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Billie Jean King's abortion story offers window into life without Roe vs. Wade

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LOS ANGELES — Billie Jean King, the tennis legend who shared her painful journey to getting an abortion in her memoir "All In," joined other female athletes calling for the protection of women's reproductive rights.

A draft of a Supreme Court majority opinion striking down abortion rights codified in the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling was ...Read more

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Editorial: Wimbledon's ban on Russian players puts punishment where it isn't warranted

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The decision by Wimbledon officials to ban top stars from Russia and Belarus from this summer’s premier grass tennis tournament is short-sighted and unfair, even if it might satisfy those who want to bring maximum pressure to bear on Russian leader Vladimir Putin for the atrocities his forces are committing in Ukraine.

A boycott of Russian ...Read more

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Wimbledon bans players from Russia, Belarus over Ukraine invasion

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NEW YORK — Wimbledon is going to ban players from Russia and Belarus this summer over the invasion of Ukraine.

Several top players and big names will be affected: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev won the U.S. Open last year, and Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka made the Wimbledon semifinals. All told, there are about a dozen Russian and Belarusian ...Read more

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What you need to know about Miami Open men's final between teen phenom Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Much of the buzz around the Miami Open this year has centered on 18-year-old Spanish phenom Carlos Alcaraz, and he certainly will be the fan favorite against Casper Ruud in the men’s final at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Alcaraz, aiming to become the youngest champion in tournament’s 37-year history, has ...Read more

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Iga Swiatek beats Naomi Osaka in Miami Open final, becomes first Polish player to reach No. 1

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Red and white Polish flags waved from every section of Stadium Court at the Miami Open on a sunny Saturday afternoon as incoming world No. 1 Iga Swiatek continued her dominance of women’s tennis this season with a 6-4, 6-0 win over former No. 1 Naomi Osaka in the championship.

Swiatek has won 17 matches in a row and ...Read more

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Rising stars Alcaraz, Cerundolo love Miami Open's Latin crowds; Pegula reaches semis

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Stadium Court is typically the stage for marquee players at the Miami Open, but the most electric crowds so far this week were at the 5,000-seat Grandstand, where two of the sport’s rising stars — Carlos “Carlitos” Alcaraz and Francisco Cerundolo — played their fourth-round matches.

The fact that they are both ...Read more

Osaka says therapy helped her win Miami Open match; players shocked by Barty retirement

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The shocking news of top-ranked Ash Barty’s retirement from tennis at age 25, just two months after winning the Australian Open on her home soil, reverberated 10,000 miles away at the Miami Open on Wednesday.

Former No. 1 Naomi Osaka, who won her opening match 6-3, 6-4 over Astra Sharma in front of an adoring hometown audience at Hard Rock ...Read more

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Michelle Kaufman: Russian top seed Medvedev, Belarusian Sabalenka deserve warm welcome at Miami Open

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The Miami Open is underway at Hard Rock Stadium and both top seeds are prohibited from representing their flag or country. Men’s top seed Daniil Medvedev is from Russia and women’s top seed Aryna Sabalenka is from Belarus.

Medvedev is the No. 2 ranked male tennis player in the world and Sabelenka is the fifth-ranked female. They are among ...Read more

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Iga Swiatek adds to her impressive season by winning Indian Wells title

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NDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Iga Swiatek’s first attempt at lifting the BNP Paribas Open trophy was a no-go. The crystal sculpture was too heavy, its shape too bulky for her to raise it off the table where it sat gleaming in the Sunday afternoon sun.

Swiatek raised her index finger to the crowd, as if to tell the fans who were celebrating her ...Read more

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Everything you need to know as Miami Open tennis tournament gets underway on Monday

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MIAMI — Naomi Osaka has always considered the Miami Open to be her home tournament, as she spent much of her childhood in Pembroke Pines, and a warm, welcoming crowd over the next few weeks is exactly what the former world No. 1 might need after a tearful exit from her last match.

