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Kyrgios tells Murray 'you are better than Djokovic'

May 17, 2020 - 1:51 PM

Known for his cutting comments on top tennis players, Nick Kyrgios takes a swipe at world No. 1 Novak Djokovic again

STILL NICK. The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios chats with former world No. 1 Andy Murray amid the lockdown. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

ATP cancels 8 more events, WTA scratches 4

May 16, 2020 - 5:18 PM

Tennis tournaments continue to fall to the coronavirus pandemic

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 27: Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against John Millman of Australia during their Men's Singles first round match on day two of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 27, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic: 'I can beat Slam titles and world No. 1 record'

May 16, 2020 - 12:01 PM

'I think that I still have things to do in this sport,' says Novak Djokovic as he sets his sights on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal’s records

ON TOP. Turning 33 this month, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic has time on his side. Photo by William West/AFP

'A lot of regrets': Tennis star Osaka says shyness holding her back

May 15, 2020 - 2:53 PM

Former world No. 1 Naomi Osaka speaks candidly about her struggles with success

SOUL-SEARCHING. Japanese sensation Naomi Osaka hopes she could be more assertive. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Algerian tennis player hits back at No. 3 Thiem over hurtful words

May 13, 2020 - 10:45 PM

Ines Ibbou wins support with an emotional video after world No. 3 Dominic Thiem said lower-ranked players are not ‘going to starve’ amid the tennis shutdown

PASSION. Ines Ibbou says helping players also means helping the game survive. Photo from Ibbou’s Instagram (@ines_ibbou)

Serena eager to return after lockdown break

May 13, 2020 - 10:35 AM

'I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn't want it,' says Serena Williams as tennis remains on hiatus

TOP FORM. Serena Williams joins sister Venus in an online workout. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Tennis relief fund raises $6 million

May 06, 2020 - 9:44 PM

World tennis organizations unite to raise funds for lower-ranked players affected by the COVID-19 crisis

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JULY 25: Matthew Ebden of Australia returns a forehand to Bernard Tomic of Australia during the BB&T Atlanta Open at Atlantic Station on July 25, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Logan Riely/Getty Images/AFP

WTA chief backs Federer's ATP merger suggestion

May 06, 2020 - 2:25 PM

A unified tennis circuit 'may not take as long' following calls led by superstars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal

epa08150504 Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning his second round match against Filip Krajinovic of Serbia on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, 22 January 2020. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Nadal: 'I see 2020 as practically lost' for tennis

May 05, 2020 - 9:34 PM

'I'm more looking to the Australian Open than what happens later this year. I see 2020 as practically lost,' says Nadal

OUT WITH 2020. Rafael Nadal looks forward to the 2021 season instead as the coronavirus pandemic halts the world of sports. Photo from Australian Open Twitter

No shaking, no showering, no sharing: Welcome to post-virus tennis

May 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

New competition guidelines limit tennis players from interacting with fans and fellow athletes

TOO CLOSE. Tennis players can no longer meet mid-court. Photo by Raigo Pajula/AFP

Players back Federer over tennis merger as Kyrgios hits out

Apr 23, 2020 - 12:46 PM

The ever controversial Nick Kyrgios ends up as the dissenting voice as Roger Federer's proposal gets a wave of support

OPPOSITE. Nick Kyrgios (right) says he has yet to be convinced by Roger Federer's suggestion to merge tennis' governing bodies. Photo by Matthew Stockman/AFP

Laver Cup postponed until 2021 due to French Open clash

Apr 18, 2020 - 12:16 PM

The Boston debut of the Europe vs World men's team tennis tournament won’t happen this year

NEW CALENDAR. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hope to be back to lead Europe in the 2021 Laver Cup. Photo by Michal Cizek/AFP

Gauff suffered depression before Wimbledon breakthrough

Apr 17, 2020 - 2:33 PM

'I realized I needed to start playing for myself and not other people,' teen tennis sensation Coco Gauff shares

TRAILBLAZERS. Coco Gauff knows she’ll always be compared to the legendary Williams sisters of Serena and Venus. File photo Australian Open

Montreal WTA tournament put off until 2021

Apr 12, 2020 - 7:28 PM

Tennis absorbs another blow as Montreal cancels the Rogers Cup, one of the key build-up events ahead of the US Open

CANCELED. Canadian champion Bianca Andreescu won't get to defend her crown this year. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Murray, Kerber to play in virtual Madrid Open

Apr 10, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber will play in a tennis video game to raise money for those struggling in the sport and people affected by the coronavirus

CALLED OFF. Andy Murray was supposed to see action in the Madrid Open, but it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Former tennis chief Buddy Andrada dies

Apr 08, 2020 - 12:51 PM

Nicknamed 'Buddy' for his friendly demeanor, Salvador Andrada served as head of Philippine tennis for two decades

DEDICATED. Buddy Andrada staged the Andrada Cup for 30 years to promote juniors tennis. File photo from PSA

What now for tennis in 2020?

