MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Elise Mertens was growing up in the medieval city of Leuven, Belgium, Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin were taking Belgian tennis to new heights. She remembers, back to when she was five, seeing Clijsters play for the first time — the year Clijsters made her first French Open final.
"I mean, what they achieved was amazing, and of course I looked up to them," Mertens said.
PARIS (AP) — Two Americans celebrating a title in Paris is not such a common sight.
That scene will take place on Saturday night when Whitney Osuigwe, who became only the fifth U.S. player to win the girls' title at the French Open on Saturday, takes her losing opponent out for dinner.
The 15-year-old from Florida defeated Claire Liu 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the second ever all-American final at Roland Garros.
NEW YORK (AP) — NEW YORK (AP) —A look at Saturday's play in the $46.3 million U.S. Open tennis championships:
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Marat Safin enjoyed life as a tennis player, calling it like living in a rock n' roll band.
That fun-filled journey brought him to the pinnacle of his sport — induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Safin and Justine Henin were inducted on Saturday during a center-court ceremony on Newport's grass courts.
They were presented by Hall of Famers Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles.