Roger Federer and Naomi Osaka withdraw from Italian Open

(CNN)Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer have pulled out of their quarterfinal singles matches at the Italian Open after succumbing to injury. Federer, who came from behind to defeat Borna Coric of Croatia to reach the quarterfinals in his second match of the day, has withdrawn because of an injury to his right leg.

Nick Kyrgios defaulted from Italian Open after hurling chair across court

Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud Nick Kyrgios has been defaulted from the Italian Open. The volatile Australian was playing his second-round match against Norways Casper Ruud at the Foro Italico and had levelled the match at one set all after losing the opener. After Ruud broke back to make it 1-1 in the deciding set, Kyrgios was given a game penalty, apparently for swearing at a line judge, and promptly erupted. He slammed down his racket, kicked a water bottle and hurled a chair on to the court. The umpire called the referee to court but, before he could be officially defaulted, Kyrgios told …

Frances Tiafoe: I want to use my story to inspire others, you cant make it up | Donald McRae

Frances Tiafoe used to sleep at the tennis centre where his father was janitor, now the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone tells Donald McRae how he feels at taking on the great names in the sport Its a movie, man, an absolute movie. I say it all the time, Frances Tiafoe exclaims of his incredible life story. Born into a family of west African immigrants, Tiafoe escaped the disadvantages of his early years in America to become one of the most exhilarating young players in world tennis. Four months ago, at the Australian Open, the 21-year-old came through a series of brutal matches to reach his to win the Orange Bowl, the most prestigious title in world tennis for …

Andy Murray declares himself pain free and keen for return to action

Andy Murray has revealed he is pain-free and suggested he could return to action sooner rather than late Andy Murray has revealed he is pain-free and suggested he could return to action sooner rather than later. The 31-year-old has not played since the Australian Open and has since undergone a second hip operation. He had also previously announced he was going to retire but appeared to go back on that decision before his second surgery. Speaking at the London Marathon, where he fired the starting pistol for the elite mens race, the two-time Wimbledon champion said: Theres no pain any more. Im happy, pain-free and enjoying my life. Ive been hitting a few balls from a stationary position. Im still …

Justin Gimelstob says he will quit ATP player council after assault case

Justin Gimelstob, who entered a no contest plea to a battery charge, says he is resigning his post as a board representative elected by the ATP player council Justin Gimelstob, who entered a no contest plea Gimelstob told the New York Times his place on the council was no longer tenable. Im stepping down because my job is to work on the sports behalf and the players behalf, and in my situation Ive become too much of a distraction and a liability, Gimelstob told the Times. I take responsibility for that, and I take responsibility for the mistakes I made Halloween night. Gimelstob has also worked as a coach and commentator on the Tennis Channel. But it is his work …

Federer defeats Isner to win 101st career singles title at Miami Open

(CNN)Roger Federer defeated defending champion John Isner in straight sets at the Miami Open on Sunday to win his 101st career singles title. Isner, 33, told ATP he had started feeling pain in his foot during the first set of the match. “It’s a terrible feeling, because you’re on an island out there, and you have no teammates to hide behind. I was going up against the greatest player ever, playing in this incredible atmosphere and my foot’s killing me,” he said. “Not that I would have won the match, anyways, let’s make that clear, but I think I could have made for a more interesting match and one that was a little more fun. Roger was too good.” Second …

Wimbledon’s ‘most sought-after tickets’ go on sale for $105,000

(CNN)There are few tickets in sport more coveted than Wimbledon’s Centre Court debenture offerings. But they don’t come cheap. Some ticketholders sell their passes for certain days of the annual championship, while others have been known to resell the pass in its entirety for a bumper price. “If you like tennis, a visit to Wimbledon is like mecca,” said Claire-Estelle Bertrand, marketing and communications manager at Wimbledon Debenture Holders, one of a number of official debenture ticket resale agents. “It’s prestigious, it’s rarefied class but most importantly its quintessentially British. “They really are the most sought-after tickets in the world. Not only do they give you the best seats to see the world’s best tennis, but they really do grant …

Nick Kyrgioss underarm serving a rebellious act with echoes of Lenglen | Kevin Mitchell

Maverick Australians underarm serving has caused a stir in Miami but 100 years ago Suzanne Lenglen was attracting similar gasps for serving overarm When Nick Kyrgios crashed out of the Miami Open in the fourth round overnight, strapping holding his right knee together but his emotions less secure, he left his familiar impression, the magician/villain du jour of tennis. There surely will not be a better as a delightful piece from the Tennis Hall of Fame chronicles. There were plenty of stuffed shirts at the All England Club but they recognised her extraordinary popularity in a concrete way literally. As Billie Jean King said of one of the first international sporting superstars of the 20th century, The reason we play …

From toil to triumph in 12 months: the remarkable rise of Bianca Andreescu

A year ago Bianca Andreescu picked up $392 for losing early at an ITF event. Now the 18-year-old has landed $1.35m and is the toast of tennis and Canada after her Indian Wells win Twelve months ago Bianca Andreescu was toiling in obscurity on the lowest rung of professional tennis, grinding for points to boost her world No 198 ranking at a $25,000 ITF tournament on a university campus in Toyota, Japan. An array of physical woes, including back injuries, shoulder ailments and stress fractures in her foot, were wearing on her teenage body. Her prize money after a straight-sets defeat in the second round was $392. As she recalled last week: I wasnt really in a good spot. What …

Dominic Thiem upsets Roger Federer at Indian Wells for first Masters title

Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Sunday Dominic Thiem edged error-prone Roger Federer 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, denying Federer a record sixth title in the desert while claiming the biggest title of his career. Thiem trailed 4-3 and 5-4 in the third set before breaking Federer with a forehand winner to go up 6-5. Thiem then served out the two-hour match, which ended with another error from Federer a forehand dumped into the net. Federer lost in the final for the second straight year. He was beaten in a third-set tiebreaker by Juan Martin del Potro in 2018. Thiem …

Naomi Osaka honored with doll as Barbie celebrates 60th birthday

(CNN)Two grand slam titles, the world No. 1 spot and now Naomi Osaka has been honored by Barbie. She said: “Recently a lot of parents have been coming up to me and telling me that their kids look up to me, those words literally blew me away. I was honestly so shocked and felt this huge responsibility because I remember how important my role models are. “Fast forward a few days and I’m here at Indian Wells, I see all these kids that look so happy to see me and they ask for pictures and autographs … Honestly I wanted to cry because my heart feels so full in these moments and I realize that it isn’t just about tennis, …

Martina Navratilova dropped by LGBT group over trans athletes row

(CNN)An LGBT group has cut ties with tennis great Martina Navratilova after she said it was a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. “Trans women are women, period. They did not decide their gender identity any more than someone decides to be gay, or to have blue eyes,” the group added. “They are women, and want to compete in the sport they love, just as any other athlete would.” The move follows a flurry of criticism directed at Navratilova, a gay rights campaigner who herself suffered homophobic abuse when she came out in 1981, for her Sunday Times column. Navratilova, who competed for Czechoslovakia and the United States, wrote that “it would …

Martina Navratilova criticized for comments about trans women in sport

(CNN)Tennis great Martina Navratilova has been criticized after claiming it is a form of “cheating” for transgender women to be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Follow @cnnsport Her comments led to her becoming embroiled in an online argument with cyclist Rachel McKinnon, the first transgender woman to win a world track cycling title in October 2018. Navratilova, a nine-time Wimbledon champion, wrote on Sunday that this debate had led to her going away to do more research on the subject, adding: “Well, I’ve now done that and, if anything, my views have strengthened. “To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organization is concerned, win …