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.

Miyu Kato in tears during press conference a day after controversial disqualification

CNN  —  A day after being controversially disqualified from the French Open for inadvertently hitting a ball girl with a ball, an emotional Miyu Kato struggled to answer questions about the incident. Kato and her partner Aldila Sutjiadi were defaulted from the doubles event on Sunday after the Japanese player struck a ball girl having

Thanasi Kokkinakis: Tennis star in heated exchange with umpire over a toilet break

CNN  —  When nature calls, sometimes you just have to answer. During his third-round match at the French Open, Australian tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis was left dumbfounded after seemingly being refused a toilet break by the umpire. After losing the second set, Kokkinakis – who had taken a toilet break after the first set –

Mirra Andreeva, 16, continues meteoric rise by advancing to French Open third round

CNN  —  Russian teenager Mirra Andreeva has continued her meteoric rise by reaching the third round of the French Open with an emphatic 6-1 6-2 win over France’s Diane Parry. The 16-year-old, who celebrated her birthday in April, is now the youngest player to reach the third round at Roland Garros since 2005, according to

Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi disqualified from French Open after ball hits ball girl

CNN  —  A French Open doubles match ended controversially on Sunday as No.16 seeds Miyu Kato and Aldila Sutjiadi were disqualified from the tournament after a ball girl was hit by a ball. Having lost the opening set to Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo and Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic, Japan’s Kato and Sutjiadi of

How tennis has been impacted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

CNN  —  Every sport in Europe – from soccer to fencing to UFC – has had to grapple with the fallout of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and tennis is no exception. Since the start of the war, Russian and Belarusian players have continued to play at tournaments and grand slams but must do so as

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

Thiago Seyboth Wild stuns Daniil Medvedev in French Open upset

CNN  —  The French Open has already seen a major upset as world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev was knocked out by Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seyboth Wild in the first round on Tuesday. The world No. 172 showed little sign of nerves by beating Medvedev in a thrilling five-set encounter – 7-6(5) 6-7(6) 2-6 6-3 6-4

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