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World Number one women’s tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, successfully defended her Miami Open title following the retirement of Canadian opponent, Bianca Andreescu, in the final while Barty was leading 6-3, 4-0.

Ashleigh Barty retains Miami Open tennis title

World Number one women’s tennis player, Ashleigh Barty, successfully defended her Miami Open title following the retirement of Canadian opponent, Bianca Andreescu, in the final while Barty was leading 6-3, 4-0.
Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka

Australia Open: Naomi Osaka, Ashleigh Barty in Serena Williams’ path to 24th Slam

Serena Williams continues her long quest for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam when the coronavirus-delayed 2021 Australian Open begins on Monday, four years since her last major triumph in Melbourne.
FILE PHOTO - People wait in line at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing clinic at Mona Vale Hospital in the wake of a new outbreak in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia, December 18, 2020. REUTERS-Loren Elliott-File Photo

Forty seven players quarantined after coronavirus cases on Australian Open flights

Forty-seven players have been forced into two weeks of hotel quarantine in Melbourne after three coronavirus infections were reported on two chartered flights carrying them to the year’s first grand slam, the tournament organisers said on Saturday.
Former British World Number 1, Andy Murray, will begin his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament.

Andy Murray accepts wildcard entry for Delray Beach Open

Former British World Number 1, Andy Murray, will begin his 2021 season at the Delray Beach Open next month after accepting a wildcard for the ATP 250 tournament.
Rafael Nadal battled into the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) win over Australian Jordan Thompson at Bercy Arena.

Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal beats Jordan Thompson to reach quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal battled into the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Thursday with a 6-1, 7-6 (7/3) win over Australian Jordan Thompson at Bercy Arena.
What was billed as an opening day classic between two old warriors turned into a damp squib as Stan Wawrinka crushed Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 6-2 at the French Open on Sunday.

French Open: Stan Wawrinka thrashes Andy Murray as big match falls flat

What was billed as an opening day classic between two old warriors turned into a damp squib as Stan Wawrinka crushed Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 6-2 at the French Open on Sunday.
Top seed Novak Djokovic’s untroubled progress continued at the French Open as he chalked up a fourth successive straight-sets victory on Monday, this time outclassing Jan-Lennard Struff to reach the quarter-finals.

Novak Djokovic braced for unhappy Rafael Nadal and Roland Garros demons

Novak Djokovic will renew his love-hate relationship with Roland Garros in the knowledge that it is himself rather than seemingly unsettled 12-time champion Rafael Nadal who could pose the greatest threat to winning a second Paris title and 18th Grand Slam crown.
Defending champion Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open with a stunning 6-2 7-5 defeat by Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Rafa Nadal stunned by Diego Schwartzman in Italian Open quarter-finals

Defending champion Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Italian Open with a stunning 6-2 7-5 defeat by Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Japan's Naomi Osaka looks dejected after the match against Cori Gauff of the U.S. REUTERS-Hannah Mckay-File Photo

Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open with ‘hamstring’ injury

Japan’s Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the upcoming French Open with a hamstring injury.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays a backhand to Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta on day three of the Men’s Italian Open at Foro Italico on September 16, 2020 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Riccardo Antimiani - POOL - AFP)

‘Perfect start’ for Rafael Nadal on Rome return

In his first match in over six months, Rafael Nadal swept aside fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Italian Open. The nine-time Rome winner came through 6-1,...
Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US Open on Sunday for his first Grand Slam title.

US Open: Dominic Thiem beats Alexander Zverev to win first Grand Slam title

Dominic Thiem produced a historic comeback to beat Alexander Zverev in a nervy five-setter and win the US Open on Sunday for his first Grand Slam title.
Dominic Thiem of Austria will play Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the US Open final for their first Grand Slam titles after they won their last-four matches in contrasting styles Friday.

Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev into US Open final

Dominic Thiem of Austria will play Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the US Open final for their first Grand Slam titles after they won their last-four matches in contrasting styles Friday.
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty to skip French Open over virus fears

World number one Ashleigh Barty announced Tuesday she will not defend her French Open crown, citing the coronavirus fears that also prompted her and several other top players to withdraw from the US Open.
Novak Djokovic didn’t have the luxury of easing back into tournament play at the Western & Southern Open Monday night in his first match back since the end of the ATP Tour suspension.

Novak Djokovic seeks 18th Slam win at US Open

The US Open gives top-ranked Novak Djokovic a prime opportunity to gain ground on absent Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in chasing the all-time men’s Grand Slam singles title record.
Britain’s Andy Murray reacts after winning the fourth set during his men’s singles match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 14, 2019. (Photo by SAEED KHAN - AFP)

Andy Murray admits to rustiness ahead of ATP return

Andy Murray says he’s feeling off the pace for his return to the ATP Tour this weekend but is hoping to hit his stride ahead of the U.S Open, which begins on Aug. 31.
World number two Rafael Nadal stepped up his bid for a third ATP Mexico Open title with an impressive display of serving and shotmaking to beat Serbian youngster Miomir Kecmanovic on Wednesday

Rafael Nadal pessimistic about return to action before 2021

Rafael Nadal does not expect to return to play competitive tennis until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has decimated much of this year’s calendar.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic poses with the trophy after winning the Final against Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas. REUTERS-Thaier Al-Sudani

Imperious Novak Djokovic marks Stefanos Tsitsipas as future world No.1

Stefanos Tsitsipas has what it takes to win Grand Slam titles and become a future world number one, top-ranked Novak Djokovic said after downing the Greek to win the Dubai Tennis Championships title on Saturday.
Top seed Rafael Nadal routed fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for the loss of just seven games at the Australian Open Saturday despite staying up late to watch Roger Federer's five-set epic the night before.

Rafael Nadal breezes into semi-finals at Acapulco tennis

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal remained on course for his third ATP Mexico Open title by breezing past South Korea’s Kwon Soon-woo 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final clash on Thursday.
Dominic Thiem beats Rafael Nadal for the first time at a Grand Slam to reach his maiden Australian Open semi-final.

Dominic Thiem knocks Rafael Nadal out of Australian Open

Rafael Nadal was left to rue missed opportunities following a marathon 6-7 (3-7) 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-7 (6-8) loss to Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.
Jannik Sinner earns his first Grand Slam win, defeating Max Purcell at the Australian Open. Hannah Peters-Getty Images

Jannik Sinner revels in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal praise after first Slam win

Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said “we’ll see a lot more of” the Italian.
Stan Wawrinka owns a 6-5 record at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open.

Stan Wawrinka looks to end title drought in desert sideshow

Stan Wawrinka hopes the Qatar Open ends his worrying title drought although the fanfare surrounding the newly-created ATP Cup more than 10,000km away in Australia means his efforts this week may struggle to register barely a blip on the global tennis radar.
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal ends year as number one for fifth time

Rafael Nadal was confirmed as the year-end world number one for the fifth time after the ATP released its season-closing rankings on Monday.

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