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20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer announces retirement, calls decision 'bittersweet'

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First, Serena Williams. And now Roger Federer.

The tennis world is having to say goodbye to another legend of the sport as the Swiss superstar took to social media to announce that he is retiring.

“The Laver Cup next week in London will be my final ATP event,” Federer, 41, said in his statement. “I will play more tennis in the future, of...Read more

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Michelle Kaufman: Don't worry, tennis fans. The sport is in good hands with Carlos Alcaraz at the top.

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MIAMI — No need to worry, tennis fans. The future of the sport is in exceptional hands.

The 2022 US Open started with a much-deserved, star-studded farewell to legend Serena Williams, who showed up to her goodbye party dressed as only she can — in a glittery figure skating-inspired tennis dress and custom sneakers emblazoned with 400 hand-...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Teenager Carlos Alcaraz triumphs at U.S. Open for his first Grand Slam title

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NEW YORK — Men's tennis has been dominated for two decades by the "Big Three" of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. In the U.S. Open final on Sunday, 19-year-old Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz identified himself the "Next One" to succeed them as the winner of many major titles.

Alcaraz won his first Grand Slam singles title and earned ...Read more

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Iga Swiatek holds off Ons Jabeur to capture her first US Open title

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NEW YORK — Iga Swiatek of Poland affirmed her ranking as the No. 1 women's tennis player in the world, fighting off a spirited late push from No. 5 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia to win her first US Open title and third Grand Slam singles championship with a 6-2, 7-6 (5) victory Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Swiatek, 21, was relentless on her ...Read more

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Frances Tiafoe's U.S. Open run ends in semifinals, but he's a champion of resilience

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NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe put his heart on the line in his U.S. Open semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz. He never gives less. In the biggest match of his life, he gave even more — more of an incredible effort and more of himself, a luminous athlete whose performance transcended the numbers that said he had lost.

The son of a custodian at a ...Read more

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Iga Swiatek rallies to defeat Aryna Sabalenka and reach U.S. Open final

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NEW YORK — When world No. 1 Iga Swiatek went down 2-0 to Aryna Sabalenka to start the third set of their U.S. Open semifinal on Thursday, she felt down emotionally, too.

“I wasn’t expecting too much from myself,” Swiatek said. “Aryna is a great server. I wasn’t sure I could break back.”

As usual, Swiatek was too critical of ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Carlos Alcaraz-Jannik Sinner's thriller at U.S. Open shows men's tennis in good hands

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NEW YORK — Forget about who was missing from the men’s field at the U.S. Open this year.

Wish Roger Federer luck as he recovers from knee problems and aims for a return next month. Wish the same for Alexander Zverev, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury at the French Open. Wish whatever you think appropriate for Novak Djokovic, whose ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: 'We got some more': Frances Tiafoe's stunning US Open run isn't over yet

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NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe’s improbably wonderful American dream reached new heights on Wednesday, when the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone advanced to the semifinals of the US Open with a dynamic and decisive victory over Andrey Rublev of Russia. He celebrated with screams of pure joy, which were amplified by the enthralled crowd at ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Frances Tiafoe finds his American dream in stunning upset over Rafael Nadal

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NEW YORK — Frances Tiafoe's parents left war-torn Sierra Leone for a better life in the United States. His mother, Alphina, was a nurse and often worked two jobs. Frances Sr. became a day laborer on a crew building the Junior Tennis Champions Center, a training complex and school in College Park, Md. His diligence won him a full-time place as ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Banged-up Rafael Nadal does a bang-up job as he moves to 4th round at US Open

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NEW YORK — This much is inarguable: Rafael Nadal is the GOTT — greatest of this time.

Whether he’s also the GOAT — greatest of all time — remains an open question. But he’s building a strong case for GOAT status as he pushes toward his third Grand Slam title of 2022, having missed a chance to sweep the four majors when a torn ...Read more

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Jessica Pegula, daughter of Bills owners, surging at US Open after tough year

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Not only is Jessica Pegula the top-ranked American tennis player — and now in the Round of 16 at the US Open for the first time — but her parents own the Buffalo Bills.

As the Bills prepare to open the NFL season against the Rams on Thursday night, Pegula has climbed to new heights in her tennis career, defeating Chinese qualifier Yuan Yue ...Read more

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Celebrities, from Samuel L. Jackson to Michelle Obama, pay tribute to Serena Williams after US Open loss

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NEW YORK — A tennis goddess exited the U.S. Open with a glorious goodbye — and the world took note.

Tributes to Serena Williams started pouring in shortly after the 23-time Grand Slam champion lost to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in a tense, thrilling match at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens Friday night.

Celebrities, fellow athletes, and ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: It's end of an era as tennis legend Serena Williams bows out with loss at US Open

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NEW YORK — Serena Williams’ trailblazing tennis career ended with one last blast of fire on a cool summer night at the U.S. Open, the scene of her first major triumph in 1999.

Williams, who recently said she’s ready to move away from competition to spend more time with her family and business ventures, fought back several times against ...Read more

Serena Williams forever changed how brands see female athletes

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Serena Williams's US Open adventure is over, capping a glittering 27-year career that defined a new era of tennis and inspired sponsors to take female athletes more seriously.

Williams lost to Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic in three sets at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York on Friday, a day after she and her sister Venus exited the doubles ...Read more

Helene Elliott: Serena Williams loses at US Open in likely the final match of legendary career

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NEW YORK — Serena Williams’ trailblazing tennis career ended with one last blast of fire on a cool Friday night at the US Open, the setting of her first major triumph in 1999.

Williams, who has strongly indicated she’s ready to move away from competition to spend more time with her family and her business ventures, fought back several ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: 'It's been a hell of a ride': John McEnroe reflects on his life as tennis' bad boy

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The streets of New York City are deserted as John McEnroe walks past familiar landmarks and dark alleys on a trip that covers a few miles and many decades.

With each step he takes in the late-night scenes that link the insightful documentary "McEnroe," the man whose foul-mouthed tirades were as famous as his exceptional tennis skills finds the ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Serena and Venus Williams' doubles finale is a gift for all

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They sat together, whispered together, strategized together, two against the world, like they used to be.

Serena and Venus Williams accepted a wild-card entry into the U.S. Open women's doubles field as a nostalgic indulgence, a gift to themselves in what's likely to be Serena's final tournament before she continues her self-described evolution...Read more

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Serena Williams is 'having fun and enjoying' final US Open run

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NEW YORK — The Serena Williams Show continues Friday night with soaring ticket prices and an opponent hoping to channel Novak Djokovic’s attitude toward a hostile crowd.

According to secondary market retailer Tickpick, the “get-in” price for Williams’ third-round match against Ajla Tomljanovic was $565 as of Thursday afternoon, an ...Read more

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Greg Cote: Serena's week at U.S. Open one for the ages as tennis' Queen G.O.A.T. keeps defying time

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We thought the farewell would be finished. That the most epic singles career in tennis history would have ended by now in the U.S. Open. Instead she keeps winning, making us greedy to not let go. Making us dream. Might it actually be possible now for a surreal run to one last major championship on the eve of her 41st birthday?

Sports, the first...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Serena Williams is not finished yet, defeats Anett Kontaveit to advance at U.S. Open

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NEW YORK — Serena Williams isn't going quietly into the next phase of what she calls her evolution away from tennis. She's not going at all, just yet.

Showing flashes of the power and fearsome serve that helped her win 23 Grand Slam singles titles in a career whose impact has carried well beyond the tennis court, Williams again delayed her ...Read more