This file photo taken on January 29, 2022 shows Australia’s Ashleigh Barty posing with the trophy after victory her women’s singles final match against Danielle Collins of the US on day 13 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. (Photo by Aaron FRANCIS / AFP)

World tennis No.1 Ashleigh Barty announces shock retirement

Sydney (AFP) – World number one Ashleigh Barty stunned the tennis world Wednesday by announcing her early retirement from the sport at the age of just 25.  Barty dropped the bombshell weeks…

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Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic rides in car as he leaves a government detention facility before attending a court hearing at his lawyers office in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. (James Ross/AAP via AP)

Australia leaves door open for Djokovic to play at next year’s Open

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has left the door open for Novak Djokovic to compete at next year’s Australian Open despite the tennis superstar facing an automatic three-year ban from entering the country. The world number one player left Australia late on Sunday…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic wears a face mask as he arrives at the Lawyer’s office ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2022. Martin Keep / AFP

‘Disappointed’ Djokovic leaves Australia after court defeat

Novak Djokovic flew out of Melbourne airport Sunday after losing a court battle to avoid deportation from Australia over his stance on Covid-19 vaccinations. An AFP reporter aboard the plane…

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia takes a break during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open at the Melbourne Park tennis centre in Melbourne on January 12, 2022. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Djokovic admits ‘errors’ in urgent fight to avoid deportation

Melbourne (AFP) – Novak Djokovic on Wednesday admitted “errors” in his travel papers and in his behaviour after a claimed coronavirus infection as he battled to stay in Australia and fight…

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In this image taken from aerial video footage, tennis star Novak Djokovic practices on the tennis court during a training session Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Melbourne Australia. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation/Channel 9 via AP)

Djokovic back into swing in Australia despite visa concerns

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic held a practice session at Melbourne Park on Tuesday, his second day out of detention, focusing on his Australian Open title defense while…

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FILE – Serbia’s Novak Djokovic holds the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic’s visa

MELBOURNE (AP) — Tennis star Novak Djokovic on Monday won a court battle to stay in Australia to contest the Australian Open despite being unvaccinated against COVID-19, but the government…

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Nadal says Djokovic knew the risks: ‘He made his own decisions’

Rafael Nadal had little sympathy for long-time rival Novak Djokovic, saying on Thursday that he must face the consequences for not being vaccinated against coronavirus.   World’s number one was…

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Novak Djokovic denied entry to Australia, seeking injunction to stop his removal

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi-final match against Britain’s Andy Murray in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi on December 17, 2021. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)

Nadal tests positive for Covid in latest blow for tennis legend

Madrid (AFP) – Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal, who was expected to play in the Australian Open next month, said Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19 and was isolating. The Spanish…

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This combination of file photos shows tennis player Peng Shuai of China (L) during her women’s singles first round match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2017; and Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli (R) during a visit to Russia at the Saint Petersburg International Investment Forum in Saint Petersburg on June 18, 2015. (Photo by Paul CROCK and Alexander ZEMLIANICHENKO / AFP)

Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai denies making sexual assault claim

Beijing (AFP) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai has denied accusing anyone of sexual assault in her first media comments since publicly alleging that a top Communist Party official forced her to…

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Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP)

Djokovic says he ‘fully’ supports WTA’s China decision over Peng

Madrid (AFP) – World number one Novak Djokovic said he supports “fully” the Women’s Tennis Association’s decision to suspend its tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of female player…

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Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai signs large-sized tennis balls at the opening ceremony of Fila Kids Junior Tennis Challenger Final in Beijing, China November 21, 2021, in this screen grab obtained from a social media video. TWITTER @QINGQINGPARIS via REUTERS

Peng Shuai reappears in Beijing, WTA not reassured

BEIJING, Nov 21 (Reuters) – Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, whose whereabouts have been a matter of international concern for weeks, attended a tennis tournament in Beijing on Sunday, according…

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China’s Peng Shuai serves the ball during a practice session ahead of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 13, 2019. William WEST / AFP

China silent on missing tennis star, despite global pressure

An email purportedly from a Chinese professional tennis player that a Chinese state media outlet posted on Twitter has increased concerns about her safety as the sport’s biggest stars and…

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Rafael Nadal, of Spain, screams during a match against Jack Sock, of the United State, at the Citi Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nadal makes triumphant return in three-set thriller

Washington (AFP) – Rafael Nadal made a triumphant return from a two-month layoff on Wednesday but aggravated a foot injury and needed a third-set tie-breaker to outlast American Jack Sock and…

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after winning against Romania’s Patricia Maria Tig during their women’s singles first round tennis match on Day 1 of The Roland Garros 2021 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on May 30, 2021. (Photo by MARTIN BUREAU / AFP)

Osaka threatened with French Open disqualification over media boycott

Naomi Osaka has been threatened with disqualification from the ongoing French Open by Grand Slam organizers if she continues her media boycott at Roland Garros. “We have advised Naomi Osaka…

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Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates winning against Jennifer Brady of the US during their women’s singles final match of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on February 20, 2021. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

French Tennis Federation says Osaka’s press conference boycott a ‘phenomenal error’

Naomi Osaka’s decision to boycott press conferences at Roland Garros was blasted as a “phenomenal error” by the head of French tennis on Thursday who said the Japanese star’s move…

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Federer, Nadal threaten Djokovic bid for historic Slam

Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open. However,…

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Novak Djokovic is a four-time Italian Open winner.

Djokovic and Nadal to meet in Rome final, Konta faces Pliskova

ROME (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won on Saturday to set up an Italian Open final meeting, while British number one Johanna Konta booked a final clash with…

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