With the US Open underway, a look at end of 'shamateur' tennis

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The hoopla surrounding the annual American tennis championships, the U.S. Open, is a far cry from the public and private debate that accompanied the national tournament 50 years ago this month. In 1967, both the singles and doubles tournaments -- men and women -- were restricted to amateurs, the last U.S. national championships to do so. However...Read more

Steve Johnson, still grieving loss of his father, moves into second round at US Open

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NEW YORK -- The court can be a place where players find refuge from their sorrows, but it doesn't afford an escape for Steve Johnson, who is still grieving the unexpected death of his father, Steve Sr., in May.

For the younger Johnson, who won two NCAA singles titles and shared four team championships during a stellar career at USC, tennis ...Read more

Men's draw at US Open is decimation row

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NEW YORK -- One player's misfortune can be another's happy opportunity. With injuries forcing five of the top 11 ranked men's players out of the U.S. Open, there will be many chances for up-and-comers to make impressions when tennis' noisiest and brashest Grand Slam begins here on Monday.

But anyone with title aspirations likely will have to ...Read more

Venus Williams fatal crash: Lawyers to inspect tennis star's cellphone records

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Venus Williams' smartphone records will be examined in a wrongful death lawsuit against the tennis star, over a June 9 traffic crash in Palm Beach Gardens.

Williams' lawyers said Tuesday they will turn over her phone records from noon to 2:30 p.m. -- just before and after the 1:13 p.m. collision. Jerome Barson, 78, a front seat passenger in the...Read more