Tag: French Open (Tennis)

Serena Williams’s Coach Says She Is Pain Free. Watch Out, Wimbledon?

Serena Williams has had to deal with all manner of challenges since returning as a new mother to the sport she once ruled. Postpartum depression. Reinvigorated rivals. Next-generation threats. Code violations. A twisted ankle. Blown match points. Aching knees. Wounded pride. Now with Williams seriously short on tournament play, the spinning wheel of tennis fortune […]

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Ashleigh Barty Wins the French Open for Her First Grand Slam Singles Title

PARIS — A cricketer no more, Ashleigh Barty confirmed the wisdom of her decision to return to professional tennis by winning her first Grand Slam singles title at the French Open on Saturday. She capped her comeback with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Marketa Vondrousova, an unseeded 19-year-old from the Czech Republic. On paper, it […]

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What to Watch Friday at the French Open

How to watch: Tennis Channel, 5 a.m. Eastern; NBCSN, 7 a.m.; NBC, 11 a.m. (taped) Scoreboard: Men | Women Ashleigh Barty vs. Amanda Anisimova The only top-25 player to reach the women’s semifinals, the Australian Barty has devoured American opposition, beating four players from the U.S. in her five previous rounds. She will have a […]

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Coach Brings Fresh Ideas to Nadal’s 39th Match With Federer

ImageRafael Nadal after winning in the quarterfinals this week at Roland Garros and advancing to Friday’s semifinal showdown with Roger Federer.CreditKenzo Tribouillard/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images PARIS — You might think that playing 38 tennis matches against someone would mean there is very little left to learn before the 39th. But that is not the […]

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2019 French Open: Johanna Konta Routs Sloane Stephens to Reach Semifinals

PARIS — On her first four trips to the French Open, Johanna Konta could seemingly do nothing right. This time, she can do no wrong. The 26th-seeded Konta reached the semifinals with a 6-1, 6-4 demolition of the seventh-seeded Sloane Stephens on Tuesday afternoon, taking firm control of the match early in the first set […]

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Finding an Oasis at Tennis’s Most Crowded Major

PARIS — Of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the French Open has the smallest footprint, perhaps in stature, and definitely in square footage. Crammed into a triangular swath of land next to the Bois De Boulogne, the highly trafficked pathways of Roland Garros are often choked with spectators ambling toward the next match or […]

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American Tennis Gets an Infusion of Talent From Immigrant Families — Again

PARIS — Where would American tennis be without immigrant families? Just for a start, consider the Samprases, the Agassis and the Changs, whose sons — Pete, Andre and Michael — became Grand Slam champions. But the list is so much longer, the ripple effect so much bigger and the story, which would make a fine […]

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In Italian Tennis, It’s the Men’s Turn to Shine

PARIS — The sight of two Italian men playing each other at a major tennis tournament, as happened Tuesday at the French Open, will only become more commonplace. In Tuesday’s match on Simonne Mathieu Court, ninth-seeded Fabio Fognini defeated his compatriot Andreas Seppi, 6-3, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. The two veterans, both in their 30s, were […]

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Serena Williams Won’t Be Silenced. Her Clothes Are Doing the Talking.

For most of the history of women’s tennis, the “dress” — once upon a time a long skirt, now more of a wisp of an idea — has symbolized the feminine side of the game in its most retrograde sense, and been used as a means of gender stereotype, self-expression, and eyeball-attracting marketing. It has […]

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The Stresses of Playing on the French Open’s Clay Courts

Of the 67 tournaments on the 2019 ATP Tour schedule, 38, including the Australian and United States Opens and year-end championships, are played on hard courts, both indoors and out. Twenty-one, most notably the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, are contested on clay. And eight take place on grass. Wimbledon, the crown jewel […]

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