INTERNATIONAL TENNIS

  • Torrid season over as Rafael Nadal opts for surgery 11 hours 50 minutes ago

    Rafael Nadal's announcement on Friday that he will miss the ATP World Tour Finals because of appendicitis ended a difficult year for the Spaniard during which he has endured injury, illness and worrying defeats. The 28-year-old's ninth French Open crown in June stands out like a beacon in the gloom as...
  • Martina Navratilova unhappy with ITF silence on Williams slur 5 days ago

    Multiple grand slam winner Martina Navratilova has questioned the "silence" of the International Tennis Federation after one of its members described world number one Serena Williams and older sister Venus as "brothers". Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpischev was swiftly banned for a year and fined $25,000 by the Women's Tennis...
  • Incredibly excited for my India visit: Roger Federer October 16, 2014

    Roger Federer is like a kid in a candy shop when he talks about his upcoming India visit. "I'm so incredibly excited to be going to India," he says laughing, his eyes lighting up. The 17-time Grand Slam champion will be in New Delhi from December 6 to 8 for Mahesh...
  • Mahesh Bhupathi plays down ATP chief's remark on IPTL October 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Reacting to ATP chief Chris Kermode's "glorified exhibition" remark on the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (IPTL), league founder Mahesh Bhupathi has said that "everyone is entitled to their opinion and we are going to put on a world class show". "We are going to put on a show...
  • I always feel like home in China: Marin Cilic September 22, 2014

    Zagreb: US Open champion Marin Cilic, who will compete in the 2014 China Open tennis later this month, said, "I always feel like home in China and I hope I can win some more there". "I am travelling to China a little earlier than usual because I will do some promotional...
  • I'm very satisfied with my tennis career, says Li Na September 21, 2014

    Li Na, a twotime Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, said Sunday she had "no regrets" about her decision to retire over long time issues with knee injuries. "I'm very satisfied with my tennis career," the 32yearold Li, a former French and Australian...
  • I want to leave the game on a high like Pele, Ali: Leander Paes September 15, 2014

    Bangalore: Indian tennis legend Leander Paes says he aspires to exit from the game just like global icons Pele and Mohammad Ali who bid adieu to their respective sports when they were at the pinnacle of their careers. A much fitter and leaner Paes, 41, says winning a medal at the...
  • Mauresmo, Pierce headline list of Hall of Fame nominations September 5, 2014

    Amelie Mauresmo and Mary Pierce, both twotimes grand slam singles champions, headlined the list of nominees up for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Also being nominated in the recent player category are twotimes French Open champion Sergi Bruguera of Spain and Russia's Yevgeny Kafelnikov, winner of two grand...
  • Ivan Lendl opens up on Andy Murray split August 25, 2014

    Ivan Lendl has opened up about splitting with Andy Murray, citing extra family commitments and the difficulty of matching the emotional high of the Briton's grand slam breakthroughs as factors in his decision. The 54yearold, who coached Murray to the 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon crowns after he had lost...
  • Leander Paes drops out of top10 in latest rankings August 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Veteran star Leander Paes dropped out of top10 after losing a place in the doubles ranking, while Rohan Bopanna slid to 29 following a steep loss of eight places in the new chart issued on Monday. Paes, who lost in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters with partner...
  • ITF rules out Israel as Davis Cup venue August 8, 2014

    London: Israel's Davis Cup match against Argentina next month is being moved out of the country because of the conflict in Gaza. The September 1214 World Group playoff will not go ahead as scheduled in Tel Aviv "due to concerns arising from the military conflict between Israel and Hamas," the International...
  • Serena tops WTA rankings, Sania maintains 5th place in doubles July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: American star Serena Williams continued to occupy top spot in the singles WTA rankings while former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki climbed two places to 13th. India's Sania Mirza maintained her careerhigh fifth place ranking in the doubles. Sania, who turned pro in 2003 and overcame a careerthreatening wrist injury...
  • Djokovic retains singles top spot, Paes 13th in doubles July 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Serbian Novak Djokovic sits atop the ATP singles rankings with 13,130 points while Spaniard Rafael Nadal is not far behind in second place with 12,670 points. Meanwhile, with 4,250 points Leander Paes is the top ranked Indian in men's doubles, retaining his 13th place. Rohan Bopanna remains in 20th...
  • Nadal holds onto No. 1; Sharapova up to No. 5 June 9, 2014

    Rafael Nadal has held onto the ATP's No. 1 ranking thanks to his ninth French Open title. Maria Sharapova's second trophy at Roland Garros moved her up three spots to No. 5 on the WTA list on Monday. If Nadal had lost Sunday's final to No. 2 Novak Djokovic, they would have...
  • Sania Mirza achieves careerbest ranking of six June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Touching a new high, India's tennis ace Sania Mirza on Monday became world number six in doubles, her careerbest ranking, as the new chart was released following the conclusion of the French Open. Courtesy a quarterfinals appearance at the Roland Garros, Sania earned 430 ranking points along with partner...
  • Nishikori says injury better but 'not 100 per cent' May 24, 2014

