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File image of Yuki Bhambri.(File)

Yuki Bhambri eyes comeback after injury, lockdown woes

By Rutvick Mehta | Yuki Bhambri
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 07:14 AM IST
The pandemic-induced nationwide lockdown in late March though coincided with a crucial juncture in the former top-ranked Indian singles player’s comeback plans.
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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)

Start of Australian Open confirmed for February 8

By Reuters | MELBOURNE
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 09:44 AM IST
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.
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File image of Ankita Raina.(File)
File image of Ankita Raina.(File)

Ankita Raina wins ITF doubles title in Dubai

By Press Trust of India | Dubai
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 06:01 PM IST
”The doubles has always helped me in singles. Playing well in doubles has always been followed by good run in singles in my career. You get to practice with good players, get to play and can work out a few things in matches,” Ankita told PTI.
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Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf(HT photo)
Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf(HT photo)

‘In tennis, every day you go on court and strive to reach limits’, says Steffi Graf

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 04:17 AM IST
No such emotional roller-coaster for Graf, a 22-time Grand Slam champion who was glued to the top of the world rankings for a record 377 weeks, it’s safe to assume? “I was a good actress, then,” Graf quipped.
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Andre Agassi during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), in New Delhi, India, on December 3, 2020.(HT photo)
Andre Agassi during the 18th edition of Hindustan Times Leadership Summit (HTLS), in New Delhi, India, on December 3, 2020.(HT photo)

‘Tennis is in the era of 3 GOATs at the same time’, says Andre Agassi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 12:48 AM IST
Agassi’s long career was immersed in an intense rivalry with Pete Sampras, whose record for most Grand Slams in men’s tennis was surpassed by three men from the following era – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic; men who Agassi is glad that he didn’t have to compete against.
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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 file photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their semifinal of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris. German tennis player Alexander Zverev gave a more detailed denial of domestic abuse allegations made by a former girlfriend, saying Friday Nov. 13, 2020, “that's not who I am.” (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)(AP)
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 file photo, Germany's Alexander Zverev returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during their semifinal of the Paris Masters tennis tournament in Paris. German tennis player Alexander Zverev gave a more detailed denial of domestic abuse allegations made by a former girlfriend, saying Friday Nov. 13, 2020, “that's not who I am.” (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)(AP)

Zverev denies domestic abuse allegations: ‘Not who I am’

By Associated Press | Associated Press
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 11:05 PM IST
The seventh-ranked Zverev was asked about it during a news conference ahead of the ATP Finals that begin Sunday in London. He has previously denied the accusations on social media and in brief comments, but elaborated Friday.
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Romania's Simona Halep flashes a thumbs up.(AP)
Romania's Simona Halep flashes a thumbs up.(AP)

World No. 2 Simona Halep tests positive for COVID-19

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON OCT 31, 2020 06:08 PM IST
The former world number one did not travel to New York for this year’s U.S. Open Grand Slam due to health concerns over the pandemic.
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Sep 5, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball against Iga Swiatek of Poland on day six 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 5, 2020; Flushing Meadows, New York, USA; Victoria Azarenka of Belarus hits the ball against Iga Swiatek of Poland on day six 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)

Azarenka finally feeling the joy of tennis

By Reuters | NEW YORK
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2020 02:08 PM IST
The 31-year-old, who beat Iga Swiatek 6-4 6-2 on Saturday, has not dropped a set this week en route to the fourth round at Flushing Meadows, where she reached back-to-back finals in 2012 and 2013, losing both to Serena Williams.
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File photo of Divij Sharan.(Getty Images)
File photo of Divij Sharan.(Getty Images)

US Open: Divij Sharan and Cacic bow out of with opening-round loss

By Press Trust of India | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON SEP 03, 2020 11:38 AM IST
Sharan and Cacic lost 4-6 6-3 3-6 against Croatia’s Mektic and Koolhof of the Netherlands in a tough contest that lasted one hour and 46 minutes on Wednesday.
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(Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)
(Illustration: Gajanan Nirphale)

