Federer to play French, prep at Geneva tourney

PARIS — Roger Federer announced Sunday he will play at the French Open, and the Swiss star is preparing for it on home clay at a tournament in Geneva next month. The 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed his plans on his official Twitter page. “Happy to let you know that I will play Geneva and … Read more Federer to play French, prep at Geneva tourney

Tsitsipas caps dominant run with Monte Carlo title

MONACO — Stefanos Tsitsipas won the Monte Carlo Masters without dropping a set, beating Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday for his first title this year and sixth overall. Fourth-seeded Tsitsipas was in dominant form as he edged 4-3 ahead of the sixth-seeded Russian in their career meetings, having also beaten him on clay last … Read more Tsitsipas caps dominant run with Monte Carlo title

Eight countries advance to qualifying in BJK Cup

Britain, Canada, Italy and Ukraine were among the eight countries that reached the qualifying round of the 2022 Billie Jean King Cup with victories Saturday. These were the first matches in the women’s tennis team competition since its name was changed from Fed Cup last year. Also advancing were Kazakhstan, Latvia, Netherlands and Poland. Britain … Read more Eight countries advance to qualifying in BJK Cup

Tsitsipas, Rublev oust underdogs to reach final

MONACO — Fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas swatted aside unseeded Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time and stay on course for a first title this year. The big-serving Greek player’s opponent will be sixth-seeded Russian Andrey Rublev, who beat unseeded Norwegian Casper Ruud 6-3, 7-5. Rublev … Read more Tsitsipas, Rublev oust underdogs to reach final

Plucky disruptor Ankita almost pulls off upset against Ostapenko

On Friday against India’s top singles player Ankita Raina, former World No. 5 Jelena Ostapenko‘s high-risk, high-reward game yielded 77 unforced errors. Riding on them and the Latvian’s stuttering first serve, 174th-ranked Ankita came agonisingly close to pulling off a major upset in the World Group playoffs of the Billie Jean King Cup. World No. … Read more Plucky disruptor Ankita almost pulls off upset against Ostapenko

6 Challenger tournaments in Canada canceled

Six Challenger tennis tournaments scheduled for Canada this year have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Tennis Canada said Friday the events are the men’s Winnipeg (Manitoba) National Bank Challenger; the women’s Challenger event in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the National Bank Challenger in Granby, Quebec; and the Odlum Brown VanOpen in Vancouver, British Columbia. The … Read more 6 Challenger tournaments in Canada canceled

Nadal latest big name to tumble at Monte Carlo

MONACO — Andrey Rublev produced an audacious display of attacking tennis to hand record 11-time champion Rafael Nadal a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 defeat on clay in the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Friday. The sixth-seeded Russian might have won even more convincingly, with Nadal saving break points at 3-1 down in the second set. Nadal … Read more Nadal latest big name to tumble at Monte Carlo

Evans ends Djokovic streak at 10; Nadal cruises

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost 6-4, 7-5 to Daniel Evans on Thursday in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters for his first defeat of the year. No. 3 Rafael Nadal had no such problems, breezing past Grigor Dimitrov 6-1, 6-1 to reach the quarterfinals of a tournament he has won a record 11 times. … Read more Evans ends Djokovic streak at 10; Nadal cruises

ITF moves Olympics rankings cutoff to June 14

LONDON — The WTA and ATP rankings of June 14 will be used to determine which tennis players earn direct entry into the Tokyo Olympics for singles and doubles, a delay of a week to match the change in dates for the French Open. The ITF announced Thursday that its board of directors had approved … Read more ITF moves Olympics rankings cutoff to June 14

Djokovic has successful return to Monte Carlo

MONACO — – Novak Djokovic produced a clinical 6-4, 6-2 win over up-and-coming Jannik Sinner at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, making a successful return to clay. Facing a stern test in his first competitive match since his record-extending ninth win at the Australian Open, the two-time Monte Carlo champion eased into his clay-court … Read more Djokovic has successful return to Monte Carlo