Apr 03, 2020 - 11:18 PM

Former world No. 1 Amelie Mauresmo puts its succinctly: 'No vaccine = no tennis'

Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns against Japan's Kei Nishikori during their men's singles quarter-finals match on the ninth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Wimbledon chief fears 'no more tennis this year'

Apr 03, 2020 - 1:50 PM

'I don't think it's unrealistic to say that there may be no more tennis this year,' says All England Club chief executive Richard Lewis

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 11 of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 12, 2019. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

LIST: How the coronavirus has hit global sports

Mar 27, 2020 - 5:59 PM

(UPDATED) Sporting events worldwide come to a complete standstill as the virus continues to wreak havoc

MAJOR HIT. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been pushed back to 2021. Photo by Kimimasa Mayama/EPA-EFE

WTA suspends women's tennis season until May

Mar 16, 2020 - 11:07 PM

The WTA tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul, and Prague will not be held as scheduled

HIATUS. It would take weeks – or even months – before Serena Williams and other tennis stars return to the court. File photo Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Eala siblings pulled out of tournaments due to coronavirus threat

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:02 PM

The Rafael Nadal Academy orders all its students to travel back to Mallorca from their respective international tournaments

PRECAUTION. Rafael Nadal Academy students Alex (middle) and Miko Eala (right)  pose with their father Mike Eala. Photo from Michael Eala's Facebook

Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to Davis Cup triumph vs Philippines

Mar 07, 2020 - 4:27 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas powers Greece to a long-awaited Davis Cup World Group II promotion

TIE VICTORY. World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas plays his 2nd match in the Philippines. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

'Unreal': AJ Lim happy to play against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Mar 06, 2020 - 8:36 PM

'He was just unreal. He's obviously really good, he's No. 6 in the world,' says AJ Lim about facing Stefanos Tsitsipas

HONOR. AJ Lim feels honored to have played against Stefanos Tsitsipas again. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Dominance: Stefanos Tsitsipas routs AJ Lim for Greece Davis Cup lead

Mar 06, 2020 - 1:12 PM

World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas leads Greece to its first win in the Davis Cup World Group II playoffs tie

DOMINANT. Stefanos Tsitsipas breezes past Filipino AJ Lim in the Davis Cup. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Alex Eala misses quarterfinals berth in Tunisia tournament

Mar 06, 2020 - 11:27 AM

Alex Eala falls to the tournament No. 3 seed in the 2nd round of her women's pro debut

PRO DEBUT. Alex Eala impresses in her first women's pro tournament. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy Facebook

Alex Eala advances to 2nd round of Tunisia pro tournament

Mar 05, 2020 - 2:45 PM

Teen tennis sensation Alex Eala reaches the second round of her maiden women's tournament in the W15 Monastir

NEXT ROUND. Alex Eala advances to the next stage of her women's pro tournament debut in Tunisia. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

Alex Eala in main draw of career-first women's tournament

Feb 28, 2020 - 1:02 PM

Junior tennis star Alex Eala finally gains her first women's berth in the ITF Women's Futures in Tunisia

DEBUTANT. Alex Eala finally realizes her dream of joining a women's tournament in her budding career. Photo from Rafa Nadal Academy Facebook

Sharapova 'legend with mind of champion,' says Djokovic

Feb 27, 2020 - 3:58 PM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the tennis greats who hailed Maria Sharapova as a legend following the five-time Grand Slam champion's retirement

Photo by Mast Irha/EPA-EFE

Sharapova ends a career that was stuff of Hollywood

Feb 27, 2020 - 12:04 PM

After leaving Russia in 1994 with her father and just $700 to their names, Maria Sharapova turned into a global tennis star with earnings of least $300 million

PHENOMENAL. Maria Sharapova was the first female Russian tennis player to rank No. 1 in the world. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA-EFE

Goodbye, tennis: Sharapova announces retirement

Feb 26, 2020 - 9:54 PM

Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says she's 'ready to scale another mountain'

Photo by Patrick Hamilton/AFP

Thiem thwarted in bid to pass Federer in world rankings

Feb 23, 2020 - 6:24 PM

World No. 4 Dominic Thiem misses a chance to dislodge one of tennis' Big Three

Photo by Michael Dodge.EPA-EFE

Alex Eala: Bringing out her champion pedigree

Feb 09, 2020 - 6:31 PM

Grand Slam champion Alex Eala rises to become one of the country's top teen athletes

HITTING IT RIGHT. Alex Eala emerges as Philippine sports' new teen queen.

Alex Eala dedicates 2020 Australian Open title to late grandfather

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:21 PM

'I think that was really the biggest motivation for me going into this Australian Open. And this win is really dedicated to him,' says Alex Eala

FOR LOLO BOBBY. Alex Eala comes down to practice on the court as her Lolo Bobby watches her from the sidelines. Rappler Screenshot

FAST FACTS: Who is teen tennis sensation Alex Eala?

