Elina Svitolina calls Russian Daria Kasatkina ‘brave’ following upset win at French Open

CNN  —  Tennis player Elina Svitolina called her opponent, Russian Daria Kasatkina, a “brave one” following the Ukrainian’s upset win on Sunday. Svitolina, who previously said she would not shake hands with Russian and Belarusian opponents out of respect for the men and women defending Ukraine, told reporters that she “acknowledged” Kasatkina after the match.

Novak Djokovic: Kosovan Olympic Committee calls for disciplinary action against tennis star after French Open message

CNN  —  The Kosovan Olympic Committee (KOC) has called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and International Tennis Federation (ITF) to take disciplinary action against Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic. On Monday, Djokovic left a political message on a TV camera lens at the French Open in response to violent clashes in Kosovo, writing: “Kosovo

Coco Gauff says Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler offered her tickets to the NBA Finals before beginning of playoffs

CNN  —  Jimmy Butler’s talents have been lauded this postseason. From his toughness to his elite shot-making, there is a reason he has earned the nickname ‘Himmy Buckets.’ But one talent we didn’t know the Miami Heat star had was clairvoyance. But according to tennis star and Heat fan Coco Gauff, Butler is either excellent

Novak Djokovic gets French Open campaign off to winning start; matches Roger Federer record

CNN  —  Novak Djokovic got his French Open campaign off to a winning start with a dominant victory over American Aleksandar Kovacevic in the first round. The No. 3 seed beat Kovacevic in straight sets, 6-3 6-2 7-6(7-1), at Roland Garros as he begins his quest for a third title at the grand slam. The

French Open preview: With Rafael Nadal absent and Iga Światek’s dominance under threat, tournament is hard to call

CNN  —  It felt like the beginning of the end of an era at the French Open when Rafael Nadal announced his absence from the tournament earlier this month. Having struggled with a hip injury since the Australian Open, Nadal – a 14-time champion at Roland-Garros – is missing the second grand slam of the

Rafael Nadal’s French Open participation in doubt as he struggles to recover from injury

CNN  —  Rafael Nadal admits he doesn’t know if he will recover from injury in time to defend his title at the French Open. The 22-time grand slam champion said in a video posted on social media that his recovery process is taking longer than anticipated, forcing him to pull out of tournaments in Monte

WTA set to return to China in September despite uncertainty over Peng Shuai’s situation

CNN  —  The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced Thursday that it will return to hosting tournaments in China in the fall after suspending all events in the country in 2021 due to the uncertainty over tennis player Peng Shuai’s safety. “After 16 months of suspended tennis competition in China and sustained efforts at achieving our

Fábián Marozsán: World No. 135 provides ‘shock of the season’ by upsetting Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets at Rome Masters

CNN  —  World No. 135 Fábián Marozsán provided what the ATP Tour called the “shock of the season” by upsetting Carlos Alcaraz in straight sets at the Rome Masters on Monday. The 23-year-old Hungarian stunned second seed Alcaraz 6-3 7-6(4) to reach the fourth round after putting in a nearly flawless display in Italy. Marozsán,

Rafael Nadal withdraws from French Open due to injury, says ‘next year is my last year’

CNN  —  Rafael Nadal will miss the French Open for the first time since he made his debut in 2005 after the 14-time champion announced on Thursday that he has withdrawn from the tournament due to injury, adding that “next year is my last year” in professional tennis. The Spaniard suffered a hip injury during