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Australian Open officials alter course on ban of Peng Shuai protest

Sports Illustrated
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Tennis Australia reverses course on Peng protest

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Tennis Australia has reversed the decision to ban Australian Open spectators from protesting against the whereabouts of former Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, as long as it doesn’t disrupt the event. In November, Peng took to social media platform Weibo and accused Chinese Communist Party member Zhang......

‘The Mondayest Monday:’ Stefanos Tsitsipas’ weird, wild Australian Open win over Taylor Fritz

ESPN
Stefanos Tsitsipas booked his place in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open after a roller-coaster win over American Taylor Fritz. The world’s No. 4 player eventually won 4-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a match in which he was hit with serve and coaching violations, and he had a won......

Alize Cornet tried, tried again and made first Grand Slam quarterfinal in 63rd attempt

ESPN
Competing in her 63rd major main draw appearance, Alize Cornet finally advanced to the first quarterfinals of her career with a 6-4, 3-6, victory over former world No. 1 Simona Halep on Monday at the Australian Open. Cornet’s streak marks the most majors played before reaching a quarterfinal in the......

Collins third American woman in Aussie quarters

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Danielle Collins is back in the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win over No. 19-seeded Elise Mertens in a match lasting almost three hours Monday in temperatures in the low 30s Celsius (90s Fahrenheit) on Rod Laver Arena. Collins joins two other Americans......

Fans at Aussie Open asked to removed ‘Where is Peng Shuai?’ shirts

Sports Illustrated
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Nick Kyrgios is the undisputed Happy Gilmore of tennis

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Shooter McGavin never liked Happy Gilmore. “He’s a disgrace to the game,” he once argued. “The man is destroying golf. Kick him off the tour.” Gilmore, the flamboyant, failed hockey player turned unorthodox golf pro, a fictional character wonderfully portrayed by Adam Sandler in the 1996 film,......

Aussie fans asked to remove Peng Shuai T-shirts

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Fans at the Australian Open were asked by security to remove T-shirts featuring the slogan “Where is Peng Shuai?” which references the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the Chinese former tennis player’s well-being and whereabouts. In November, Peng, the former world No. 14 singles player and part of a......

Tiley denies reports Djokovic will sue Tennis Australia

Reuters
Tennis – Official Presentation of ATP Team Competition – The O2, London, Britain – November 15, 2018 Tennis Australia CEO, Craig Tiley during a press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/Files Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MELBOURNE, Jan 23 (Reuters) – Australian Open tournament director Craig......

Taylor Fritz gets past a nemesis to finally reach a Grand Slam fourth round

ESPN
Taylor Fritz looked bewildered for a second as the Australian Open umpire read out Fritz’s winning third-round score. After his two blink-and-you’ll-miss-them forehand winners, and a double fault from opponent Roberto Bautista Agut, Fritz had conquered his own double nemesis: He’d finally reached a fourth round at a Grand Slam,......

Australian Open Midterm Grades: Ashleigh Barty Dominates, ESPN TV Coverage Falters

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim We’re through Week One of the first major of the year. The defending men’s champ is out, removed from the draw (and the country) by the Australian Minister for Immigration. The defending women’s champ is out, KO’d by......

‘I find that it’s fun to me:’ Even in defeat, Naomi Osaka has found her joy in tennis

ESPN
Standing on the court as her ever-so-slight lead slipped away, just one point away from entering a third-set tiebreak, Naomi Osaka prepared for Amanda Anisimova‘s next serve during their third-round match at the Australian Open on Friday. Osaka, the tournament’s defending champ, had looked frustrated as she walked back to......

Osaka falls to Anisimova in Aussie 3rd round

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — Defending champion Naomi Osaka didn’t make it to a much-anticipated fourth-round contest against top-ranked Ashleigh Barty at the Australian Open. Amanda Anisimova, a 20-year-old American ranked 60th in the world, ensured that so-called final-before-the-final won’t happen when she beat the four-time major champion 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5)......

Bills you’re next: Pegula advances in Aussie Open

ESPN
American Jessica Pegula advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open for the second consecutive year with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over Nuria Parrizas Diaz on Thursday. The tournament’s No. 21 seed recorded seven aces and 20 winners in the 91-minute clash. She’ll next face fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari,......

Nick Kyrgios shows his talent and lack of interest in loss against Daniil Medvedev

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — On paper, a second-round Grand Slam match featuring the highest-ranked player in the tournament and a man languishing outside the top 100 wouldn’t be one to stir even the slightest amount of interest or excitement in the average tennis fan. But when that lowly ranked player is......

Novak Djokovic, wife hold 80% stake in company working on COVID-19 treatment

Sports Illustrated
Novak Djokovic holds an 80% stake in a biotech firm that is developing a COVID-19 treatment, QuantBioRes CEO Ivan Loncarevic said to Reuters.  Djokovic made the acquisition in June 2020, but Loncarevic did not reveal how much he invested. Per the outlet, Djokovic holds 40.8% while his wife, Jelena, owns......

Cornet ousts No. 3 Muguruza from Aussie Open

ESPN
MELBOURNE, Australia — No. 3 Garbine Muguruza became the highest-seeded player to lose a match at this year’s Australian Open, getting bounced in the second round by Alize Cornet 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday. Muguruza is a two-time Grand Slam champion and was the runner-up at Melbourne Park in 2020, but......

Djokovic bets on a COVID cure as he quests for tennis history

Reuters
Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic arrives at Nikola Tesla Airport, after the Australian Federal Court upheld a government decision to cancel his visa to play in the Australian Open, in Belgrade, Serbia January 17, 2022. REUTERS/Christopher Pike Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register COPENHAGEN, Jan 19 (Reuters)......

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