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Tennis player apologizes for 'slit-eyed' gesture against Japanese foe

Sep 16, 2017 - 4:36 PM

Brazil tennis player Guilherme Clezar stretched his eyes as he criticized the call of a line judge

HOT WATER. Guilherme Clezar insists he had not meant to insult Japanese people with his slit-eyed gesture. File photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP

U.S. Open champ Nadal enjoying 'one of the best seasons of my career'

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:35 PM

After a 2016 season of injuries that saw him exit the Australian and French Opens early Nadal is enjoying his second grand slam win of 2017

BACK ON TOP. 'Of course is an emotional season because I have been through tough moments in terms of injuries,' says Rafael Nadal. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Nadal races to third U.S. Open, 16th Grand Slam title

Sep 11, 2017 - 1:06 PM

The world number one the champion also in New York in 2010 and 2013 added the US title to the record 10th French Open he captured in June

CHAMPION AGAIN. 'It's unbelievable what's happened this year after some seasons with serious injuries and not playing very well,' says Nadal. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Rafael Nadal wins third US Open, 16th Grand Slam title

Sep 11, 2017 - 7:34 AM

The world number one the champion also in New York in 2010 and 2013 added the US title to the record 10th French Open he captured in June

CHAMP AGAIN. Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts against Kevin Anderson of South Africa during their Men's Singles finals match on Day Fourteen of the 2017 US Open on September 10, 2017, New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Gritty Sloane Stephens wins first U.S. Open crown

Sep 10, 2017 - 3:26 PM

After missing 11 months of action due to a foot injury Sloane Stephens has her first Grand Slam title

FIRST GRAND SLAM. Sloane Stephens had sacrificed her final semester of college for the US Open. At least she'll have a piece of history and $3.7 million to show for it. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Stephens routs Keys for U.S. Open title, first Slam crown

Sep 10, 2017 - 7:48 AM

Sloane Stephens becomes only the fifth unseeded player to win a women s tennis Slam title

GRAND SLAM WINNER. Sloane Stephens poses with the championship trophy after the Women's Singles finals match of the 2017 US Open on September 9, 2017 in New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal downs Del Potro, will face Anderson for US Open title

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:23 PM

Rafael Nadal moves one win away from a third US Open title

ON TO THE FINAL. Nadal, the 2010 and 2013 champion in New York, will be playing in his 23rd Slam final and third this year, looking to add the US title to his record 10th French Open. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Stephens ousts Venus, to face Keys for US Open title

Sep 08, 2017 - 1:02 PM

Stephens vs Keys will be the first all American US Open final since 2002

ON TO THE FINAL. Sloane Stephens, who missed 11 months with a left foot injury before returning in July, outlasted 7-time Slam champion Venus Williams. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Del Potro shatters Federer's dream of Nadal U.S. Open showdown

Sep 07, 2017 - 12:11 PM

UPDATED The 28 year old Argentine will once again face world number one Rafael Nadal in the semi finals

VICTORY. Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina celebrates after defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their Men's Singles Quarterfinal match on Day Ten of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 6, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 5, 2017

Sep 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Tuesday

ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Nadal's 50th win at US Open earns quarters date with Rublev

Sep 05, 2017 - 3:57 AM

Rafael Nadal will face 19 year old Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals

ON TO THE NEXT. Rafael Nadal gears up to face the 53rd-ranked Andrey Rublev, the youngest US Open quarterfinalist since 2001. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

Sharapova ousted at US Open, says it's been 'a really great ride'

Sep 04, 2017 - 1:31 PM

Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallies to eliminate the 5 time Grand Slam champion

COMEBACK. 'Reflecting back on the week, I can be happy,' says Maria Sharapova. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFP

Novak Djokovic becomes father of baby girl

Sep 03, 2017 - 3:48 PM

Djokovic and his wife Jelena have become parents of a baby girl

FAMILY ADDITION. Novak Djokovic will have plenty of time to spend with his new baby as he recovers from injury. Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Pool

Tearful Osaka lays out broken heart after U.S. Open loss

Sep 03, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Naomi Osaka fails to advance to the fourth round of the 2017 US Open in tears

HEARTBROKEN. Naomi Osaka failed to match her expectations of advancing to the round of 16. File photos by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP and Facebook (@kaiakanepi)

Pliskova's No. 1 spot hangs by a thread at U.S. Open

Sep 03, 2017 - 11:56 AM

Pliskova enters the round of 16 defeating 27th seed Zhang Shuai 3 6 7 5 6 4

UNDER PRESSURE. Pliskova struggles to keep her world no. 1 title in the 2017 US Open. Photo from Instagram @karolinapliskova

