action during her second round match Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova(REUTERS)
Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko in action during her second round match Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova(REUTERS)

French Open 2020: Former champ Ostapenko upsets second seed Pliskova to reach 3rd round

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 04:39 PM IST
Ostapenko won her only major title here in 2017. Pliskova reached the semifinals that year and lost to Simona Halep.
File image of Divij Sharan in action.(Getty Images)
File image of Divij Sharan in action.(Getty Images)

French Open 2020: Divij Sharan bows out after opening-round loss at Roland Garros

Paris | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 11:54 AM IST
The unseeded Sharan and Kwon Soon-woo lost 2-6 6-4 4-6 to the 16th seeded Croatian-American pair of Franko Skugor and Austin Krajicek on Wednesday.
Alexander Bublik served an underarm ace in his first-round win over Gael Monfils.(Getty Images)
Alexander Bublik served an underarm ace in his first-round win over Gael Monfils.(Getty Images)

Underarm or underhanded? Spooning the serve at French Open

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2020 02:11 PM IST
Like Mankading, the underarm serve is frowned upon under the unwritten and invisible “spirit” of the game. Both have history.
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the first round match of the French Open.(AP)
Spain's Garbine Muguruza plays a shot against Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia in the first round match of the French Open.(AP)

Muguruza survives three-hour battle against Zidansek

PARIS | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 04:56 PM IST
The Spaniard, who reigned on the clay in 2016, looked in big trouble as she trailed 3-0 in the final set to the world number 83 but, unlike several other big names who are packing their bags, the 26-year-old survived to fight another day.
Victoria Azarenka reacts to the biting cold.(Reuters)
Victoria Azarenka reacts to the biting cold.(Reuters)

Autumn in Paris: Get ready for fewer winners, sluggish rallies at French Open

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2020 08:09 AM IST
It’s an odd sight for the first two days at the 2020 Roland Garros; players sporting body warmers, leggings and even jackets - usually worn during warm-ups - while playing and limited spectators largely wrapped in their hooded winter wear.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a forehand return to France's Oceane Dodin during their women's singles first round tennis match at the Philippe Chatrier court on Day 2 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris.(AFP)
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova plays a forehand return to France's Oceane Dodin during their women's singles first round tennis match at the Philippe Chatrier court on Day 2 of The Roland Garros 2020 French Open tennis tournament in Paris.(AFP)

French Open 2020: Kvitova tops Dodin 6-3, 7-5 to advance in Paris

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner, advanced from the first round for the 10th time in 11 appearances at Roland Garros. The Czech player’s only first-round loss was in 2010. She was a semi-finalist in 2012. Ranked 11th, she is the No. 7 seed at Roland Garros.
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(PTI)
File image of Rohan Bopanna.(PTI)

Rohan Bopanna, living in bubbles, chasing slam glory

Mumbai | By Rutvick Mehta
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 09:10 AM IST
For the Indian tennis ace, the biggest distinction between the bubbles was the level of difficulty at the first step—nasal swab for the coronavirus test.
Rafael Nadal in action(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal in action(Getty Images)

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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Rafael Nadal, who skipped the US Open is considered hot favourite to win a record extending 13th title at Roland Garros.
File image of Andy Murray.(USA TODAY Sports)
File image of Andy Murray.(USA TODAY Sports)

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

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 02:52 PM IST
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.
Roland Gorros logo.(Action Images / Reuters)
Roland Gorros logo.(Action Images / Reuters)

Five players out of French Open qualifying due to COVID-19

Reuters | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2020 09:20 AM IST
Organisers did not reveal the names of those who had been pulled out but Damir Dzumhur said he had been withdrawn because his coach Petar Popović had returned a positive test.
Sep 1, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Andy Murray of the United Kingdom celebrates after his match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan (not pictured) on day two of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 1, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Andy Murray of the United Kingdom celebrates after his match against Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan (not pictured) on day two of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports(USA TODAY Sports)

Andy Murray given wild card into French Open

Paris | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada were the only non-Frenchwomen to receive wild cards.
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action(Getty Images)
Australia’s Ashleigh Barty in action(Getty Images)

World No. 1 and reigning champion Ashleigh Barty to skip French Open

Sydney | By Reuters
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 09:04 AM IST
Barty has not played a tournament match since February and also skipped the ongoing US Open over health concerns relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.
File photo shows the center court at Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.(AP)
File photo shows the center court at Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France.(AP)

