Tennis

Serena Williams, of the United States, practices for the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
August 25, 2019 - 2:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — At first glance, this U.S. Open might appear as unpredictable as any. From recent injuries to players such as Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep, to a bit of pre-tournament shakiness from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, to Rafael Nadal's issues on hard courts, to the...
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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams, left, talks with chair umpire Carlos Ramos during the women's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, in New York. The indelible image from last year's U.S. Open does not involve anyone holding a trophy or making a particularly remarkable shot. It will be Williams pointing a finger at Ramos as she insisted he owed her an apology. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
August 25, 2019 - 12:52 pm
As the start of the 2019 U.S. Open approaches, the indelible image from last year's tournament does not involve a particularly remarkable shot or a champion holding a trophy. Instead, it is, and likely forever will remain, Serena Williams pointing her index finger at chair umpire Carlos Ramos while...
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August 25, 2019 - 11:21 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Mona Barthel has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured right foot, allowing 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Kirsten Flipkens to get into the field. Flipkens lost in qualifying at Flushing Meadows but now will participate in the main draw for the 11th time. Her best showing...
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Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, returns the ball as he practices for the U.S. Open tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
August 24, 2019 - 3:12 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — During a break in practice two days before opening his U.S. Open title defense, Novak Djokovic pulled off his blue shoe and white sock so a trainer could look at his right foot. Did it again a little while later. And then, toward the end of Saturday's training session in Louis...
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August 24, 2019 - 1:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Grand Slam finalist Kevin Anderson has pulled out of the U.S. Open with an injured right knee. The 33-year-old South African was the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at Flushing Meadows in 2017 and to Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon last year. The U.S. Tennis Association announced...
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FILE - In this July 5, 1958, file photo, New York's Althea Gibson waves the winner's plate aloft after she defeated Britain's Angela Mortimer in the women's singles tennis final at Wimbledon, England. Gibson won an amazing 11 Grand Slam titles in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open. On Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, the USTA will unveil a statue in her honor at the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/File)
August 24, 2019 - 10:43 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Althea Gibson basked in a ticker-tape parade in New York a decade before Arthur Ashe won the 1968 U.S. Open. Gibson won 11 majors in three years from 1956-58, including the French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open singles titles. She integrated two sports — tennis and golf — during an...
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Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a serve from Ashleigh Barty, of Australia, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. in Mason, Ohio. (Meg Vogel/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 4:18 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova is, not surprisingly, getting primetime billing at the U.S. Open. The two tennis stars' 22nd career meeting — and first at Flushing Meadows — will be the opening act in Arthur Ashe Stadium for the night session on Monday as the year's last Grand...
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August 23, 2019 - 2:35 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — French Open runner-up Marketa Vondrousova has pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injured left wrist. The 20-year-old lefty from the Czech Republic hasn't played a match on tour since bowing out of Wimbledon in the first round in July. Vondrousova had been seeded No. 17 in the...
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Naomi Osaka, of Japan, looks up a replay as she faces Sofia Kenin, of the United States, in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, in Mason, Ohio. Osaka withdrew from the match with an injury. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
August 23, 2019 - 2:07 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Everything felt better for Naomi Osaka once she returned to the U.S. Open. The knee injury that forced her to retire during her last match no longer is so painful. The disappointment with her tennis that led her last month to say she wasn't having fun playing has been replaced by...
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FILE - In this July 5, 2019, file photo, United States' Cori "Coco" Gauff reacts after winning a point against Slovenia's Polona Hercog in a Women's singles match during day five of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Gauff is just 15 but got into the main draw for the U.S. Open, which starts next week, thanks to a wild-card invitation after her surprising run to the fourth round at Wimbledon. She is one of a group of young Americans making strides in tennis lately. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
August 23, 2019 - 5:40 am
Just like many tennis fans, Coco Gauff's father expects a lot from his precocious, 15-year-old daughter. Makes sense, given the way she swings a racket on a tennis court and handles herself away from one. "Even after I win a tournament, he'll let me celebrate, but then he's like, 'It's back to work...
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