Nadal confident of upturn in form

Aug 26, 2015

Nadal confident of upturn in form

Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles while coached by his uncle. A few difficult months won’t change his loyalty to Toni Nadal. “I have (had) an amazing career with the team that I have today, the same team from the beginning,” the ...

Nishikori rallies past Isner to claim Citi Open title

Aug 10, 2015

Nishikori rallies past Isner to claim Citi Open title

Kei Nishikori was already going to enter the U.S. Open brimming with confidence, thanks to his runner-up finish there a year ago. A title at a hard-court tuneup a few weeks before heading to Flushing Meadows only helps. Getting his game in shape ahead ...

Nishikori gains measure of revenge by beating Cilic

Aug 9, 2015

Nishikori gains measure of revenge by beating Cilic

Kei Nishikori beating Marin Cilic at the Citi Open doesn’t offset losing the same matchup in the 2014 U.S. Open final. Regardless, payback was sweet for the Japanese star. Nishikori rallied to beat Cilic 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday in the Citi Open semifinals ...

Stosur likes chances against Serena

Aug 6, 2015

Stosur likes chances against Serena

Samantha Stosur, the last woman to beat Serena Williams at the U.S. Open, likes her chances of disrupting the star’s bid for a calendar Grand Slam if she gets the chance. “I’ve always actually quite enjoyed playing Serena. I’ve got a game that disrupts ...

Jul 30, 2015

Federer pulls out of Montreal tournament

Roger Federer pulled out of next month’s Rogers Cup hard-court tournament on Wednesday. A spokeswoman for Tennis Canada, Valerie Tetreault, wrote in an email to The Associated Press that Federer “wants to make sure he will be (in) top shape for” the U.S. Open, ...

Fish to retire after U.S. Open

Jul 23, 2015

Fish to retire after U.S. Open

Former top-10 player Mardy Fish says the U.S. Open will be the last tennis tournament of his career. The 33-year-old American has played just one competitive match since August 2013 as he’s dealt with anxiety issues. Fish will use a protected ranking to gain ...

Spieth survives wild ending at U.S. Open

Jun 22, 2015

Spieth survives wild ending at U.S. Open

Another major for Jordan Spieth. Another stunning loss for Dustin Johnson. Chambers Bay delivered heart-stopping drama Sunday in the U.S. Open when Spieth birdied his final hole to become only the sixth player to win the Masters and the U.S. Open in the same ...

Day overcomes vertigo for share of U.S. Open lead

Jun 21, 2015

Day overcomes vertigo for share of U.S. Open lead

The toughest test in golf met one tough player Saturday at the U.S. Open. Jason Day had every reason to withdraw when he collapsed on the final hole of his second round with a nasty bout of vertigo. He gave it his best shot ...

Spieth, Reed share U.S. Open lead

Jun 20, 2015

Spieth, Reed share U.S. Open lead

U.S. Open Masters champion Jordan Spieth is halfway home from the second leg of the Grand Slam. It sure feels a lot farther away in this U.S. Open. Spieth overcame a double bogey on the par-4 18th hole that he called “the dumbest hole” ...

Stenson, Johnson lead U.S. Open

Jun 19, 2015

Stenson, Johnson lead U.S. Open

So much for Chambers Bay being the star of this U.S. Open. Thursday turned into another horror show for Tiger Woods. Henrik Stenson and Dustin Johnson set the tone on the wild terrain of Chambers Bay, which made a relatively gentle debut. Both shot ...

Tiger still spinning same old tale

Jun 17, 2015

Tiger still spinning same old tale

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The questions come less often, largely because the story is getting old. Or maybe it’s just that no one really believes anymore, even Tiger Woods himself. The downfall of the greatest player of his time can be measured in any number of ways, whether ...

Win 'The Road to Top'

Apr 28, 2015

Win 'The Road to Top'

The Japan Times is offering several readers the chance to win a copy of the recently released Japanese book “The Road to Top” about Kei Nishikori and his rise to become one of the best tennis players in the world. The autobiography traces Nishikori’s ...