French Open allowing spectators amid virus resurgence

PARIS | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON SEP 07, 2020 09:45 PM IST
Organizers unveiled the health protocols for the clay-court Grand Slam, which will take place at Roland Garros in western Paris from Sept. 27 after being postponed from its May start due to the pandemic.
File photo shows the center court at Roland Garros stadium.(AP)
File photo shows the center court at Roland Garros stadium.(AP)

Up to 20,000 fans to be allowed to attend 2020 French Open, say organisers

PARIS | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 02, 2020 07:50 PM IST
French federation president Bernard Giudicelli told a news conference that on the main courts, a maximum of four people could sit together with an empty seat between groups.
File image of Roland Garros Stadium.(AP)
File image of Roland Garros Stadium.(AP)

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

Paris | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON JUN 03, 2020 01:43 PM IST
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.
Rafael Nadal during practice session(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Rafael Nadal during practice session(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

I am finally back on court: Nadal returns to training

Madrid | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2020 09:52 AM IST
“I’m super happy, too, that the kids can practise again here at the Rafa Nadal Academy. They are happy, and that’s the most important thing,” Nadal said.
Representational image.(Reuters)
Representational image.(Reuters)

ATP chief eyes August return but admits it’s possible season won’t restart

Milan | By AFP
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 11:03 AM IST
Speaking during a telephone interview with the Italian media from his home in London, Gaudenzi said he hoped that the season could return in August.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic looks dejected after losing his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)
Serbia's Novak Djokovic looks dejected after losing his quarter final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem.(REUTERS)

ATP chief hoping for Roland Garros and clay-court season in September

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2020 05:31 PM IST
Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II.
Benoit Paire of France speaks with umpire Gianluca Moscarella at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.(AP)
Benoit Paire of France speaks with umpire Gianluca Moscarella at the 2019 Wimbledon Tennis Championships.(AP)

Wimbledon 2020 to be ‘cancelled’ amid COVID-19 pandemic

London | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2020 05:03 PM IST
According to German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff, the Wimbledon organisers will announce the cancellation of the 2020 tournament on Wednesday.
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)

French Open date change over Coronavirus pandemic rocks tennis

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 10:29 PM IST
Organisers said strict confinement measures imposed by the French government to tackle COVID-19 had made it impossible to continue with preparations.
Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during Day fifteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 09, 2019 in Paris, France.(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand during the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during Day fifteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 09, 2019 in Paris, France.(Getty Images)

French Open date change over virus rocks tennis

London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 18, 2020 05:47 PM IST
The new French Open dates mean the tournament would start just one week after the US Open, if that event remained in its original slot. Organisers of the Grand Slam in New York acknowledged it might need to be moved but said they would not go it alone in a scarcely veiled dig at French chiefs.
Former tennis player Mary Pierce(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)
Former tennis player Mary Pierce(Vipin Kumar /HT PHOTO)

Want Serena Williams to win 24th Slam: Mary Pierce

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By N Ananthanarayanan
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 01:13 PM IST
Since her return after childbirth at the 2018 French Open, Serena has reached the finals in four of the eight Slams she has played in.
Tennis - "The Match In Africa" Exhibition Match - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa - February 7, 2020 Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after winning the exhibition match against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)
Tennis - "The Match In Africa" Exhibition Match - Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa - February 7, 2020 Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after winning the exhibition match against Spain's Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Mike Hutchings TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY(REUTERS)

French Open to be Federer’s only claycourt appearance in 2020

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2020 12:20 PM IST
The Swiss skipped the entire claycourt season in 2017 and 2018 and last year played only two tournaments on the surface before arriving in Paris for the French Open.
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. holds the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup at a photo shoot.(AP)
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. holds the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup at a photo shoot.(AP)

Women’s tennis ‘never been more open’ as Kenin becomes latest Slam surprise

Agence France-Presse | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 12:49 PM IST
Sofia Kenin’s three-set victory over Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s final at the Australian Open underlined just how open the women’s game is.
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)

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

Melbourne | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2020 11:53 AM IST
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.
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his match against France's Gael Monfils.(REUTERS)
Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates winning his match against France's Gael Monfils.(REUTERS)

Dominic Thiem beats Gael Monfils, cruises to Australian Open quarterfinals

Melbourne | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 27, 2020 11:30 AM IST
Dominic Thiem swatted aside an error-prone Gael Monfils to book a maiden Australian Open quarter-final on Monday, with the Frenchman resorting to an underarm serve in desperation.
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