The four-time Grand Slam champion, who has slipped to No. 78 ...Read more

Helene Elliott: Rafael Nadal's experience and ageless tenacity lift him into Indian Wells final

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INDIAN WELLS — The swirling winds were blowing itchy grains of sand into Rafael Nadal’s eyes. The kid across the net was half his age and was returning everything. The furrows in Nadal’s forehead were getting ever deeper.

When Carlos Alcaraz uncorked a topspin lob to end a 19-minute 52-second game and break Nadal’s serve late in the ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Russian tennis player Andrey Rublev continues to advocate against war in Ukraine

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Andrey Rublev intended to express what was on his mind and in his heart. The red-haired Russian didn't expect his simple message to go viral, or that he'd be seen as a hero for staging a personal protest one day after his homeland had brutally invaded Ukraine.

As happens at some tournaments, Rublev was given a marker ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Rafael Nadal plays it cool in taking out Nick Kyrgios at Indian Wells

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While Nick Kyrgios ranted, Rafael Nadal remained calm.

While the vastly gifted but explosively volatile Kyrgios threw his racket, scolded fans who told him how to play and repeatedly shouted at professionally proactive chair umpire Carlos Bernardes for not doing a perfect job of crowd control under imperfect conditions, Nadal went about his ...Read more

Helene Elliott: Next wave of American men give U.S. tennis fans hope

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Stefanos Tsitispas didn't seem all that impressed by Jenson Brooksby after the precocious 21-year-old from Sacramento had upset him in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

"I don't think there's something that makes him tricky to play," said Tsitsipas, ranked No. 4 in the world, after Brooksby prevailed 1-6, 6-3, 6-...Read more

Helene Elliott: How Taylor Fritz moved ahead in the world tennis rankings by looking back

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To continue moving forward Taylor Fritz of Rancho Palos Verdes first had to look back.

Fritz was trying to find ways to diversify his game and accelerate his climb up the tennis rankings when it occurred to him to seriously examine his longstanding joke that he had hit his forehand better when he was 17 or 18 years old than he had been doing in...Read more

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Naomi Osaka taunted at Indian Wells, reminded of insults Williams sisters endured

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Naomi Osaka, distraught and in tears after a spectator yelled, "Naomi, you suck," after she had lost the first game of her second-round match against Veronika Kudermetova at the BNP Paribas Open on Saturday night, said the taunt had shaken her because it reminded her of racially charged insults that were directed at Serena and Venus Williams at ...Read more

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Rafael Nadal was convinced he lost before storming back to win at Indian Wells

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Rafael Nadal is the ultimate escape artist, but he wondered if he had pushed his luck when he was down 2-5 and two breaks in the third set against Sebastian Korda on Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open. Korda’s backhand was sizzling and his court coverage was exceptional, causing problems Nadal couldn’t solve. “I ...Read more

Helene Elliott: Rising stars in women's tennis find a bumpy ride awaits them

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Emma Raducanu set a modest goal at the start of her 2021 tennis season: win one round in the main draw of a Grand Slam event.

She obliterated that timetable by reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon. She changed her life by winning the U.S. Open in September, capping a stunning journey from qualifier to champion without...Read more

Helene Elliott: Rafael Nadal grateful for return to tennis after harrowing injury break

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Six months ago Rafael Nadal was dependent on crutches, his left leg unable to bear weight because of a flare-up of the foot problems that have plagued him throughout his glorious career. He has been held together by tape and hope for many years, but time seemed to be running out on him as he passed 35.

He had to ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: Dayana Yastremska recounts harrowing experience of living in a Ukrainian war zone

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Dayana Yastremska shouldn’t know so much about the terrible cost of warfare.

The 21-year-old Ukrainian should be able to focus on improving her tennis game, on polishing an aggressive style that has allowed her to rank as high as 21st in the world. She shouldn’t have to be familiar with what to do when civil ...Read more