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Nick Kyrgios 'pep talk' umpire suspended

Sep 19, 2018 - 12:04 PM

Umpire Mohamed Lahyani has been suspended for two weeks for going 'beyond protocol' during the US Open match between Nick Kyrgios and Pierre-Hugues Herbert

OVERSTEPPING. The ATP says umpire Mohamed Lahyani ’compromised the impartiality that is required of an official.’ Photo by Kena Betancur/AFP

Japan's Naomi Osaka blames US Open tears on 'notorious' nerves

Sep 17, 2018 - 2:50 PM

The 20-year-old melted hearts when she burst into sobs as boos rang out following her emphatic win over Serena Williams in a controversial New York final

EMOTIONS. Naomi Osaka says she felt "very overwhelmed" after crying during the awarding ceremonies of her US Open triumph. File photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez


Male tennis players punished more than women, says NYT report

Sep 16, 2018 - 2:09 PM

Male players were slapped with 1,517 fines compared to 535 fines for females at Grand Slam tournaments in the last 20 years

POLARIZING.The controversial US Open final led to scores of fans defending Serena Williams but also critics calling her a sore loser. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Naomi Osaka has 'no regrets' over chaotic US Open final

Sep 13, 2018 - 5:18 PM

The Japanese champion refuses to criticize her childhood idol Serena Williams

GRATEFUL. Naomi Osaka savors her first Grand Slam despite the controversial final match against Serena Williams. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez

Serena Williams' US Open row puts tennis umpires in spotlight

Sep 11, 2018 - 10:47 AM

Williams receives plenty of support in her gender bias interpretation despite criticisms thrown at her

STRICT UMPIRE. Serena Williams of the United States reacts to umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the Women's Singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

AFP chief on Trillanes, Steph Curry, Naomi Osaka | Midday wRap

Sep 10, 2018 - 2:51 PM

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US Open 2018 champion Djokovic: 'I owe Federer, Nadal'

Sep 10, 2018 - 11:31 AM

The Serbian star matches Pete Sampras with a 14th Grand Slam title

RESPECT. Novak Djokovic tips his hat to rival Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer for shaping him to the player he is today. File photo by Nic Bothma/AFP


Mother of all meltdowns: Did Serena overstep the mark?

Sep 10, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Serena Williams has been fined $17,000 by the US Tennis Association but the debate rages on whether the violations that sparked her meltdown are sexist

ARGUMENT. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos after her defeat in the women's singles finals match to Naomi Osaka of Japan at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

Serena fined $17,000 after U.S. Open final outburst

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:03 AM

The American star is fined for coaching, racquet abuse and for verbal abuse when she accused umpire Carlos Ramos of being "a thief" during the stormy final

OUTBURST. Serena Williams of the United States shows her emotions during a women's singles match at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Djokovic wins third U.S. Open, equals Sampras on 14 Grand Slams

Sep 10, 2018 - 8:17 AM

Novak Djokovic, playing in his 8th final in New York and already the champion in 2011 and 2015, is now just 3 Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six back from the record 20 held by Roger Federer

CHAMP. Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his men's singles finals match against Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina at the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 9, 2018. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

At US Open, power of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka is overshadowed by an umpire’s power play

Sep 09, 2018 - 7:48 PM

Chair umpire Carlos Ramos turned a minor infraction into a nasty controversy, all because he couldn’t take a woman speaking sharply to him

CONTROVERSIAL. Serena Williams comforts Naomi Osaka after the controversial US Open women's singles final. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Serena: 'I am not a cheat,' accuses tennis of 'sexism'

Sep 09, 2018 - 10:14 AM

Former world No. 1 Serena Williams says the controversial incident strengthened her belief that male and female players are treated differently

HEATED. Serena Williams argues with umpire Carlos Ramos during her US Open women's singles finals match against Naomi Osaka. Photo by Jaime Lawson/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Naomi Osaka wins US Open after Serena 'umpire thief' meltdown

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:43 AM

Serena Williams' outburst overshadows Japanese Naomi Osaka's historic triumph

HISTORIC. Naomi Osaka of Japan kisses the championship trophy after winning the US Open women's singles finals match against Serena Williams. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

Djokovic, Del Potro march into US Open final

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro arrange a US Open final clash as world No. 1 Rafael Nadal quits

HE'S BACK. Two-time champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after disposing of Japan's Kei Nishikori in the 2018 US Open men's singles semifinal. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 07, 2018 - 8:59 PM

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Serena storms into 9th US Open final

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:44 AM

American superstar Serena Williams will face Japanese Naomi Osaka in the US Open 2018 women's singles final

INCREDIBLE. Serena Williams will vie for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP

