• Nadal asks that chair umpire Bernardes not work his matches

    Rafael Nadal has asked the ATP that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being because of a dispute between the two at a tournament in February. After his first-round victory at the French Open on Tuesday, Nadal said he respects Bernardes, but it is ''better for…

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  • The Latest: 3 seeded players lose on Day 3 at French Open

    The Latest from the French Open: --- 8:48 p.m Three more seeded players failed to advance to the second round on Tuesday, including 10th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov who faltered at the first hurdle for the second straight year in Paris. Two of the seeded women exited: No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard, the…

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  • 'Butt-kicked' Bouchard confronts crisis of confidence

    From corporate sports dream girl with a fondness for Justin Bieber to accusations of being a pouting prima donna, it's been a long year for Eugenie Bouchard. Blonde, athletic and oozing an unshakable self-confidence, Bouchard was being touted as tennis's natural heir to Maria Sharapova in 2014 when…

  • Forehand could be better, says Nadal after win

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Chasing a record-extending 10th French Open crown on the back of his worst claycourt season since prevailing for the first time, Rafa Nadal acknowledged another weakness on Tuesday -- his best shot is not that solid. The Spaniard, who before this year had always…

  • Tennis-I'm no macho man, says Nadal as he's quizzed on sexism

    By Julien Pretot PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal's French Open win was reduced to a sideline in his post-match news conference on Tuesday as he was quizzed on sexism and whether or not he had asked for one umpire not to be assigned to his court. The line of questioning stemmed from controversy…

  • McEnroe says French Open is too long

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - The French Open is too long and should scrap its policy of spreading the first round over three days, according to former world number one John McEnroe. The Sunday start at Roland Garros means it was day three before defending men's champion Rafa Nadal began his…

  • Venus Williams fined at French Open after snubbing media

    PARIS (AP) — Venus Williams has been fined $3,000 by tournament organizers for not showing up at a news conference following her first-round exit at the French Open.

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  • Bouchard's miserable run continues with early French exit

    Eugenie Bouchard's mediocre run continued when the sixth-seeded Canadian was knocked out of the French Open 6-4 6-4 in the first round by local favorite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday. Bouchard, dubbed the next big thing of women's tennis last year, arrived in Paris having lost six of her last…

  • Djokovic narrowly avoids overtime against Finn

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic will need every last drop of energy if he goes on to meet Rafa Nadal at the French Open so the Serb was happy to avoid overtime against Jarkko Nieminen on Tuesday. The 28-year-old world number one, seeking to complete a career grand slam by claiming…

  • Tennis-Townsend lets cat out of the bag, why hotels are best

    American player Taylor Townsend, when deciding whether to stay in a cramped Parisian hotel or rent a private apartment during Roland Garros, opted for the former. Past experience helped make up her mind. "You guys are going to laugh at this," Townsend, beaten 6-3 6-4 by Czech Tereza Smitkova in the…

  • American Sock ousts Dimitrov on 'favorite surface' in Paris

    Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can't the country's players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack Sock, a 22-year-old born in Nebraska and currently residing in Florida, who unabashedly…

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  • All seems normal as Nadal begins pursuit of No 10

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - The Eiffel Tower was still standing, the River Seine was flowing away to the sea, the traffic clogged the Peripherique and Rafa Nadal still ruled Roland Garros on Tuesday. To all intents and purposes it was a normal day at the French Open as Nadal claimed victory…

  • Roger Federer displeased with security at French Open

    After Roger Federer's win against Alejandro Falla a fan runs onto the court to try and take a selfie with the winner, but Federer made it clear he wasn't happy with how security handled things on the spot.

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  • Sharapova and Murray show off title credentials

    By Martyn Herman PARIS (Reuters) - Maria Sharapova got back in the groove at her happiest hunting ground while Andy Murray's growing love of clay blossomed as both posted easy first-round wins at the French Open on Monday. Defending champion Sharapova was nursing a cold but opened her bid for a…

  • Tennis-Suarez Navarro lurking as dark horse at Roland Garros

    By Martyn Herman PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - When potential dark horses were being discussed before this year's French Open the name of Carla Suarez Navarro cropped up frequently and she looked every bit a serious challenger with an easy first round win on Monday. The diminutive Spaniard with a…

  • Tennis-Serena strolls past Hlavackova in first round

    (Updates with Williams quotes) By Andrew Callus PARIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Twice former champion Serena Williams made a low-key start to her French Open campaign with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Czech qualifier Andrea Hlavackova on Tuesday. Hlavackova broke the mighty Williams serve in the fifth game,…

  • Federer, Sharapova eye French Open last 32

    Paris (AFP) - Roger Federer, the 2009 winner, and defending women's champion Maria Sharapova target places in the French Open third round on Wednesday.

  • Jamie Loeb of North Carolina is NCAA tennis champ

    Jamie Loeb made it to the NCAA quarterfinals as a freshman. A year later, she is North Carolina's first singles tennis champion. Loeb defeated second-seeded and fellow sophomore Carol Zhao 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 on Monday, denying Stanford its 15th NCAA women's singles title.

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  • Japan suffer triple blow at French Open

    Fourth seed Tomas Berdych showed no mercy to Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka in the first round of the French Open on Monday, defeating the teenager 6-0, 7-5, 6-3. Nishioka was one of three Japanese men to lose, leaving only fifth seed Kei Nishikori still involved in the men's singles. The…

  • Tennis-Coric leads teenage assault on Roland Garros

    By Martyn Herman PARIS, May 25 (Reuters) - Croatian Borna Coric and Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis led the teenage contingent in the men's draw at the French Open on Monday but American Frances Tiafoe's debut proved a brief one. Coric, who plays with a maturity way beyond his years and is already in…