The Latest: Stosur, Zhang to meet champs in doubles final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Wednesday (all times local):
Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai set up a women's doubles final against defending champions Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic at the Australian Open.
Stosur, who won the 2011 U.S. Open singles title, and Zhang beat Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 in the last match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.
Top-ranked Djokovic, Halep honored by ITF as World Champions
LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings.
Djokovic, recognized by the ITF for the sixth time, won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles a year after undergoing surgery on his right elbow.
Bryan’s return from Davis Cup retirement helps keep US alive
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Doubles specialist Mike Bryan's decision to come out of Davis Cup retirement gave the United States a much-needed lift.
Bryan teamed with Ryan Harrison for the first time and helped the Americans outlast Ivan Dodig and Mate Pavic 7-5, 7-6 (6), 1-6, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over nearly five hours to cut Croatia's lead to 2-1 in their semifinal on Saturday.
US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — The men on the United States' Davis Cup team are treading very carefully over Serena Williams' insinuation that sexism played a role in the code violations she received during the U.S. Open final.
Then again, Steve Johnson, Mike Bryan and Ryan Harrison are about to come face to face with Carlos Ramos, the chair umpire who penalized Williams and who is also handling their best-of-five semifinal against Croatia this weekend.
Sock injured, out of US team for Davis Cup semifinals
ZADAR, Croatia (AP) — Jack Sock is out of the United States team for the Davis Cup semifinals against Croatia because of a hip injury and has been replaced by Ryan Harrison.
U.S. captain Jim Courier says Sock was hurt last week while playing in the doubles semifinals at the U.S. Open with Mike Bryan. Harrison was already on standby for the Davis Cup.
Courier says "it's a factor in Davis Cup all the time, having to be prepared for these last-minute changes."
US Open final chair ump Ramos to work US-Croatia Davis Cup
The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams a game in the U.S. Open final has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia, The Associated Press has learned.
International Tennis Federation spokeswoman Heather Bowles confirmed to the AP on Tuesday that Carlos Ramos was chosen to work at the best-of-five series between the countries that begins Friday and concludes Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.
Mike Bryan, Sock win US Open, but remain a temporary team
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan, now with more Grand Slam doubles titles than any man, can pick his partnership next year.
He can go back to twin brother Bob, who expects to return from a hip injury.
Or he can stick with Jack Sock, keeping together a perfect pairing in Grand Slam tournaments.
"I think Bob is maybe the front-runner if he gets healthy," Mike said.
Sock sure has given him something to think about, though.
Mike Bryan, minus Bob, moves into another Grand Slam final
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Bryan continues to excel at the U.S. Open, even without his twin brother and longtime doubles partner, Bob.
Bryan and Jack Sock, who stepped in earlier this year when Bob went down with a hip injury, moved into the men's doubles final with a 6-2, 6-7 (1), 6-4 win over the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah on Thursday.
It was the 11th consecutive win in a Grand Slam match for the pair that has become known as "Team Brock."
US picks team without Isner for Davis Cup semi vs Croatia
NEW YORK (AP) — With his top singles player unavailable, U.S. captain Jim Courier brought doubles stalwart Mike Bryan out of Davis Cup retirement for the semifinals.
Bryan was part of the lineup Courier selected Tuesday for the matches in Croatia from Sept. 14-16.
John Isner, playing in the U.S. Open quarterfinals, won't travel with the Americans because his wife is due to give birth to the couple's first child this month.
PARIS (AP) — Even the Bryan brothers could not overcome this French Open's unprecedented penchant for upsets in doubles.
The third-seeded American twins Bob and Mike Bryan lost in the second round at Roland Garros, beaten by Sam Groth of Australia and Robert Lindstedt of Sweden 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Friday.
The Bryans have won a record 16 Grand Slam men's doubles titles as a pair — including two at the French Open, in 2003 and 2013.
Jack Sock to play for Missouri squad in World Team Tennis
NEW YORK (AP) — Jack Sock will play for the Springfield (Missouri) Lasers in World Team Tennis after he was selected first in the preliminary draft.
He won gold in mixed doubles at the Rio Olympics and is the highest-ranked American man at No. 21 in the summer league.
John Isner, Eugenie Bouchard and Mardy Fish will head to the New York Empire. Andy Roddick and Sloane Stephens will join the Philadelphia Freedoms.
