The Latest: Cilic upsets No. 5 Rublev to reach 4th round
APTOPIX Australian Open Tennis Marin Cilic of Croatia celebrates after defeating Andrey Rublev of Russia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill) (Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Saturday (all times local):11:50 p.m.Former U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic has upset No. 5-seeded Andrey Rublev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open. De Minaur, seeded 32nd, beat Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in the first of the night matches on Day 6 on the main show court at Melbourne Park. 2-ranked Medvedev had a 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win over Botic Van de Zandschulp in the third round, two days after a challenging second-round win over Nick Kyrgios.wftv.com
Djokovic given medical exemption to play at Australian Open
Tennis ATP Cup Djokovic Withdraws FILE - Serbia's Novak Djokovic after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic during their Davis Cup tennis semi-final match at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 3, 2021. Australian Open organizers issued a statement later Tuesday to confirm Djokovic will be allowed to compete at the Australian Open and is on his way to Australia. “Djokovic applied for a medical exemption which was granted following a rigorous review process involving two separate independent panels of medical experts,” the statement said. “One of those was the Independent Medical Exemption Review Panel appointed by the Victorian Department of Health. Djokovic has won nine of his 20 major titles at the Australian Open.wftv.com
Djokovic says he has 'exemption permission' for Australia
Tennis ATP Cup Djokovic Withdraws FILE - Serbia's Novak Djokovic after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic during their Davis Cup tennis semi-final match at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 3, 2021. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the ATP Cup in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season. The top-ranked Djokovic said in a post on Instagram on Tuesday he has got "an exemption permission" to travel to Australia. Djokovic has continually refused to reveal if he is vaccinated against the coronavirus, a requirement to play in Melbourne. If he plays at the year’s first major, he will seek a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam singles title.wftv.com
No Novak yet but rest of tennis prepares for Australian Open
Tennis ATP Cup Djokovic Withdraws FILE - Serbia's Novak Djokovic after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic during their Davis Cup tennis semi-final match at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, on Dec. 3, 2021. Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the ATP Cup in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season. 1 Novak Djokovic and his participation in the Australian Open, the rest of the tennis world returns to work this week to prepare for the season’s first major beginning Jan. 17 at Melbourne Park. Also in the ATP tournament is second-seeded Reilly Opelka, Nick Kyrgios and Grigor Dimitrov. U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu withdrew from the Melbourne tournament, having just come out of isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.wftv.com
7-time champion Serena Williams won't play Australian Open
(AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) (Bernat Armangue)MELBOURNE, Australia — (AP) — Not long after Serena Williams' name was absent from the entry list for the Australian Open, she confirmed the obvious: the seven-time champion won't play the 2022 edition of the season-opening major in January. She won the last of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at the 2017 Australian Open, and was beaten in the semifinals this year by Naomi Osaka in straight sets. The Australian Open's website Wednesday said the seven-time women's singles champion would not compete in Melbourne "following advice from her medical team." The nine-time Australian Open champion is tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the men's record of 20 Grand Slam singles titles. On Monday, Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 U.S. Open champion, said she will take a mental break from tennis and sit out the start of next season, including the Australian Open.wftv.com
Russia beats Croatia to win Davis Cup after 15-year wait
Spain Davis Cup Tennis Russian Tennis Federation's Daniil Medvedev returns the ball to Croatia's Marin Cilic during their Davis Cup tennis finals at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) (Manu Fernandez)MADRID — (AP) — Russia's 15-year wait for a Davis Cup title ended Sunday after another clutch performance by Daniil Medvedev. It is Russia's third Davis Cup title, and first since 2006. Russia's other Davis Cup title was in 2002. ___More AP Tennis: https://apnews.com/hub/tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports___Tales Azzoni on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tazzoniCopyright 2021 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Davis Cup Finals to add hosts cities, reduce teams next year
Spain Davis Cup Tennis Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves the ball to Croatia's Marin Cilic during their Davis Cup tennis semi-final match at Madrid Arena in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue) (Bernat Armangue)MADRID — (AP) — There will be more host cities and fewer nations playing in the Davis Cup Finals next season in an attempt to increase fan engagement and keep the revamped team event sustainable, organizers said Sunday. Each city will host matches from one of the four-team groups, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage. In due course, we’ll make an announcement.”A bidding process will begin in January for all cities interested in becoming hosts. There will be backup host cities in case the home countries don’t qualify for the tournament.wftv.com
US eliminated from Davis Cup Finals after loss to Colombia
United States captain Mardy Fish hinted at a lack of passion within his team after the record 32-time champion Americans were eliminated from the Davis Cup Finals by following up a lopsided loss to host Italy with a humbling defeat to Colombia.
