WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Soeren Friemel is the new U.S. Open tournament referee, and Jake Garner has been selected to succeed him as the chief umpire for the American tennis major.
Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn’t breach standards
SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being...
Woods, Djokovic, Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards
MONACO (AP) — Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn and the France national soccer team were among the winners at the Laureus World Sports Awards, with Woods claiming the Comeback Award 19 years after he was first recognized.
Woods, who won the inaugural World Sportsman of the Year award in 2000, won the Tour Championship in September for his 80th PGA Tour title and his first since August 2013.
The Latest: Djokovic beats Nadal for 7th Australian title
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Sunday (all times local):
Novak Djokovic has won his record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title by beating Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in the final at Rod Laver Arena.
The No. 1-ranked Djokovic raised his major trophy total to 15, behind only Roger Federer's 20 and Nadal's 17.
Japanese fans celebrate Osaka’s rise to top of tennis world
TOKYO (AP) — Led by a congratulatory tweet from the prime minister, Japan reveled in Naomi Osaka's dramatic Australian Open win on Sunday.
Osaka beat Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-4 on Saturday to claim a second consecutive Grand Slam singles title. The 21-year-old Osaka also became the first tennis player from Japan to reach No. 1 in the rankings.
Now No. 1, Osaka wins majors to strains of Jay Rock’s ‘Win’
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Like the 21-year-old she is, Naomi Osaka stepped into Rod Laver Arena for the Australian Open final with a cellphone in her right hand and music in both ears.
The headphones she wore carried the swirling brass, bouncing beat and boastful lyrics of Jay Rock's "Win," the same pre-match song Osaka listened to throughout the tournament — and at last year's U.S. Open, too.
"You might wanna keep score," the rapper says. "I win, win, win, win."
The Latest: Osaka takes 1st set in Aussie final vs Kvitova
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Naomi Osaka has won the first set 7-6 (2) in her Australian Open final against Petra Kvitova and is potentially one set from winning back-to-back major titles.
The U.S. Open champion had to save two break points in the fifth game and three in the seventh, when she came back from 0-40, to hold. From then on, she applied most of the pressure on Kvitova, a two-time Wimbledon winner.
The Latest: A pep talk from son helps Djokovic in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Friday (all times local):
Fans across the world tuned in to see Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal with a straight-sets win over Lucas Pouille.
His son was not among them.
Four-year-old Stefan was busy with other things, although he took time to give his old man a pep talk.
Kvitova-Osaka: Australian final from different perspectives
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Petra Kvitova has shed her tears. The tears, for a long time private, were in a very public arena this week.
A violent home invasion that caused serious knife wounds to her left hand was a punctuation point in her career, as she sees it. There's the before — two Wimbledon titles — and her "second career" — which so far is highlighted by her run to Saturday's Australian Open final.
The Latest: Australians in the mix for all doubles titles
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest at the Australian Open on Thursday (all times local):
Astra Sharma and John-Patrick Smith ensured Australians would be playing for all three doubles titles at the season's first major after beating second-seeded Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the mixed.
The Australian pair broke in the first game and then there were no service breaks for the remainder of the match.
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.
Tennis trailblazer Li Na sees some similarities with Osaka
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Li Na saw much of herself in a young player on the women's tour early last year.
The two-time Grand Slam champion didn't hesitate to identify Japan's Naomi Osaka as the player with a bright future.
So Li, set to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July along with fellow former Australian Open champions Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, was not surprised when Osaka won the 2018 U.S. Open.
Tennis players can cause quite a racket by smashing rackets
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Way behind in a match he soon would lose, Alexander Zverev leaned forward in his Australian Open sideline seat to repeatedly, and violently, crack his racket against the court with a reverberating THWACK — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight times in all, before throwing down the offending, and now-mangled, piece of equipment.
The Latest: Sore, tired Djokovic expects to be OK for QFs
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Record-chasing Novak Djokovic is feeling sore and tired following his late-finishing win over Daniil Medvedev, but thinks he will be OK for his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Kei Nishikori.
