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Rafael Nadal withdraws From Brisbane International

Rafael Nadal will not take part at the Brisbane International after pulling out of the competition. Nadal pulled out on the eve of his first scheduled competitive match of the season because of a strained left thigh. The second-ranked Nadal had a bye in the first round and arrived in Australia after

Maria Sharapova suspended for 2 years for doping

Maria Sharapova has been suspended for two years by the International Tennis Federation for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. The ruling, announced Wednesday, can be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The five-time Grand Slam champion was provisionally suspended by the ITF in early March, when she

I’m a better coach than player, Becker says after Djokovic win

German tennis legend Boris Becker has said he considers himself a better coach than player after overseeing Novak Djokovic's victory in the French Open. "I have to admit that I am now better as a coach than a player," said the 48-year-old Becker, who won six Grand Slams (2 Australian Opens,

Roger Federer scheduled to return in Stuttgart

Organizers say Roger Federer will return from a back injury to play at the grass-court tournament in Stuttgart next week. Federer was forced to skip the French Open because of a lingering back injury. Stuttgart tournament director Edwin Weindorfer says Federer is scheduled to practice on Sunday. The former No. 1 had signed

Serena Williams strolls into French Open quarters

Defending champion Serena Williams cruised into the French Open quarter-finals on Wednesday after thrashing Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-1. Williams needed just 62 minutes to sweep aside the 18th seed in her pursuit of a record-equalling 22nd Open era Grand Slam title. The world number one will face Spanish 12th seed Carla

Venus Williams seeks 1st QF in decade

Five of the first 10 times Venus Williams entered the French Open, she made it to at least the quarterfinals, including a run to the final in 2002. Her most recent trip to Roland Garros of that length? That came all the way back in 2006. Williams can return to the round

Djokovic, Nadal seek milestone wins

Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal both will be expected to beat much lower-ranked opponents in the second round of the French Open on Thursday. If they do, they'll achieve milestone victories. Djokovic, trying to complete a career Grand Slam and win his fourth consecutive major title, can become the seventh man with

Rain brings more havoc to second day of French Open

Heavy rain brought more havoc to the French Open on Monday with the scheduled 1100 (0900GMT) start time delayed by 90 minutes leaving organisers' hopes of playing 66 matches looking decidedly optimistic. With rain not expected to ease until around 1500 (1300GMT), the tournament was already facing a backlog after just