INTERNATIONAL TENNIS

  • Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams take ITF annual honours Yesterday

    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...
  • 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...