Davis Cup: Australia beats Czech Republic 3-0 in World Group
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sam Groth and John Peers clinched Australia's Davis Cup World Group first-round match against the Czech Republic on Saturday with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 doubles win over Jiri Veseley and Jan Satral.
Kontinen, Peers thwart Bryans’ bid for 17th major in doubles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Henri Kontinen and John Peers captured the men's doubles title at the Australian Open on Saturday, thwarting Bob and Mike Bryan's attempt to win a record-equaling 17th Grand Slam title.
The Bryans said afterward that it may have been their last match at Melbourne Park as they've contemplated retiring after this season, though they stressed that matching — or breaking — the Grand Slam doubles title record remains a goal they'd like to achieve.
The Latest: Kontinen, Peers beat Bryans for Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Henri Kontinen of Finland and John Peers of Australia have beaten Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5, 7-5 to win the Australian Open men's doubles championship, their first Grand Slam title.
History beckons for Bryan twins in Australian double final
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — History beckons for Bob and Mike Bryan in the Australian Open men's double final on Saturday.Record book notations are one of the few motivations left for the American twins as they attempt to equal John Newcombe's 17 Grand Slam doubles titles.
The Bryans earned a shot at a seventh Australian doubles crown with a 7-6 (1), 6-3 win on Thursday against Spanish pair Pablo Carreno Busta and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a rain-interrupted semifinal.
Bryan brothers announce retirement from Davis Cup play
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Bob and Mike Bryan are retiring from Davis Cup play after 14 years representing the United States.
The 38-year-old twin brothers made the announcement on their Instagram account, saying that clinching the 2007 Davis Cup final was "one of the greatest highlights of our career."
"We've been blessed to play for two amazing captains, Patrick McEnroe and Jim Courier, and we are extremely grateful for their leadership and trust.
US-Switzerland will open 2017 Davis Cup in Alabama
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A first-round Davis Cup match between the United States and Switzerland will be held at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
The USTA announced Thursday that the first round in Birmingham will take place from Feb. 3-5. The city also hosted a Switzerland-U.S. first-rounder in 2009.
Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio de Janeiro, citing health concerns.
The American twins announced their withdrawal on Facebook on Saturday, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority."
They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects and been cited by several athletes in tennis and other sports who opted to skip the Summer Games that begin next week in...
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The odds stacked against his underdog side, Croatian captain Zeljko Krajan was brimming with confidence Sunday morning before the reverse singles matches in the Davis Cup quarterfinal tie against United States.
Marin Cilic and Borna Coric backed up their captain's belief in a stirring rally, winning matches to give Croatia a 3-2 comeback victory at the Tualatin Hills hard courts.
"Today, I knew they were going to bring the quality," Krajan...
Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined in the celebrations — if not the matches — as defending Davis Cup champion Britain beat Serbia 3-2 Sunday to set up a semifinal against Argentina, which handed Italy its first home loss in the tournament in seven years.
Croatia rallied for a comeback 3-2 victory over the United States, with Borna Coric beating Jack Sock 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive match in Portland, Oregon to set up a semifinal against France.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ivan Dodig and Marin Cilic kept Croatia alive in the Davis Cup quarterfinal match with the United States, beating twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-2, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday.
The Dodig-Cilic cut Croatia's deficit to 2-1 heading into the reverse single Sunday on the Tualatin Hills hard court. The United States took a 2-0 lead Friday when Jack Sock and John Isner won the opening singles matches.
On Sunday, Isner will open against Cilic, and Sock...
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — American singles players Steve Johnson, Denis Kudla and Brian Baker have had their appeals approved by the International Tennis Federation's Olympic Committee to compete at next month's Rio Games.
Johnson, Kudla, Baker and Jack Sock were on the provisional entry list released by the ITF last month, with their participation contingent on either playing Davis Cup or a successful appeal.
The 26th-ranked Sock is taking part in the Davis Cup...
Marin Cilic, coming off an appearance in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, will face American Jack Sock to open the Davis Cup quarterfinal between Croatia and the United States.
American John Isner and Borna Coric will also play on Friday in Portland, Oregon.
Bob and Mike Bryan face Croatians Ivan Dodig and Marin Draganja in doubles on Saturday.
The reverse singles are set for Sunday.
The winner of the best-of-five series will go on to face the winner of...