The Latest: Stephens loses to Pavlyuchenkova in 4th round
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Sunday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Sloane Stephens' best Australian Open in five years has ended with a 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-3 loss to unseeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the fourth round that lasted 2½ hours and finished at nearly 2 a.m.
The fifth-seeded Stephens was the 2017 U.S. Open champion and 2018 French Open runner-up, but she hadn't won a match at Melbourne Park since 2014, when she also lost in the fourth round.
The Latest: Pouille tops wild-card Popyrin at Australian
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Saturday at the Australian Open (all times local):
Lucas Pouille ended the run of 19-year-old Australian wild-card entry Alexei Popyrin by holding on to edge him 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-7 (10), 4-6, 6-3 in the third round.
The 28th-seeded Pouille, who is coached by Amelie Mauresmo, wasted a set point at 8-7 in the third-set tiebreaker, but eventually pulled out the victory in 3 hours, 43 minutes.
Ukrainian teen who plays Serena next saw this matchup coming
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams' next Australian Open opponent, 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska, feels as if she saw Saturday's matchup coming a decade ago.
She tells the story of being at home in Ukraine at the age of 8 and watching on TV as Williams — whom she calls "a legend" — fell behind in a Grand Slam match. That was, understandably, distressing to the little fan. Dayana, who'd been taking tennis lessons since she was 4 1/2, decided Williams could use some help.
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The Latest: Muguruza wins match after 3 a.m. in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the Australian Open (all times local):
An Australian Open match that began after midnight is finally over — and didn't end until past 3 a.m.
In what is believed to be the latest start in tournament history, Garbine Muguruza and Johanna Konta got going at 12:30 a.m. because of lengthy matches earlier. They then played three sets across more than 2½ hours, concluding at 3:12 a.m.
Big flex: Youngsters Tiafoe, Fritz stun seeds in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Frances Tiafoe rolled up his white shirt's right sleeve, flexed his biceps and slapped the muscle five times. Then he pounded his chest and yelled, "Yeah! Let's go! Let's go! Come on!"
Forgive the young American's exuberance. This was, after all, the biggest victory of his nascent career.
The Latest: Sharapova sets up 3rd round against Wozniacki
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):
Maria Sharapova set up a third-round showdown with defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open after a 6-2, 6-1 win over Rebecca Peterson of Sweden.
Sharapova won the Australian title in 2008 and has reached the final at Melbourne Park three other times, and can raise her game well above the status of a No. 30 seed.
US Open champion Osaka eases into 2nd round in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The only bug in the system was of the genuine flying variety when Naomi Osaka secured her first win at a major as a Grand Slam champion.
The U.S. Open champion beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2 to end play at Rod Laver Arena on Tuesday at the Australian Open. The only delay in the 58-minute match came just before Osaka was serving for the match, when a ballboy tried to catch a bug that was fluttering on the court.
The Latest: Tomic critical of Hewitt after Aussie Open match
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open: (all times local):
Bernard Tomic has continued his criticism of Australia's Davis Cup captain, saying LLeyton Hewitt is causing division among the players and should be replaced.
Tomic, who was beaten 6-2 6-4, 7-6 (3) by sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, said he would not play Davis Cup again with Hewitt as captain.
Champions Wozniacki, Federer on different ends of spectrum
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki is entering new territory at the Australian Open as a defending champion for the first time at a major. For Roger Federer, it's a well-worn experience.
A women's final last year featuring two players aiming for their first Grand Slam title finished with Wozniacki holding off top-ranked Simona Halep for the championship.
No. 1 Halep has new-found confidence ahead of Aussie Open
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Simona Halep was trying on her new shoes when she got the news direct from the draw about her tough section containing both Serena and Venus Williams at the Australian Open.
Even before she contemplates possible back-to-back matches in the third and fourth round against Venus and Serena, top-ranked Halep has to get through an opening match against Kaia Kanepi, who beat her in the first round at the U.S. Open last year.
