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Nadal marries partner of 14 years in Mallorca

Oct 20, 2019 - 3:36 PM

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal ties the knot with longtime girlfriend Xisca Perello

ON TOP. Rafael Nadal wins two Grand Slams this season. Photo by Peter Parks/ AFP

Federer to play French Open next year

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Roger Federer says he needs 'some time away' from tennis but promises to see action in the French Open

FAMILY FIRST. Roger Federer says family will be his priority in the next few months. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Olympic gold lures Federer to Tokyo Games

Oct 15, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Roger Federer shoots for the Olympic men's singles gold medal – the only major prize he has yet to win

STAR-STUDDED. Roger Federer completed the Big 3 in the Tokyo Olympics as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also vow to compete next year. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Naomi Osaka picks Japanese citizenship with eye on Olympics

Oct 11, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Tennis star Naomi Osaka gives up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

SPECIAL. A household name in Japan, Naomi Osaka says it gives her a 'special feeling' to play for her mother’s birth country. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic stuns Japan Open with machine-like tennis

Oct 04, 2019 - 4:14 PM

'I am not a machine. But I did play like one today,' says world No. 1 Novak Djokovic

BACK AT IT. After sustaining an injury, Novak Djokovic quickly recovers his winning form. File photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images/AFP

Kyrgios on 'best behavior' after tennis suspension

Sep 27, 2019 - 11:08 AM

After a series of on-court meltdowns, the temperamental Nick Kyrgios promises to be in his 'best behavior' for the next 6 months

FIREBRAND. The ATP orders Nick Kyrgios to seek a specialist in behavioral management. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Mercurial Kyrgios slapped with 16-week ban

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:07 PM

After Nick Kyrgios' several on-court outbursts, the ATP mandates the Australian tennis star to see a specialist in behavioral management

VOLATILE. The ever controversial NIck Kyrgios can still appeal the ATP suspension. Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFP

Alex Eala bags 1st ITF juniors Grade A title

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:43 PM

Teen tennis sensation Alex Eala unlocks another career milestone as a Grade A tournament champion in South Africa

MILESTONE. Alex Eala is now a juniors Grade A tournament title holder. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Milliam, Maneja to represent PH in WTA Future Stars

Sep 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

Alexa Joy Milliam and Justine Hannah Maneja rule the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls' Tennis Challenge Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament

UP-AND-COMING. Alexa Joy Milliam (left) and Justine Hannah Maneja will don the national colors in the WTA Future Stars. Contributed photo


Naomi Osaka changes coach for second time this year

Sep 14, 2019 - 10:40 AM

After a patchy run in this year's Grand Slams, Naomi Osaka parts ways with coach Jermaine Jenkins

DROP. Naomi Osaka slips from No. 1 to No. 4 in the latest tennis world rankings. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Former world No. 1 Kim Clijsters announces surprise comeback

Sep 13, 2019 - 10:52 AM

Seven years after retiring to become a stay-at-home mom, Kim Clijsters returns to competitive tennis for 'the challenge'

BACK FOR MORE. Kim Clijsters believes she can juggle motherhood and tennis. Photo by Al Bello/AFP

Andreescu makes top 5 as Barty snatches World No. 1

Sep 10, 2019 - 2:59 PM

Bianca Andreescu is just one place behind 2018 US Open winner Naomi Osaka in the WTA rankings

BREAKTHROUGH. Bianca Andreescu crashes into Top 5 in the WTA rankings. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Alex Eala crashes out of U.S. Open juniors 2019

Sep 05, 2019 - 8:04 AM

Filipina teen tennis star Alex Eala absorbs back-to-back losses in her 2nd round singles and doubles events

MAJOR STINT. Alex Eala makes history in her first Grand Slam appearance in the 2019 US Open juniors tournament. Photo courtesy of Troi Santos

Alex Eala cruises to 2nd round in U.S. Open juniors debut

Sep 03, 2019 - 9:21 AM

Filipina teen tennis sensation Alex Eala gets off to a strong start in her first Grand Slam tournament

TEEN SENSATION. Alex Eala impresses in her Grand Slam debut with a one-sided win. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

Alex Eala advances to U.S. Open juniors main draw

Sep 01, 2019 - 10:46 PM

Filipino teen sensation Alex Eala marches into her maiden Grand Slam in the US Open juniors tournament

GRAND SLAM DEBUT. Alex Eala becomes the first Filipino to enter a Grand Slam tournament since 1991. Rappler File photo

Federer falls into Djokovic's half of U.S. Open draw

Aug 23, 2019 - 10:10 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic may face Roger Federer in the semifinal and Rafael Nadal in the title match of the 2019 US Open