    Paris: Tenthranked Kei Nishikori's hurt left hip is not completely healed, but he said Saturday that it "should be OK" for the start of the French Open. The first Japanese player to reach the ATP's top 10 told The Associated Press at Roland Garros that treatment he received for the injury...
  • Kei Nishikori is first Japanese man to break into top 10 May 13, 2014

    Tokyo: Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese man to break into the top 10 of the world tennis rankings on Monday. Nishikori, who is No. 9, was assured of a place in the top 10 after beating Feliciano Lopez 64, 64 in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. "It was a...
  • Somdev Devvarman out of top100, Yuki Bhambri out of top150 April 28, 2014

    New Delhi: A struggling Somdev Devvarman on Monday dropped out of top100 bracket in the singles rankings as the Indian slipped to 102 with the loss of two places. Somdev has been struggling since winning the Delhi Open challenger title and failed to cross the first round hurdle in five consecutive...
  • Mahesh Bhupathi made London Olympics a real sad one for me: Leander Paes April 27, 2014

    New Delhi: He might be in seventh heaven after receiving the prestigious Padma Bhushan honour, but tennis ace Leander Paes is still rankled by the selection furore prior to the 2012 Olympics and holds Mahesh Bhupathi responsible for making the Games a "real sad" outing for him. The buildup to the...
  • Victoria Azarenka says she'll sit out Madrid, Rome April 27, 2014

    Former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka says she'll miss claycourt tournaments at Madrid and Rome next month, putting into question whether she'll enter the French Open. Azarenka has been dealing with a left foot injury this season and last played on tour at Indian Wells, California, on March 7. In a posting on...
  • Djokovic plays down injury fears, back for Madrid April 23, 2014

    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 to...
  • British tennis number one Robson to miss Wimbledon, French Open April 18, 2014

    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 the...
  • Fed Cup: Samantha Stosur plays Petkovic to open semi-final April 18, 2014

    Brisbane: Australian No.1 Samantha Stosur will meet Germany's second-ranked player Andrea Petkovic in the opening match of the Fed Cup World Group semifinal. Friday's draw also pitted Casey Dellacqua against Germany No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second match Saturday on outdoor hard courts at Pat Rafter Arena. The reverse singles will...
  • Sachin Tendulkar buys Nadal-starring Mumbai franchise of ITPL April 15, 2014

    After buying the Kochi franchise in Indian Super League (ISL) football, legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has now turned his attention to the IPTL (International Tennis Premier League), with reports suggesting that Tendulkar has bought the Mumbai franchise of the tennis league as well. According to reports in SportsKeeda, Tendulkar has...
  • Somdev Devvarman drops one place in ATP rankings April 14, 2014

    New Delhi: India's top singles tennis player Somdev Devvarman dropped one place to 89 while compatriot Yuki Bhambri gained two positions and moved to 146th place in the latest ATP rankings released Monday. In the doubles ATP rankings, Leander Paes continues to occupy tenth place with Rohan Bopanna the next best...
  • Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl end coaching relationship March 19, 2014

    London: Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has parted ways with coach Ivan Lendl following a fruitful two-year relationship. Murray and Lendl announced their decision Wednesday on the British player's blog, a few days after Murray lost in the fourth round at Indian Wells. Murray, who returned from back surgery this season, says "I'm...
  • Wozniacki postpones search for coach as dad rejoins team March 12, 2014

    Denmark's former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is in no hurry to find a permanent new coach with her father Piotr again playing a key role in her coaching team. The 23-year-old has been without a coach since sacking Swede Thomas Hogstedt in January although she has appointed former player Michael...
  • Andy Murray says back feeling better after surgery March 4, 2014

    NewYork: Andy Murray considers last week's tournament in Acapulco a victory of sorts even though he was upset in the semi-finals. He played four matches in four days, including three three-setters and some late-night finishes, without his surgically repaired back bothering him. "I woke up the next morning feeling good for the...
  • Andre Agassi in no hurry to become a coach March 4, 2014

    As a player Andre Agassi relied as much on a razor-sharp tennis brain as brute force to collect eight major titles and join a select band of players to complete a career grand slam. There was nothing he relished more, it seemed, than out-witting the heavy hitters with his lightning fast...
  • Nadal, Sania and Bopanna to represent Mumbai in ITPL March 2, 2014

    Dubai: World number one Rafael Nadal will play for the Mumbai team, which will also have India's doubles stars Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, in the inaugural International Tennis Premier League (ITPL) according to the players' draft released by the organisers, here on Sunday. The team owners met in today and...