Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon with wrist injury

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Rafael Nadal on Thursday withdrew from Wimbledon to let a wrist injury heal, his team announced.

The Spaniard, who was forced to pull out of the French Open after his second-round match due to a left wrist problem, has been in a cast ever since as he rests at home on the island of Mallorca.

Nadal's spokesman said the ...Read more

Maria Sharapova slapped with two-year drug ban; tennis star will appeal

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Maria Sharapova was suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation on Wednesday for testing positive for meldonium, a banned substance. The ruling said that while she did not cheat intentionally, she must take "sole responsibility" and "very significant fault" for the error.

Sharapova, 29, responded in a statement that she "...Read more

Djokovic completes career Grand Slam with first French Open win, defeats Murray

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PARIS -- The sun emerged on cue for delighted Novak Djokovic, who clinched a career dream on Sunday as he won the French Open over Andy Murray, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 and claimed a rare Grand Slam title sweep.

The clouds parted after 10 days of cold and rain only moments after the Serb became only the third to hold all four grand slam singles ...Read more

Muguruza defeats Williams to win French Open title

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PARIS -- Garbine Muguruza pounded out a victory in her second Grand Slam final, capturing the French Open on Saturday 7-5, 6-4 while denying Serena Williams a record-levelling 22nd singles trophy at a major.

The Venezuelan-born Spaniard becomes the first Spanish woman to win the French Open since 1998. The last to do it was sitting in the VIP ...Read more

Djokovic, Murray to meet in final; Serena earns another shot at tying Graf's record

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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 at the French Open on Friday to reach his 20th career Grand Slam final, a challenge against longtime rival Andy Murray.

World No. 1 Djokovic stands just one victory from his dream of completing a career Grand Slam by winning all four majors.

Djokovic will square off on ...Read more

Djokovic dodges disqualification at French Open; Serena rescues tight win, advances to semis

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PARIS -- Novak Djokovic got lucky with a potential disqualification after a racquet toss gone wrong, while Serena Williams managed to rescue a lost cause on Thursday against an outsider at the French Open.

Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych for an 11th time in succession as the top seed motored toward a possible first title at the clay-court major ...Read more

Miami Open locked into Key Biscayne for 2017, but long-term future murky

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As news broke Wednesday that the PGA is moving its 54-year-old golf tournament from Doral to Mexico City, tennis fans may have been wondering: Is the Miami Open next?

The prestigious tennis tournament on Key Biscayne, which draws more than 300,000 fans per year, is locked in for March 20-April 2, 2017, but the long-term future of the event is ...Read more

Murray, Wawrinka advance at French Open to set up quarterfinal showdown

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PARIS -- Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray on Wednesday set up a key quarterfinal as the French Open worked to get back on schedule after two days of major rain interruptions.

Murray, reaching a Paris quarterfinal for the third consecutive year, rallied after dropping the first set to defeat French crowd favorite Richard Gasquet. Murray scratched ...Read more

French Open faces scheduling crisis after second weather setback

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PARIS -- Organizers submitted to the tyranny of rain for a second straight day at the French Open on Tuesday, with the clay-court major now seriously behind with a handful of fourth-round matches still to complete.

Quarterfinals between Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet in addition to Stan Wawrinka's match against Albert Ramos-Vinolas were ...Read more

Rain washes out French Open for first time in 16 years

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PARIS -- Waves of rain which targeted Roland Garros from dawn on Monday forced an early afternoon cancellation of all play at the French Open, the first total washout in 16 years at the event.

The last time the clay major lost a day to the weather was exactly 16 years ago on May 30, 2000.

But new tournament director Guy Forget, only three ...Read more

Murray, Wawrinka reach French Open quarterfinals

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PARIS -- Strong French Open title contenders Andy Murray and holder Stan Wawrinka overcame demanding weather conditions to book into the quarterfinals of the French Open on a dreary Sunday, with Murray setting a British record.

The second seed's 7-6 (11-9), 6-4, 6-3 win over John Isner knocked out the last U.S. man and also put the Scot ahead ...Read more

Thiem, Djokovic win third-round matches, Tsonga out with groin problem

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PARIS -- Dominic Thiem won a battle of youngsters Saturday as the 13th seed defeated Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to reach the French Open fourth round before two hours-plus of rain interruption.

The pair battled for almost threes hours before Austria's Thiem closed out his third win in five weeks over his teenaged German rival.

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Wawrinka, Murray advance at French Open as Nadal bows out with injury

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PARIS -- Defending champion Stan Wawrinka cruised into the French Open fourth round on Friday just hours after Spain's Rafael Nadal shockingly withdrew with a left wrist injury.

Wawrinka was hardly troubled in a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 win over Jeremy Chardy, though he had to twice serve for the win after being broken in the 10th game of the third set.

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Nadal, Djokovic earn milestone victories, advance to French Open third round

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PARIS -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic each created personal history at the French Open, setting records with straight-set victories on Thursday that took them into the third round.

Nadal won his 200th Grand Slam match with a 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 defeat of Argentine Facundo Bagnis, while top seed Djokovic won his 50th Roland Garros contest, beating ...Read more

Murray survives another five-set scare at French Open, advances to third round

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PARIS -- Andy Murray made a second recovery in three days from a French Open deficit, as he held off an inspired local to post a 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory against Mathias Brougue on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Murray has played 10 sets over the past three days -- his opening match was interrupted by darkness -- at the clay-court major. ...Read more

Murray escapes in five sets at French Open as Djokovic, Nadal cruise

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PARIS -- Andy Murray eked out a narrow victory to advance to the second round of the French Open on Tuesday, winning a two-day marathon match while his elite rivals advanced in the tournament with ease.

Murray faced cagey veteran Radek Stepanek over two days before earning his win, escaping 3-6, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, 7-5.

It was smooth sailing for ...Read more

Wawrinka battles in first round of French Open

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PARIS -- Stan Wawrinka survived a first-round test on a rainy Monday as the 2015 French Open champion defended his title with a 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Lukas Rosol.

The start of play was delayed until mid-afternoon. But forecasts for the next three days look more encouraging, with dry weather predicted until Friday, when rain is due ...Read more

Federer's Grand Slam streak ends with French Open withdrawal

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PARIS -- Roger Federer's record of 65 consecutive Grand Slam appearances was ended on Thursday as the injured Swiss champion withdrew prior to Sunday's start of the French Open.

The world No. 3 has not missed a major since 2000 and was last absent at the 1999 U.S. Open.

Federer had played only five matches since returning in early April, two ...Read more

Murray seals Rome title win over Djokovic

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ROME -- Andy Murray celebrated his 29th birthday with a long-sought 6-3, 6-3 victory over top rival Novak Djokovic to win the Rome Masters on Sunday.

It was his first victory on clay over the Serbian world No. 1.

The first Britain to win at the Foro Italico in the Open era will return to second in the rankings on Monday, less than a week ...Read more

Williams claims fourth Rome title to end nine-month title drought

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ROME -- Serena Williams broke a title drought stretching to last August as the top seed won an all-American final over Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 to claim the Rome Masters for a fourth time on Sunday.

Williams had not lifted a trophy since Cincinnati on Aug. 23. She defeated her compatriot for the third time as she won the 70th title of her ...Read more