• Sharapova slams 'disrespectful' treatment of Nadal

    Maria Sharapova blasted the "disrespectful" treatment of fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal on Friday. Nadal, the nine-time champion at Roland Garros and who boasts an astonishing record of 66 wins and just one defeat, comes into the 2015 tournament ranked seven in the world, his lowest in a…

  • 'Humble' Nadal receives Paris's top honour

    Rafael Nadal received Paris's most prestigious honour, the "Grand Vermeil" on Thursday, just days before the Spanish superstar opens his bid for a 10th French Open title at Roland Garros. The 28-year-old was termed "the most Parisian of Mallorcans," as he received the honour from Paris's…

  • Disrespectful to talk about Nadal's downfall, says Sharapova

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Predicting Rafa Nadal's downfall as he prepares to try and win a record-extending 10th French Open title is disrespectful to the Spaniard, double Roland Garros champion Maria Sharapova said on Friday. For the first time in the build-up to the tournament Nadal has…

  • Nadal shrugs off French Open pressure

    Rafael Nadal insisted Friday that his decade-long experience of playing at the French Open will make him a serious contender for a 10th title at Roland Garros despite being widely written off. The 28-year-old Spaniard, who made his debut in Paris back in 2005 sweeping all before him on the way to…

  • Monster draw for Nadal in Paris, Djokovic looms in quarters

    By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal could face world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals of the French Open after Friday's draw handed him the toughest of routes to a possible 10th title. The Spaniard, seeded sixth after a disappointing year so far, would then face a potential…

  • Sharapova ready to go distance again in Paris

    Maria Sharapova has hit form at the perfect moment as she eyes a defence of her French Open crown but old nemesis Serena Williams is lurking in the Parisian shadows. Russian Sharapova, who once despised claycourt tennis but transformed herself into the 2012 and 2014 champion, arrives in the French…

  • Tennis-Lies will be exposed on court, says honest Nadal

    One thing that has been consistent about Rafa Nadal's disappointing season so far has been his brutal honesty. After a recent defeat by Italian showman Fabio Fognini the 14-times grand slam champion described his feared forehand as "vulgar" while other defeats have prompted him to admit he is…

  • Isner reaches Open de Nice semifinals; Gulbis goes out

    NICE, France (AP) -- Second-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the Open de Nice semifinals on Thursday, while defending champion Ernests Gulbis lost 6-2, 6-4 against Austria's Dominic Thiem.

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  • Murray can win French after solving clay puzzle - Courier

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray looks like he has solved the puzzle of claycourt tennis and is a serious title challenger at the French Open, according to twice Roland Garros champion Jim Courier. World number three Murray is in the same half of the draw as favourite Novak Djokovic…

  • Tennis-World number six Raonic withdraws from French Open

    World number six Milos Raonic has withdrawn from the French Open having failed to recover from a foot injury, the 24-year-old announced on Thursday. The Canadian missed the Italian Open last week and had hoped to recover in time for the season's second grand slam on the clay courts of Roland Garros…

  • Top seed Keys withdraws from Strasbourg; Stephens into semis

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) — Top-seeded American Madison Keys withdrew from the Strasbourg International on Thursday because of an elbow injury, giving French player Kristina Mladenovic a walkover into the semifinals.

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  • Djokovic looms in Nadal's toughest-ever draw at French Open

    PARIS (AP) — The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.

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  • Vinci and Knapp to meet in Nuremberg Cup final

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Roberta Vinci advanced to the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after second-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew because of a back injury.

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  • Tennis-Rome withdrawal was right decision, says Serena

    By Julien Pretot PARIS, May 22 (Reuters) - World number one Serena Williams believes she was right to withdraw from the Italian Open to rest a sore elbow and is now ready to start her quest for a 20th grand slam title at the French Open. The American withdrew before her third-round match in Rome…

  • Tennis Alberta and Tennis Canada Announce New Game-Changing Tennis Facility in Calgary

    Tennis Alberta, with the support of Tennis Canada, is proud to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art Calgary indoor tennis centre, the Al Osten Buddy Victor Acadia Tennis Centre. The not-for-profit ...

  • Serena's bid for 20, other things to know about French Open

    The very day that Serena Williams won this year's Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead.

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  • Murray hoping for Mauresmo boost at French Open

    Andy Murray is hoping some home help in the shape of his coach Amelie Mauresmo can boost his hopes of winning a first French Open title. Speaking ahead of Sunday's opening skirmishes at Roland Garros in the year's second Grand Slam tournament the 28-year-old Scot said that the two-time Grand Slam…

  • Summer Games federations chastise SportAccord chief

    The Association of Summer Olympic Federations (ASOIF) on Friday told the president of SportAccord he could no longer represent them following his attack on the International Olympic Committee as more federations withdrew from the umbrella organization. In a sharply-worded letter, seen by Reuters,…