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Britain wins without Murray in Davis Cup

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray joined in the celebrations — if not the matches — as defending Davis Cup champion Britain beat Serbia 3-2 Sunday to set up a semifinal against Argentina, which handed Italy its first home loss in the tournament in seven years. Kyle Edmund stepped into Murray’s role ...

Jul 19, 2016

Nastase given Star of Romania on 70th birthday

Ilie Nastase received an award on his 70th birthday from Romania President Klaus Iohannis on Tuesday for services to sport. “You offered more than just a performance; you were a phenomenon of human nature on the tennis court,” Iohannis told Nastase, who received the ...

Jul 19, 2016

Japan to face visiting Ukraine in Davis Cup World Group Playoff

Japan drew Ukraine as its September opponent on Tuesday, when the Davis Cup World Group Playoff draw was held in London. Japan, which lost its first-round World Group tie against Britain in March, will host the playoff at Osaka’s Utsubo Tennis Center from Sept. ...

Berdych, Pliskova withdraw from Rio over Zika concerns

Jul 17, 2016

Berdych, Pliskova withdraw from Rio over Zika concerns

Another top-10 tennis player, Tomas Berdych, withdrew from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus on Saturday. Hours later, another Czech, 16th-ranked Karolina Pliskova said she was withdrawing as well because of Zika. Berdych, the Wimbledon semifinalist, said “it was ...

Jul 17, 2016

Safin, Henin inducted into International Tennis Hall of Fame

Marat Safin enjoyed life as a tennis player, calling it like living in a rock n’ roll band. That fun-filled journey brought him to the pinnacle of his sport — induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Safin and Justine Henin were inducted ...

Jul 16, 2016

Halep, Raonic to skip Rio Games

Two top-10 tennis players withdrew from the Rio Olympics on Friday, citing concerns about the Zika virus. Fifth-ranked Simona Halep on the women’s side and No. 7 Milos Raonic for the men announced their decisions after their names were listed on the International Tennis ...

Nishikori targeting gold medal at Summer Olympics

Jul 12, 2016

Nishikori targeting gold medal at Summer Olympics

Kei Nishikori will be playing for nothing less than an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro next month. “I’ll aim for gold and do whatever I can to win it,” Nishikori said on Tuesday at a press event for one of his sponsors. ...

Murray tops Raonic to claim second Wimbledon title

Jul 11, 2016

Murray tops Raonic to claim second Wimbledon title

Andy Murray’s first Wimbledon championship was for his country. This one was for Andy Murray. Dulling big serves with quick-reflex returns, conjuring up daring passing shots and playing impressively mistake-free tennis all the while, Murray beat Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2) on ...

Jul 10, 2016

Graf praises Serena for 'incredible performance'

Steffi Graf hailed Serena Williams for an “incredible performance” in matching her long-standing Open era record of 22 Grand Slam wins. Williams won her seventh Wimbledon title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Graf’s German compatriot Angelique Kerber at the All England Club on ...

Serena beats Kerber, claims 22nd career Grand Slam title

Jul 10, 2016

Serena beats Kerber, claims 22nd career Grand Slam title

Serena Williams insisted she was not focused on No. 22. Said she wouldn’t discuss it. Kept coming close without quite getting it. Now she finally has it. And so she can flaunt it. Williams lifted both arms overhead and raised two fingers on each ...