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Tennis: New French Open court unveiled as prize money increases

Inside view of a greenhouse at the botanical garden “Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil” in Paris, France, March 21, 2019. REUTERS/Charles Platiau PARIS (Reuters) – French Open organizers on Thursday unveiled the brand new Court Simonne Mathieu, hoping the 5,000-seat arena will boost the tournament’s atmosphere as they raised the prize money by more than eight percent. Named after France’s second-most decorated female player, the arena is nestled among the area’s graceful 19-century greenhouses. The prize money has been raised from 39.2 million euros ($44.48 million) up to 42.6 million, with…

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Tennis: In-form Bencic powers into Indian Wells semis

(Reuters) – Belinda Bencic slayed another giant by outlasting world number five Karolina Pliskova 6-3 4-6 6-3 on Thursday to reach the BNP Paribas Open semi-finals in Indian Wells. Mar 14, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Belinda Bencic (SUI) celebrates as she defeated Karolina Pliskova (not pictured) during their quarterfinal match in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports The 22-year-old Swiss, who crushed world number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka on Tuesday, fired a serve out wide that Pliskova…

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Tennis: ATP to use Shot Clock in all tournaments in 2020

FILE PHOTO: Britain Golf – GolfSixes – Centurion Club, St Albans – 5/5/17 General view of the Shot clock during the pro-am Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Boyers Livepic LONDON (Reuters) – Shot Clock will be used at every ATP Tour event in 2020, the men’s tennis organization confirmed on Wednesday. The 25-second countdown, designed to speed up play, was first used at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan in 2017 and was adopted at the last two Grand Slams, last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian…

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Tennis: Latvia’s Sevastova out of Indian Wells with virus

(Reuters) – Latvian 11th seed Anastasija Sevastova exited the BNP Paribas Open with a viral illness in Indian Wells, California on Monday. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Australian Open – Fourth Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2019. Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova celebrates a point against Japan’s Naomi Osaka. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Sevastova was down 5-0 in the first set of her third round match with Estonian 21st seed Anett Kontaveit when she retired. Her departure, the cause of which was reported by the WTA, came less than 24 hours after…

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Tennis: Auger-Aliassime outguns Tsitsipas at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Felix Auger-Aliassime won the battle of the young guns by beating ninth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-2 on Saturday to advance to the BNP Paribas Open third round. The 18-year-old Canadian, the youngest player in the world top 100, fired an unreturnable serve on match point to defeat the 20-year-old Tsitsipas – who is the youngest player in the top 10. While the outcome is an upset on paper, Auger-Aliassime held a 3-0 advantage over Tsitsipas when they met as juniors. Next up for last…

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Osaka a Barbie girl, in a tennis world

Mar 7, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Naomi Osaka (JPN) answers questions during a press conference at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Jayne Kamin-Oncea INDIAN WELLS, Calif (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka, whose meteoritic rise to the top of the tennis world over the past year has included two Grand Slam titles and the world number one ranking, on Thursday said the newly unveiled Barbie in her likeness was another big honor. The 21-year-old told reporters she played with the famous Mattel dolls as a child…

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Tennis: Venus overcomes illness to advance at Indian Wells

Mar 7, 2019; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Venus Williams (USA) during her first round match against Andrea Petkovic (not pictured) in the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Venus Williams played through illness to win a seesaw opening round match against German Andrea Petkovic 6-4 0-6 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday. Williams, who received medical attention from a trainer late in the first set, saved her best tennis for the biggest moments, breaking…

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Tennis: Wimbledon targeting juniors to make sure future is green

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer would probably make tennis look easy on a court of broken glass so grass definitely holds no fears, as his 18 career titles on the greensward illustrate. FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 2, 2018 General view during the first round REUTERS/Tony O’Brien Such is Federer’s ease on the surface that had “lawn tennis” remained loyal to its roots and the sport was still played extensively on grass then it’s likely he would have…

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Tennis: Argentine Pella wins first ATP title in Brazil

FILE PHOTO – Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2018 Argentina’s Guido Pella in action during the second round match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Argentine Guido Pella claimed his first ATP title when he beat Christian Garin 7-5 6-3 to win the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo on Sunday. Pella, who had previously reached four ATP finals and come up short each time, made no mistake against the young Chilean and finished a superb…

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Martina Navratilova: Tennis legend sorry for transgender “cheat” language as she re-enters debate

Transgender cyclist Rachel McKinnon (centre) pictured with Jen Wagner-Assali (right), who called her victory “unfair” Tennis icon Martina Navratilova has apologised for using the term “cheating” when discussing whether transgender athletes should be allowed to compete in women’s sport. Navratilova – one of the most successful tennis players of all time – has been criticised as “transphobic” for writing that transgender women had “unfair” physical advantages over female opponents. On Saturday, former British swimmer Sharron Davies told BBC Sport that many current athletes “feel the same way” and that trans…

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