Sharapova grand slams Wozniacki after rival is eliminated

Sep 02, 2017 - 2:59 PM

Sharapova is on to the fourth round while Wozniacki has just moved on

SERVED. Maria Sharapova takes a dig at ousted rival Caroline Wozniacki, saying 'Yeah, I'm not sure where she is.' Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Tennis great Serena Williams gives birth to baby girl

Sep 02, 2017 - 5:18 AM

Serena Williams and fiance’ Alexis Ohanian are first time parents

FIRST CHILD. Serena Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion, has said she wants to be back on the court for the Australian Open next January. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images/AFP

Shapovalov is youngest man in US Open last 16 since 1989

Sep 02, 2017 - 4:42 AM

Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic crashes out after losing in 4 sets to Argentina s Diego Schwartzman

PRODIGY. Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov, 18, is the youngest player since Michael Chang to crack the fourth round in New York. Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP

Nadal drops first set, rallies to subdue 121st-ranked Daniel at US Open

Sep 01, 2017 - 1:19 PM

Nadal admits he could ve played better as he advances in the US Open

WORKING HARD. 'I didn't play very well but tomorrow I will work hard to find better feelings because I know I can do much better,' says Nadal. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Sharapova says she's earning respect at US Open

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:38 PM

Sharapova feels her play so far has justified her wild card entry into the US Open

ADVANCING. "I definitely feel the respect from the athletes," Sharapova says. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

'Diabolical year' for Nick Kyrgios at Slams ends with injury

Aug 31, 2017 - 5:18 AM

It s just the story of my career really I will have good weeks I ll have bad weeks It s just a roller coaster says Kyrgios

INJURY WITHDRAWAL. Two weeks after upsetting Rafael Nadal on the way to the biggest final of his career, Kyrgios lost to 235th-ranked compatriot John Millman. Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFP

Japan's Osaka overcomes US Open nerves, ousts defending champ Kerber

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:59 PM

19 year old Naomi Osaka bested world number 1 Angelique Kerber 6 3 6 1

CONQUERED. "I never played a defending champion and also, I was playing on Ashe again, which wasn't really the best memory for me." File photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFP

Mission impossible? Nadal wants New Yorkers to be quiet

Aug 30, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Rafa echoes similar concerns made by Andy Murray in last year s US Open

SILENCE. The noise under the roof of Arthur Ashe stadium made it difficult for Rafael Nadal to hear the ball when hitting. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Maria Sharapova reintroduces herself at US Open

Aug 30, 2017 - 4:02 AM

Maria Sharapova faces Hungary s Timea Babos in the second round of the year s final Grand Slam

BACK IN GRAND FASHION. Maria Sharapova showed she was still among the best players when she ousted second seed Simona Halep in her opening match. Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

Venus celebrates 20 years at U.S. Open, awaits Serena return

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:50 AM

Venus Williams the oldest woman in the US Open says she has zero plans for her career timetable; for the 23 time Grand Slam winner tour life without Serena has her spending more time down Memory Lane

Cilic seeks U.S. Open rebound from Wimbledon heartache

Aug 29, 2017 - 11:40 AM

After a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer Croatian Marin Cilic says he took out all the positives from it and is now playing consistently in the US Open

Patrimonio bags women’s singles silver; Dy, Gonzales get mixed doubles bronze in SEAG tennis

Aug 26, 2017 - 2:43 PM

Anna Patrimonio Ruben Gonzales and Denise Dy drop their respective matches in 2 sets

FIRST SILVER. Anna Clarice Patrimonio earns her first silver medal in the 2017 edition of the SEA Games. Photo by PSC-POC Media Group

Federer could face Nadal in US Open semis

Aug 26, 2017 - 12:50 PM

Rafael Nadal begins his quest for a 3rd US Open crown while Roger Federer hopes to add another title in his collection after winning the Wimbledon and Australian Open this year

Alcantara, Gonzales earn men's tennis doubles silver at 2017 SEA Games

Aug 25, 2017 - 5:56 PM

Ruben Gonzales and Francis Alcantara replicate the Philippines silver medal finish in the men s doubles event

GOLDEN AMBITION. It doesn't get much better than becoming the first Filipino to win a title at a Grand Slam event, but Francis 'Niño' Alcantara wants to add a SEA Games gold medal to his trophy case as well. Photo by Stevie Lim

Lehnert, Dy snatch tennis doubles bronze in SEA Games 2017

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:34 PM

Philippines now has a total of 65 medals: 15 golds 18 silvers and 32 bronzes

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

Aug 23, 2017 - 2:15 PM

The US Open will be Maria Sharapova s first Grand Slam event since last year s Australian Open

DETERMINED. Sharapova is looking to make a comeback in the US Open as she was awarded a wildcard to participate in the tourney. File Photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Table tennis bet Richard Gonzales clinches bronze in 2017 SEA Games

Aug 22, 2017 - 8:36 PM

Richard Gonzales adds a medal for the Philippines in table tennis

Azarenka withdraws from U.S. Open amid custody fight

Aug 22, 2017 - 1:13 PM

Victoria Azarenka is locked in a legal battle for custody of her 8 month old son

WITHDRAWN. "I am sadly unable to compete in this year's US Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through," File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Muguruza routs would-be No. 1 Halep for Cincy title

Aug 21, 2017 - 1:14 PM

Czech Karolina Pliskova a semi final loser to Muguruza will remain world number one by a 5 point margin over Halep

Francis Alcantara: The reinvention of a tennis champ

Aug 19, 2017 - 7:10 PM

The Cagayan de Oro born tennis player hopes to add to the Philippines medal haul at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

SEA GAMES READY. Francis Alcantara

Nadal returns to No. 1 with heavy heart over Barcelona

Aug 19, 2017 - 3:31 PM

Nadal lost to Nick Kyrgrios 6 2 7 5 in the quarterfinals of the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters

BACK ON TOP. "Being number one after all the things I've been going through the last couple of years is something unbelievable, so for me it's an amazing achievement to be back to that position." File photo by Oscar del Pozo/AFP

Pliskova wins twice to reach semis, secures No. 1 spot

Aug 19, 2017 - 12:26 PM

Rafael Nadal and Albert Ramos Vinolas wear black ribbons in solidarity with the victims of the Barcelona terror attack

NUMBER ONE. With only two hours between matches, Pliskova defeated Denmark's fifth-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 to book a Saturday semi-final against Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza. Photo from Instagram @karolinapliskova

Halep advances in quest to win title, takes top spot

Aug 18, 2017 - 2:09 PM

To be number one in the world I think is a big thing says Simona Halep

Expectant Serena aims for 'outrageous' Australian Open comeback

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Serena Williams hopes to match Margaret Court s all time record of 24 Grand Slam titles after she gives birth to her first child

POWER. "If anything, this pregnancy has given me a new power." File Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Sharapova receives U.S. Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

Aug 16, 2017 - 4:05 PM

Maria Sharapova will also speak to the youth about the benefits of the anti doping program

THE RETURN. A wildcard allows Sharapova to participate in the US Open after her 15-month doping suspension. File photo by John Gurzinski/AFP

Nadal delighted at return to No. 1, sorry Federer out

Aug 15, 2017 - 12:40 PM

It s the first time Rafael Nadal has been number one since July 2014

DOMINANCE. The future will have to wait as Rafael Nadal remains the King of Clay. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Federer punches ticket to Montreal semis

Aug 12, 2017 - 1:40 PM

It pays off playing aggressively here in Montreal says Roger Federer

Nadal's pursuit of No. 1 derailed by Canadian teen Shapovalov

Aug 11, 2017 - 3:09 PM

18 year old Denis Shapovalov who ranks 143rd says defeating Rafael Nadal is a dream come true

Federer into Montreal quarters as Ferrer downed again

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:51 AM

Roger Federer is set to face another Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals

LIVING LEGEND. Roger Federer sees himself playing next year, but is savoring the moment. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Nadal eyes number one in Montreal with Murray sidelined

Aug 08, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Rafael Nadal is expected to open his campaign for a 4th Canadian title

Djokovic drops to 5th in ATP rankings

Aug 01, 2017 - 10:20 AM

Novak Djokovic is most likely to fall further as he will not play again this season due to an elbow injury

Sharapova says suspension only fueled her passion for tennis

Jul 27, 2017 - 1:27 PM

Five time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova says her 15 month doping ban has only fueled her passion for tennis

SIDELINED. 'Though these last two years have been tougher - so much tougher - than I ever could have anticipated … my passion for the game has never wavered.' Photo by Andreas Solaro/AFP

Djokovic out for season with elbow injury

Jul 26, 2017 - 9:28 PM

After pulling out from his Wimbledon quarterfinal Novak Djokovic now sit out of next month s US Open

OUT FOR THE SEASON. Novak Djokovic is out for the season to recover from an elbow injury. File Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

US Open to break $50 million prize barrier

Jul 19, 2017 - 1:30 PM

The US Open is the richest event in tennis

CHAMP. Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their 2016 US Open Men's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 11, 2016. Jewel Samad/AFP

PH tennis will miss out on a 'Treat' in 29th SEA Games

Jul 17, 2017 - 8:59 PM

Treat Huey will skip the 2017 SEA Games for the US Open