Grand Slams

  • Rafael Nadal out of two tournaments because of wrist injury July 31, 2014

    Rafael Nadal withdrew on Wednesday from US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right wrist injury, putting in doubt his status for a title defense at the year's last Grand Slam tournament. The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand. He said in a statement issued...
  • 'Faster' Melbourne Park courts not to Rafael Nadal's taste January 11, 2014

    Melbourne: World number one Rafa Nadal thinks Melbourne Park's resurfaced hardcourts are playing faster than ever and may not provide a good show for fans when the Australian Open begins on Monday. The speed of the blue Plexicushion courts has sparked debate this year, with some players adamant they have picked...
  • Federer doesn't care about no.1 spot, says Nadal October 28, 2013

    Paris: Been there, done that. Roger Federer does not need to be world number one anymore and he might well be a top contender at next year's Australian Open, his chief rival Rafa Nadal said. Federer's decline has been well documented since 2011, the year he failed to win a grand...
  • Adam Scott wins Grand Slam title with sizzling finish October 17, 2013

    Masters champion Adam Scott stormed back from four shots behind with 10 holes remaining to clinch the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf by two strokes with a scintillating finish in Bermuda on Wednesday. The Australian, who had trailed by three after the opening round, eagled the par-five 17th to forge...
  • Rose grabs two-shot lead at Grand Slam event October 16, 2013

    US Open champion Justin Rose recovered from a back-nine stumble to take a two-stroke lead over Jason Dufner after Tuesday's opening round of the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda. Following bogeys at the 13th and 14th holes, the Briton steadied his ship with an eight-foot par putt on...
  • Federer, coach Annacone split after 3-plus years October 13, 2013

    Toward the end of a tough year with zero Grand Slam final appearances, Roger Federer is splitting with coach Paul Annacone. Federer, who owns a record 17 Grand Slam titles, announced on Saturday on his website that he will stop working with Annacone after 3 ½ seasons together. "After numerous conversations...
  • Roger Federer already looking forward to 'great' 2014 October 7, 2013

    Looking back is a waste of time, as far as Roger Federer is concerned. While tennis fans and pundits are obsessed with his below-par performance at the four majors this year which has left him in danger of missing the cut for the season-ending ATP finale for the first time...
  • Rafael Nadal reclaims world No. 1 spot October 7, 2013

    Rafael Nadal returned to the top of the ATP rankings for the first time in more than two years on Monday. It is the first time Nadal has headed the table since July 2011, replacing Novak Djokovic of Serbia, who has been dropped to second. The spaniard dominates the ATP rankings...
  • Serena can set career major title record: Graf September 28, 2013

    New York: Steffi Graf's career ended with 22 Grand Slam singles titles at age 30 because of injuries. The tennis great doesn't see anyone stopping Serena Williams from becoming the career leader in major titles, if she stays healthy. Williams earned her 17th major title at the US Open this month,...
  • Andy Murray undergoes successful back surgery September 25, 2013

    London: Scottish tennis star Andy Murray, the defending Wimbledon champion, has undergone successful back surgery, although he is expected to miss the rest of the 2013 season. Without providing details on Monday's minor operation, Murray posted a photo Monday to his Twitter account showing him lying on a hospital bed. The...
  • 40s is the new 20s: Leander Paes September 14, 2013

    Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Leander Paes told CNN-IBN that he was proud of his from during US Open and age is just a number for him. ...
  • Navratilova taught me healthy lifestyle: Paes September 13, 2013

    Mumbai: The oldest player to clinch a Grand Slam in Open era, Indian tennis ace Leander Paes on Friday credited his former mixed doubles partner Martina Navratilova for helping him prolong his international career by adopting a "clean lifestyle". "Playing with Martina for many many years, I have learnt a lot....
  • Can Rafael Nadal surpass Roger Federer's record? September 10, 2013

    New York: Rafael Nadal was not quite ready to contemplate his place in tennis history. It had been less than two hours since a gripping victory over Novak Djokovic earned Nadal his second US Open championship and 13th Grand Slam title overall. So when a question came about the likelihood of...
  • Leander still has two more years, says Vece Paes September 9, 2013

    Leander Paes' father feels his son has two more years of tennis left and should now target a medal at Rio Olympics. ...
  • Rafael Nadal brings winning streak into US Open August 26, 2013

