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Residents revive tennis courts in North Carolina city

Oct. 12, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

EAST SPENCER, N.C. (AP) — After hitting a few shots back and forth over a tattered net, Martin Jackson looked at his father and delivered the verdict. “Martin looked at me and said, ‘I think this court is salvageable. I think you could save this,’” said George Jackson,...

Serbia's Novak Djokovic serves against Lithuania's Ricardas Berankis in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Does Djokovic's next foe have hope? 'I was wondering that'

Oct. 1, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — At the mere mention of Novak Djokovic’s name, at the mere thought of sharing a court with a 17-time Grand Slam champion and the French Open’s No. 1-seeded man, Daniel Elahi Galan broke into a wide smile Thursday. He used these phrases: “really, really excited” and...

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

'17 French Open champ Ostapenko wants more; Shapovalov upset

Oct. 1, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — After Jelena Ostapenko eliminated No. 2 seed Karolina Pliskova at the French Open on Thursday, the conversation quickly turned to 2017. Which made sense, of course, because that was when Ostapenko surprisingly won the championship at Roland Garros — and the last year she even won so...

Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena celebrates winning against Canada's Denis Shapovalov in the second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

The Latest: Earliest French Open exit for Stephens since '11

Oct. 1, 2020 12:24 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local): ____ 6:10 p.m. Former runner-up Sloane Stephens lost in the second round for her earliest exit at Roland Garros since a first-round defeat on her debut in 2011. The 29th-seeded American lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to Spanish player Paula Badosa....

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...

Dominic Thiem, of Austria, returns a shot to Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Latest: No. 2 seed Thiem advances to 4th round at Open

Sep. 5, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT): 11:45 p.m. No. 2-seeded Dominic Thiem has advanced to the fourth round at the U.S. Open by beating No. 31 Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Thiem lost only eight points on his first serve and saved seven of eight break points. The...

Serena Williams, of the United States, reacts during a match against Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the third round of the US Open tennis championships, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Williams takes 10 of last 12 games, tops Stephens at US Open

Sep. 5, 2020 11:55 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In danger of her earliest exit at the U.S. Open since her debut 22 years ago, Serena Williams turned things around and took over against Sloane Stephens. Williams emerged from the third-round matchup between two Americans who are past champions at Flushing Meadows — she’s won...

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, serves to Jan-Lennard Struff, of Germany, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US Open Glance: Djokovic can get to 27-0 in 2020 on Day 7

Sep. 5, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY The tournament moves into the fourth round on Day 7, with past champions Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka on the schedule. Djokovic carries a 29-match winning streak — 26-0 in 2020 — into his matchup in Arthur Ashe Stadium on...

Serena Williams, of the United States, returns a shot to Margarita Gasparyan, of Russia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

US Open Glance: Serena Williams vs. Sloane Stephens on Day 6

Sep. 4, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A quick look at the U.S. Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SATURDAY Serena Williams will face Sloane Stephens in an All-American showdown between past champions at the U.S. Open. The match has the high-wattage anticipation of a late-stage contest at a Grand Slam tournament but instead will happen in the...

Andy Murray, of Great Britain, returns a shot to Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis championships, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Latest: Murray loses to Auger-Aliassime in 3 at US Open

Sep. 3, 2020 11:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT): 11:30 p.m. Andy Murray's U.S. Open has ended with a straight-set loss to 15th-seeded Felix Auger-Aliassime in the second round. Coming off a five-set win in the opening round that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours, Murray — a...