FACE-OFF. After a blockbuster Wimbledon title showdown last month, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer may face in the US Open Final Four. Photos by Ben Standall and Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic, Osaka named U.S. Open top seeds

Aug 22, 2019 - 12:37 PM

The last Grand Slam of the season unfolds next week with Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka out to defend their crowns

BIG GUNS. Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic head another tight field. Photos from Wimbledon

Injured Osaka maintains top spot

Aug 20, 2019 - 12:44 PM

Naomi Osaka continues to lead the WTA rankings despite exiting Cincinnati Masters with an injury

NO.1. Naomi Osaka continues to rank No.1 in the WTA standings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA

Temperamental Kyrgios hits 'new low' in Cincinnati outburst

Aug 16, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios gets fined $113,000 and faces suspension after another on-court meltdown

EMBARRASSING. Australian media describes Nick Kyrgios’ latest meltdown as his 'most vile outburst yet.' Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic advances as Serena pulls out in Cincinnati

Aug 14, 2019 - 9:04 AM

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic competes for the first time since his Wimbledon title romp as Serena Williams withdraws

QUICK WIN. Novak Djokovic hopes to perform better in the next round after a ‘nervy’ start. Photo from ATP Tour

Nadal stays at No. 2 as Djokovic rules world rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 8:45 PM

Rafael Nadal trails Novak Djokovic by more than 4,000 points even after claiming his 35th Masters title

IN-FORM. Rafael Nadal heads into the US Open off an impressive campaign in the Rogers Cup. Photo from Twitter/@ATP_Tour


Osaka returns to No. 1 in WTA rankings

Aug 12, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Naomi Osaka regains the top spot to end the seven-week reign of Ashleigh Barty as world No. 1

BACK ON TOP. Naomi Osaka holds a slim advantage over Ashleigh Barty in the world rankings. Photo from Twitter/@WTA


PH lands record 5th place in World Juniors Tennis Championships

Aug 11, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Teen tennis ace Alex Eala leads the Philippines to its best finish in the world juniors tournament

HISTORIC. The Philippine girls tennis team clinches 5th place, the country's best result in the World Juniors Tennis Championships. Photo courtesy of Michael Francis Eala

Andy Murray to return to singles in Cincinnati next week

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:01 PM

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray gets back to singles competition months after fearing that his career has come to an end

ALL SET. Andy Murray gears up for his first competitive singles game since the Australian Open in January. Photo from AFP

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena again tops Forbes list of highest-paid sports women

Aug 07, 2019 - 9:14 AM

American superstar Serena Williams leads the women's sports rich list dominated by tennis players

TOP GUN. Serena Williams heads the pack for the fourth straight year. Photo from Wimbledon

Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field

Aug 04, 2019 - 5:30 PM

As Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic take a break from action, Rafael Nadal returns to court to be 'well prepared and ready' for the US Open

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts after a point against Australia's Matthew Ebden during their men's singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2019. (Photo by Peter PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE --

Key figures in the 2015 Iglesia ni Cristo controversy: Where are they now?

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Personalities involved in the 2015 controversy that hit the influential religious group are detained, granted refugee status, or in hiding except for the INC executive minister

Nadal leads charge of old brigade into Wimbledon quarterfinals

Jul 08, 2019 - 11:37 PM

With Rafael Nadal advancing, the evergreen 30-somethings of male tennis stars threaten to take a stranglehold in Wimbledon

STILL AT IT. Rafael Nadal will play in his 39th Grand Slam quarterfinal. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Barty exits Wimbledon as Serena coasts through

Jul 08, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Serena Williams sees her chances of tying the all-time Grand Slam haul following the loss of world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty

ON TO THE NEXT. Serena Williams advances to the next round of Wimbledon. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


It's my duty to perform, says Serena after Wimbledon bow with Murray

Jul 07, 2019 - 3:09 PM

Serena Williams admits she felt pressured for teaming up with Andy Murray in the Wimbledon mixed doubles

ICONS LINK UP. Former world No. 1s Serena Williams and Andy Murray team up. Photo from Wimbledon's Twitter account (@Wimbledon)


Naomi Osaka frees herself of World No. 1 pressures

Jun 30, 2019 - 2:55 PM

'I don't have to think about defending the ranking or anything,' says World No.2 Naomi Osaka

MAJOR COMEBACK. Naomi Osaka aims to bounce back from her third-round exit in the 2019 French Open. File photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Murray mulls over US Open singles return

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:24 PM

Marking his tennis return with a doubles victory in the Queen's Club Championships, Andy Murray says there is a possibility of a singles comeback

CHAMP AGAIN. Andy Murray teams up with Feliciano Lopez to clinch the Queen's Club Championships title. Photo from ATP Tour's Twitter account (@ATP_Tour)


