Tag: Djokovic, Novak

Men’s Tennis Tour Penalizes Wimbledon Over Ban on Russian Players

“How do you draw the line of when you ban players and when you don’t?” Yevgeny Kafelnikov, a Russian and a former No. 1 singles player, said in a telephone interview from Moscow. Updated  May 20, 2022, 11:56 a.m. ET Unlike Wimbledon, the lead-in events in Britain have not been stripped of ranking points despite […]

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Wimbledon’s Vaccination Rule Change Means Djokovic Can Play

Wimbledon’s decision to allow players unvaccinated against Covid-19 to participate in this year’s tournament opens the way for Novak Djokovic, the No. 1-ranked men’s singles player who missed the Australian Open because he was unvaccinated, to enter the draw. “As you will be aware, the requirements set out by government to enter the U.K. do […]

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Novak Djokovic Might Be Able to Play in French Open After Covid Ruling

Novak Djokovic’s bet that countries would begin to relax their vaccination requirements in time for him to play major tournament tennis has begun to pay off. Officials in France announced Thursday that the country would no longer require visitors to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccine to enter indoor establishments after March 14, most likely […]

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Daniil Medvedev Intrudes on the Big Four’s No. 1 Perch

During his quarterfinal victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada at the Australian Open, a fan at Rod Laver Arena shouted, “Do it for Ukraine, Felix!” But Medvedev has spoken out against the war since it began on Feb. 24. “By being a tennis player I want to promote peace all over the world,” he said […]

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Djokovic Is Willing to Skip Wimbledon and French Open to Avoid Vaccine

Novak Djokovic said he was prepared to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and other tournaments if he was required to get a coronavirus vaccine to compete. In an interview with the BBC that aired on Tuesday, the Serbian tennis star said he believed in having the freedom to choose whether to get vaccinated and that […]

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The Power of a Good Cry

We Americans are quite possibly disastrous sympathizers, afraid of one another’s feelings. They’re an affront. I have to admit to paralysis anytime I come across someone weeping openly — in a conference room, on the subway, wandering around an airport, at a bar. What’s needed here? Maybe I’ve monitored the situation from afar, until a […]

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Can Nadal Extend His Grand Slam Record at the French Open?

MELBOURNE, Australia — After Rafael Nadal’s stupendous comeback in the Australian Open final on Sunday night, it is he — not Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer — who is the first man to win 21 Grand Slam singles titles. Fairly or unfairly, it is the tennis record that matters most these days. Though Sunday’s outcome […]

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Rafael Nadal Wins the Australian Open, His 21st Grand Slam Title

MELBOURNE, Australia — For an aging champion who has earned his reputation as one of the greatest competitors in sports, it was a fitting way to stand alone with 21 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Down, two sets to none, in the Australian Open final, against the higher ranked and considerably younger Daniil Medvedev, Rafael […]

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Is Tennis Moving Into a New Golden Age? We Can Only Hope.

There was something for everyone. Roger Federer’s linen grace. Rafael Nadal’s punishing power. Novak Djokovic and his single-minded determination. The unwavering way Serena Williams dismantled tired tradition. For two decades, professional tennis bathed in the golden glow provided by an unalterable hierarchy of players with distinctive styles and personalities that combined to define the game […]

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Why Boris Johnson May Finally Have Gone Too Far

Boris Johnson, long famed for brushing off accusations of distorting, misleading or outright lying that, far from slowing his rise, seemed to only bolster his image as an incorrigible scamp, suddenly faces potential political death over the very charge to which he had seemed immune. Even his detractors appear surprised by the speed with which […]

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What the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Revealed About Australia

Damien Cave contributed reporting. The Daily is made by Lisa Tobin, Rachel Quester, Lynsea Garrison, Clare Toeniskoetter, Paige Cowett, Michael Simon Johnson, Brad Fisher, Larissa Anderson, Chris Wood, Jessica Cheung, Stella Tan, Alexandra Leigh Young, Lisa Chow, Eric Krupke, Marc Georges, Luke Vander Ploeg, M.J. Davis Lin, Austin Mitchell, Dan Powell, Dave Shaw, Sydney Harper, […]

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Roger Federer Will Always Be the Greatest (Even if He’s Not)

Nadal was supposed to make Federer better, not make him cry. But in June 2009, Federer won his only French Open (taking advantage of Nadal’s shocking fourth-round loss in Paris), and he reclaimed his Wimbledon title the following month. That victory was his 15th major, breaking the record held by Pete Sampras. Nadal had just […]

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