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Daniil Medvedev finds confidence, composure en route to first ATP Finals victory

ESPN
LONDON — Daniil Medvedev winning the season-ending ATP Finals over Dominic Thiem on Sunday was a fitting end to tennis’ year in which very little went to script and the unexpected seemed to occur on a tournament-by-tournament basis. While Thiem, who had already won his first Grand Slam at the......

Organisers optimistic for Australian Open despite coronavirus measures

Reuters
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley has moved to allay fears the season-opening tennis grand slam and its buildup tournaments could be hampered by strict biosecurity protocols to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Semi Final – Melbourne Park,......

Thiem beats Djokovic with storming finish to reach ATP Finals title decider

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Dominic Thiem came back from the brink of defeat to beat Novak Djokovic in a gripping last-four clash at the ATP Finals on Saturday as he reached the final for the second successive year. The 27-year-old Austrian appeared to be sliding to defeat when he trailed 0-4......

Australian Open crowds at 10% capacity would be a boon, says Djokovic

Reuters
Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 20, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates during his group stage match against Germany’s Alexander Zverev REUTERS/Toby Melville (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic said he hopes fans will be allowed to turn up in numbers for the Australian......

Can Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal make it out of semifinals at ATP Finals?

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LONDON — As the ATP Finals tournament prepares to say goodbye to London and move to Turin, Italy, next year, four challengers hoping to get their name on the trophy remain — with three aiming to win the tournament for the first time. The tournament is being played in an......

Ex-LSU Tennis Player Speaks Out About Abuse by Football Player

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Jade Lewis, a former LSU women’s tennis player, came forward publicly for the first time and spoke about how the school handled multiple reports of her being abused by a Tigers football player for more than a year. Lewis posted a statement on Twitter on Wednesday night, saying that LSU women’s......

Ex-LSU tennis player: Coach lied about abuse

ESPN
A former LSU women’s tennis player has accused her former coach of lying about her knowledge of a Tigers football player physically abusing her between May 2017 and August 2018, and accused the coach of “betraying” her during an investigation. The former player, Jade Lewis, 21, of Hilton Head, South......

Mailbag: Handing Out the 2020 WTA Year-End Awards

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim Hey everyone…. • On the most recent podcast, Tennis Channel czar Ken Solomon talks about the network and sports media in general. Nice to do an in-person event after all these months. • If you missed it, in......

Thiem Beats Nadal in Straight Sets at ATP Finals

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTc2ODkyMDYxODgxMDE4MzEw/dominic_thiem.jpg Associated Press LONDON— Dominic Thiem mastered the tiebreakers again to get the better of Rafael Nadal, and defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas also won Tuesday on Day 3 of the ATP Finals. Thiem beat the 20-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets and secured his spot in the semifinals when Tsitsipas......

Djokovic thrashes debutant Schwartzman at ATP Finals

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Diego Schwartzman suffered a similar fate to fellow ATP Finals debutant Andrey Rublev the previous night as the Argentine was brushed aside by five-time champion Novak Djokovic on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 16, 2020. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic......

Djokovic says he has mixed feelings about ending 2020 as number one

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Finals – The O2, London, Britain – November 15, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with the ATP Tour Number 1 trophy Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs/File photo (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic has said he had mixed feelings about ending a “strange year” as the world......

Nadal, Thiem Win Openers at ATP Finals

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Associated Press LONDON — Dominic Thiem made sure this year’s ATP Finals didn’t begin the same way last year’s ended. Thiem outlasted Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of the 2019 final, beating the defending champion 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 Sunday in the......

Thiem edges Tsitsipas in ATP Finals opener

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – London’s last edition of the ATP Finals opened on Sunday with a repeat of last year’s final but this time Dominic Thiem prevailed against Greek defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. Just as in their showdown 12 months ago, the quality was high but the atmosphere was distinctly flat......

Sinner claims maiden ATP title with victory at Sofia Open

Reuters
(Reuters) – Italy’s Jannik Sinner became the youngest first-time winner on the ATP Tour in 12 years on Saturday after edging Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4 3-6 7-6(3) to claim the Sofia Open. Sinner, contesting his first ATP Tour final, served notice of his intentions early on when he forced Pospisil......

Zverev under a cloud as he bids for second ATP Finals title

Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) – Alexander Zverev will begin his challenge at the ATP Finals on Monday still under a cloud in the wake of accusations of domestic abuse by his former girlfriend Olga Sharypova. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Paris Masters – AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France – November......

Djokovic says no pressure as he bids for sixth ATP Finals crown

Reuters
FILE PHOTO: Tennis – ATP 500 – Erste Bank Open – Wiener Stadthalle, Vienna, Austria – October 27, 2020 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his first round match against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic REUTERS/Lisi Niesner/File photo (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic said sealing the year-end men’s world number one tennis ranking......

Mailbag: ATP’s Silence in Wake of Zverev Allegations Is Problematic

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Jon Wertheim Hey everyone. I feel like we need to start with Alexander Zverev, as most of this week’s questions—and chatter—pertained to him. ICYMI, here’s Ben Rothenberg’s Racquet Magazine interview with Olya Sharypova who amplifies her allegations, adds a strenuous......

Tennis: Recovered Thiem starts preparations for ATP Finals

Reuters
(Reuters) – Austrian Dominic Thiem said he has recovered from a foot injury he suffered during a tournament in Vienna and will travel to London this week to take part in the season-ending ATP Finals. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – October 6, 2020......

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