Sharapova denied French Open wild card

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ROME -- The French Federation shocked the tennis world on Tuesday as it refused to award a Roland Garros wild card to former champion Maria Sharapova, denying the five-time Grand Slam winner a place in Paris at the clay-court major.

The announcement came just a few hours before the 30-year-old Russian, who came off a 15-month drug ban less than...Read more

Sharapova not concerned by Bouchard's life ban call

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STUTTGART, Germany -- Maria Sharapova on Thursday refused to comment on remarks from Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard who said that the Russian star was "a cheater" and should have been banned for life over a doping offence.

Asked after her second-round win at the Porsche Grand Prix against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova whether she had a ...Read more

Tennis legend suspended after alleged racist comment about Serena's unborn baby

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Romanian tennis legend and Fed Cup captain Ilie "Nasty" Nastase is in hot water after allegedly making a racist comment about Serena Williams' unborn baby, and the next day getting tossed from a Fed Cup match against Great Britain for yelling obscenities from his courtside seat.

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has launched an ...Read more

Serena Williams' swimsuit selfie spoke the truth about her pregnancy

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Serena Williams is pregnant, her representative confirmed Wednesday afternoon, hours after the tennis star posted and then deleted what appeared to be a baby announcement on social media.

"I'm happy to confirm Serena is expecting a baby this Fall," the athlete's rep told the Associated Press via email.

Williams' early morning Snapchat selfie ...Read more

Serena Williams shows off apparent baby bump in Snapchat photo

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Is Serena Williams pregnant?

It appears so.

On Wednesday morning, the tennis superstar posted a side-shot selfie of herself on Snapchat with the caption '20 weeks.'

The post was quickly deleted -- yet captured before taken down.

Williams, 35, withdrew from ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells and Miami last month citing a knee ...Read more

Roger Federer defeats rival Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open final

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MIAMI -- Roger Federer's Magical Comeback Tour continued on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over his longtime rival, Rafael Nadal, in the Miami Open final.

Federer, 35, became the oldest champion in tournament history. It was his third title here, and his first in 10 years. Nadal, meanwhile, went home empty-handed again after five finals on Key ...Read more

It's Federer vs. Nadal in Miami Open dream final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- On the weekend before the Miami Open began, the men's draw took two punches in the gut when three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic and world No. 1 Andy Murray pulled out with elbow issues.

Many thought the only saving grace would be another dream final between the resurgent Roger Federer, seeded fourth, and his ...Read more

Johanna Konta caps unlikely run with Miami Open crown

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Just when women's tennis could use a charismatic fresh face with a big game, along comes Johanna "Jo" Konta of Great Britain, a 25-year-old late bloomer born in Australia to Hungarian immigrants.

Two years ago, Konta wasn't ranked high enough to qualify for the Miami Open. On Saturday afternoon, she won the tournament ...Read more

Federer wins three-set classic with Kyrgios to earn showdown with Nadal in Miami Open final

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The moment the Miami Open men's draw was released, most fans likely began rooting for a Roger Federer vs. Rafael Nadal final.

Tournament officials were surely secretly hoping for that, too, as the two biggest headliners in the sport are back in the spotlight after recovering from injuries. What could be better than another...Read more

Wozniacki to meet Konta in Miami final

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MIAMI--Caroline Wozniacki is more familiar with the Crandon Park Tennis Center than most players at the Miami Open. She is a part-time Miami resident, sometimes trains on Key Biscayne, won the Orange Bowl junior title here in 2005 and has played the Miami Open 10 years in a row.

But she had never reached a final until now.

Wozniacki, ...Read more

Roger Federer escapes, advances to semifinals of Miami Open

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MIAMI -- Roger Federer thought exactly what every fan watching in the stadium and on TV was thinking when Tomas Berdych double-faulted on Federer's second match point of the final-set tiebreak Thursday to hand the Swiss a spot in the Miami Open semifinal.

"I was like, 'Wow, double fault? Are you kidding me? You're too kind, Tomas. Why? Like how...Read more

Wozniacki reaches first Miami Open final on 10th try

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MIAMI -- Caroline Wozniacki is more familiar with the Crandon Park Tennis Center than most players at the Miami Open. She is a part-time Miami resident, sometimes trains on Key Biscayne, won the Orange Bowl junior title here in 2005 and has played the Miami Open 10 years in a row.

But she had never reached a final until now.

Wozniacki, ...Read more

Sock carries American hopes into quarterfinal vs. Nadal

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Once upon a time, before Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray took control of men's tennis, it was American flags that waved most often at the men's final at Key Biscayne.

American men won 12 titles here over 14 years from 1990 to 2004. Andre Agassi won six. Pete Sampras won three. Jim Courier, Michael Chang and Andy ...Read more

German hotshot Zverev crashes Wawrinka's birthday

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MIAMI -- Stan Wawrinka's 32nd birthday did not go as he had planned.

The top seed at the Miami Open was knocked out 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the Round of 16 by 19-year-old German hot shot Alexander "Sascha" Zverev, a charismatic player who is quickly becoming a fan favorite around the world. Zverev had 10 wins over Top 20 players last year, including ...Read more

Dolphins owner wants to move Miami Open tennis to Hard Rock Stadium site

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has proposed building a state-of-the-art tennis complex adjacent to Hard Rock Stadium and partnering with Miami Open owners to move the 32-year-old tournament to Miami Gardens from Key Biscayne, Fla., according to sources familiar with the talks.

Ross and Tom Garfinkel, president of the Dolphins and Hard Rock ...Read more

Federer proves too much for American teen Tiafoe

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- It was the moment 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe had tried to imagine so many times over his tennis career -- standing at the net for the coin toss in front of a packed stadium, his idol, Roger Federer, across the net.

On Saturday afternoon, in the second round of the Miami Open, Tiafoe's dream was realized, and it was even ...Read more

Miami Open qualifier and former world junior champ upsets 30th-ranked Vinci

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- In about three weeks, Taylor Townsend will be old enough to order a glass of champagne.

Until then, others can toast to her early success in the Miami Open.

Townsend, 20, the former world junior champion and 2012 Australian Open junior winner who previously lived in Boca Raton, has spent years along an up-and-down path in...Read more

Federer, Nadal on opposite sides of Miami Open draw

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The Miami Open got underway beneath glorious blue skies on Monday with the qualifying rounds, and the women's main draw begins Tuesday at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Even though the tournament will be without headliners Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray -- all of whom withdrew with injuries -- the ...Read more

Elena Vesnina outlasts Svetlana Kuznetsova, wins title at BNP Paribas Open

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- After working so hard to earn the crystal trophy awarded to the winner of the BNP Paribas Open and spending 3 hours 1 minute on the court Sunday riding roiling waves of emotion to win the biggest championship of her career, Elena Vesnina looked heartbroken when a tournament official burst into her news conference and took...Read more

Roger Federer defeats Stan Wawrinka for Paribas Open title

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Roger Federer insists he's still on the comeback trail following knee problems that kept him out of competition for six months. Try telling his opponents that he's not at his peak form. They likely won't believe it.

Federer, who won the Australian Open title in January, won the BNP Paribas Open championship on Sunday for...Read more


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