INTERNATIONAL TENNIS

  • Rafael Nadal renews contract with Kia Motors 5 days ago

    Madrid: Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and South Korean automobile manufacturer Kia Motors on Friday extended their partnership for another five years, until 2020. The Spaniard has been a global ambassador for Kia since 2006. The 28-year-old will continue to appear in global advertising campaigns to endorse Kia by taking part...
  • Davis Cup final may be played at neutral venue April 20, 2015

    Sochi, Russia: The International Tennis Federation is considering playing future Davis Cup finals at a neutral venue. ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti told The Associated Press on Sunday that the idea is among several proposed changes to the competition, along with fifth-set tiebreakers to prevent marathon matches. "We are considering perhaps to...
  • Sentencing of ex-tennis ace Bob Hewitt postponed April 18, 2015

    Johannesburg: The sentencing of former tennis Grand Slam champion and convicted child molester Bob Hewitt has been postponed by a South African court till next month to allow his legal team to compile a report from a psychologist. Hewitt, 75, a six-time Grand Slam doubles champion was found guilty last month...
  • Sania Mirza is pride of Pakistan as well, says Shoaib Malik April 14, 2015

    Karachi: Pakistan's ex-cricket captain Shoaib Malik said on Tuesday he was proud his Indian wife Sania Mirza had become the world's top-ranked doubles tennis player, adding it was an honour for both countries. Mirza, 28, became the first Indian woman to achieve the feat after winning the Charleston title on Sunday...
  • Tennis: Yuki Bhambri wins Karshi ITF Futures trophy April 11, 2015

    Karshi: Yuki Bhambri clinched the USD 15,000 ITF Futures tournament on Saturday with a straight-set win over Dzmitry Zhyrmont and ensured that he will get entry into the French Open qualifying event. The 22-year-old Yuki, seeded second, overcame his Belarusian third seed rival 6-2, 6-4 in the final and pocketed 27...
  • Two tennis players suspended for match-fixing violation March 25, 2015

    London: Two lower-ranked tennis players have been suspended and fined for violating the sport's match-fixing rules. The International Tennis Federation's anti-corruption unit said on Wednesday that 30-year-old Italian player Walter Trusendi and 25-year-old Frenchman Elie Rousset were sanctioned for their activity at an unidentified tournament in 2014. It says both admitted violating...
  • Sania Mirza is now world number three in doubles March 23, 2015

    Sania Mirza jumped to her career-best rank of three in the doubles, following her stupendous title win at the BNP Paribas Open with Swiss great Martina Hingis. Sania now sits at number three with 6885 points, behind Italians Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani, who share the top spot with 7640 points...
  • American tennis player Wayne Odesnik banned for 15 years after 2nd doping violation March 18, 2015

    American player Wayne Odesnik has been banned for 15 years after a second doping violation, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) announced on Wednesday. The 29-year-old, who was sanctioned for two years in 2010 for possession of human growth hormone, was found to have taken prohibited substances, including an anabolic steroid, after...
  • Juan Martin del Potro sees comeback by late March March 3, 2015

    Buenos Aires: Former world number four Juan Martin del Potro, having drawn confidence from his brief Sydney return in January, said on Monday he was confident of a full comeback "very soon". The Argentine giant, who has endured a stop-start career since winning the US Open in 2009, is recovering from...
  • Novak Djokovic close to scaling tennis' Everest: Andre Agassi February 28, 2015

    London: Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career grand slam than at this year's French Open but those predicting the decline of claycourt king Rafa Nadal should be wary, according to Andre Agassi. Had it not been for the Spaniard, Djokovic would already be part of...
  • Maria Sharapova less fixated on top spot but eager to beat Serena Williams February 23, 2015

    Mexico City: Regaining the world's top ranking in women's tennis is less important to five-times grand slam winner Maria Sharapova than it was when she was younger, but the Russian is eager to beat dominant player Serena Williams. Williams beat Sharapova, who is ranked number two, to claim her 19th grand...
  • Marin Cilic pulls out of Zagreb indoors tennis tournament February 1, 2015

    Zagreb: US Open champion Marin Cilic is still waiting to get on the court in 2015 after he pulled out of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors tennis tournament. Cilic was forced to withdraw from the Australian Open, the first major tournament of the season, with a nagging shoulder injury that bothered him...
  • Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal headline field for Indian Wells January 29, 2015

