Tennis

French Open could be cancelled due to national Covid-19 restrictions, warns organiser

Gilles Moretton admitted cancellation would be an option if the situation in France does not improve The French Open could be cancelled if strict lockdown measures in the country remain in place by the start of the tournament, the president of the French Tennis Federation has warned. Gilles Moretton said he “dare not imagine” the cancellation of Roland Garros, one of four major tournaments on the tennis calendar, but admitted

Wimbledon ditches tradition as championship announces plans for fans return

There will be no traditional Wimbledon Queue at the Championships this year because of social distancing. But the All England Club is continuing to plan for the “most likely outcome” of a reduced number of spectators being allowed at the grass-court Grand Slam this summer. Wimbledon was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War last year. Tickets holders who had tickets in the 2020 ballot will now

Liam Broady secures first-round victory at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari

Liam Broady won his first ATP Tour match in three years with a first-round victory at the Sardegna Open in Cagliari. The 27-year-old, who is currently ranked No 152 in the world, is having an impressive year on the Challenger Tour having reached two finals. However, he last won on the main tour against American Bjorn Fratangelo at the Miami Open in 2018. The left-hander from Stockport put that statistic

Miami Open: Ashleigh Barty retains title after Bianca Andreescu retires injured

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty retained her Miami Open title after opponent Bianca Andreescu was forced to retire injured in the second set of Saturday’s final. Former US Open champion Andreescu lost the opening set 6-3 and was then broken twice to fall 4-0 down in the second to the world No 1. The 20-year-old Canadian had gone over on her ankle during game two of the second set and

Tears flow for Ash Barty amid confronting realisation about her future

World No. 1 Ash Barty said she will probably not return home to Australia until after the conclusion of the 2021 season because of quarantine requirements in place to stem the spread of COVID-19. Barty, speaking after she cruised into the last 16 at the Miami Open with a 6-3 6-2 win over Jelena Ostapenko, said the time needed to quarantine on either end of a journey to Australia would

Naomi Osaka tweet speaks volumes as Japanese star hunts Ash Barty

Naomi Osaka reached the fourth round of the Miami Open without lifting a racquet, advancing by walkover when scheduled opponent Nina Stojanovic withdrew with a right thigh injury. Second-ranked Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion, is in the last 16 of the prestigious ATP Masters and WTA event at the Hard Rock Stadium for the first time in five appearances. Watch Tennis with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. Live

Naomi Osaka handed free pass to fourth round as Sofia Kenin suffers Miami Open exit

Kenin suffered a third-round defeat World number four Sofia Kenin has tumbled out of the Miami Open after being defeated in the third round by Ons Jabeur. The Tunisian, who became the first Arab woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2020 Australian Open, broke the US player in the ninth game of the final set to win 6-4 4-6 6-4. Bianca Andreescu of Canada is also through

Serena Williams withdraws from Miami Open following oral surgery

Serena Williams has pulled out of this week’s Miami Open after having oral surgery. The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion, who has won the tournament a record eight times, joins other big names including Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem in missing the event which gets underway on Monday. Williams, who lives in Florida, said in a statement: “Miami is a special tournament for me because it’s

Dominic Thiem makes early exit at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships; will skip Miami Open

Dominic Thiem says he wants to reset after making another early exit at this week’s ATP 500 event in Dubai and is looking to come back stronger for the clay-court season. The US Open champion began the 2021 season with one win in two matches in the ATP Cup before exiting the year’s first Grand Slam at the Australian Open in the fourth round. Thiem’s desert swing also ended in

Dan Evans beaten at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships; Katie Boulter loses in Monterrey

Dan Evans became the latest victim to fall to man of the moment Aslan Karatsev at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships while Katie Boulter made a first-round exit at the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey. Karatsev, out to prove his remarkable run to the Australian Open semi-finals a month ago was no flash in the pan, knocked out Evans 6-4 4-6 6-4 in a seesaw second-round encounter. While Boulter