French Open

  • Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid 23-04-2014 12:03 AM

    Novak Djokovic has played down fears he will miss this year's French Open, saying the wrist injury he sustained at the Monte Carlo Masters last week is not as serious as first feared. The Serb, second in the world rankings behind Rafael Nadal, said on his website that he hoped...
  • British tennis number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open 18-04-2014 09:54 AM

    British women's number one Laura Robson will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after having surgery on her wrist, the 20-year-old announced on Thursday. Robson, who has a world ranking of 64, has not played since losing in the Australian Open first round to Kirsten Flipkens and will travel to...
  • Federer hints at missing French Open to be with wife, newborn 16-04-2014 10:24 PM

    Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments, including possibly the French Open, to be with his wife when she gives birth again. Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on December 24 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when. The 32-year-old Federer still...
  • Organisers raise French Open prize money 15-04-2014 04:53 PM

    Paris: Prize money at the French Open will rise to more than 25 million euros ($34.5 million) this year, an increase of 3 million euros ($4.1 million) from last year. The men's and women's champions will receive 1.65 million euros each, 150,000 euros more than 2013, and losing finalists will...
  • The top 10 sporting breakthroughs in 2013 18-12-2013 02:21 PM

    1. Marc Marquez, MotoGP champion The 20-year-old Spanish rookie became the youngest MotoGP champion when he held his nerve to finish third in the final race of the season in Valencia to pip holder Jorge Lorenzo to the title. Six race wins, nine poles and 16 podiums made him the...
  • Sporting comebacks of 2013 18-12-2013 02:05 PM

    1. Oracle Team USA's comeback to win the America's Cup Few challenges can have seemed as hopeless as that facing Larry Ellison's Team USA when trailing Emirates Team New Zealand 8-1 in the best-of-17 series in San Francisco Bay in September. The Jimmy Spithill-skippered Team USA kept their heads, however,...
  • Tennis Yearender: Nadal and Williams raise the bar in 2013 18-12-2013 09:40 AM

    A year in which a British man won Wimbledon, Roger Federer's star began to fade and doping reared its ugly head was defined by the dominance of two players - Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. Between them they won half of the grand slam singles titles on offer, triumphed at...
  • WTA to add extra grass court tournament from 2015 13-12-2013 09:38 AM

    London: The WTA says it will add an extra grass-court tournament in Nottingham, England, to its calendar from 2015 to give players more time to gear up for Wimbledon. The ATP and WTA tours had previously announced that the break between the French Open and Wimbledon will be increased to...
  • Saina Nehwal slips to seventh spot in BWF ranking 31-10-2013 03:06 PM

    New Delhi: The second-round exit from French Open Super Series proved costly for Saina Nehwal as the Indian badminton ace continued her downward slide, slipping one more spot to be placed at world number seven in the latest BWF ranking released on Thursday. The Olympic bronze medallist shuttler had slipped...
  • Murray hungry for more grand slams, not top ranking 05-08-2013 10:53 AM

    Montreal: Andy Murray underlined his hunger for more grand slam silverware on Sunday when he said he would pass up the chance to be world number one if it meant he could taste more major success. The 26-year-old will play his first match since being crowned Wimbledon champion when he...
  • Federer haul seems light-years away, says Nadal 11-06-2013 02:22 PM

    Madrid: Rafa Nadal believes he still has a very long way to go before he can match or overtake the record haul of 17 grand slam singles titles amassed by his great rival Roger Federer. Spaniard Nadal won his eighth French Open crown on Sunday and having just turned 27,...
  • Roger Federer expects second half of year to be better 11-06-2013 01:02 AM

    Halle, Germany: It's nearly mid-June and Roger Federer is still without a title in 2013. Back on grass in one of his favorite tournaments, Federer is confident his best is yet to come. Federer is the top-seeded player in Halle, one of the grass-court warm-up tournaments for Wimbledon. Four of...
  • Rafael Nadal drops from fourth to fifth in ATP rankings 10-06-2013 11:43 PM

    Paris: Eight-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal has dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 in the ATP rankings this week, swapping places with David Ferrer, the man he beat in the Roland Garros final. Nadal only retained the ranking points he earned by winning last year's French Open, while...
  • Rafael Nadal first to qualify for ATP World Tour finals 10-06-2013 06:54 PM

    London: Rafa Nadal has booked his place at the World Tour finals after winning a record eighth French Open title, the ATP said on Monday. Nadal has staged a spectacular comeback after being sidelined for seven months with a knee injury from June last year. Since returning in February, he...
  • Nadal prefers to be left alone after creating history 10-06-2013 10:56 AM

    Paris: Having achieved the glittering distinction of becoming the only man to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament, French Open champion Rafa Nadal was soon dreaming of another priceless thing on Sunday - to be left alone. A 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory over fellow Spaniard David...
  • Strange day in the office leaves Ferrer chuckling 10-06-2013 10:52 AM