    Indian Wells: Defending champion Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal headline the field for the BNP Paribas Open in March, giving the tournament the top three men's players in the world during its 40th anniversary in the Southern California desert. Among the other men's entries are the rest of the...
  • Indian tennis needs top class singles players: Tim Henman January 18, 2015

    Kolkata: The likes of Somdev Devvarman and Yuki Bhambri might be doing well in the circuit but that's not enough and Indian tennis needs some top class singles players to take the interest to a higher level, Britain's former No 1 Tim Henman said on Sunday. "The interest has always been...
  • I am motivated by excellence: Leander Paes January 12, 2015

    Chennai: The passion to achieve excellence everyday is what motivates Leander Paes the most and the ageless wonder's mantra in life is to focus on positives. In an exclusive chat with PTI, the 41-year-old tennis legend explained how he keeps himself motivated to come on to the courts everyday and produce...
  • Del Potro joins Marin Cilic on Brisbane withdrawal list January 1, 2015

    Brisbane, Australia: Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina has withdrawn from the Brisbane International with a left wrist injury, joining another former US Open champion, Marin Cilic, on the tournament sidelines. Del Potro has been off the tour since undergoing surgery in March, but had targeted Brisbane as his return. The...
  • Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take ITF annual honours December 18, 2014

    London: Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The annual award takes in performances on the regular Tour and grand slams. Wimbledon champion Djokovic takes the men's prize for the fourth time having won seven titles this season and the year-end top...
  • India should be proud of IPTL: Carlos Moya December 5, 2014

    The Spaniard, who is part of the Manila Mavericks team, is in Delhi for the India leg of the International Premier Tennis League.ague. ...
  • IPTL to be played across six cities next year: Mahesh Bhupathi December 4, 2014

    Singapore: The International Tennis Premier League (IPTL) will add two cities next year, taking the number to six, event founder Mahesh Bhupathi said on Thursday. "We are definitely going to add two cities next year, we have had a lot of interest now, we have had four cities ready to sign...
  • Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic to compete at Brisbane International November 26, 2014

    Brisbane: Tennis players Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic will start the new season at the Brisbane International, the only premier-level event in the opening week of 2015, organisers confirmed Wednesday. Sharapova was at times just a loss away from falling out of the world's top-10 during the clay court season but...
  • Simona Halep hires coach Victor Ionita November 26, 2014

    Bucharest: Romanian tennis player Simona Halep confirmed Wednesday that she has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette and chosen compatriot Victor Ionita as the replacement. Halep enjoyed a historic 2014 that saw her become the highest-ranked Romanian in women's singles history as well as the first Romanian to beat a reigning...
  • Eugenie Bouchard splits with coach Nick Saviano November 26, 2014

    Ottawa: Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard announced on Wednesday that she has split with her long-time coach Nick Saviano. Bouchard has enjoyed a stellar year that has seen her break all kinds of records, including becoming the first Canadian to reach the top-5 in women's singles as well as the first...
  • Rio 2016 one of my biggest dreams: Novak Djokovic November 22, 2014

    Rio de Janeiro: Serb Novak Djokovic has described the prospect of winning gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics as one of his "biggest dreams". The 27-year old finished top of the 2014 world rankings by clinching the ATP World Tour Final in London last week after 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger...
  • Simona Halep parts ways with coach after less than a year November 7, 2014

    Fourth-ranked Simona Halep has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette after less than a year. A statement posted on Halep's Facebook page Thursday said: "My collaboration with Wim Fissette will come to an end, following a mutual agreement. It was a good and beautiful year. I want to thank him and...
  • Rafael Nadal undergoes appendix surgery in Spain November 4, 2014

    Barcelona: Rafael Nadal had successful surgery to remove his appendix on Monday and will remain in the hospital for up to two days to recover. A statement from Nadal's spokesman said the appendectomy was performed at the TEKNON Medical Center in Barcelona by Dr. Segura Movellan and his team. "Everything has gone...
  • Trend setter Andy Murray seeks London triple crown November 4, 2014

    Paris: He is the man who sparked joyous scenes of celebration across a grateful nation when he ended Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's champion. Yet 14 months later Andy Murray's towering frame was missing from the eight-man lineup featured on the giant billboard posters plastered across the streets of...
  • Torrid season over as Rafael Nadal opts for surgery October 25, 2014

    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 October 20, 2014

    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...