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Players Uneasy As US Open To Go Ahead Without Fans

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NEW YORK, United States- The US Open tennis championships will go ahead as scheduled in August but without spectators, officials confirmed on Tuesday.After weeks of uncertainty surrounding the tournament -- which is being staged in the epicentre of the...

World Number One Barty Wary About August US Open Return

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SYDNEY, Australia- World number one Ashleigh Barty voiced caution Friday about resuming tennis too soon, saying she needed more information before committing to the US Open in August.The Australian, who surged to the top of the rankings last year...

What Now For Tennis In 2020?

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PARIS, France- Professional tennis has been in cold storage since March due to the coronavirus pandemic with tournaments unlikely to resume before August.AFP Sport looks at three talking points as the sport heads into June:Fans in or out at...

Am I Next? Rising Tennis Star Coco Gauff Upset By Unarmed Black Man’s Death

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LOS ANGELES, United States- Rising US tennis star Coco Gauff has added her voice to those expressing outrage at the death of an unarmed black man in Minnesota who was in police hands.Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who can...

You Are Better Than Djokovic- Kyrgios Tells Andy Murray

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LONDON, United Kingdom- Nick Kyrgios told Andy Murray on Saturday the British tennis star was better than world number one Novak Djokovic, claiming the Serb "dodges" his serve while the Scot "is on it like a light".By his own...

Serena Williams Eager To Resume Tennis After Coronavirus Lockdown

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LOS ANGELES, United States- US superstar Serena Williams says she's ready to play "real tennis" after the enforced rest of coronavirus quarantine."I really look forward to getting back on the court," the 23-time Grand Slam champion said in a...

Sponsor Gerard Pique Pessimistic Over November Davis Cup Finals

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MADRID, Spain- Barcelona football star Gerard Pique said Sunday he was "pessimistic" that the Davis Cup Finals, which his company finances, would be held in Madrid this year.Pique's Kosmos investment group has a 25-year deal worth $3 billion with...

Tennis Greats Federer, Nadal Join King In Calling For ATP, WTP Merger

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PARIS, France- WTA founder Billie Jean King joined Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on Wednesday in suggesting "now is the time" to merge the men's ATP and women's body into one umbrella organisation to oversee the two professional tennis...

Tennis Ace Novak Djokovic Against Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination

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BELGRADE, Serbia- Novak Djokovic has said he would be against a compulsory coronavirus vaccination if it became a requirement for tennis players to travel to tournaments. "Personally I'm against vaccination. I wouldn't like that someone forces me to get a...

I Battled Depression Before My Wimbledon Breakthrough- Coco Gauff

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PARIS, France- Teenage tennis sensation Coco Gauff revealed Thursday that she suffered depression as a 14-year-old, just before her history-making Wimbledon breakthrough.Gauff said she struggled with her mental health after being constantly touted as the sport's next big thing...

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No sign of engine failure in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: NTSB

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Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine who perished when the helicopter crashed in LA on January 26.

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