Slowing down? Federer says no as he advances at French Open
France Tennis French Open Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, gives Croatia's Marin Cilic a pat on the back as they meet at the net after Federer defeated him in their second round match on day 5, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Thursday, June 3, 2021. When the 39-year-old Federer drew a time violation Thursday at the French Open for not playing fast enough, he protested to the chair umpire and to his opponent, Marin Cilic. The warning in the second set came after Cilic twice complained to the chair that Federer wasn't getting ready to receive serve quickly enough. She was the runner-up at the 2018 French Open and made the quarterfinals in 2019. 3D RAFAA three-dimensional painting of Rafael Nadal packaged with a digital token of the image in motion shows him playing in the 2014 French Open, which he won.wftv.com
The Latest: Federer argues and wins at French Open
France Tennis French Open Switzerland's Roger Federer celebrates after defeating Croatia's Marin Cilic in their second round match on day 5, of the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, Thursday, June 3, 2021. After arguing with the chair umpire in the second set, Federer quickly recovered his composure and won 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2. ___5:30 p.m.Coco Gauff is living up to her career-best ranking at the French Open. 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
Barty goes distance, tops Azarenka to reach Miami quarters
Ashleigh Barty of Australia, returns to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Monday, March 29, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)MIAMI – Ash Barty is tough to beat under any circumstances, especially when she’s on the ropes. The world’s top-ranked player has reached the Miami Open quarterfinals, getting there by holding off 14th-seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-1, 1-6, 6-2. This, too, was cool: The match lived up to its showdown potential, with the reigning Miami Open champion and current world No. 1 in Barty facing someone who has won the Miami title three times and a previous world No. Svitolina will play unseeded Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in the quarters; Sevastova was a 6-1, 7-5 winner over wild-card Ana Konjuh of Croatia.
'Runaway train': Serena wins French Open opener; Nadal, too
Serena Williams of the U.S. screams in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Kristie Ahn of the U.S. at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. Both began this French Open with straight-set victories against overmatched foes in Court Philippe Chatrier on Monday. Nadal began his attempt to pull even with rival Roger Federer for the most by a man, 20, by beating Egor Gerasimov of Belarus 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. He'll be aiming for his 18th major championship at this French Open, which he finally gets underway Tuesday with his first Grand Slam match since being disqualified at the U.S. Open. Among the other key results on Day 2 of a chilly, pandemic-postponed French Open were losses by 2019 runner-up Marketa Vondrousova, who was beaten 6-1, 6-2 by Polish teenager Iga Swiatek; three-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber; 2017 U.S. Open finalist and 2018 French Open semifinalist Madison Keys; and men’s seeds No.
The Latest: Female doubles player dropped due to virus
The 2009 French Open champion was beaten by Russian countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-1. But the 2016 French Open champion held firm to beat Tamara Zidansek 7-5, 4-6, 8-6. He beat Reilly Opelka 6-4, 6-4, 6-3. The new roof over Court Philippe Chatrier is again proving its worth on Day 2 of the French Open. The court is hosting the only play as rain thwarted the start of all other matches at Roland Garros.
The Latest: Thiem expects close match in US Open final
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK – The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):___4:20 p.m.Dominic Thiem says he expects another close match between he and Alexander Zverev in the U.S. Open final, which has now begun. Thiem leads the series 7-2 and has won all three in Grand Slam tournaments. ___3:20 p.m.Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev are set for the U.S. Open final, with the winner giving men's tennis its first new Grand Slam champion in six years. The Austrian lost two French Open finals to Rafael Nadal and fell in this year's Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic. The fifth-seeded Zverev is in his first Grand Slam final.
Virus cases at Djokovic's event put sports under scrutiny
Grigor Dimitrov, a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist from Bulgaria, said Sunday he tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive for the virus. In a separate incident, Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade said five of its players had tested positive for the virus. There has also been an increase in virus cases among soccer players in other countries, notably Russia. Djokovics decision to fly home to Serbia before being tested has also attracted scrutiny.