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FILE - In this June 7, 2019, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal grimaces after scoring against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their semifinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday, March 17, 2020, that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. Main draw competition was supposed to start on May 24. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

Virus forces French Open delay; US Open switch 'possibility'

Mar. 17, 2020 11:34 PM EDT

The French Open was postponed for about four months because of the coronavirus pandemic, shifting from May to September and juggling the tennis calendar. The French tennis federation said Tuesday it will hold its 15-day clay-court event at Roland Garros in Paris from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4, instead of May 24 to June...

FILE - In this Monday, March 11, 2019, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, walks off the court during a rain break in his match against Philipp Kohlschreiber, of Germany, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, Calif. The BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, set to begin Wednesday, March 11, 2020, has been postponed after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Indian Wells tennis postponed after coronavirus confirmed

Mar. 9, 2020 3:47 AM EDT

The BNP Paribas Open, the near-major tennis tournament set to begin this week in the California desert, won't be played as scheduled after a case of coronavirus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. It's the largest U.S. sporting event to be called off over concerns about the spread of the disease. The South by...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, uses a towel after he plays a point against Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during their ATP World Tour singles tennis match at O2 Arena in London. Tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open that starts next week will have to manage their own towels on court and ball kids will wear gloves while working matches at the combined men's and women's tournament in the Southern California desert. The measures were announced Friday, March 6, 2020, by tournament organizers, who are offering fans uneasy about the coronavirus a refund for this year's event or a credit for next year. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

Ball kids to wear gloves, not touch towels at Indian Wells

Mar. 6, 2020 5:48 PM EST

Tennis players at the BNP Paribas Open that starts next week will have to manage their own towels on court and ball kids will wear gloves while working matches at the combined men's and women's tournament in the Southern California desert. The measures were announced Friday by tournament organizers, who are...

FILE - In this Jule 7, 2014, file photo, Russia's Maria Sharapova reacts after defeating Romania's Simona Halep during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1. She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?” (AP Photo/David Vincent, File)

Sharapova retires from tennis at age 32 with 5 Slam titles

Feb. 26, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Maria Sharapova was a transcendent star in tennis from the time she was a teenager, someone whose grit and groundstrokes earned her a career Grand Slam and whose off-court success included millions of dollars more in endorsement deals than prize money. And yet, Sharapova walked away from her sport rather quietly...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2006, file photo, Maria Sharapova, the U.S. Open tennis women's singles champion, poses with her trophy in New York. Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1. She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years. In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, Sharapova asks: “How do you leave behind the only life you’ve ever known?” (AP Photo/Osamu Honda, File)

Sharapova's time in tennis: teen titles, career Slam, ban

Feb. 26, 2020 12:27 PM EST

Maria Sharapova, who retired Wednesday at age 32, was a star on and off the tennis court, reaching No. 1 in the rankings, winning five Grand Slam titles and making millions of dollars in endorsement deals. Here is a look at some key moments: 1987 Born on April 19 in Nyagan, Russia. Started playing tennis at 4....

United States' Bethanie Mattek-Sands leaps toward Sofia Kenin after they defeated Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko and Anastasija Sevastova during the doubles match in a Fed Cup tennis qualifying tie to advance the U.S. team Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

US advances to Fed Cup Finals after doubles win over Latvia

Feb. 9, 2020 2:46 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was hoping not to have to take the court again after falling short in her singles match. After Serena Williams was defeated for the first time in a Fed Cup singles match, it was left to Kenin and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to get the United States into...

United States' Serena Williams, right, talks with coach Kathy Rinaldi during a Fed Cup qualifying tennis match against Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Williams remains perfect in Fed Cup; US leads Latvia 2-0

Feb. 8, 2020 10:11 AM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Nearly five years passed since Serena Williams last played singles in a Fed Cup competition. Even though she struggled for stretches on Friday night, Williams remained perfect. Williams improved to 14-0 in Fed Cup singles matches, defeating Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets to give...

The United States Fed Cup team, from left, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Alison Riske,  Serena Williams, Coco Gauf,  Sofia Kenin, and team captain Kathy Rinaldi pose during the draw for their Fed Cup tennis matches against Latvia, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, Wash., (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Aussie Open champ Kenin continues busy stretch with Fed Cup

Feb. 6, 2020 6:11 PM EST

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — When Sofia Kenin looks back on the past week, it truly is a blur. As last Saturday night turned to Sunday morning, Kenin was basking in the adulation following her first career Grand Slam tournament title as the winner of the Australian Open after beating Garbiñe Muguruza in the...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses his trophy, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup, during a photo shoot at Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens following his win over Austria's Dominic Thiem in the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships, in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Djokovic returns to No. 1; Kenin top American woman at No. 7

Feb. 3, 2020 4:55 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic returned to No. 1 in the ATP rankings Monday after winning his eighth Australian Open title, while Sofia Kenin's first Grand Slam trophy boosted her to a career-high No. 7 — and made her the leading American — on the WTA list. Djokovic's 6-4, 4-6,...

In this photo provided by Tennis Australia, Sofia Kenin, left, of the U.S. is greeted by her father Alex after defeating Spain's Garbine Muguruza in the women's final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. (Fiona Hamilton/Tennis Australia via AP)

Living 'American Dream,' Sofia Kenin wins her 1st Slam title

Feb. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Back in 1987, 11 years before new Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin was born, her parents left Moscow for New York City, eager to escape the Soviet Union and live in the United States because, as her father, Alex, put it: "You want to see the world. You want a better future...