Tennis

10:04 AM ET ESPN News Services Nick Bollettieri, the Hall of Fame tennis coach who worked with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Andre Agassi and Monica Seles, and founded an academy that revolutionized the development of young athletes, has died. He was 91. Bollettieri died Sunday night at home in Florida after a
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12:40 PM ET Associated Press Teenager Carlos Alcaraz is the youngest year-end No. 1 in the history of the ATP computerized rankings and joins fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal as the first players from the same country to claim the top two spots at the close of a season since Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang
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7:13 PM ET Dan HajduckyESPN Close Hajducky is a reporter/researcher for ESPN. He has an MFA in creative writing from Fairfield University and played on the men’s soccer teams at Fordham and Southern Connecticut State universities. The 2023 Australian Open will be the first sensory inclusive international sporting event, KultureCity, a nonprofit which trains staff
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1:27 PM ET Associated Press PARIS — The Ultimate Tennis Showdown, a league founded by coach Patrick Mouratoglou that played exhibition matches when the pro tours were shut down during the coronavirus pandemic, plans to return in 2023 with four events. The UTS announced Thursday that it will hold matches in July, September, November and
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9:10 AM ET Associated Press LONDON — Former top-10 professional tennis player Fernando Verdasco accepted a voluntary provisional doping suspension of two months after testing positive for a medication for ADHD, the International Tennis Integrity Agency announced Wednesday. Verdasco, who turned 39 this month, said he was taking methylphenidate as medication prescribed by his doctor
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1:21 PM ET British tennis player Emma Raducanu was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) on Tuesday, a little more than a year after she shocked the sporting world when she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam. The then-18-year-old Raducanu catapulted her career to new heights when
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11:15 AM ET Associated Press U.S. Davis Cup team coaches Mardy Fish and Bob Bryan were fined $10,000 apiece and handed bans of four months after promoting a gambling operator via social media. The London-based International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA) announced the punishments Tuesday, saying that Fish and Bryan cooperated fully with its investigation and
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11:22 AM ET Associated Press MALAGA, Spain — Canada won its first Davis Cup title Sunday, beating Australia behind victories from Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Auger-Aliassime secured the winning point when he downed Alex de Minaur 6-3, 6-4 after Shapovalov opened the day by rolling past Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-2, 6-4. Shapovalov had dropped both
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5:14 PM ET Associated Press MALAGA, Spain — Australia had to fight back twice to reach its first Davis Cup final in 19 years after beating Croatia 2-1 on Friday. Lleyton Hewitt‘s team recovered from losing the first singles. Then the Australian doubles pair battled back from a set down in the decider. Australia won
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5:09 PM ET Associated Press MALAGA, Spain — Marin Cilic rallied to defeat Pablo Carreno Busta in a three-hour match Wednesday and send Croatia into the Davis Cup semifinals. Cilic trailed 4-1 in the decisive tiebreaker before coming back to clinch a 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory after 3 hours, 13 minutes and secure a
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5:09 PM ET D’Arcy MaineESPN.com The 2022 WTA and ATP seasons are officially over, and neither will soon be forgotten. With farewells to some of the sport’s biggest names and the emerging dominance of a group of bright young stars, this year was one for the history books. But in a season chock full of
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3:23 PM ET Associated Press TURIN, Italy — Novak Djokovic claimed a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title by beating the third-seeded Casper Ruud on Sunday to top a fantastic finish to the season for the Serb. Djokovic won 7-5, 6-3 to secure his first title at the event since 2015 and match Roger Federer’s record.
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11:08 AM ET Associated Press TURIN, Italy — Novak Djokovic kept his bid for a record-equaling sixth ATP Finals title alive by beating Taylor Fritz of the United States on Saturday to reach the final of the prestigious season-ending tournament. The Serb will face the third-seeded Casper Ruud in Sunday’s final as he attempts to
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7:08 PM ET Associated Press TURIN, Italy — Andrey Rublev rallied to upset second-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and reach the final four of the ATP Finals on Friday. Rublev won 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semifinals for the first time. He will face third-seeded Casper Ruud. Novak Djokovic plays Taylor Fritz of the United States
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8:44 PM ET Associated Press TURIN, Italy — Taylor Fritz advanced to the final four of the ATP Finals by beating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (4), 6-7 (5), 6-2 on Thursday at the year-end tournament. The American will face five-time champion Novak Djokovic in the semifinals. The match went with serve until the final set when
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11:09 AM ET ESPN News Services Wimbledon, after protests during the 2022 event, is relaxing its requirement for all-white clothing to allow female players to wear “mid/dark-colored undershorts” to be more comfortable on their periods. Wimbledon’s strict policy about all-white attire for players is one of the best-known features of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament,
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