Tennis star Naomi Osaka opens up about her mental health issues

Tennis 06/02/21, 22:46

High-profile Japanese athlete Naomi Osaka has bailed out of the French Open after her cry for help with mental issues was ignored. It is a reckoning for the sports industry's inconsiderate treatment of their champions. The tennis star had been refusing to make an appearance in mandatory news conferences, giving the ...

Dirty dozen: Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

Europe 06/09/19, 11:41

For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year. A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development ...

It’s a Barty party: Australian wins 1st major at French Open

Europe 06/08/19, 14:37

Ash Barty knew she needed a break from tennis, from the pressure and expectations, from the week-in, week-out grind. So she stepped away in 2014 and wound up trying her hand at cricket, joining a professional team at home in Australia. After almost two years away, Barty was pulled back to ...

Underarm serves return to Paris, 30 years after Chang’s shot

Sports 05/30/19, 13:34

Thirty years after Michael Chang hit the most famous underarm serve in history at the French Open, that little bit of strategy — frowned upon by some — is making its way back into tennis, it seems.Alexander Bublik served that way three times against 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem in the ...

Update: US teen Anisimova into 3rd round at French Open

Sports 05/30/19, 06:27

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___1:20 p.m.Japan's Naomi Osaka reacts after missing a shot during her second round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Thursday, May 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)American teenager Amanda Anisimova ...

What’s in a name? You say French Open; I say Roland Garros

Sports 05/30/19, 01:58

Serena Williams and Roger Federer would love to win the French Open again, of course. They'd also be thrilled to win Roland Garros. And they might not know it, but they are doing their best to triumph at what used to officially be the Championnats Internationaux de France, too.What's in ...

Osaka plays Azaranka in matchup of current and former No. 1s

Tennis 05/30/19, 01:29

Naomi Osaka plays Victoria Azaranka in a matchup of current and former No. 1 players in the second round of the French Open.Also Thursday, Serena Williams is back on Court Philippe Chatrier against Japanese qualifier Kurumi Nara.In men's action, top-ranked Novak Djokovic faces 104th-ranked Henri Laaksonen, a "lucky loser" who ...

Update: Svitolina advances to 3rd round without playing

Sports 05/29/19, 04:32

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___11:20 a.m.Switzerland's Roger Federer plays a shot against Italy's Lorenzo Sonego during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, May 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler )Ninth-seeded Elina Svitolina advanced to the ...

Federer and Nadal face German qualifiers at French Open

Sports 05/29/19, 02:17

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal play German qualifiers in second-round matches at the French Open.Federer faces 144th-ranked Oscar Otte in the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier.Nadal meets 114th-ranked Yannick Maden on Court Suzanne Lenglen.Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Germany's Yannick Hanfmann during their first round match of the ...

Old timer’s day: Karlovic, Bryan bros. in wins for the ages

Sports 05/28/19, 13:21

Midnight gym sessions were the key to Ivo Karlovic's French Open preparations.For a 40-year-old with two kids to look after, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. was the only time that Karlovic could get away to work on his fitness.The late-night work paid off when Karlovic produced a 7-6 (4), 7-5, ...

Update: Del Potro shakes off poor start at French Open

Sports 05/28/19, 06:53

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___1:30 p.m.Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro serves against Chile's Nicolas Jarry during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Juan Martin del Potro advanced to the second ...

No. 1 Naomi Osaka finally starts her French Open on Day 3

Tennis 05/28/19, 01:50

Naomi Osaka's bid for a third consecutive Grand Slam title finally gets started on Day 3 of the French Open.The No. 1-seeded Osaka never has been past the third round in three previous appearances at Roland Garros.She carries a 14-match winning streak at majors into Tuesday.The Japanese star plays 90th-ranked ...

Serena’s warmup jacket is fit for a ‘queen’ and ‘goddess’

Sports 05/27/19, 15:06

Champion," ''queen," ''goddess" and "mother."Those were the words, in French, printed on a black-and-white warmup jacket that Serena Williams wore before her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday."Those are things that mean a lot to me and reminders for me and for everyone that wants to wear it," Williams ...

Champion, queen, goddess, mother: Serena wins at French Open

Sports 05/27/19, 14:39

This was one mistake too far for Serena Williams.Sure, the bad backhand put her behind only 15-30 at the outset of the second set of her opening match at Roland Garros on Monday. What made the miscue so bothersome? She'd already dropped the first set against 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko — ...

What’s it like to play Nadal at French Open? ‘Rough’

Sports 05/27/19, 13:41

Like so many others who have faced Rafael Nadal, Yannick Hanfmann thought he had a plan. Until, that is, tennis' greatest clay-court player dismantled it stroke by stroke on the red dirt where he has won 11 French Open titles."After the first two sets, you're thinking like, 'Damn,'" Hanfmann, a ...

Update: Serena Williams storms back after losing 1st set

Sports 05/27/19, 12:42

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):7:30 p.m.Serena Williams overcame a slow start for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over 83rd-ranked Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia in her opener.Serena Williams of the U.S. plays a shot against Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their first round match of the French ...

A year after semifinal run, Cecchinato loses in 1st round

Tennis 05/26/19, 13:16

Marco Cecchinato's achievements at Grand Slam tournaments still start and end with his stunning run to the semifinals of last year's French Open, which included an upset win over Novak Djokovic.The Italian clay-courter wasted a two sets-to-none lead in a 2-6, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 loss to French wild ...

Tennis and tropical plants: New French Open court is wild

Tennis 05/26/19, 09:37

Tennis and tropical plants: The stunning new court at the French Open is, quite literally, wild.Surrounded on all four sides by greenhouses filed with exotic plants, the Court Simonne Mathieu saw its first French Open match on Sunday, a triumph for tournament organizers who overcame strong opposition from critics who ...

Update: Play begins at French Open under sunny skies

Sports 05/26/19, 04:21

The Latest on the French Open (all times local):___11:15 a.m.Switzerland's Roger Federer returns the ball during his match against Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Thursday, May, 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)The year's second Grand Slam is underway.Under sunny skies, former No. 1 Angelique Kerber ...

Federer returns to play at French Open after 4-year absence

Sports 05/26/19, 01:45

Roger Federer is in action on the opening day of the French Open.Returning to play at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, Federer opens against 73rd-ranked Lorenzo Sonego in the third match on Court Philippe Chatrier.Also Sunday, 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza faces 96th-ranked American Taylor Townsend in the ...

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