    Paris: A Roland Garros final against Rafa Nadal should have been the highlight of Spanish warrior David Ferrer's career. Instead what he got was a "strange" match featuring driving rain, invaded by "strange" people "without clothes on" and he will now "strangely" be ranked above Nadal despite finishing second best....
  • Factbox: French Open champion Rafael Nadal 09-06-2013 10:17 PM

    Factbox on Rafael Nadal who won his eighth French Open tennis title on Sunday: MAKING HIS NAME - Born in Manacor, Mallorca, June 3, 1986. - His uncle Miguel Angel Nadal enjoyed a successful career as a professional footballer, notably for Barcelona and Spain. - The naturally right-handed Nadal switched...
  • Protesters, one letting off a flare, interrupt French Open final 09-06-2013 09:27 PM

    Paris: Four protesters, one letting off a flare, briefly interrupted the French Open tennis final between Rafa Nadal and fellow Spaniard David Ferrer on Sunday. Two bare-chested protesters stood up in one of the front rows behind the players' benches on court Philippe Chatrier at the end of the sixth...
  • Rafael Nadal defeats David Ferrer to win eighth French Open title 09-06-2013 08:58 PM

    Paris: Rafael Nadal's final shot at the French Open was a typically ferocious fallaway forehand, and when it landed for a winner, his momentum and emotions sent him splaying backward onto the clay he loves. The champion quickly bounded to his feet and headed for the net at a trot....
  • Makarova, Vesnina win French Open women's doubles title 09-06-2013 06:26 PM

    Paris: Fourth-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina of Russia won their first Grand Slam title together by defeating defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy 7-5, 6-2 in the women's doubles final of the French Open on Sunday. It was the first major title for Vesnina but the...
  • Bryan brothers end 10-year wait to repeat French Open magic 09-06-2013 02:23 PM

    Paris: The 30-somethings have enjoyed themselves at the French Open this year and American twins Bob and Mike Bryan continued the trend by winning a record-extending 14th grand slam doubles title at Roland Garros on Saturday. Just a few hours after 31-year-old fellow American Serena Williams hoisted the women's trophy,...
  • Sharapova defiant despite loss to Williams 09-06-2013 11:24 AM

    Paris: Predictably it was unlucky 13 for Maria Sharapova as she lost her French Open crown to Serena Williams on Saturday, yet the Russian remained defiant as she drew positives from yet another defeat against the world number one. Sharapova has now lost 13 matches in a row to Williams...
  • Williams believes her best still lies ahead 09-06-2013 10:56 AM

    Paris: Serena Williams thinks her best years may still be ahead of her at the age of 31. She overcame stubborn resistance from defending champion Maria Sharapova in the French Open final on Saturday to clinch her 16th Grand Slam title, beating the Russian 6-4, 6-4 and extending her own...
  • Ferrer in way of Nadal's 8th French Open title 09-06-2013 08:53 AM

    Paris: His words catching in his throat, Toni Nadal called it "really a miracle" that his nephew is back in the French Open final. Seriously? Miraculous? More like expected, given that Rafael Nadal is 58-1 for his career at Roland Garros, a seven-time champion who will become the only man...
  • Serena will equal Evert and Navratilova's slam mark: Mouratoglou 09-06-2013 08:16 AM

    Paris: Serena Williams is already assured a place in tennis history but her coach believes the 16-time grand slam champion will soon embroider her status among the greats. The American, who beat Maria Sharapova to win the French Open on Saturday, is now two grand slam titles shy of Chris...
  • Bryan brothers win doubles title at French Open 09-06-2013 12:21 AM

    Paris: Top-seeded Bob and Mike Bryan of the United States won their 14th major doubles title by defeating Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut of France 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4) in the French Open final Saturday. In the tiebreaker, the Bryans rallied from a 4-2 deficit to clinch the victory when...
  • Serena beats Sharapova to claim her 2nd French Open title 08-06-2013 08:32 PM

    Paris: Serena Williams won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002 when she beat familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday. The victory completed the No. 1-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland...
  • Tired Rafael Nadal pulls out of German tournament 08-06-2013 06:20 PM

    Berlin: French Open finalist Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week's Wimbledon warm-up event at Halle in Germany, citing fatigue after a busy few weeks of tennis. The Spaniard will try to win his eighth crown on the Roland Garros clay courts in Paris on Sunday against compatriot David...
  • Missing French Open could be blessing in disguise for Andy Murray 08-06-2013 04:37 PM

    London: World number two Andy Murray is hoping his Wimbledon title chances will benefit from his enforced absence from the French Open in Paris. The Briton ended a sequence of three successive Grand Slam final appearances when he pulled out of the clay court event at Roland Garros because of...
  • No player even closer to solving Rafa riddle on red dirt 08-06-2013 10:31 AM

    Paris: An unassuming Swede and his hammerhead forehand is starting to gain mythical status at Roland Garros because in nine years Robin Soderling remains the only man to have beaten Rafael Nadal at the French Open. Over the seasons grand slam champions in the calibre of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic,...