Andre Agassi: One of the greats in tennis pantheon

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 05:06 PM IST
This American star won eight Grand Slam titles and Career Grand Slam (for having clinched all the four major events at least once). He is also actively involved in philanthropy.
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Vittoria and Carola clicking a selfie with Roger Federer.(Twitter/@Barilla)
Vittoria and Carola clicking a selfie with Roger Federer.(Twitter/@Barilla)

Roger Federer surprises fans who went viral after playing tennis across rooftops in Italy

By Amrita Kohli | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2020 08:20 PM IST
Roger Federer also joined them for a game of tennis across rooftops.
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A player gets tested for Covid-19 ahead of next week’s WTA Palermo Ladies Open(Twitter)
A player gets tested for Covid-19 ahead of next week’s WTA Palermo Ladies Open(Twitter)

Pro tennis restart: It’s love-all ladies in Palermo, once a Covid-19 hotspot

By Rutvick Mehta | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2020 07:42 AM IST
As professional tennis takes its first step in the restart process after a four-month hiatus with the 31st WTA Palermo Ladies Open starting on Monday (the qualifiers begin Saturday), it will seek to inject some much-needed positivity with a smooth and safe conduct of the week-long event.
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Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)
Romania's Simona Halep(REUTERS)

Palermo Open to mark the return of tennis

By Associated Press | Rome
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2020 05:04 PM IST
With second-ranked Simona Halep joined by 2017 French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year’s Roland Garros finalist Markéta Vondroušová, this year’s Palermo Ladies Open tennis tournament will be like no other.
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Yevgeny Kafelnikov in action.(Getty Images)
Yevgeny Kafelnikov in action.(Getty Images)

Healthy competition key to Russian success in tennis, says Kafelnikov

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2020 04:07 PM IST
The 24-year-old Medvedev is the oldest of the three and ranked the highest at fifth, while Rublev, 22, is world number 14. Khachanov is a year older than Rublev and placed a spot below in the rankings.
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File photo of Switzerland's Roger Federer.(REUTERS)
File photo of Switzerland's Roger Federer.(REUTERS)

Roger Federer to be out of action after knee surgery, expects to return at start of 2021

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 10, 2020 01:27 PM IST
Federer was beaten in the semi-final of the Australian Open by Novak Djokovic earlier this year. No other grand slam has taken place this year as all tennis matches and tournaments were halted in March due to the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
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File image of French Open.(REUTERS)
File image of French Open.(REUTERS)

French Open organisers to refund all tickets

By AFP | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2020 11:44 AM IST
“The current health situation linked to COVID-19 and the extent of this pandemic are causing uncertainty for all events bringing together the public, all over the world,” the federation said in a message sent to all people who had bought tickets.
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Maria Sharapova with Novak Djokvic.(HT Collage)
Maria Sharapova with Novak Djokvic.(HT Collage)

‘You were fanboying’: Maria Sharapova recalls hilarious dinner date with Novak Djokovic

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 03:20 PM IST
In the chat, Sharapova recalled one of her firsts encounter with the Serbian tennis player. The two indulged in a mixed doubles match, and Djokovic challenged Sharapova that if he won, she would have to take him out for dinner.
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Representational image.(File)
Representational image.(File)

Tennis establishes virus player fund, raises $6 million

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 08:58 AM IST
With the tennis season suspended until at least July 13, some “800 ATP/WTA singles and doubles players” are in need of financial support, the statement continued, with eligibility for the fund determined by a player’s ranking and previous prize money earnings.
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File photo of Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)
File photo of Rafael Nadal.(REUTERS)

‘I see 2020 as practically lost’ for tennis’ - Rafael Nadal

By AFP | Madrid
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2020 06:50 PM IST
The men’s and women’s tours have been stopped due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since World War II and the French Open postponed until the end of September.
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Two junior players found a creative way of playing tennis at home while maintaining social distancing,(Twitter/@atptour)
Two junior players found a creative way of playing tennis at home while maintaining social distancing,(Twitter/@atptour)

