Djokovic tops Monfils in Madrid in his 'best' match of year
APTOPIX Spain Tennis Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns the ball against Gael Monfils, of France, during their match at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Trying to regain his best form after a slow start to the season, Djokovic looked sharp in his opening match at the Madrid Open on Tuesday, defeating Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round. The match was interrupted at 2-2 in the first set as rain forced the roof on center court to be closed. “I had a week, 10 days to get ready for this match, and for this tournament,” he said. Nadal, returning from injury, starts his Madrid Open campaign on Wednesday.wftv.com
The Latest: Berrettini into Australian Open quarterfinals – WFTV
Australian Open Tennis Matteo Berrettini of Italy makes a forehand return to Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. Berrettini beat Monfils in five sets in the 2019 U.S. Open quarterfinals. ___8:40 p.m.Top-ranked Ash Barty has reached the Australian Open quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 20-year-old Amanda Anisimova. Keys will play the winner of two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in Tuesday's quarterfinals. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka plays French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova and Jessica Pergula faces fifth-seed Maria Sakkari.wftv.com
Newlywed disagreement: Svitolina, Monfils differ on the draw
US Open Tennis Gael Monfils, of France, reacts after defeating Steve Johnson, of the United States, during the second round of the US Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in New York. Her husband, Gael Monfils, likes to look a few rounds further at his draw. Svitolina probably already knew that, saying: “His draw, I’m looking even more probably than mine.”Svitolina said she and Monfils are competitive and their performances serve as motivation for each other. “I’m happy that we’re playing different days because then we can focus on one person, then the other one,” Svitolina said. At least next match don’t go out for eight minutes, and that’s what he did,” Medvedev said.wftv.com
The Latest: Gael Monfils knocked out at French Open
(AP Photo/Christophe Ena) (Christophe Ena)PARIS — (AP) — The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___3:35 p.m.Gael Monfils has lost in the second round of the French Open and left the host country's men on the verge of their worst collective result at Roland Garros. ___3:10 p.m.Former U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens beat a top-10 player for the first time in 2 1/2 years to reach the third round at the French Open. The ninth-seeded Italian beat Federico Coria of Argentina 6-3, 6-3, 6-2, hitting 46 winners along the way. Barty played 13 matches on clay in the buildup to the French Open and won 11. Fifth-seeded Elina Svitolina also progressed by defeating French Open debutant Ann Li of the United States 6-0, 6-4.wftv.com
The Latest: Shapovalov edges teenage Sinner in 1st round
The 10th-seeded Frenchman is a two-time Grand Slam semifinalist, but he can't seem to win anywhere at the moment. ___4:55 p.m.U.S. Open champion Dominic Thiem has moved into the second round at the Australian Open, where he was the runner-up to Novak Djokovic a year ago. Thiem had been 0-3 in Grand Slam finals until emerging for the championship at Flushing Meadows in September. The first tournament of this year’s Grand Slam season began after a three-week delay because of the coronavirus pandemic. Serena Williams begins her latest bid for a 24th Grand Slam singles title in the following match against Laura Siegemund.
COVID case at Australian Open hotel cancels play at tuneups
An Australian Open courtesy car waits outside the Grand Hyatt hotel in central Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments' Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin Monday. Williams won her last major title at the 2017 Australian Open, when she was pregnant with her daughter, Olympia. On the bottom half of the draw, defending Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin rallied from a set and a break down to fend off Jessica Pegula 5-7, 7-5, 6-2.
2 more top-10 women -- Svitolina, Bertens -- out of US Open
NEW YORK Two more top-10 women -- Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens -- will miss the U.S. Open, joining No. 1-ranked Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis tournament during the coronavirus pandemic. The French Open -- where Bertens reached the semifinals in 2016 -- is scheduled to begin Sept. 27. Defending mens champion Rafael Nadal also has said he wont play at the U.S. Open, citing concerns about traveling during the pandemic. The womens circuit returned to action this week in Palermo, Italy; the men are scheduled to begin play later this month.
2 years, 4 operations later, CiCi Bellis back on Slam stage
Bellis told this story with a smile at the Australian Open — and why not? Four surgical procedures and two years have come and gone since she was last healthy enough to participate in a Grand Slam tournament. On Thursday, she was out there on a Grand Slam court, playing in singles and doubles. But he also recalled where it happened to him in 2019 -- at the Australian Open. CLIMBING THE HEIGHTSGarbiñe Muguruza has scaled the heights of tennis -- two Grand Slam titles; the No.