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Kim Clijsters still has ‘good tennis left’ in second retirement comeback

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After seven years away from the sport, Kim Clijsters announced her much-hyped return to professional tennis in September. It hasn’t exactly been the comeback year she envisioned. Yet despite the unprecedented and unpredictable circumstances of the 2020 season, she somehow has already has won a title. Following three grueling weeks......
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Fiona Ferro Upsets Fourth-Seeded Anett Kontaveit to Win Palermo Open

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press PALERMO, Sicily — Fiona Ferro of France upset fourth-seeded Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the Palermo Ladies Open final on Sunday to win the first tour-level tennis title in five months. Ferro, who is ranked 53rd in the......
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Serena Williams to Return to Action at Top Seed Open

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jenna West Serena Williams will return to action next week at the inaugural Top Seed Open following tennis’ coronavirus-induced hiatus. Williams headlines the inaugural field, which includes her sister Venus, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, American teenager Coco Gauff and two-time......
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Nadal won’t play in US Open over virus concerns

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the US Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer‘s men’s tennis record for Grand Slam titles. Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday. “The situation is very......
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Rafael Nadal to Skip U.S. Open Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the 2020 U.S. Open amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nadal announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday afternoon, saying it’s “a decision I never wanted to take” but he would prefer to avoid traveling right now. “The situation is very complicated worldwide, the COVID-19 cases are increasing,......
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Roger Federer Surprises Viral Tennis Players For Rooftop Match

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Breaking News YO, THIS IS AWESOME!! Remember those two girls who went viral for playing rooftop tennis at their apartment buildings in Italy back in April?! Roger Federer just surprised ’em for a special rooftop match — and the video rules! Incredible to see… again! One of the most spectacular......
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Serena Williams Helps to Donate 4.25M Face Masks to Schools

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Serena Williams leads WTA’s restart in Kentucky

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Serena Williams will be leading the drive to reboot pro tennis in North America after nearly five months without any official tournament play due to the coronavirus pandemic. It seems appropriate, even uplifting, during a time of great anxiety and uncertainty that the player many view as the greatest of......
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World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty to Skip U.S. Open Due to COVID-19 Concerns

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe Ashleigh Barty, the reigning French Open champion and current top-ranked singles player in women’s tennis, has opted out of playing in the Western & Southern Open and the U.S. Open because of COVID-19 concerns. “My team and I have......
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How two college sports programs, cut due to coronavirus impact, are trying to save each other

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Clayton Almeida will never forget the phone call he received from his former teammate Gustavo Zanette one Friday morning in June. “Did you hear they’re going to cut the program?” Almeida was confused. Surely he wasn’t talking about the Winthrop University tennis teams, where he had played from 2002 to......
New York Times - Sports

Canceled Tournaments in China Are a Big Blow to Women’s Tennis

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Christopher Clarey In a season full of foiled plans and economic peril, the WTA Tour suffered its biggest blow on Thursday when it was forced to cancel its remaining tournaments in 2020 in China, including its lucrative tour championships: the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. The cancellations, confirmed by a tennis......
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Danielle Collins Says World Team Tennis Waiver Did Not Forbid Leaving Site

New York Times
Christopher Clarey While her Orlando Storm teammates were about to take a routine coronavirus test on Monday at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, Danielle Collins was not even in the same state. She was about a two-hour drive away in Charlottesville, Va., where Collins said she had traveled to......
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Mailbag: The Legacy of Pete Sampras in 2020

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Men’s Tennis Event in Washington Is Canceled

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Christopher Clarey The Citi Open in Washington, which was scheduled to relaunch the men’s tennis tour next month, has been canceled for 2020. The tournament was set to begin on Aug. 14 and serve as a lead-in event for the United States Open. But Mark Ein, the Citi Open chairman,......
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ESPN study: Fan desire for sports has increased

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An overwhelming majority of sports fans polled by ESPN say they support the return of professional and collegiate sports even if fans will not be in attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A second wave of ESPN’s Coronavirus Lockdown Fan Study surveyed 1,003 sports fans age 18 and older......
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Mailbag: Is Media Access an Issue in Tennis?

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Hey everyone. A short vacation Mailbag…. 1) Our most recent podcast guest: WTT CEO Carlos Silva. 2) Next up: Wifi willing, it’s Richard Gasquet. 3) Congrats Sam Stosur. 4) We’re hearing that while the WTA’s China stretch is deeply imperiled, the ATP Finals are still on the docket for London.......
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In COVID-19 shutdown, these WTA players setting a course for the future

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When the global coronavirus pandemic shut down the WTA Tour in March, CiCi Bellis suddenly found herself with indefinite free time. But, having spent the better part of the past two years dealing with injuries and being sidelined from tennis, she knew immediately how she would pass the time. The......
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Canceled Wimbledon paying qualified players

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The All England Lawn and Tennis Club, which hosts Wimbledon, announced Friday that it will pay prize money to all players that would have qualified for the canceled tournament. Pulling from a pot of £10 million ($12.6 million), the organization will distribute prize money to the “620 players whose world......
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Sofia Kenin ready to compete again in World TeamTennis

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After being at home for several months because of the global coronavirus pandemic, Sofia Kenin was more than eager to return to competition. So when the opportunity arose to play World TeamTennis this summer, she jumped at the chance. It was only after she agreed to participate that she realized......

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