Del Potro scheduled to open season at Delray Beach Open
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Juan Martin del Potro plans to make his season debut at the Delray Beach Open next month.
The hard-court tournament announced Wednesday that its 2011 champion is committed to playing in the first round on Feb. 19.
Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, is sitting out the year's first Grand Slam tournament, the Australian Open, as he continues to recover after fracturing his right kneecap in October.
Nishikori, Pliskova win Brisbane International titles
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Kei Nishikori won his first ATP title since Memphis in 2016 with a dominating final set to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 in the Brisbane International final on Sunday.
The 2014 U.S. Open finalist served for the match at 5-1 in the third set, but Medvedev earned a temporary reprieve when he broke the Japanese player's serve to extend the match.
Tsurenko upsets second-seeded Osaka to reach Brisbane final
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — She's ranked No. 5 in the world, will enter the season-opening major as a reigning Grand Slam champion, and is trying not to sulk.
A lot has happened for Naomi Osaka since she beat Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final last September, and she's still coming to terms with it. Mostly, it's the expectations.
She has reached the semifinals or better at four of her last five tournaments but hasn't added another title.
Coach’s words inspire Osaka; Nishikori also into semifinals
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Naomi Osaka called in her coach for advice on how to swing momentum after losing the first set to Anastasija Sevastova, and it did the trick.
The U.S. Open champion responded by conceding only five points in the next set on her way to a 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 win Thursday that secured her spot in the Brisbane International semifinals.
Murray advances in Brisbane in latest comeback from injury
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray doesn't know how long his latest comeback can last, so he's planning on making the most of it.
The 31-year-old Murray returned to competitive tennis for the first time since September and gradually warmed into it, taking the last four games in a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australian wildcard entry James Duckworth at the Brisbane International on Tuesday.
Rafa’s plan for 2019 revolves around quality, not quantity
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal wants to make a little go a long way in 2019.
The No. 2-ranked Nadal, in Brisbane preparing to play his first competitive match since retiring from the U.S. Open semifinals last September, found some positives out of an injury-interrupted season that he wants to apply to this year.
Dimitrov, Raonic win 1st round matches at Brisbane
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Canada's Milos Roanic ensured no slip ups in their final outing of 2018 by having straight-set victories in their respective first round matches at the Brisbane International on Monday.
Serena Williams pulls US level at Hopman Cup
PERTH, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams overcame a sluggish start to power past Maria Sakkari in straight-sets at the Hopman Cup on Monday in her first competitive match since melting down in the U.S. Open final.
The 37-year-old was rusty and down an early break but did enough to record a comfortable 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women's singles match.
Serena voted AP Female Athlete of the Year for 5th time
She showed up in Paris wearing a black catsuit, a reminder that nobody can command the Grand Slam stage quite like Serena Williams.
She reached the finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, proving again how well she can play no matter how little she practices.
Williams didn't win those or any other tournaments, which in every other situation might have made for a forgettable year.
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.
Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Roddick is trying to get his shoulder ready, hoping he can still bring the high heat on serve.
The former U.S. Open champion will be back in town and wants to have his game with him.
"Coming back to New York is certainly not a place where I want to not play well," Roddick said.
He will play fellow tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier on Feb. 9 in an exhibition match to kick off the New York Open, event organizers announced Wednesday.
Osaka’s coach, Bajin, wins 1st WTA Coach of the Year award
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Sascha Bajin has been chosen as the first winner of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Naomi Osaka collect the U.S. Open title.
The women's tennis tour announced its annual honors Monday.
The first season as a team for Bajin and Osaka produced her first WTA title at Indian Wells, then her first Grand Slam title in New York, where she beat Serena Williams in the final. Bajin used to work with Williams.
Mike and Bob Bryan set to reunite for doubles in Auckland
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Mike and Bob Bryan are set to reunite as a doubles combination next month in New Zealand when the brothers begin their 21st season on the ATP Tour.
