Australian Open ‘likely’ to be delayed

Victorian Sports and Tourism Minister Martin Pakula concedes the 2021 Australian Open will “most likely” be delayed – but only by a week or two. Pakula on Wednesday also said the delicate negotiations between the governments and various stakeholders were close to a conclusion, after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews earlier told the Sunrise program that … Read more Australian Open ‘likely’ to be delayed

Australian Open: Australian Open decision ‘soon’, says tournament chief | Tennis News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said on Sunday that he expected “decisions soon” on arrangements for the tournament after reports said it could be shifted from its usual January slot, while Rafael Nadal urged players to be patient. Tiley had originally wanted players to start arriving in Australia from mid-December so they could undergo … Read more Australian Open: Australian Open decision ‘soon’, says tournament chief | Tennis News – Times of India

Naydenova given lifetime ban for match-fixing

LONDON — The Tennis Integrity Unit has banned Bulgarian player Aleksandrina Naydenova for life and fined her $150,000 for match-fixing offenses. Naydenova “had partaken in match-fixing activity multiple times between 2015 and 2019,” the anti-corruption body said in a statement Friday. The 28-year-old Naydenova, whose highest WTA singles ranking was 218, had been provisionally suspended … Read more Naydenova given lifetime ban for match-fixing

Victoria premier confident Aussie Open will go on

MELBOURNE, Australia — The political leader of Australia’s Victorian state said that despite “incredibly complex” negotiations, he is confident that January’s Australian Open tennis tournament will proceed. Daniel Andrews, the state’s top lawmaker, on Monday cast doubts over planning for the season’s first tennis Grand Slam tournament, which is scheduled for Jan. 18-31 at Melbourne … Read more Victoria premier confident Aussie Open will go on

Victoria to host ‘super summer’ of tennis

Tennis Australia (TA) will employ a ‘hub’ model by shifting all events to the state of Victoria ahead of Melbourne’s Australian Open to ensure the strongest-possible field for the first major of the year. TA will transfer at least five events usually held in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra and Hobart to Victoria in a … Read more Victoria to host ‘super summer’ of tennis

Sabalenka claims third title of 2020 in Austria

LINZ, Austria — Aryna Sabalenka beat Elise Mertens 7-5, 6-2 to win the season-ending Upper Austria Ladies Linz on Sunday for her third title of the campaign. The 11th-ranked Sabalenka from Belarus joined Simona Halep as the only players with three tournament wins in the shortened 2020 season. Sabalenka also won the previous event, in … Read more Sabalenka claims third title of 2020 in Austria

Lisicki’s latest comeback ends with torn ACL

BERLIN — Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki ended her latest comeback attempt Wednesday because of a severe knee injury. The German player has struggled with injuries in recent years and was trying to rebuild her form when she tore an anterior cruciate ligament on Monday during a doubles match in Linz, Austria. “I already had … Read more Lisicki’s latest comeback ends with torn ACL

Rejuvenated Rutuja reclaims love for tennis, one day at a time

12:43 AM ET Jonathan SelvarajESPN India’s Rutuja Bhosale will agree that competitive tennis, especially at the lower rungs of the international circuit, can be a grind. The calendar is mostly a blur of cheap flights, a frenzied search for tournament entries, and once on location, rushing between the hotel and the courts. These days though, … Read more Rejuvenated Rutuja reclaims love for tennis, one day at a time

Taylor Townsend excited about future in tennis and motherhood

Taylor Townsend watched in admiration as the march of moms dominated the conversation at the US Open in September. With nine mothers in the singles draw — and three advancing to the quarterfinals — tennis fans were inspired by their talent, grit and ability to multitask during the COVID-19 pandemic. Townsend had a front-row seat … Read more Taylor Townsend excited about future in tennis and motherhood

World No. 2 Halep tests positive for coronavirus

BUCHAREST, Romania — Wimbledon champion Simona Halep has tested positive for COVID-19 and said Saturday that she has “mild symptoms.” The 29-year-old Halep, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, had skipped the US Open due to fears of catching the coronavirus. She said in August that she preferred to stay and train in Europe. … Read more World No. 2 Halep tests positive for coronavirus