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Caroline Wozniacki threatens to boycott Miami Open next year due to unruly fans

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World No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, a part-time Fisher Island, Fla., resident who recently had the courts there named after her, said she may boycott the Miami Open tennis tournament in 2019 to protest what she felt was an inadequate response by tournament officials to her complaint of verbal taunts by fans directed at her family in the stands last ...Read more

John Isner finds his game, wins final Miami Open singles title in Key Biscayne

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- John Isner closed out the Miami Open singles final with an impressive display of tennis. Alexander Zverev closed it out with an impressive display of frustration.

Isner, the 6-foot-10 American, survived a rough first set Sunday, then settled down and found his game to defeat Zverev, the 6-foot-6 German, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4 ...Read more

Del Potro gave sad Argentine fans something to cheer about at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- There was one place in the world Tuesday afternoon that Argentine sports fans were happy: Stadium Court at the Miami Open on Key Biscayne, where resurgent Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Filip Krajinovic.

Hundreds of fans decked in Argentina's albiceleste (sky blue) and ...Read more

Venus avoids upset, while Fla. teenager nearly pulls off a stunner

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Just when it looked like the Miami Open was about to lose another marquee name, seemingly-ageless 37-year-old Venus Williams kicked into another gear, fended off three match points and got past Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

The match lasted three hours, and it was the warmest day of the tournament thus far...Read more

Top seeds Federer, Halep bounced from Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- The Miami Open suffered a double blow on Saturday, as both the men's and women's top seeds were eliminated far earlier than anyone expected.

Defending champion Roger Federer was beaten 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) by 175th-ranked qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia. Kokkinakis is the lowest ranked player to topple a world No....Read more

Djokovic, Osaka bounced in second round at Miami Open

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, back on tour after elbow troubles, continues to struggle. He was knocked out the Miami Open in the second round Friday afternoon, 6-3, 6-4 by Benoit Paire, the unseeded 47th-ranked player from France.

Djokovic is a six-time Miami Open champion. He had won 16 matches in a row on Key ...Read more

10 Questions with Roger Federer

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Roger Federer has been playing tennis on Key Biscayne since he was a junior in the Orange Bowl tournament. He is back at the Miami Open for the 17th time, and first time as world No. 1 since 2010. He sat down with the Miami Herald and answered 10 questions.

Q: Have you ever driven in Miami?

A: Yes, of course. I'm at the wheel 90 percent of the...Read more

Earliest-ever exit: Serena Williams is ousted in the first round of the Miami Open

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Serena Williams' return to the Miami Open lasted just over an hour. The 23-time Grand Slam champion was eliminated 6-3, 6-2 in the first round by rising 20-year-old star Naomi Asaka early Wednesday evening.

It was Williams' earliest-ever exit at the Key Biscayne tournament. She had never lost before the Round of 16.

Immediately after the match...Read more

Del Potro relishses rebirth before his first-round match. Former No. 1 rolls in opener

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Juan Martin del Potro's first order of business upon arriving in Miami on Monday was going out for a nice dinner to celebrate his thrilling victory over top-ranked Roger Federer the day before in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Del Potro wouldn't reveal where he and his friends ate, but judging by the size of his smile...Read more

'A new beginning for the Miami Open.' The tournament's makeover has officially begun

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The Miami Open is being held on Key Biscayne, Fla., for the final time during the next two weeks; and the new era of the tennis tournament officially began Monday with a lavish groundbreaking ceremony at Hard Rock Stadium, where the event will move in 2019 after 31 years at its tropical, if outdated home.

Miami Dolphins and stadium owner ...Read more

Comeback complete, Juan Martin del Potro finishes Roger Federer for Indian Wells title

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Sometime between his third and fourth wrist surgeries, feeling no relief from his debilitating pain and seeing little reason to believe he would regain the top-five form that brought him the U.S. Open title in 2009, Juan Martin del Potro considered retirement. His backhand was feeble. His spirit was broken.

After the ...Read more

Federer, 36, refuses to quit and rallies past Coric, 21

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- It was over. Wasn't it? Borna Coric thought so.

The 21-year-old Croatian was playing superbly, pressuring Roger Federer's backhand and putting the world's No. 1 player down a set and a break in the second set of their semifinal Saturday morning at the BNP Paribas Open. No one else in this tournament had taken a set from ...Read more

Injury forces Maria Sharapova to withdraw from Miami Open

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A forearm injury has forced Maria Sharapova to withdraw from this year's Miami Open tennis tournament.

A five-time Grand Slam champion, Sharapova announced the decision Friday.

"I am really sorry that I have to withdraw from one of my favorite tournaments with my left forearm injury," Sharapova said. "I am doing everything possible to return ...Read more

Kasatkina matures as artist

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INDIAN WELLS -- Giving Daria Kasatkina a rigid game plan is like limiting a great artist to using a paint-by-numbers kit. Filling her head with elaborate plans makes no sense when she has the skills and creativity to produce masterpieces by relying on her skills and instincts.

The 20-year-old Russian, weary of focusing on tactics and "small ...Read more

Teenage dream: Youngest player at Indian Wells delivers striking upset

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- This was all so new that Amanda Anisimova couldn't resist breaking her routine to peek at the wonderfully strange scene around her Sunday morning.

She saw thousands of spectators soaking up the gentle sun at Stadium 1 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden while they waited for her to face Petra Kvitova, and she was impressed...Read more

We're all winners when we get a Williams sisters matchup

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- There were no TV cameras on hand to capture the first time Venus and Serena Williams competed against each other, no reporters present to chronicle their every stroke and point for posterity. As Serena remembered it, she was 8 years old and Venus was 10 when they faced each other in a junior match. Serena also remembered ...Read more

Nervous Keys falls to Collins in straight sets

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INDIAN WELLS -- Madison Keys' run to the U.S. Open final last year and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open this year certified she's realizing the promise she showed as a teenager. But success creates high standards, and at 23 she's still learning how to handle that.

"I think I've gotten a lot better at not really caring what other people'...Read more

After rocking Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, Naomi Osaka set to face more top talent at the BNP Paribas Open

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Naomi Osaka's first-round upset of Maria Sharapova in the BNP Paribas Open was one of the most memorable moments of this young tennis season. But in preparing for her second-round match against No. 31 seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Friday, Osaka tried to forget her victory over Sharapova had ever happened.

"Going into the ...Read more

Mom still has pop as Serena returns from long layoff

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Looking unsure at first but quickly gaining strength with each serve and each potent backhand she unleashed, Serena Williams made a triumphant return to competitive tennis Thursday night by overpowering Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-5, 6-3 in a first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open.

Williams, 36, had not played in a ...Read more

Serena Williams gets four billboards, and a Miami Open wild card

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Serena Williams is returning to the tennis tour six months after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, and her husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, welcomed her back with four giant billboards along Interstate 10 heading into Palm Springs, Calif.

The billboards feature photos of Williams and the baby, with the caption "G.M.O.A.T." -- ...Read more

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