Bob Bryan has been sidelined since injuring his hip in the lead-up to the French Open, and Mike paired with fellow American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and the ATP Finals, taking the world No. 1 ranking on his own.
Zverev beats Djokovic in 2 sets to win ATP Finals title
LONDON (AP) — Despite beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP Finals at only 21, Alexander Zverev knows keeping pace with the Serb isn't going to be easy.
Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago — also at age 21.
Williams sisters, Stephens, Keys out of Fed Cup final for US
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Four of the top five U.S. women in the WTA singles rankings will skip the country's Fed Cup final against the Czech Republic, including both Williams sisters and Sloane Stephens.
Instead, the roster announced for the defending champions by captain Kathy Rinaldi on Wednesday includes No. 35 Danielle Collins, No. 48 Sofia Kenin and No. 63 Alison Riske in singles, along with Nicole Melichar, who is ranked 15th in doubles.
Svitolina beats Stephens to win season-ending WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday, becoming the first Ukrainian player to win the season-ending WTA Finals trophy.
The No. 6-seeded Svitolina rebounded from a one-set deficit for a 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over fifth-seeded Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion.
Svitolina fell onto her back on the court in celebration, and then shared a hug with Stephens.
Osaka retires with injury, Bertens reaches WTA semifinals
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka finished her debut appearance at the WTA Finals on Friday with an injury and an 0-3 record.
Osaka was trailing Kiki Bertens 6-3 when she retired from the match with an upper left leg injury.
Bertens was awarded a straight-set victory and has advanced to the semifinals.
"I hurt my left hamstring in the first match," Osaka said. "It was just getting worse and worse every time I played.
Former No. 1 Wozniacki has rheumatoid arthritis
SINGAPORE (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis before the U.S. Open, the Danish tennis player revealed at the WTA Finals on Thursday.
She made the announcement after being eliminated from the year-end competition following a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 loss to Elina Svitolina in her third round-robin match.
Stephens beats Osaka in 3 sets at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — In a match between the last two U.S. Open champions, Sloane Stephens came out on top.
The 2017 champion beat Naomi Osaka 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Monday at the WTA Finals, the season-ending tournament for the top eight players in the world.
Both players are making their debut appearances at the tournament, but Stephens appeared to be more composed while Osaka, who became the first Japanese citizen to win a Grand Slam title last month in New York, never seemed comfortable.
The on-court coaching debate trending in Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP) — Monica Seles isn't a fan of on-court coaching. Lindsay Davenport can see the benefits. Jennifer Capriati is right in the middle.
The three tennis greats took part in a news conference Monday at the WTA Finals to discuss the topic, which made plenty of headlines after Serena Williams was penalized for on-court coaching during the U.S. Open final.
Osaka set for showdown against Stephens at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — Naomi Osaka and Sloane Stephens, the last two U.S. Open champions, will make their career debuts at the WTA Finals by playing each other in their first match in Singapore on Monday.
The initial stage of the eight-player WTA Finals field is a round-robin competition with two teams of four players. The two players with the best record from each round-robin group advance to next Saturday's semifinals.
Osaka drawn with 2 other Grand Slam champions at WTA Finals
SINGAPORE (AP) — U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka was drawn in the same group as Angelique Kerber, Sloane Stephens and Kiki Bertens for her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Karolina Pliskova, defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are in the other group for the end-of-season tournament starting on Sunday.
Serena’s coach says in-match coaching would boost tennis
Serena Williams' coach says in-match coaching should be allowed in tennis to help the sport's popularity.
McEnroe offers tennis tryouts in Harlem, thoughts on US Open
NEW YORK (AP) — John McEnroe showed his softer side while searching for the next Serena Williams or James Blake during tryouts for his tennis academy.
He offered tips and demonstrated footwork to youngsters ages 6-12 in Harlem at Frederick Johnson Park, named for a former tennis player and coach.