Djokovic wins record-extending ninth Australian Open

A tournament that had to contend with many uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, climaxed with Novak Djokovic remaining an unbreakable force as he thrashed Daniil Medvedev to claim a record-extending ninth Australian Open title. The world number one’s 7-5 6-2 6-2 triumph on Sunday under the lights at Rod Laver Arena secured his 18th […]

Tennis: Osaka cruises to second Australian Open title

Japan’s Naomi Osaka claims victory over the 22nd-seeded Jennifer Brady, winning her fourth major crown at the age of 23. Naomi Osaka has given Jennifer Brady a lesson in Grand Slam tennis as she cruised to a 6-4, 6-3 win to secure her second Australian Open title and cement her standing as the new queen […]

Australian Open: Williams leaves news conference in tears

Serena Williams, 39, won her last major in 2017 at Melbourne Park before taking a break from the sport to give birth. Serena Williams broke down and cut short her post-match news conference after her 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open semi-finals that ended her bid for a record-equalling 24th Grand […]

Melbourne’s third lockdown leaves Australia Open stands empty

Cluster that triggered the renewed restrictions were staying at a quarantine hotel at Melbourne Airport. Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria, including capital Melbourne, entered a five-day lockdown on Saturday as authorities raced to prevent a third wave of COVID-19 cases set off by the highly infections UK variant. One new locally acquired case was […]

Australian Open bars fans after snap COVID lockdown

The Australian Open tennis organisers have announced a ban on fans and said players would be cocooned in biosecure “bubbles” as Victoria state authorities ordered six million people into lockdown on Friday to control a new coronavirus outbreak. The five-day, state-wide lockdown starting at midnight local time (13:00 GMT) to combat an outbreak of the […]

Australian Open finally gets under way amid COVID restrictions

The Australian Open – tennis’s first Grand Slam of the year delayed until February – has finally begun, albeit with a limit on the number of spectators present courtside as authorities battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A smaller crowd than usual was present on the opening day on Monday. Form and fitness […]

Australian Open finally gets under way amid COVID restrictions

The Australian Open – tennis’s first Grand Slam of the year delayed until February – has finally begun, albeit with a limit on the number of spectators present courtside as authorities battle to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A smaller crowd than usual was present on the opening day on Monday. Form and fitness […]

More than 500 to isolate after COVID case at Australian Open hotel

Victoria region’s head says main event not affected by positive case detected among one of the hotel’s staff. More than 500 tennis players and officials in Melbourne for the Australian Open have been told to isolate and get tested after a worker at a hotel they use tested positive for COVID-19. Daniel Andrews, Victoria state’s […]

‘An Olympic Games to say bye to my tennis family’

Spain’s tennis player was diagnosed with early-stage Hodgkin lymphoma and went through chemotherapy. Former world number six female tennis player Carla Suarez Navarro says she dreams of a return to competitive action following cancer treatment and this year’s postponed Tokyo Olympics would be the perfect stage to call time on her career. Spaniard Suarez Navarro […]

The Craziest Two Weeks of Tennis Practice Ever

MELBOURNE, Australia — The intricate ballet begins at sunrise and ends after dark, a complicated series of movements requiring the utmost precision for what has long been a very simple task — getting tennis players to and from the courts so they can practice ahead of a professional tournament. There is a strict routine to […]

47 Australian Open players in hard quarantine after COVID cases

Four coronavirus cases have been detected on charter flights carrying tennis players, coaches and officials to Melbourne for the Australian Open, forcing 47 players into strict hotel quarantine. Health authorities confirmed there had been three positive tests for COVID-19 on Saturday, and another on Sunday. None of the cases so far have involved players, although […]

US Open: Djokovic disqualified after hitting line judge with ball

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic has been defaulted from his fourth-round match at the US Open after he accidentally hit a line judge with a tennis ball. It was a stunning end to Djokovic’s bid for an 18th Grand Slam title and his 26-0 start to this season. Djokovic had just lost a game to his opponent, […]