After stunning Federer, Millman fails to conquer Djokovic

Sep 06, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Australian John Millman's fairytale US Open run comes to an end at the hands of Novak Djokovic

NO UPSET. Novak Djokovic of Serbia hugs John Millman of Australia after their men's singles quarterfinal match. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open 2018: Japanese Nishikori, Osaka make history

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Kei Nishikori and Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese man and woman to reach the semifinals at the same Grand Slam

HISTORIC. Japanese players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are both thrilled to reach the last four. Photos from AFP

Nadal on epic US Open match: 'I suffered, that's the right word'

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Rafael Nadal outlasts Dominic Thiem in a near five-hour battle to advance to his seventh semifinal match

PUNISHING DUEL. Spain's Rafael Nadal consoles Austria's Dominic Thiem, who said the grueling match 'didn't really deserve a loser.' Photo by Don Emmert/AFP

US Open 2018: Serena reaches semis, champion Stephens exits

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:56 AM

Serena Williams shoots for a spot in the final against Anastasija Sevastova, who bundled out defending champion Sloane Stephens

COMEBACK. Six-time champion Serena Williams of the United States lets out her emotions after shaking off a slow start against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:25 PM

The 37-year-old 5-time champion labored to his earliest loss at the tournament in 5 years

CRASHING OUT. Roger Federer bows out to a player outside the top 50 for the first time in 41 US Open matches. File photo by Oli Scarff


My worst time? This is not even close, says beaten Sharapova

Sep 04, 2018 - 1:04 PM

Crashing out of the US Open does not even come close to the experience Sharapova endured when at 7 years old, she and her father left Russia for Florida

ALL THE WAY UP. Maria Sharapova has one of the most powerful rags-to-riches story. File photo by Filippo Monteforte


Federation hails Ian Lariba as Filipina table tennis GOAT

Sep 03, 2018 - 2:51 PM

The first Filipino table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics dies after a year-long bout with leukemia

FIGHTER. Ian Lariba passes away at 23 years old. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Serena: Coming back from pregnancy harder than I thought

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:15 AM

(UPDATED) Though she makes it to the quarterfinals of the US Open, Serena Williams admits, 'coming back from a baby is really hard, harder than I thought'

TOUGH. File photo shows Serena Williams during the 2018 Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Olympian Ian Lariba dies at 23

Sep 03, 2018 - 1:52 AM

The first Filipina table tennis player to qualify for the Olympics was diagnosed with leukemia in May 2017

GONE TOO SOON. Ian Lariba loses her bout against leukemia. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler


Federer ranks shot among most memorable

Sep 02, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Five-time champion Roger Federer finds a new way to amaze as he reaches the US Open last 16

INCREDIBLE. Roger Federer says his most talked about shot was ‘a bit of luck and good feet.’ Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena routs sister Venus, Nadal survives epic match

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:57 AM

'She's my best friend. She means the world to me. Every time she loses I feel like I do,' Serena Williams on sister Venus

SUPERSTAR SISTERS. Venus Williams congratulates younger sister Serena after their US Open duel. Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

US Open umpire in Kyrgios row 'went beyond protocol'

Sep 01, 2018 - 10:05 AM

Embattled US Open umpire Mohamed Lahyani escapes sanctions after a controversial pep talk with Australian player Nick Kyrgios

CONTROVERSY. In this file photo, chair umpire Mohamed Lahyani of Sweden (left) shares a laugh with players Nick Kyrgios of Australia (middle) and Viktor Troicki of Serbia and Montenegro. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Federer eases through as storm rages over umpire pep talk

Aug 31, 2018 - 8:59 AM

Five-time champion Roger Federer blasts umpire in Nick Kyrgios 'I want to help you' row at the US Open 2018

NEXT ROUND. Swiss superstar Roger Federer advances to the third round of the US Open after downing French Benoit Paire. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFP

It's a date: Serena, Venus to meet for 30th time at US Open

Aug 30, 2018 - 10:28 AM

Venus Williams won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades

SIBLING RIVALRY. Venus Williams (left) won their first ever clash in Australia in 1998, but her sister Serena has built up an advantage over the last two decades. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Djokovic in survival mode as heat delivers beating

Aug 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

Novak Djokovic shrugs off sweltering heat in winning return at the US Open 2018

PUNISHING. Serbia's Novak Djokovic takes a break from the extreme heat while playing against Hungary's Marton Fucsovics at the US Open. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Serena Williams returns in style at US Open 2018

Aug 28, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The former world No. 1 opens her bid with a straight-set victory over Poland's Magda Linette

BACK AT IT. Serena Williams says she's 'getting there.' Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP

No drama, just a bad day: Top-ranked Simona Halep crashes out

Aug 28, 2018 - 9:57 AM

Simona Halep becomes the first top-seeded woman ever to lose in the first round of the US Open

