Lawn Tennis Association 'cautiously optimistic' fans can attend summer events

The LTA is “cautiously optimistic” fans will be able to attend its summer tournaments this year after the schedule was announced. The grass-court season was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Wimbledon was not staged for the first time since the Second World War. But the tournament will return this summer along with traditional warm-up events at Queen’s, Birmingham, Eastbourne and Nottingham over a six-week period in

Williams breaks down after losing in Aussie Open semi-finals to Osaka

An emotional Serena Williams says ‘I’m done’ and walks out of her press conference in TEARS after Australian Open semi-final loss… as speculation mounts she will retire once this season is over Serena Williams succumbed to a semi-final defeat by Naomi Osaka on Thursday The American 39-year-old lost 6-3 6-4 as Osaka progressed to Saturday’s final  Williams was emotional as she spoke to the media after her Australian Open loss 

A near drowning, a family bond, artistic flair: The forces behind Tsitsipas

Even before Stefanos Tsitsipas entered rare territory on Wednesday night by becoming just the third player to give Rafael Nadal a two-set head start before beating him, the young Greek has had tennis pundits sitting up and taking notice. Aged 22 and a fixture in the men’s top 10 for nearly two years, Tsitsipas is high in the bracket of players tipped to fill the void as the eventual waning

Gordon Reid: Australian Open wheelchair doubles victory is the most special yet

Wheelchair tennis champion Gordon Reid has described his recent triumph alongside fellow Brit Alfie Hewett at the Australian Open as the most special yet. The top seeds defended their men’s wheelchair doubles title with victory over Stephane Houdet and Nicolas Peifer of France in the final, 7-5 7-6 (7-3). The victory was also their 10th Grand Slam win together, equalling a British record going back to 1906, and the pairs

Australian Open: Order of Play for Wednesday with Ashleigh Barty and Rafael Nadal in action

Order of Play for day 10 at the Australian Open with world No 1 Ashleigh Barty in action alongside 2009 champion Rafael Nadal. (All times local, +11 hours from GMT) Rod Laver Arena 11:00: (1) Ashleigh Barty (Aus) v (25) Karolina Muchova (Cze), (22) Jennifer Brady (USA) v Jessica Pegula (USA), (7) Andrey Rublev (Rus) v (4) Daniil Medvedev (Rus), (5) Stefanos Tsitsipas (Gre) v (2) Rafael Nadal (Spa) Margaret

Rafael Nadal beaten by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Australian Open quarter-final

Stefanos Tsitsipas produced a remarkable comeback from two sets down to beat Rafael Nadal and reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. The fifth seed and his opponent spent four hours and five minutes on court and Tsitsipas showed exceptional problem-solving and determination to overcome his slow start and win 3-6 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 7-5. It is only Tsitsipas’ second victory over Nadal in eight meetings and his reward

Karolina Muchova overcomes dizziness to shock Ashleigh Barty and reach semi-finals

Karolina Muchova overcame Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals Karolina Muchova overcame dizziness to pull off the upset against Australian Open home favourite Ashleigh Barty to advance to the semi-finals. The world number one and top seed had a set and a break lead when Muchova called for the medical timeout during sweltering conditions at Rod Laver Arena. “I was feeling kind of dizzy at some point, like really lost and

Legend v superpower: Williams, Osaka put past behind them ahead of semis

More than three years since last clashing with Naomi Osaka at a major, Serena Williams is still the legend of the sport chasing a 24th major. Osaka, however, continues to develop into a superpower. Their last grand slam meeting was the memorable – and controversial – 2018 US Open final, the first of Osaka’s three slams. They are now the two most recognisable faces in women’s tennis. “Both women are

From kick serve to slice backhand, the shots that make Ash Barty great

By Konrad Marshall You’ve probably seen the moment already but look below. View it again. The return of serve went wide, and all of Australia beamed, and of course Ash Barty did too, before smashing the ball skyward. She had done it. Won her 12th straight match. Won the Birmingham Classic. Achieved the No. 1 ranking in the world. When she beat her doubles partner, Julia Goerges (6-3, 7-5), on

Serena Williams rolled back the years in Australian Open win vs  Halep

She’s approaching 40 but Serena Williams rolled back the years with stunning footwork, speed and movement as she and Simona Halep served up a match for the ages… it’s just a shame no fans were there to see it Serena Williams beat Simona Halep to reach the Australian Open semi-finals The American was brilliant as she beat Halep in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 on Tuesday She turns 40 in September but