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Wild-card entry Tipsarevic advances at Geneva Open

May. 20, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Former top-10 player Janko Tipsarevic used his wild-card entry to beat Peter Gojowczyk of Germany 7-5, 7-5 in the Geneva Open first round on Monday. Now ranked No. 317, the 34-year-old Tipsarevic is back in ATP Tour main draws after missing the 2018 season for hamstring injuries to heal....

Back on top: Nadal beats Djokovic for 9th Italian Open title

May. 19, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. "You were asking for...

Nadal gets his revenge over Tsitsipas; Djokovic up next

May. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Rafael Nadal looked more like his old, dominant self when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to reach the Italian Open final on Saturday. It was a measure of revenge for Nadal after losing to Tsitsipas in three sets at...

Colombia's ex-Davis Cup captain suspended for taking payoffs

May. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Colombia's former Davis Cup captain, Miguel Tobon, has been suspended for a year and fined $20,000 by the Tennis Integrity Unit for accepting payoffs in return for tournament wild-card entries. The TIU says Tobon was found guilty of "negotiating to sell, or attempting to sell, wild cards for...

Nadal, Djokovic advance; Federer and Osaka withdraw injured

May. 17, 2019 7:29 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal put away Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-0 at the Italian Open on Friday to reach the semifinals after conceding only six games in his six sets of tennis at the tournament. Yet he ought to be a little nervous. Nadal has fallen in the semifinals of his last three tournaments — all...

Isner out of French Open with injury; ends 24-Slam streak

May. 17, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — John Isner has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured left foot, ending his streak of 24 consecutive appearances at Grand Slam tournaments. The 34-year-old Isner announced his withdrawal Friday on Twitter. He is ranked No. 11, the top American man, but has not competed since...

Players debate necessary punishment after Kyrgios outburst

May. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Nick Kyrgios' latest outburst of unruly behavior has other players split on whether the temperamental Australian should be handed a long-term ban. Kyrgios walked off the court and threw a chair onto the red clay during a fit of rage during his second-round match at the Italian Open on Thursday,...

Rain postpones Federer, Nadal and Djokovic matches in Rome

May. 15, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Play at the Italian Open has been wiped out by rain, meaning Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will have to wait until Thursday to play their opening matches at the clay-court tournament. Federer was slated to meet Joao Sousa on Wednesday, eight-time Rome champion Nadal was...

Italy's men are starting to matter in tennis like its women

May. 15, 2019 7:10 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — After four decades of dormancy, male tennis players in Italy are finally showing signs of becoming as good as the women have been. Marco Cecchinato got things rolling by reaching the French Open semifinals last year — the first Italian man to reach the last four of a major since 1978....

Lapentti, Evans finalists to replace Gimelstob on ATP board

May. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Former top-10 player Nicolas Lapentti and former ATP executive Weller Evans are the finalists to replace Justin Gimelstob on the ATP board. The 10 voting members of the player council chose them from a list of six candidates on Tuesday at the Italian Open. There originally had been 15...