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  • Djokovic survives scare in wet Melbourne

    Novak Djokovic survived a scare to join Roger Federer and Serena Williams in the Australian Open second round as heavy downpours caused chaos on Monday, forcing organisers to postpone a swathe of matches.

  • Djokovic digs deep to beat Struff in Melbourne opener

    Second seed Novak Djokovic was forced to work hard by unwavering German Jan-Lennard Struff in his first match of the Australian Open on Monday before prevailing 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1 to stay on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park.

  • Gauff stuns Venus again in first-round upset

    Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff said she's on "a mission to be the greatest" on Monday after stunning veteran Venus Williams once again in the first round of a Grand Slam.

  • Rust-free Federer launches Melbourne campaign with sublime win

    Serena Williams and Roger Federer avoided chaos caused by rain at the Australian Open on Monday as heavy downpours forced organisers to postpone a swathe of matches on the first day.

  • Old guard march into new decade

    Old stagers Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will aim to keep the younger generation of players waiting in the wings as Grand Slam tennis enters a new decade at the Australian Open on Monday.

  • Roger and Rafa come under fire

    Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labelled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions.

  • Federer, Nadal lead stars swinging racquets for bushfire relief

    Tennis superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal jointly donated Aus$250,000 (US$172,000) for Australian bushfire relief at a charity fundraiser in smoggy Melbourne on Wednesday.

  • Angry players speak out at smoke-shrouded Australian Open qualifiers

    Tempers flared at the Australian Open qualifying on Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game's all-time greats were labelled "selfish" for not protesting about the conditions.

  • Barty survives Anastasia scare

    World number one Ashleigh Barty survived a scare yesterday before battling through her opening match at the Adelaide International to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three tough sets.

  • Mirza enjoys winning return after having baby

    India's former doubles world number one Sania Mirza made a winning return to tennis Tuesday at the Hobart International after more than two years on maternity leave.

  • Coughing fit sees player quit Australian Open qualifying

    A player collapsed in a coughing fit and was forced to retire from Australian Open qualifying on Tuesday after organisers ploughed ahead with matches despite bushfire smoke plunging Melbourne's air quality to "hazardous" levels overnight.

  • Djokovic guides Serbia to title

    An emotional Novak Djokovic overpowered long-time rival Rafael Nadal and led Serbia to victory in the inaugural ATP Cup yesterday, capping a perfect build up to his Australian Open title defence.

  • Nadal up against Djokovic today

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face each other in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup after winning epic three-set matches yesterday to steer Spain and Serbia into the decider.

  • Nadal suffers shock upset against Goffin

    Rafael Nadal suffered an upset singles loss but made amends in the doubles to keep Spain alive at the ATP Cup yesterday, with Novak Djokovic also surviving a scare before rallying to guide Serbia into a semi-final against Russia.

  • ‘Can’t say the D word’

    Tennis prodigy Coco Gauff was quick to rebuke her father for swearing on Wednesday -- when he said “damn” while coaching her during a match. Corey Gauff, father and coach of the 15-year-old sensation, was put in his place after his daughter took the first set against Laura Siegemund at the WTA Auckland Classic.

  • World No.1 Barty loses season opener

    World number one Ashleigh Barty remains upbeat about her Australian Open preparations despite losing her opening match of the season at the Brisbane International yesterday.

  • Serena opens 2020 with a win

    Serena Williams found her power game after a sluggish start as she overcame qualifier Camila Giorgi to open her 2020 season with a straight-sets victory at the Auckland WTA Classic yesterday.

  • Djokovic helps Serbia to 2-1 win

    A near-perfect Novak Djokovic won both his singles and doubles rubbers as Serbia beat France 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the inaugural ATP Cup teams event in Brisbane yesterday.

  • Millman guides Aus

    John Millman stunned Felix Auger-Aliassime in straight sets to help guide Australia to victory over Canada in their ATP Group F tie in Brisbane yesterday.

  • Still have a lot of fire: Sharapova

    Former world number one Maria Sharapova said yesterday she still had “a lot of fire” as she attempts to resurrect her career after an injury-plagued 2019.

  • Murray pulls out of Aus Open

    Andy Murray has withdrawn from next month's Australian Open because of a pelvic injury, the three-time Grand Slam champion's management team announced on Saturday.

  • Paes announces 2020 will be his final year as a professional

    India's veteran tennis player Leander Paes announced on Wednesday that 2020 would be his "farewell year" as a professional before he hangs up his racket.

  • Australian Open set for big pay-hike

    Big pay rises are in store for players at January’s Australian Open with organisers yesterday announcing a 13.6 percent boost in the total

  • Andreescu pulls out of Aus Open warm-ups

    US Open champion Bianca Andreescu on Tuesday pulled out of her Australian Open warm-up tournament, the Auckland WTA Classic, as she continues to be plagued by a knee injury.

  • Tsitsipas aims for top three breakthrough

    Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas is eyeing a top-three finish next season as he hopes to break the rankings stranglehold of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

  • Nadal inspires Spain to sixth triumph

    Rafael Nadal put the finishing touches to his extraordinary year by clinching a sixth Davis Cup title for Spain on Sunday as he beat Denis Shapovalov in Madrid to seal victory over Canada.

  • BTF gen secy accused of sexual harassment

    A case was filed against Bangladesh Tennis Federation (BTF) General Secretary Golam Morshed on Wednesday for sexually harassing an adolescent girl while she was participating in an ITF Junior International Tennis tournament in Dhaka earlier this month.

  • I’ll stop when my body tells me to

    Roger Federer first thought about how long his playing career would last in 2009 but a decade later the 38-year-old is still going strong and says he will keeping playing until his body decides otherwise.

  • Government will work to popularise tennis: PM

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said that the government will undertake projects to develop tennis courts at school, college and university levels to popularise the sport alongside cricket and football.

  • New era or false dawn?

    Stefanos Tsitsipas said he was ready for a breakthrough Grand Slam victory after winning the ATP Finals in London -- but a glance at recent history invites caution.

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