Tennis

Serena Williams 'paved the way' for mothers to keep playing tennis, says Martina Navratilova

Serena Williams ‘paved the way’ for mothers to keep playing tennis, says Martina Navratilova

CNN — Tennis great Martina Navratilova thinks more women will continue to play professional tennis after having children – thanks largely to Serena Williams. When she retired from tennis last month, the 41-year-old Williams left behind a legacy that stretches well beyond her 23 grand slam titles, the last of which she won at the …

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Behind the 'raw' photo that captures their enduring friendship

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: Behind the ‘raw’ photo that captures their enduring friendship

CNN — It was a moment in time – as brief as half a second – that captured the intensity of the relationship and rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Poised on the side of the court with her camera at the ready, photographer Ella Ling expected Federer’s farewell from tennis to be charged …

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Iga Swiatek out of Billie Jean King Cup, saying scheduling is 'not safe'

Iga Swiatek out of Billie Jean King Cup, saying scheduling is ‘not safe’

Top-ranked Iga Swiatek will not play in the Billie Jean King Cup and complained Monday about that event being scheduled to start immediately after the WTA Finals. “I’m disappointed that [the] tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel …

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Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer: 'An important part of my life is leaving too'

Rafael Nadal on Roger Federer: ‘An important part of my life is leaving too’

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Roger Federer pairs with Rafael Nadal in last match, falls in doubles at Laver Cup

Roger Federer pairs with Rafael Nadal in last match, falls in doubles at Laver Cup

LONDON — This day, this match, had to come, of course, for Roger Federer, and for tennis, just as it inevitably must for every athlete in every sport. Federer bid farewell Friday night with one last contest before he heads into retirement at age 41 after a superlative career that spanned nearly a quarter-century and …

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Roger Federer brings down curtain on his career with a defeat, but still dazzles alongside longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer brings down curtain on his career with a defeat, but still dazzles alongside longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal

The adulation of the crowd, seemingly endless rounds of applause and chants of “Roger, Roger, Roger,” reduced Federer to tears. “I enjoyed tying my shoes one last time. Everything was the last time.” The epic tiebreak that sealed the win for the American pair was a fitting end to not only a match that, despite …

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Roger Federer takes to court for final time as storied career comes to a close

Roger Federer takes to court for final time as storied career comes to a close

CNN — After more than 1,500 matches, 103 singles titles and 20 grand slams, it is time for Roger Federer’s last dance. The tennis great will take to the court for the final time to play with longtime friend and rival Rafael Nadal in a doubles match in the Laver Cup at London’s O2 Arena …

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