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Spit, 'disrespect' arrive at Wimbledon as tennis turns ugly

Jun. 28, 2022 18:18 PM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — This is not what one thinks of when pondering the supposedly genteel roots of tennis, and the purportedly proper atmosphere at dates-to-the-1800s Wimbledon, a country club sport being contested at a place officially called the All England Lawn Tennis Club: a player, Nick...

WIMBLEDON 2022: No Russians, no rankings, but Serena’s back

Jun. 26, 2022 08:57 AM EDT

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — At least at the outset, before a tennis ball is struck, this edition of Wimbledon is as much about who — and what — is missing as who’s here. And that’s even taking this into account: It is no small matter that the grass-court Grand Slam tournament...

Naomi Osaka, LeBron James team up for entertainment venture

Jun. 21, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA...

Naomi Osaka won't play at Wimbledon, citing Achilles tendon

Jun. 18, 2022 11:28 AM EDT

Naomi Osaka pulled out of Wimbledon on Saturday, citing a lingering problem with her left Achilles tendon and marking the second consecutive year she's decided to sit out the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. The four-time major champion and former No. 1-ranked player posted a photo...

US Open lets Russian tennis players in after Wimbledon ban

Jun. 14, 2022 22:38 PM EDT

The U.S. Open will allow tennis players from Russia and Belarus to compete this year despite the ongoing war in Ukraine, which prompted Wimbledon to ban those athletes. U.S. Tennis Association CEO and Executive Director Lew Sherr, whose group runs the U.S. Open, said in a telephone...

Can Gauff top Swiatek? At Surprise Slam, anything can happen

Jun. 03, 2022 13:16 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Even Coco Gauff looked ahead to her French Open final against Iga Swiatek and concluded: “She’s definitely the favorite going into the match, on paper.” In an interview last weekend, Swiatek’s sports psychologist, Daria Abramowicz, saw the way the bracket was...

What is it about French Open clay that makes for surprises?

Jun. 03, 2022 11:19 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Why is the French Open more likely to produce first-time and one-time Grand Slam champions than the Australian Open, Wimbledon or the U.S. Open? Why are there so many surprising results at Roland Garros? What distinguishes its red clay from the surfaces used at the three other major...

US Open's $10M purse offers hope for gender pay equality

Jun. 01, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (AP) — Dottie Pepper recalls being paired with Meg Mallon for the final round of the 1991 U.S. Women’s Open with what she viewed as an impressive $110,000 first-place prize on the line. Things have changed, but Lydia Ko says not enough. Mallon...

Today in History: May 31, the Johnstown Flood

May. 31, 2022 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 31, the 151st day of 2022. There are 214 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 31, 1889, some 2,200 people in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, perished when the South Fork Dam collapsed, sending...

Today in History: May 30, Joan of Arc burned at the stake

May. 30, 2022 00:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 30, the 150th day of 2022. There are 215 days left in the year. This is Memorial Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1989, student protesters in Beijing erected a “Goddess of Democracy” statue in...