Feb 04, 2020 - 6:27 PM

Get to know 14-year-old Alex Eala, the latest toast of Philippine sports

TEEN SENSATION. Alex Eala continues to break barriers in the tennis world. Photo from Australian Open

After 1st Grand Slam title, Alex Eala clinches juniors world No. 4

Feb 04, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Filipina teen sensation Alex Eala reaches new heights with a world No. 4 ranking in the junior tennis circuit

WORLD NO. 4. Filipina Alex Eala nails a new career-high just a month after cracking into the top 10 of the world juniors circuit. from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

2020 Australian Open winner Kenin breaks into top 10

Feb 04, 2020 - 9:24 AM

Sofia Kenin usurps Serena Williams for US No. 1 in the women's tennis circuit

TOP 10. Sofia Kenin upsets Australia's Ashleigh Barty in their women's singles semifinal match on day eleven of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 30, 2020. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Alex Eala wins first juniors Grand Slam title in 2020 Australian Open

Jan 31, 2020 - 4:22 PM

Filipina teen Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho cop the 2020 Australian Open juniors double title

BREAKTHROUGH. Alex Eala celebrates her first junior Grand Slam title with doubles partner Priska Nugroho. Photo by Roman Pilipey/EPA-EFE

No retirement plans for Federer: 'I can still win Slams'

Jan 31, 2020 - 12:30 PM

At 38, Roger Federer believes he can still add to his record 20 Grand Slam titles

Photo by William West/AFP

Alex Eala barges into 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

Jan 30, 2020 - 5:13 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho rally back to advance to the 2020 Australian Open juniors doubles final

FINALS BOUND. Alex Eala advances to her maiden junior Grand Slam final in the doubles event. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

Alex Eala extends 2020 Australian Open juniors stint with doubles semis berth

Jan 29, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Filipina teen tennis star Alex Eala and Indonesian partner Priska Nugroho reach the 2020 Australian Open doubles semis

FALLING SHORT. Alex Eala makes an exit from the singles tournament of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament 3rd round. Photo from Rafael Nadal Academy Facebook

'Lucky' Federer stages great escape to reach Australian Open semis

Jan 28, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Roger Federer bucks a groin injury to survive Tennys Sandgren, becoming the oldest man in 43 years to make the Australian Open semis after Ken Rosewall

GOING STRONG. Roger Federer, 38, continues to defy the odds. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Alex Eala rolls to 2020 Australian Open juniors 3rd round

Jan 28, 2020 - 12:41 PM

Filipino tennis standout Alex Eala advances to the 3rd round of a junior Grand Slam for the first time

ACHIEVEMENT. Alex Eala breaks through to the 3rd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Australian Open

Alex Eala earns 1st doubles win in 2020 Australian Open juniors

Jan 27, 2020 - 9:13 PM

Alex Eala teams up with Indonesia's Priska Nugroho to advance to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament

SOUTHEAST ASIAN DUO. Alex Eala (right) and Priska Nugroho of Indonesia make it to the 2nd round of the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Alex Eala advances to 2020 Australian Open juniors 2nd round

Jan 26, 2020 - 2:41 PM

Filipino teen standout Alex Eala works her way to another appearance in the second round of a juniors Grand Slam

AUSSIE OPEN DEBUT. Alex Eala makes her debut in the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Rappler Screenshot

Alex Eala seeded 4th in 2020 Australian Open juniors

Jan 25, 2020 - 6:32 PM

Filipino teen tennis star Alex Eala kicks off her first juniors Grand Slam of the year at 4th seed

4TH SEED. Alex Eala aims to make it far in the 2020 Australian Open juniors tournament. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

Osaka gets Australian Open started after smoke fears ease

Jan 20, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Naomi Osaka kicks off her title defense in the Australian Open with a dominant showing that saw her break a net with a serve

CHAMP. All eyes will be on Naomi Osaka as she defends her Australian Open throne. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Federer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog

Jan 18, 2020 - 7:40 PM

Roger Federer says lack of information made matters worse for players who were forced to stay on the courts amid the smog

STILL HUNGRY. Roger Federer will gun for his seventh Australian Open title. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Nadal bares tips after defying injury to reach third decade on top

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:34 PM

Despite a steady stream of injury setbacks, Rafael Nadal has returned time and again to become the only player to top the rankings in 3 different decades

GOING STRONG. Rafael Nadal looks to win his 20th Grand Slam in the Australia Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

Osaka vows to block out negatives after 'toughest year'

Jan 18, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Naomi Osaka describes herself as a 'bit more seasoned' compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting in the Australian Open

TITLE HOLDER. Naomi Osaka will defend her throne in the Australian Open. Photo from Twitter/@AustralianOpen

WATCH: Alex Eala dreams big in 2020

Jan 17, 2020 - 7:20 PM

Filipino teen sensation Alex Eala believes she can qualify for a women's Grand Slam tournament this year

SENSATIONAL. Alex Eala plans to take it up a notch as she aims for a women's grand slam berth. Rappler Screenshot