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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, 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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

All’s well that ends well for No. 1 Naomi Osaka at French Open

Naomi Osaka again got off to a terrible start at the French Open. And the No. 1 seed again prevailed. Osaka went down a set and a break against former …


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

‘Super old’ Roger Federer to face ex-contemporary’s son at French Open

Roger Federer’s next opponent at the French Open is the son of someone who was in the field the first time Federer entered the tournament back in 1999. Maybe that’s …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

No. 1 seed Naomi Osaka survives upset at French Open

Five times just two points from defeat in a swirling wind, Naomi Osaka held it together enough to overcome all of those miscues and stretch her winning streak at majors …


Serena Williams cruises to first-round win at French Open

Serena Williams returns to win first-round match at French Opeen


Roger Federer wins easily in first French Open match since 2015

Roger Federer returns to refurbished Court Philippe Chatrier for his first French Open match since 2015 and wins easily


UPDATED: Sat., May 18, 2019, 2:25 p.m.

Rafael Nadal gets his revenge over Stefanos Tsitsipas; Novak Djokovic up next

After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Players debate necessary punishment after Nick Kyrgios outburst

Nick Kyrgios’ opponent during his latest outburst of unruly behavior believes the Australian should be suspended from tennis for at least six months. Roger Federer thinks Kyrgios already paid enough …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 9:06 a.m.

Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with injured knee

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open ahead of her second-round match against sister Venus due to a continuing left knee injury. Tournament organizers made the announcement Tuesday, a …


‘In the mood’: Roger Federer seeks more clay matches in Rome

Roger Federer is 37 and has won 20 Grand Slam titles but he still gets excited about playing tennis. That’s why he added this week’s Italian Open to his schedule. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 9:34 a.m.

Crafty Nick Kyrgios leaves Daniil Medvedev slamming his racket

Nick Kyrgios took full advantage of his crafty game to eliminate 12th-seeded Daniil Medvedev in three sets in the first round of the Italian Open. For his first win on …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019, 2:59 p.m.

Roger Federer outlasts Gael Monfils to reach Madrid Open quarterfinals

Roger Federer has reached the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open after saving two match points in a three-set win over a gritty Gael Monfils. It was Federer’s only second match …


UPDATED: Wed., May 8, 2019, 3:15 p.m.

Rafael Nadal overcomes stomach virus to advance in Madrid Open

Rafael Nadal overcame a stomach virus to reach the third round of the Madrid Open with a two-set win over Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime. Nadal lost only four service points …


Serena Williams set to return from injury at Italian Open

Serena Williams is set to return from injury at the upcoming Italian Open. Tournament director Sergio Palmieri tells The Associated Press that he spoke with Williams’ agent and that Williams …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 9:09 a.m.

‘Political chaos’ envelops tennis as French Open approaches

Tennis is in turmoil as the French Open approaches. As three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka put it: “Politics have overshadowed the action on the courts.” Wawrinka decried his sport’s “worrying …


Wimbledon targets using serve clock at 2020 tournament

Wimbledon is “highly likely” at the 2020 tournament to introduce a serve clock for players that debuted in Grand Slams at last year’s US Open. Tournament CEO Richard Lewis detailed …


Naomi Osaka opens clay campaign by beating Hsieh Su-wei in Stuttgart

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka opened her clay-court season by beating Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan 6-4, 6-3, on Thursday to reach the Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinals. Osaka hit 22 winners and converted …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019, 11:13 a.m.

Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer to reach Barcelona Open quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal looked closer to his clay-court best again as he beat David Ferrer 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Barcelona Open. Nadal saved four of five break …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Prep tennis: Mead’s Bill Wagstaff to leave deep, rich legacy on Spokane tennis scene

After 42 years of heading the Mead boys tennis team, Bill Wagstaff is ready to transition into the next phase of his life. That will include more family time – …


Sloane Stephens pulls U.S. even with Swiss in FedCup after Madison Keys upset

Sloane Stephens beat Timea Bacsinzsky after Viktorija Golubic upset Madison Keys in straight sets. That allowed the United States to tie Switzerland 1-1 on the first day of their Fed …