ONE AND DONE. Simona Halep says she didn’t feel ‘strong on the court.’ Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

Serena, Nadal headline opening night at US Open

Aug 27, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Tennis superstars Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal lead the opening-day march that sees eight former US Open champions in action

DEFENDING CHAMP. Rafael Nadal kicks off his title defense against old friend and Davis Cup teammate David Ferrer. Photo by Christophe Archambault/AFP

French Open to ban Serena's 'Black Panther' catsuit

Aug 25, 2018 - 12:03 PM

The French Tennis Federation describes the American star's outfit as 'going too far'

FUN AND FUNCTIONAL. Serena Williams says the suit helps prevent blood clots. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Djokovic wins Cincinnati title to complete Masters matched set

Aug 20, 2018 - 10:55 AM

After coming up empty in five prior Cincinnati finals, the Serbian beats Roger Federer for the title

HISTORIC. Novak Djokovic becomes the first man to win all nine of the ATP's Masters 1000 events in the elite series' current configuration. File photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP


Serena rebounds from worst loss to advance in Cincinnati tennis

Aug 14, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Williams manages to clean up her opponent this time around

RETURN. Serena Williams bounces back from  the worst loss of her career in San Jose. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Top US college tennis coaches to visit Manila

Aug 08, 2018 - 6:02 PM

Young Filipino tennis players get a shot at bringing their talents overseas

EXPOSURE CAMP. Young tennis players get to find out about US college tennis, recruitment process and opportunities, and university admission tips. Photo from AddedSport

Serena Williams admits suffering from postpartum emotions

Aug 07, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Williams' disclosure comes a week after she suffered the worst loss of her career

POSTPARTUM. File photo shows Serena Williams during her recent lost in the  Wimbledon Championships. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Andy Murray climbs 457 places in ATP rankings

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:37 PM

The former world number one is continuing his comeback from an 11-month injury layoff

RISING THROUGH THE RANKS. Andy Murray is now ranked 357th. Photo by Martin Bernetti


PNoy on West Philippine Sea, inflation, Serena Williams | Midday wRap

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:46 PM

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Serena claims 'discrimination' over drug tests

Jul 26, 2018 - 9:51 AM

The 23-time Grand Slam winner says she gets 'tested the most' among tennis players

TARGET. American tennis star Serena Williams doubts the drug tests are random. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

PH completes ASEAN Schools Games basketball sweep

Jul 25, 2018 - 5:47 PM

The Philippine boys and girls' basketball teams overwhelm their opponents in the regional competition for student-athletes

UNBEATEN. The Philippine boys team represented by the National University Bullpups cap their perfect run with a 22-point rout of host Malaysia in the final. Photo from Nazareth School-NU Bullpups Facebook page

PH table tennis star Nayre claims ASEAN School Games gold

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Jann Mari Nayre wins the boys' singles table tennis tournament in the 10th ASEAN School Games

RISING STAR. Jann Mari Nayre bags another gold medal for the country. Photo from PTTF

Rafael Nadal sitting pretty atop ATP rankings

Jul 23, 2018 - 5:14 PM

The Spanish superstar is head and shoulders above the competition

AHEAD. Rafael Nadal has a comfortable margin over rival Roger Federer. File photo from Ben Stansall


Stich, Sukova join Tennis Hall of Fame

Jul 22, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Former world number two Michaael Stich and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova are the only 2018 inductees

Ping-pong diplomacy between the two Koreas

Jul 18, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Table tennis has long had an unusual impact in foreign affairs, most notably in the 'ping-pong diplomacy' of the 1970s between China and the US.

AS ONE. File photo shows Pyon Song Gyong of North Korea serving during a match of the Pyongyang Open annual International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) match in Pyongyang. Photo by  Ed Jones/AFP

Djokovic captures 4th Wimbledon crown

Jul 16, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades

RESURGENT. Ranked world number 21, Serbia's Novak Djokovic becomes  the lowest ranked man to win at the All England Club in two decades. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Djokovic admits he doubted Grand Slam future

Jul 15, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Despite fearing his best days are behind him, Novak Djokovic rediscovers his big-hitting, chest-pumping self

ODDS-ON PICK. Serbia's Novak Djokovic stands as favorite against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the men’s singles final. Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP

Back on top: Kerber spoils Serena's Wimbledon history bid

Jul 15, 2018 - 7:53 AM

Angelique Kerber becomes the first German woman to rule the All England Club since Steffi Graf in 1996

NEW CHAMPION. Germany's Angelique Kerber poses with the winner's trophy, the Venus Rosewater Dish, after her women's singles final victory over US player Serena Williams. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP