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Training Room Racket Smash Causes a Fuss in Tennis

Aryna Sabalenka vents in players' room afterward, raising privacy questions

(Newser) - Aryna Sabalenka has had such a strong year in tennis that she will be ranked No. 1 on Monday even after losing the US Open final over the weekend to American Coco Gauff. But that loss nevertheless stung for the 25-year-old Belarussian, as video from the players' dressing room after...

Novak Djokovic Wins US Open
Novak Djokovic
Wins US Open

Novak Djokovic Wins US Open

Getting his 24th Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Halfway through a second set that lasted 1 hour, 44 minutes, a test of tenacity as much as talent amid a US Open final as exhausting as it was exhilarating, Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev engaged each other in a 32-stroke point. It was among many such elongated exchanges between...

Tennis Has a Recycling Problem
Tennis Has a
Recycling Problem

Tennis Has a Recycling Problem

Tennis balls can't be recycled, and experts are grappling with how to manage that waste

(Newser) - Tennis has a fuzzy yellow problem most players don't think about when they open can after can of fresh balls, or when umpires at US Open matches make their frequent requests for "new balls please." Because tennis balls are extremely hard to recycle and the industry has...

Coco Gauff Takes US Open
Coco Gauff Takes US Open

Coco Gauff Takes US Open

19-year-old beats Aryna Sabalenka for her first Grand Slam title

(Newser) - Coco Gauff set aside a so-so start and surged to her first Grand Slam title at age 19, coming back to defeat Aryna Sabalenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the US Open final on Saturday to the delight of a raucous crowd that was loud from start to finish. Gauff, who...

Fan Booted From US Open After Yelling Something 'Unbelievable'
Fan Booted From
US Open After
Yelling Something

Fan Booted From US Open After Yelling Something 'Unbelievable'

'He just said the most famous Hitler phrase there is,' complained German player Alexander Zverev

(Newser) - The US Open was temporarily marred by a fan incident that ended up getting said fan thrown out of the annual tennis championships in Queens, New York. Yahoo Sports reports that Germany's Alexander Zverev was well on his way to beating Italy's Jannik Sinker on Monday evening, but...

Protester Glues Feet to Floor at US Open

4 protesters were removed from stands before semi-final match could continue

(Newser) - Coco Gauff's US Open semifinal victory over Karolina Muchova was delayed by 50 minutes because of a disruption by four environmental activists in the Arthur Ashe Stadium stands Thursday night. One protester glued his bare feet to the concrete floor, per the AP . Gauff was leading 1-0 in the...

Disney Relents After Players Say They Want Their ESPN

US Open competitors were unable to watch their rivals play because of Disney-Charter lockout

(Newser) - A lot of people complained when Disney cut off its ESPN programming from Charter Spectrum last week during a dispute over fees. But the company was listening when tennis stars such as Coco Gauff and Daniil Medvedev publicly objected to not being able to watch their rivals' matches at the...

3 Years and 2 Children Later, Wozniacki Pulls Off an Upset

Victory over 11th seed sends former World No. 1 to third round of US Open

(Newser) - Just two rounds into the US Open, Caroline Wozniacki dispelled any doubts about whether the former World No. 1 could return to top form after a three-year absence from the tour that included the births of her two children. She did that by defeating 11th-seeded Petra Kvitová on Wednesday night...

'Sometimes You Smell Food, Sometimes You Smell Weed'

Marijuana odor wafted from park to US Open court, player says

(Newser) - Even while she was rolling on the court, Maria Sakkari couldn't help noticing the smell of something off it. "It was weed," Sakkari said. The No. 8 seed from Greece was eliminated from the US Open in the first round Monday with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to...

50 Years Ago, She Took a Stand, and It Worked

Billie Jean King demanded female players at US Open earn the same as men

(Newser) - When Billie Jean King won the US Open in 1972, she didn't make the usual remarks about hoping to win again. Instead, she threatened to not play at all the next year—and added that no other women would, either. That's because she earned $10,000 for her...

World No. 1 Breaks US Open Drought
World No. 1 Breaks
US Open Drought

World No. 1 Breaks US Open Drought

Iga Swiatek overcomes Ons Jabeur and the distractions of New York City

(Newser) - Iga Swiatek had never made it so far as the quarterfinals in the US Open. Her dry run ended Saturday, when the top seed and World No. 1 player defeated Ons Jabeur in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Swiatek, 21, rolled through the first set, the Washington Post reports, while...

Tiafoe, Alcaraz Promise an Exciting Future for Tennis
With Tiafoe, US Tennis
Is in Good Hands

With Tiafoe, US Tennis Is in Good Hands

This could be fun, Dan Wolken writes

(Newser) - Angst about the future of men's tennis once Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic—who have dominated the sport for years—now appears needless. Carlos Alcaraz and Frances Tiafoe provided a 4 hour, 19 minute demonstration of that on Friday night, Dan Wolken writes in USA Today , in...

Haircut Prank Frees Up a Pair of Seats at US Open

YouTuber disrupts Kyrgios-Khachanov quarterfinal

(Newser) - It's not easy to look away from Nick Kyrgios during a close tennis match. The volatile Australian demonstrated why in his loss to Karen Khachanov on Tuesday night at the US Open. In addition to often playing terrifically, he yelled at his team in the stands, threw things, and...

Kyrgios Smashes 3 Rackets in US Open Exit

Australian tennis player, already handed tournament's biggest fine ever, is 'devastated'

(Newser) - Nick Kyrgios disappointed himself and his fans early Wednesday, losing to Russia's Karen Khachanov in five sets in the US Open quarterfinals, but not those who'd come out for his antics. Having missed out on his best chance yet at a Grand Slam title, the Australian tennis player...

Wild Card Puts Williams Sisters Together Again at US Open
Williams Sisters Form
Doubles Team at US Open

Williams Sisters Form Doubles Team at US Open

Sibling stars lose in first round

(Newser) - Update: Serena and Venus Williams lost in the first round of doubles at the US Open Thursday night, their first time playing together in 4 1/2 years. "I’m so sorry for you that we beat them, but we are so happy that we did it," said Lucie...

Kyrgios Has Unusual Complaint at US Open

Umpire warned crowd against smoking after the 'heavy asthmatic' complained about pot smoke

(Newser) - An umpire at the US Open warned the crowd not to smoke marijuana on Wednesday following a complaint from Australian player Nick Kyrgios. There was "a strong party vibe" in the crowd at New York's Louis Armstrong Arena as the Wimbledon finalist faced France's Benjamin Bonzi in...

Ukrainian Wins for 'My Country'
Upset Victory Is for Ukraine

Upset Victory Is for Ukraine

Daria Snigur defeats Simona Halep at US Open

(Newser) - It took a bit for Daria Snigur to grasp what she'd just accomplished. "When I was in the moment, I didn't understand what happened," she said after her US Open match Monday, the New York Times reports. The Ukrainian, No. 124 in the world, had just...

Serena Williams 'Evolving Away From Tennis'

Tennis great is sounding like she's retiring, looking to focus on her family and business ventures

(Newser) - Serena Williams says she's ready to step away from tennis after winning 23 Grand Slam titles, turning her focus to her business interests and having another child, reports the AP . "I'm turning 41 ... and something's got to give," Williams wrote in an essay released Tuesday...

Djokovic Won't Have Shots to Play in US Open

That decision would make Wimbledon the defending champion's last Grand Slam tournament of year

(Newser) - Novak Djokovic knows that, as things stand now, Wimbledon will be his last Grand Slam tournament of 2022, because he will not be able to play in the US Open—he has not received any COVID-19 shots and can't enter the US as an unvaccinated foreigner. "That,"...

Medvedev Ends Djokovic's Bid for Grand Slam Sweep

Daniil Medvedev beats Novak Djokovic at US Open

(Newser) - A game from the end of his bid for what would have been the first calendar-year Grand Slam in men’s tennis since 1969, Novak Djokovic covered his face with a towel, hiding his tears during a changeover. For 27 Grand Slam matches in 2021, on hard courts, clay courts,...

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