Federer looks ahead to life after tennis: 'My future is open'

Jun 23, 2019 - 2:43 PM

'It's a shame, because I am at the end of my career now, and it has gone by so quickly,' says Roger Federer

STILL AT IT. Roger Federer reaches another ATP final event at the Halle Open. Photo by William West/AFP

Federer 'fresh' for 10th Halle title tilt

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:24 PM

'I feel fresh, rested and ready for the grass season now,' says an excited Federer

COMEBACK. Roger Federer aims to bounce back from his Roland-Garros loss to eventual champion Rafael Nadal. File photo by Christophe Archambault/ AFP

Nadal tells Thiem: 'You'll win it one day'

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:57 AM

For the second straight time, Thiem falls prey to Nadal in the French Open final

I'LL BE BACK. Dominic Thiem (right) says he will try again after getting beaten by Rafael Nadal for the French Open crown. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


History man Nadal cruises to 12th French Open title

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:02 AM

Capturing his 18th Grand Slam crown, the Spanish great is now just two behind the all-time record of 20 majors set by old rival Roger Federer

LEGEND. Since 2005, there were only 3 times Rafael Nadal did not win the French Open title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


Barty ends Australia's 46-year wait for French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 1:56 PM

The 23-year-old will rise to world No. 2 and will be the best-ranked Australian woman since 1976

HISTORIC. Ashleigh Barty dominates Marketa Vondrousova for her first Grand Slam title. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


'Incredible' dream: Nadal faces Thiem for 12th French Open title

Jun 09, 2019 - 11:50 AM

Written off numerous times in his career, the Spanish great continues to showcase his mastery as he guns for a record-extending Roland Garros crown

REMATCH. Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem clash again in the French Open final. Photo from Roland Garros' Twitter account (@rolandgarros)


Djokovic to meet Nadal for 54th time with Italian Open title at stake

May 19, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The Serbian world No. 1 says 'it's the ultimate challenge' of playing the Spanish great

SETTLE THE SCORE. Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are 2-2 in their previous 4 meetings. File Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP


Stomach bug hits Nadal's hunt for 6th Madrid title

May 06, 2019 - 10:51 PM

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is racing to make up for lost time after failing to win a clay title so far this spring

HOPING FOR BEST. Rafael Nadal is due to open play in the second round of the Madrid Open. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP


Naomi Osaka still atop WTA rankings

May 06, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Japanese tennis wonder maintains her lead over Petra Kvitova and Simon Halep

ALL SMILES. Naomi Osaka has every reason to be happy as he keeps hold of the top spot in the WTA rankings. File photo by David Gray/AFP


Injured Naomi Osaka pulls out of Stuttgart Open semifinals

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:02 PM

The world No. 1 is scheduled to play a semifinal tie against Anett Kontaveit, but chooses to withdraw from the match

BACK OUT. Naomi Osaka, though, is thankful she sustained the injury at the beginning of the clay season and not close to the French Open. File photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP


PH girls tennis team clinches world juniors berth

Apr 14, 2019 - 10:35 PM

Alex Eala leads the national 14-under girls squad to the world stage for the first time in 26 years

LONG WAIT. Philippines nails a world group berth for the first time since 1993. Photo courtesy of Mike Eala

Osaka maintains slender lead over Halep in WTA rankings

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:28 PM

The Japanese holds a 185-point advantage over the Romanian

YOUNG GUN. Naomi Osaka keeps her spot at the top of the world rankings. File photo by Greg Wood/AFP


Djokovic heads into clay season secure as world No. 1

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:22 PM

The Serb is almost 2,500 points ahead of second-running Rafael Nadal

STRONGHOLD. Novak Djokovic has been at the top of the world rankings for 20 weeks now. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP


Osaka silent over ex-coach lawsuit as Miami Open begins

Mar 21, 2019 - 5:32 PM

The former coach of world No. 1 Naomi Osaka wants at least 20% of her career earnings

STILL NEW. Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka says she’s still adjusting to her newfound fame. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Osaka on track in Indian Wells title defense

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:05 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka advances to the 4th round of her Indian Wells 2019 campaign

RISING STAR. Naomi Osaka continues her bid for back-to-back titles in the 2019 Indian Wells tournament. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Illness ends Serena's Indian Wells bid

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The American star retires from her match against Garbine Muguruza after feeling 'extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue'

MOVING ON. Serena William now turns her focus on the Miami Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


Navratilova sorry for transgender 'cheat' claim

Mar 04, 2019 - 1:26 PM

The tennis legend has been branded as 'transphobic' after writing a column that allowing trans athletes to compete with women is 'cheating and unfair'

DROPPED. Martina Navratilova has been dropped as ambassador for the Athlete Ally group which campaigns for LGBT rights in sport. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP