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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

Murray delays comeback as pelvic injury lingers

Jan 17, 2020 - 12:40 PM

'I'm going to listen to my body and step back on the court to compete when the time is right,' says former world No. 1 Andy Murray

Andy Murray says his recovery is taking longer than expected. Photo by Greg Wood/AFP

Alex Eala earns slot in 2020 Australian Open juniors main draw

Jan 08, 2020 - 12:57 PM

Philippine tennis star Alex Eala lands at No. 9 in the world juniors ranking to secure a slot in the Grand Slam juniors tournament

MILESTONE. Alex Eala kicks off 2020 within the top 10 junior tennis players in the world. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Nadal flawless as Djokovic braves brutal conditions in ATP Cup

Jan 06, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Rafael Nadal makes quick work of Pablo Cuevas, while Novak Djokovic endures sapping heat and humidity against Gael Monfils

INCHING CLOSER. Rafael Nadal and Spain move closer to the quarterfinals of the ATP Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP


'Bad boy' Kyrgios donates $140 for each ace to help bushfire relief

Jan 03, 2020 - 8:18 PM

Nick Kyrgios, the 'bad boy' of tennis, makes a pledge for each ace he serves across the Australian summer games to support victims of bushfires raging around the country

Nick Kyrgios   Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Greek star Tsitsipas ready for the top

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:41 PM

'I'm going to keep trying to do my best because I feel like I can surpass them, I can be better,' says Stefanos Tsitsipas, the youngest player to record wins over the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas    Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

New tennis era kicks off with ATP Cup

Jan 01, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic look for a winning start to their 2020 season in the new ATP Cup

TOP TWO. Rafae Nadal and Novak Djokovic see action in a team event before plunging into the season's first Grand Slam. Photo by Nic Bothma/AFP

'Still a lot of fire': Sharapova accepts Brisbane wildcard

Dec 31, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Despite slipping to 133 in the world rankings, Maria Sharapova thinks she has a lot more to show

STILL PUSHING. Maria Sharapova admits she initially didn’t see herself playing past 30. Photo by Darren England/EPA-EFE

Sharapova returns to action in Brisbane

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:49 AM

Back from a shoulder injury, former world No.1 Maria Sharapova kicks off her 2020 campaign as a wild card entry

COMEBACK. Maria Sharapova looks to regain her form after playing just over a dozen matches in 2019. Photo by Mast Irham/EPA-EFE

Japan's Nishikori pulls out of Aussie Open, ATP Cup

Dec 30, 2019 - 1:10 PM

Still recuperating from an elbow injury, Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori won't see action in the inaugural ATP Cup and the Australian Open

SIDELINED. Kei Nishikori says he's 'not 100% ready to compete.' Photo by Will Oliver/EPA

'Gutted' Murray out of Australian Open

Dec 29, 2019 - 12:11 PM

'I've worked so hard to get myself into a situation where I can play at the top level and I'm gutted I'm not going to be able to play,' says Andy Murray after suffering another injury

Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Lasting legacy not trophy-hunting drives Djokovic

Dec 22, 2019 - 5:17 AM

Novak Djokovic says inspiring the lives of others, particularly children, fuels his motivation in tennis

BIG DREAMS. Novak Djokovic, though, admits breaking records – his own and his rivals – is also his goal. Photo from Twitter/@Wimbledon


Filipino tennister gets engaged after nailing SEA Games silver

Dec 08, 2019 - 8:17 AM

Ruben Gonzales scores a big win despite falling short of the gold medal in the men's doubles tennis finals

SWEET CONSOLATION. Ruben Gonzales and Michele Bumgarner seal their engagement with a kiss. Photo by Lisa Marie P. David/Rappler


Patrombon, Alcantara nip compatriots for lone SEA Games tennis gold

Dec 07, 2019 - 6:44 PM

Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon come from behind to beat Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales in the all-Filipino men's double finals

GOLDEN DUO. Jeson Patrombon and Francis Alcantara both win their first SEA Games gold medals. Photo by Lisa Marie P. David/Rappler


Nadal ends 2019 as No. 1 for 5th time

Nov 18, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Rafael Nadal draws level with rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who have also finished the year in the top spot 5 times

CLOSE TO HISTORY. Rafael Nadal moves one behind six-time end-of-year No. 1 Pete Sampras. Photo from Twitter/@ATPTour


Miko Eala bags junior tennis title in Cyprus

Nov 17, 2019 - 8:44 PM

The brother of Filipina teen sensation Alex Eala wins the Hellenic Bank Masters Tennis Academy tournament in Cyprus

PROVING HIMSELF. Miko Eala rises in the international tennis scene with a title from Cyprus. Photo from Miko Eala's Facebook

Nadal bows out on top of the world

Nov 16, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Rafael Nadal nabs the yearend No. 1 ranking for a fifth time to pull level with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

PHENOMENAL. Rafael Nadal overtakes Novak Djokovic in the final stretch to top the rankings. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Alex Eala aims for women's Grand Slam berth

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:57 AM

World juniors No. 13 Alex Eala targets a top 5 ranking as the teen tennis sensation tries to crash the women's Grand Slam tournaments

RISING STAR. Alex Eala aims to crack in the women's pro circuit in 2020. Rappler File photo

'Being No. 1 again would be special,' says Nadal

Oct 28, 2019 - 11:04 PM

If Rafael Nadal finishes at No. 1, it would be the fifth time he has ended the year on top of the world rankings

LURKING. Rafael Nadal trails Novak Djokovic for the top spot in the ATP world rankings. File photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFP


Alex Eala rises to world No. 13 in juniors rankings

Oct 22, 2019 - 2:08 PM

A successful campaign in Japan catapults Alex Eala to No. 13 in the world junior tennis rankings

MILESTONE. Alex Eala nails a world No. 13 ranking in the ITF juniors world tennis tour. Photo from Alex Eala's Facebook

Alex Eala cops runner-up finish in World Super Juniors Osaka

Oct 21, 2019 - 6:39 PM

Alex Eala makes it to the 2019 World Super Juniors Tennis Championships Osaka Mayor's Cup final

RUNNER-UP. Alex Eala settles for 2nd place in her World Super Junior Tennis Championships Osaka Mayor's Cup debut. Photo courtesy of Akira Watanabe

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