Tennis

10:23 PM ET Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka won the tournament opening match for her dad at the Australian Open. Serena Williams won hers for her daughter. The first two matches on center court at the Australian Open were all about families for two champions. For something new, Osaka’s father, Leonard Francois, was
0 Comments
7:32 AM ET Australian Open organisers have said the tournament will go ahead despite health concerns caused by the air quality in Melbourne due to bushfires in the country. A number of players have complained throughout the week after having to play qualifying matches in smoky conditions, which caused Dalila Jakupovic to retire after a
0 Comments
8:30 PM ET British tennis player Liam Broady has accused Australian Open officials of treating qualifiers worse than animals as calls grow among players to form a union. Broady lost in the first round of qualifying, playing his match in a blanket of smoke at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, and said he struggled to breathe
0 Comments
6:32 PM ET ESPN News Services MELBOURNE, Australia — Tempers flared at Australian Open qualifying Wednesday as players battled through another day of smoky air and two of the game’s all-time greats were labeled “selfish” for not protesting about the conditions. Australian Open officials delayed the start of play by two hours on the second
0 Comments
12:39 AM ET Former world No.1 Maria Sharapova says smoke was behind the decision to call off her Kooyong Classic match late in the second set when she started to succumb to the tough conditions. Taking on German Laura Siegemund in the Australian Open warm-up exhibition tournament with heavy smoke blanketing Melbourne, the players and
0 Comments
6:56 PM ET Slovenia’s Dalila Jakupovic feared she would pass out during Australian Open qualifying with the smoky conditions the worst she’s experienced. The world no.180 was forced to retire mid-match at Melbourne Park on Tuesday due to the hazardous smoke lingering from bushfires in Victoria’s east. Jakupovic was leading her round one Open qualifying
0 Comments
2:51 AM ET Ashleigh Barty doesn’t feel complete. She has the world No.1 women’s tennis ranking, universal love and respect. And career prize money of almost $24 million – $23 million coming last year alone. But fulfilment? Nope, not yet – Barty doesn’t even consider herself the complete package as a player. “I want to
0 Comments
2:19 AM ET Karolina Pliskova has won a third Brisbane International title in four years, beating American Madison Keys to break new ground at the season-opening event. The Czech world No.2 on Sunday became the first player, man or woman, to win the event three times, Pliskova again serving without fear in a 6-4 4-6
0 Comments