Nadal crashes out, Djokovic battles into Italian Open semis

By AFP Clay court king Rafael Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open on Saturday, falling to a straight sets defeat to Argentine Diego Schwartzman in a tournament the Spaniard…

Serena Williams returns with a win

SERENA Williams came back from the brink to start her first tournament in 6 months with a win against Bernarda Pera. Williams overcame fellow American Bernarda Pera 4-6 6-4 6-1…

Pro tennis bounces back with New Zealand tournament

NEW ZEALAND Tennis said Monday it was set to host the southern hemisphere’s first professional tournament since the COVID-19 shutdown. The men’s Premier League tournament in Auckland next month will…

WTA pros take the court in Florida mini-tournament

AMERICANS Alison Riske and Danielle Collins and Aussie Ajla Tomljanovic were among the winners Friday on the opening day of a women’s tennis mini-tournament in Florida that offered pros a…

Cancel French Open rather than play without spectators: Leconte

HENRI Leconte says the French Open should be cancelled if it is impossible to have spectators at the claycourt Grand Slam event. “I think there is just no interest in…

‘A lot of regrets’ – tennis star Osaka says shyness is holding her back

Former world number one Naomi Osaka has admitted having “a lot of regrets” and said she’s soul-searching during the coronavirus lockdown for ways to become more assertive. The 22-year-old Japanese,…

No shaking, no showering, no sharing: Welcome to post-virus tennis

By AFP No shaking, no showering, no sharing, no signing. Welcome to what the world of tennis could look like once government restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic have been…

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

ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said Thursday he hopes the clay-court season and French Open can be played in September as tennis scrambles to salvage a season in danger of being…

What now for tennis in 2020?

WIMBLEDON cancelled for the first time since World War II and no resumption of the ATP and WTA Tours until July 13 at the earliest as the coronavirus continues to…

Wimbledon set to be cancelled for first time since WWII

WIMBLEDON looks certain to be scrapped for the first time since World War II by tournament chiefs on Wednesday as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar.…