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Romania's Simona Halep plays a shot against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Former champ Halep reaches French Open 2nd round, Goffin out

Sep. 27, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep won 10 straight games in beating Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-0 to reach the second round of the French Open on Sunday and extend her winning streak to 15 matches. Wearing thick black leggings and a long-sleeved pink jersey to combat the chilly conditions on Court...

Belgium's David Goffin plays a shot against Italy's Jannik Sinner in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: 11th-seeded Goffin knocked out by Sinner

Sep. 27, 2020 7:55 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the opening day at the French Open: ___ David Goffin has become the first seeded player to be knocked out of the French Open. The 11th-seeded Belgian lost 7-5, 6-0, 6-3 to 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner, who beat Goffin for the second time this year after winning on hard...

FILE - In this June 9, 2017, file photo, Britain's Andy Murray, left, congratulates Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka with his semifinal win at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. The most-anticipated matchup on Day 1 in the main stadium will be Andy Murray vs. Stan Wawrinka in a contest between two men with three Grand Slam titles apiece. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

French Open: Murray vs Wawrinka, Coco vs Konta on Day 1

Sep. 26, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A glance at the French Open, the third and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2020: SURFACE Red clay courts SITE Roland Garros SCHEDULE The 15-day tournament begins Sunday. The women’s singles final is Saturday, Oct. 10; the men’s singles final is Sunday, Oct. 11. The French...

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2020, file photo, Serena Williams walks to her bench with a trainer for a medical timeout during a semifinal match of the U.S. Open tennis championships, against Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

FRENCH OPEN 2020: Serena wants more; Djokovic under scrutiny

Sep. 26, 2020 12:12 PM EDT

Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at age 17 and now that she’s pushing 40, she’s still making it to the late stages of major tournaments. Impressive as that might be, it’s not enough for her. She wants a 24th Grand Slam singles trophy. “A semifinal is always great. Is it...

Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

Perfect prep: Halep takes 14-match win streak to French Open

Sep. 26, 2020 4:22 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Two months of physical training. Then three months of practice on clay courts. Followed by two straight titles on the red dirt. Amid all the tumult of the coronavirus pandemic, Simona Halep might very well have found the perfect formula to prepare for the French Open. When the clay-court Grand...

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, a general view of the Philippe-Chatrier tennis court with its new retractable roof during a media tour at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Damir Dzumhur's coach called Roland Garros organizers

Virus again slashes French Open crowd sizes; now only 1,000

Sep. 25, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — With only one week separating the end of one and the start of the other, the Tour de France and the French Open were shaping up as a double bill of sports entertainment, with masked but nevertheless live crowds, that would bear out President Emmanuel Macron's arguments that the country can...

In this Sept. 23, 1970, photo provided the Houston Library, tennis players hold up $1 bills after signing a contract with World Tennis magazine publisher Gladys Heldman to turn pro and start the Virginia Slims tennis circuit. From left standing are: Valerie Ziegenfuss, Billie Jean King, Nancy Richey and Peaches Bartkowicz. From left seated are: Judy Tegart Dalton, Kerry Melville Reid, Rosie Casals, Gladys Heldman and Kristy Pigeon. Gladys Heldman replaced her daughter, Julie Heldman, who was injured and unable to pose for the 1970 photo.  It’s the 50th anniversary of Billie Jean King and eight other women breaking away from the tennis establishment in 1970 and signing a $1 contract to form the Virginia Slims circuit. That led to the WTA Tour, which offers millions in prize money. (Bela Ugrin/Courtesy Houston Library via AP)

Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970

Sep. 23, 2020 8:36 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970. It helped launch the WTA Tour, which now offers millions in...

FILE - In this June 5, 2016, file photo, Serbia's Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Britain's Andy Murray in four sets 3-6, 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Djokovic traveled to the United States, won the Western & Southern Open and experienced a tumultuous exit from the 2020 U.S. Open via disqualification, then flew back halfway around the world and won the Italian Open, which he probably considers perfect preparation for the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, the French Open. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

FRENCH OPEN 2020: Managing quick continent, surface switch

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

Serena Williams bypassed any clay-court tuneup tournaments ahead of the French Open, so her first match at Roland Garros will be her first competition since the U.S. Open. Naomi Osaka won the U.S. Open and is sitting out the French Open, which starts its 15 days of main-draw action Sunday after being postponed in...

FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, members of the original nine women, from left to right, Billie Jean King, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Valerie Ziegenfuss, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey and Rosie Casals, who helped start the women's professional tennis tour are honored at the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament in Charleston, S.C. The nine signed a dollar contract 50 years ago, and it turned into millions for female tennis players. They were tired of being squeezed out of events by promoters and paid 10 times less than men. (AP Photo/Mic Smith, File)

Original 9, Hewitt, Raymond among nominees for tennis Hall

Sep. 21, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Billie Jean King and the other members of the Original 9 who laid the groundwork for the women’s professional tennis tour are the first group nominated together for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They join Jonas Bjorkman, Sergi Bruguera, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Lleyton...

Serbia's Novak Đjoković kisses his trophy after winning his match with Argentina's Diego Sebastián Schwartzman during their final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (Alfredo Falcone/LaPresse via AP)

Djokovic wins in Rome: 'I moved on' after US Open default

Sep. 21, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Fifteen days after he was defaulted from the U.S. Open, Novak Djokovic had plenty to celebrate on Monday. Djokovic beat Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-3 to win his fifth Italian Open title; he passed childhood idol Pete Sampras for the second-most weeks at No. 1 with 287 — trailing only Roger...