Tennis announcer sues ESPN after comment during Venus Williams match led to his firing

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Doug Adler, a tennis commentator and former All-American at USC, has filed a wrongful termination suit against ESPN after a social media uproar over a phrase he used to describe Venus Williams' tactics during an Australian Open match last month led to his abrupt firing from the network.

On the call for Williams' match against Stefanie Voegele ...Read more

USTA apologizes for playing Nazi-era anthem during Fed Cup match with Germany

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The U.S. Tennis Association issued an apology to Germany for playing the Nazi-era version of the German national anthem before a Fed Cup match in Hawaii on Sunday.

German team coach Barbara Ritter said the mistake was "an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable."

She added that she was so upset she thought about going over ...Read more

Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig comes home to Miami Open

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Monica Puig had just won her Olympic gold medal in Rio last summer, just reached the pinnacle of her career, just made history as the first athlete to win gold for Puerto Rico; but she quickly realized that her fairy tale would end abruptly.

Unlike other Olympic athletes, who take extended breaks after peaking on the world stage, Puig had a ...Read more

Federer defeats Nadal to win fifth Australian Open, 18th Grand Slam

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer added another honor to his superlative career, defeating hot rival Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, to win a record 18 grand slam singles title at the Australian Open on Sunday.

The Swiss fought from 3-1 down in the final set with five unanswered games to advance further into the history books.

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Serena Williams defeats sister Venus for 7th Australian Open, record 23rd Grand Slam

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams wrote more history with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of sister Venus to claim a record 23rd Open Era Grand Slam singles title with a seventh Australian Open trophy on Saturday.

The 35-year-old surpassed Germany's Steffi Graf and now stands one major title behind the 24 of Australian all-time leader Margaret Court, ...Read more

Nadal outlasts Dimitrov in five-set thriller to set up final vs. Federer

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal needed three match points and nearly five hours to beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (4-7), 6-4 on Friday to set up a classic final at the Australian Open with Roger Federer.

The old-school throwback match on Sunday will pit the dominators of the last decade in an unexpected late chapter of their...Read more

Federer edges Wawrinka in five sets; Venus, Serena set up first all-Williams Grand Slam final since '09

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer fought off Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday to charge into the Australian Open final, where he could possibly face long-time rival Rafael Nadal.

Nadal, seeded ninth, faces a semifinal challenge from Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal needs a victory to set up the old-school, throwback match with ...Read more

It's Venus vs. Serena again: 'No matter what happens, we've won'

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The Australian Open finals won't be played until this weekend, but one thing is certain: the women's championship trophy will be engraved with "Williams."

For the 28th time in history -- ninth in a Grand Slam final -- sisters Venus and Serena Williams will play each other for a title, ensuring the trophy will wind up in their Palm Beach Gardens...Read more

Nadal moves into Aussie semis, one step closer to potential final vs. Federer

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal took revenge for a loss earlier this month to Milos Raonic as he rolled 6-4, 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 in a baseline battle at the Australian Open on Wednesday to reach the semifinals.

Nadal, who lost to Raonic in Brisbane, moved a step closer to a potential final with Roger Federer -- an old-school duel that has ...Read more

Federer, Wawrinka set up semifinal showdown; Venus reaches first Aussie semi in 14 years

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Swiss rivals Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka combined for more than 100 winners in their respective matches as they set up a high-profile semifinal at the Australian Open by posting runaway straight-set victories on Tuesday.

Federer, a four-time champion who won his last major in 2012, rolled past German Mischa Zverev 6-...Read more

Nadal holds off Monfils to advance to quarterfinals at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal held off Gael Monfils, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, to reach the 30th Grand Slam quarterfinal of his career on Monday in a battle of shot-making gladiators at the Australian Open.

The Spaniard ran his record over the Frenchman to 13-2 with a second win in the series in Melbourne.

Nadal was motoring when Monfils ...Read more

Top seeds go missing as Murray, Kerber fall in Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open lost a large measure of box office firepower on Sunday in a day of disaster as both top seeds were eliminated in fourth-round shocks.

Andy Murray was the first to go as German Mischa Zverev handed him his exit papers to leave the event as the first major in 13 years to lose both leading men's seeds by...Read more

Nadal survives in five sets at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Rafael Nadal fulfilled a vow not to lose another five-set match as the Spaniard gutted out a 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Alexander Zverev on Saturday to power into the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 2009 champion had gone down in the fifth to Lucas Pouille at the U.S. Open and lost to Fernando ...Read more

Murray, Wawrinka earn efficient wins at Aussie Open; Federer rolls

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andy Murray steered well clear of the upset fate that befell rival Novak Djokovic as the top seed motored into the fourth round of the Australian Open, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 over Sam Querrey on Friday.

Besides leaving the U.S. without a man in the field after five days of play, the two-hour match also reassured Murray after he ...Read more

Djokovic suffers stunning five-set loss in second round of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Novak Djokovic suffered his earliest Australian Open loss since 2006 on Thursday when the six-time champion went down in a second-round upset to Denis Istomin 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Djokovic spent almost five hours in his struggle against a player who won an Asian qualifying competition for a spot in the ...Read more

Federer, Wawrinka, Murray roll into third round at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Swiss aces Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka tamed a pair of American challengers to power into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The pair of former trophy holders delivered relatively straightforward victories.

Federer beat No. 200 Noah Rubin 7-5, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3), while Wawrinka hammered Steve Johnson with 46 ...Read more

Nadal, Djokovic start with straight-set wins at Australian Open

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MELBOURNE -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic stepped up with straight-set, first-round victories on Tuesday as both former champions began their quests to add to their Australian Open legacies.

Djokovic, bidding for a seventh title at the tournament, held off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2.

Nadal started the chase for his first ...Read more

Wawrinka struggles while Federer shines in Australian Open starts

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka managed a Swiss sweep Monday as the pair were tested in opening-round matches at the Australian Open.

Federer, playing his first match since taking six months off to heal a knee injury, showed no lack of form as he overcame fellow 35-year-old Jurgen Melzer, a qualifier, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2....Read more

Fourth seed Halep out of Australian Open

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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Simona Halep became the first major upset just hours into the start of the Australian Open when the Romanian fourth seed lost to American Shelby Rogers 6-3 6-1 on Monday.

Halep, twice a quarterfinalist at the first grand slam of the season, fell in the opening round for the second year in a row.

The 25-year-old was ...Read more

Serena, Djokovic in rare No. 2 spots heading into Australian Open

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Distractions are nothing new to Serena Williams, who has spent her entire career juggling tennis with outside interests.

But this year, she enters the Australian Open with a different kind of diversion, and time will tell how -- or if -- it will affect her quest for a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title.

Williams, 35, was recently engaged to ...Read more