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FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2019, file photo, Rafael Nadal, of Spain, returns a shot to Daniil Medvedev, of Russia, during the men's singles final of the U.S. Open tennis championships in New York. Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sarah Stier, File)

Defending champ Rafael Nadal to miss US Open amid pandemic

Aug. 4, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

Defending champion Rafael Nadal will skip the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic, putting on hold his bid to equal Roger Federer’s men’s record for Grand Slam titles. Nadal explained his decision in a series of tweets sent in Spanish and English on Tuesday. “The situation is very...

Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic

Aug. 4, 2020 2:25 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Rafael Nadal says he will not play at 2020 US Open, cites COVID-19 pandemic.
FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, players practice for the U.S. Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday, July 31, 2020, it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

US Tennis Association says it's still preparing for US Open

Jul. 31, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand. The U.S. Open -- usually the year’s last Grand...

FILE - In this June 8, 2019, file photo, Australia's Ash Barty holds the trophy as she celebrates winning her women's final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in two sets 6-1, 6-3, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris. Top-ranked Ash Barty has withdrawn from the U.S. Open because she is not comfortable with traveling during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

Top-ranked Barty pulls out of US Open, citing travel risks

Jul. 30, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — No. 1-ranked Ash Barty is skipping the first tennis major since January after deciding it's too risky to travel for the U.S. Open during the coronavirus pandemic. The 24-year-old Australian is the highest-profile player so far to opt out of the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 Grand Slam...

FILE - This is a Sept. 9, 2018, file photo showing Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, and Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, playing in the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. The Citi Open in Washington, scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying, was called off Tuesday, July 21, 2020, because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” With Washington’s hard-court tournament now gone, the first chance for men to play sanctioned matches will be the Masters-level event usually played in Cincinnati that was moved to the site of the U.S. Open, starting Aug. 22. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

Serena, Coco, Novak, Rafa on entry lists for US Open tuneup

Jul. 29, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Serena Williams, Coco Gauff, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal were on Wednesday’s initial entry lists — but No. 1 woman Ash Barty, two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka and 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu were not — for the tournament moved from Cincinnati to...

Today in History

Jul. 12, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Sunday, July 12, the 194th day of 2020. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a Black taxi driver; 26 people were killed in the five days of violence that followed. ...

FILE - In this July 7, 2013, filemphoto, Andy Murray of Britain poses with the trophy after defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia in the men's singles final match at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

AP Was There: Murray ends Britain's 77-year Wimbledon wait

Jul. 10, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE — Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One...

FILE - In this July 6, 2008, file photo, Spain's Rafael Nadal left, shakes the hand of Switzerland's Roger Federer after winning the men's final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

AP Was There: Nadal edges Federer 9-7 in 5th at Wimbledon

Jul. 9, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

-EDITOR’S NOTE — Tennis history is filled with wonderful rivalries, and so many are remembered because of matchups in Wimbledon finals. The Associated Press is republishing stories about a handful of such matches while the canceled grass-court Grand Slam tournament was supposed to be played. One...

FILE - In this July 6, 2008, file photo, Switzerland's Roger Federer left, and Spain's Rafael Nadal pose for a photo prior to the start of the men's singles final on the Centre Court at Wimbledon. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus, File)

Federer saw rival Nadal 'grow, right in front of my eyes'

Jul. 9, 2020 5:03 AM EDT

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal own an unforgettable collection of on-court contests — including nine Grand Slam finals — and a healthy store of mutual off-court respect for each other. “I saw him grow, right in front of my eyes,” Federer said in an interview with The Associated Press...

Today in History

Jul. 4, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, July 4, the 186th day of 2020. There are 180 days left in the year. This is Independence Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. On this date: In...