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‘Lucky loser’ from U.S. upsets 2018 champ Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon

Lauren Davis wasn’t even supposed to be playing in Wimbledon’s main draw. She certainly was supposed to upset defending champion Angelique Kerber in the second round. But that’s exactly what …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 2:19 p.m.

Plenty of dramatics as Rafael Nadal tops Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon

There is never a dull moment with Nick Kyrgios, whether he’s smacking a forehand directly at Rafael Nadal’s midsection and earning a staredown in return or arguing with the chair …


Coco Gauff, 15, follows Venus Williams win by reaching Wimbledon’s 3rd round

There are ways in which Coco Gauff is just like any other 15-year-old American. She watches whatever videos YouTube recommends to make her laugh. And then there is what happens …


Wimbledon notebook: 21-year-old Reilly Opelka of U.S. ousts Stan Wawrinka

Reilly Opelka still is getting used to some aspects of visiting Britain. The 6-foot-11 American is doing just fine with the grass-court tennis part. He upset 3-time major champion Stan …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 2:33 p.m.

Just 18, ‘FAA’ taking flight at Wimbledon; Coco Gauff wins again

Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime is only 18 and had never won a Grand Slam match until this week. But he is now among the favorites to win the title at …


Wimbledon notebook: Nick Kyrgios up to usual antics; Sam Querrey ousts Dominic Thiem

Nick Kyrgios was up to some of his usual antics in a five-set victory at Wimbledon. He hit an underhand serve on set point. He dived unnecessarily. He complained about …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 1:45 p.m.

What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doubles

Serena Williams is teaming up with Andy Murray for mixed doubles at Wimbledon. Murray’s agent says that the two Grand Slam champions and former No. 1 players will be partners …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 3:09 p.m.

‘Serena is Serena’: Goose bumps, selfie, loss to Serena Williams

Serena Williams moved into the second round at Wimbledon with a straight-set victory. But her opponent was thrilled to get to play Williams. It was a chance to play a …


American teen Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff upsets idol Venus Williams during first day of Wimbledon

Coco Gauff grew up admiring the Williams sisters. Picked up a tennis racket as a little girl because of them. And on Monday at Wimbledon, still just 15, Gauff beat …


What a difference year makes for Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon

A year ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon in a rut. Still working his way back from elbow surgery, still fine-tuning a new service motion, he was more than 24 …


Ashleigh Barty beats Julia Goerges in Birmingham final to take No. 1 spot

Ashleigh Barty defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 7-5 to win the Birmingham Classic title on Sunday, a victory that ensures the Australian will be No. 1 in the rankings on Monday. …


Roger Federer wins record 10th Halle Open title, 102nd overall

Roger Federer set another benchmark in his remarkable career by winning his 10th Halle Open title on Sunday. The Swiss great defeated David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 to extend his …


Andy Murray completes fairytale return, Feliciano Lopez claims 2 titles

Andy Murray completed a fairytale return from hip surgery by winning the Queen’s Club doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. Lopez ended Sunday with two titles after earlier winning the singles …


Grip on Sports: After Blues’ Stanley Cup triumph, only one more winter sport is hanging on

A GRIP ON SPORTS • The hockey season is over. Basketball could follow as early as tonight. Forgot the hot temperatures. That’s how we know winter is really about to …


Tennis of Spokane still only full-service shop of its kind in area

Karen and David Benish, ages 82 and 84, have specialized in stringing tennis racquets for 38 years.


Grip on Sports: Athletic excellence can take many forms and appear in many places

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Where were we before we took Sunday morning off? Oh ya, thinking about excellence.


Novak Djokovic Slam run ends at French; Dominic Thiem vs. Rafael Nadal in final

Novak Djokovic’s 26-match Grand Slam winning streak has ended in the French Open semifinals. The loss comes because he made some odd strategic choices, because the wild weather bothered him …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 12:39 p.m.

It’s a Barty party: Australian Ash Barty wins 1st major at French Open

Ash Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 to win the French Open for her first Grand Slam title. Barty is the first Australian to win the championship at Roland Garros …


Rafael Nadal breezes by Roger Federer in French Open semifinal

King of clay Rafael Nadal blew away Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 on a windswept center court on Friday to reach the French Open final for a 12th time, seeking …


Novak Djokovic has tennis history within grasp at the French Open

Novak Djokovic is poised to become only the second man in history to hold all four major titles at once on two separate occasions. Djokovic beat Alexander Zverev 7-5, 6-2, …


Fendrich on Tennis: Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal semifinal in Paris is magnifique

The French Open semifinal between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal comes 15 years after their first match against each other. For tennis’ sake, maybe this won’t be their last meeting …


UPDATED: Thu., June 6, 2019, 8:02 a.m.

Amanda Anisimova, 17, tops ’18 French Open champ Simona Halep in quarters

Seventeen-year-old American Amanda Anisimova has upset defending champion Simona Halep 6-2, 6-4 in the French Open quarterfinals. The 51st-ranked Anisimova’s first Grand Slam semifinal will come against another player making …


An appreciation: French Open bids adieu to its ‘Bullring’

When the French Open ends, its Court No. 1 will bid adieu, too, demolished to make way for a grassy gathering place at Roland Garros. In a sign of the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019, 10:09 a.m.

Paris in the springtime? French Open rainout sinks schedule

The second full-day washout at the French Open since 2000 made a mess of the schedule and raised the possibility that the Grand Slam tournament will not finish on time. …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 12:47 p.m.

Johanna Konta sweeps Sloane Stephens off the court to reach French semis

Johanna Konta produces a remarkably dominant performance against Sloane Stephens in a 6-1, 6-4 victory to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 12:42 p.m.

Here we go: Just like old times, Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal in France

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at the French Open. Their matchup in the semifinals will be the sixth time they’ve played each other at Roland Garros. Nadal …


UPDATED: Tue., June 4, 2019, 8:52 a.m.

Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open

Leave replay review to other tennis tournaments and other sports. The French Open does things its way and relies on eyes instead of electronics to get officiating calls right. That …


American Amanda Anisimova youngest to reach French Open quarterfinals since 2006

To Amanda Anisimova, it seems “like, forever ago” that she was playing in the French Open main draw for the first time. For the record: It’s been all of two …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 1:14 p.m.

Serena Williams bids early adieu at French, like Naomi Osaka before her

Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka are out of the French Open. Williams’ bid for Grand Slam title No. 24 ends with her earliest loss at a major tournament in five …


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 1:15 p.m.

Back on tour in Paris, Roger Federer keeping an eye on the present

Like a rock star back on tour after years away, Roger Federer is playing his greatest hits in Paris: the over-the-shoulder volley winner, the sliced backhand returns, the aces to …