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Tennis returns as service resumes at Palermo

Tennis returns as service resumes at Palermo

PALERMO, Italy (AFP) – The stadium announcer at Palermo on Monday wished a warm and welcome return to tennis lovers as the WTA tournament in Italy started five months after the last one, with bottles of hand sanitiser attached to the nets.  The event comes just weeks before the US Open and Roland Garros double-header […]

Clijsters, Osaka, Venus among wildcards in US Open tuneup

NEW YORK (AFP) – Four-time Grand Slam champion Kim Clijsters was among four major title winners given wildcards Thursday into the WTA field for a US Open tuneup event next month in New York. The 37-year-old Belgian was joined in the wildcard field for the Western and Southern Open by Japan’s Naomi Osaka and Americans […]

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World No.1 Barty pulls out of US Open

SYDNEY (AFP) – World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty pulled out of the US Open Thursday over fears about the coronavirus pandemic in a major blow for the Grand Slam, which is scheduled to start in New York on August 31. The Australian is the biggest name so far to withdraw from the tournament, with her […]

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Federer hopes to play in front of crowds on 2021 return

BERLIN (AFP) – Roger Federer, who turns 39 next month, says he hopes to play again in front of crowds as he targets his comeback from a knee injury in 2021. Having beaten long-time rival Rafael Nadal in an exhibition match in Cape Town in February, in front of a record crowd of 52,000, Federer […]

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Thiem to donate prize money from Djokovic’s Belgrade event

VIENNA (AFP) – World No. 3 Dominic Thiem will donate the prize money that he won in Belgrade during the ill-fated Adria Tour, where Novak Djokovic and three other participants tested positive for coronavirus, his father was quoted by Austrian media on Friday. Thiem took part in the Belgrade leg of the exhibition event organised […]

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Djokovic donates $45,000 to Serbian town hit hard by virus

BELGRADE (AFP) – Tennis world No. 1Novak Djokovic, who last week tested positive for coronavirus, donated more than $45,000 to a Serbian town badly affected by the pandemic, local media reported Wednesday. The 33-year-old Djokovic donated the money to Novi Pazar, in Serbia’s southwest, to help it fight a growing outbreak of the disease, the […]

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