    New York: Ask Rafael Nadal how his famously troublesome left knee is feeling on the eve of the US Open, and he'll balk a bit while formulating a response. "I am ..." the 12-time major title winner began, haltingly, during an interview with The Associated Press. "You know ..." he resumed,...
  • Sania Mirza hopes to win more slams before ending career July 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Her career ravaged by injuries, Sania Mirza reckons that age is fast catching up with her but hopes to add a few more Grand Slam trophies to her cabinet before bidding adieu to the game. From wrist pain, hip strain to knee trouble, it has been a "rough ride"...
  • Venus Williams hopeful for return before US Open July 9, 2013

    Washington: Don't count out Venus Williams for a US Open appearance. That is, if her recovery from a lower back injury that forced the former world No. 1 to skip Wimbledon allows her to play in a tune-up event before the next grand slam. The 33-year-old missed Wimbledon after 16 consecutive...
  • Federer haul seems light-years away, says Nadal June 11, 2013

    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, has...
  • Factbox: French Open champion Rafael Nadal June 9, 2013

    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 to being a left-handed...
  • 10 things to know before the French Open begins May 24, 2013

    Paris: A look at 10 of the top topics at the French Open, the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament that begins on Sunday and ends on June 9: 1. WHY STOP AT SEVEN? Rafael Nadal already owns a record seven French Open titles - he broke a tie with Bjorn Borg by...
  • Wimbledon prize money increases by 40 percent April 23, 2013

    London: Wimbledon is increasing prize money by 40 percent this year and plans to build a retractable roof over Court No. 1. Total prize money for the Grand Slam event will be 22.6 million pounds ($34.4 million), an increase of 6.5 million pounds ($9.9 million) from last year, the All...
  • Grand slams bigger priority than regaining top spot: Sharapova March 19, 2013

    Los Angeles: Maria Sharapova rose to number two in the rankings on Monday after her impressive title run at the BNP Paribas Open but says she is motivated much more by grand slam glory than the prospect of regaining the top spot. "Number one is a great number," the elegant...
  • Makarova eager to face rampant Sharapova in quarters January 21, 2013

    Melbourne: Russian Ekaterina Makarova is eager to meet Maria Sharapova in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday even though her compatriot has been one of the dominant women players of the tournament. The 19th seed met Sharapova in the same round last year at Melbourne Park, with the...
  • Serena, Azarenka into 3rd round at Melbourne January 17, 2013

    Melbourne: Serena Williams cautiously walked onto the court, and tried to keep the points short to avoid irritating her injured right ankle as she advanced to the third round at the Australian Open. Apart from a swollen lip from hitting herself in the face with her racket in the sixth...
  • World No 1 Djokovic begins historic quest with straight-sets win January 14, 2013

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic got his Australian Open title defense off to worry-free start, breaking Paul-Henri Mathieu's serve in the opening game and going on to beat the veteran Frenchman 6-2, 6-4, 7-5 on Monday at Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic, who broke Mathieu's serve at 5-5 in the deciding set, is attempting...
  • World No. 1 Djokovic bids for Australian Open hat-trick January 13, 2013

    Melbourne: Novak Djokovic shelved the conventional preparations for a while, warming up for a shot at a third consecutive Australian title with a bit of weekend hit-and-giggle and a Gangnam Style dance with Serena Williams. That was for kids' day, when thousands of people flocked to Rod Laver Arena to...
  • Hewitt set for 17th straight Australian Open January 13, 2013

    Melbourne: Time and injuries may have wearied his body, but nothing seems to have reduced Lleyton Hewitt's bravado. The two-time Grand Slam champion takes to the court on Monday night for his 17th consecutive Australian Open. Asked on Sunday whether he felt unlucky to have drawn the eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic...
  • Rested Federer aims to go deep in Melbourne January 12, 2013

    Melbourne: With a trophy cabinet straining at the hinges and a 53rd consecutive grand slam appearance looming, Roger Federer might be excused for feeling a little jaded ahead of his bid for a fifth Australian Open crown. Not a bit of it, the 31-year-old Swiss maestro said on Saturday, having...
  • Murray approaching Australian Open from new angle January 12, 2013

    Melbourne: The novelty of being the first British man to win a Grand Slam title in 76 years is about to give way to the reality of being a reigning major winner. It's just another reason Andy Murray has found to keep Ivan Lendl in his corner. Murray's career-changing win...
  • Djokovic backs old routine to break new ground January 12, 2013

    Melbourne: For Novak Djokovic, the formula for success at the Australian Open is simple - if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The world number one will try to create history over the next two weeks by becoming the first man to win three straight Australian Open titles in the...