Women play tennis from rooftops in Italy, give message of social distancing

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2020 12:10 PM IST
In the city of Liguria, two junior players found a creative way of playing tennis at home while maintaining social distancing, hitting the ball to and from one another’s rooftops.
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Representational image.co(File)
Representational image.co(File)

Tennis warned of ‘elevated risk of corruption’ during lockdown

By Agence France-Presse | Paris
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2020 11:28 PM IST
Rafael Nadal and Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, both say that they plan events at their academies.
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File image of Sumit Nagal.(Reuters)
File image of Sumit Nagal.(Reuters)

‘Not easy to stay motivated’: Sumit Nagal on life in Germany amid lockdown

By Karan Prashant Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2020 09:28 AM IST
Speaking to Hindustan Times in an exclusive telephonic chat from Peine, Nagal recalled his return to Germany from California, as the COVID-19 cases started multiplying all over the world.
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Chris Evert.(Sourced)
Chris Evert.(Sourced)

Chris Evert: Tennis queen in the 1970s, ‘80s

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2020 05:31 PM IST
Chris Evert holds the record of an 89.97% victory percentage – the highest in singles (among men & women) – during the sport’s Open Era.
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File photo of Maria Sharapova.(File)
File photo of Maria Sharapova.(File)

‘Tennis - I am saying goodbye’: Maria Sharapova announces retirement

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2020 07:20 PM IST
Maria Sharapova retirement: Five-time Grand Slam Champion Maria Sharapova announced retirement from professional tennis.
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A view of the Calcutta South Club on the eve of centenary celebrations, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on Friday, February 14, 2020(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)
A view of the Calcutta South Club on the eve of centenary celebrations, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, on Friday, February 14, 2020(Samir Jana / Hindustan Times)

South Club and tennis: Still love-all at 100

By Dhiman Sarkar | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 10:13 AM IST
South Club was birthed because two men were denied a chance to play tennis. It is a story Jaidip Mukerjea, the club’s president, loves telling.
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Indian tennis great Leander Paes(Tata Open)
Indian tennis great Leander Paes(Tata Open)

We need Dravids and Gopichands for Indian tennis to flourish: Leander Paes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 06:36 PM IST
The veteran feels the tennis has to be reinvented like other sports to attract more kids and said the competition is huge with the league such as IPL, Premier Badminton League, Ultimate Table Tennis.
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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

By Agence France-Presse | 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.
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Australian Open quarterfinals highlights, as it happened(Aus Open)
Australian Open quarterfinals highlights, as it happened(Aus Open)

Australian Open quarterfinals highlights, as it happened: Dominic Thiem stuns top seed Rafael Nadal to enter semis

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2020 06:38 PM IST

Australian Open Highlights: World Number one Rafale Nadal was ousted by fifth seed Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinal. Thiem won the match 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 . Earlier, Simona Halep cruised into semifinals after defeating Anett Kontaveit in straight sets. The fourth seed looked completely in control as she won the encounter 6-1, 6-1. Garbine Muguruza continued her resurgence with a win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the other quarterfinal to book her spot in the final four. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev staged an impressive comeback to defeat Stan Wawrinka and progress into the next round.Follow Aus Open highlights below -

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Japan's Naomi Osaka attends a news conference(REUTERS)
Japan's Naomi Osaka attends a news conference(REUTERS)

Tennis: ‘I almost died,’ says Osaka after paddleboard mishap

By Reuters | Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2020 10:49 AM IST
The 22-year-old world number four, who begins the season at the Brisbane International this week, said they had been on vacation in the Turks and Caicos Islands when the incident happened.
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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates in during a match.(Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates in during a match.(Getty Images)

Tennis in 2019: Nadal on top as new faces make mark in women’s game

By AFP | London
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2019 10:52 AM IST
From Nadal’s surge back to top to the rise of the nest generation, here’s a look at some of the biggest talking points of the tennis world in 2019.
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