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Open Water Swimmer Conquers Barbados

Vern Glenn talks with a rock star of open-water swimming: Cameron Bellamy. (12-14-18)

The Tennis Podcast: 2018 awards episode

Presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and Catherine Whitaker (Amazon Prime, Eurosport) have interrupted the off-season to look back on 2018 and hand out the annual Tennis Podcast awards. Recorded in front of a live audience, including Simon Briggs and Charlie Eccleshare of Telegraph Sport, Law

Less Is More: It's Time to End Best-of-Five at the Majors

Tennis has undergone its share of innovations. The next one: moving away from best-of-five sets at Grand Slams.

Wimbledon set for huge expansion

Wimbledon's expansion plans have taken a huge step forward after the neighbouring golf club in London voted to sell its land. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) made an offer, reported to be £65 million ($82 million), to buy Wimbledon Park Golf Club's land in a move that would see its

Tokyo, Singapore battle London to host ATP Finals

Tokyo and Singapore are battling London to host the ATP Finals from 2021 to 2025, the governing body of men's tennis announced on Friday. The shortlist for the end-of-season showpiece also includes the northern English city of Manchester and Italy's Turin, while the London deal, which runs until

Wimbledon set to expand after golf agrees to sell

Wimbledon's plans to expand the size of its grounds took a step forward on Thursday when members of a local golf club voted to sell their land to the Grand Slam tournament's organizers. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) had made a 63.75 million pounds ($80.68 million) offer, according

Top-ranked Djokovic, Halep honored by ITF as World Champions

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were named the 2018 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation on Thursday after each won Grand Slam titles and finished the year atop the world rankings. Djokovic, recognized by the ITF for the sixth time, won the Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles a year after

WTA to offer increased rankings protection for returning mothers: report

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) will offer greater protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth, British media reported on Thursday. Players returning from maternity leave or injury will now be able to use their previous ranking to enter 12 tournaments over

WTA offers ranking protection for mothers returning to tour

Serena Williams has reached the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open since her return from giving birth. The WTA has given additional protection to the rankings of mothers returning to the tour after giving birth. Players who have returned from maternity leave – or have been absent through injury –

Nadal to join Federer in 2019 Laver Cup

Spaniard Rafael Nadal will team up with perennial rival Roger Federer for the third edition of the Laver Cup in Geneva next year. The team event featuring the best of Europe against a World team will be taking place for the third time, with Nadal and Federer also teammates in the inaugural match in

Djokovic and Halep named 2018 ITF world champions

Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep were Thursday named as the 2018 ITF world champions by the governing body of global tennis. World number one Djokovic receives the honour from the International Tennis Federation for the sixth time, while it is the first year that Romania's top-ranked Halep has been

WTA offer more protection to players returning from maternity leave and give Serena Williams catsuit green light

The Women's Tennis Association have put in place further advantages for players returning from maternity leave in future but have stopped short of granting protected seedings. The issue became a talking point last year following Serena Williams' return six months after giving birth to daughter

Andy Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open

Andy Roddick will play fellow tennis Hall of Famer Jim Courier on February 9 in an exhibition match to kick off the New York Open.

Former ATP player Gimelstob pleads not guilty to assault

Two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Justin Gimelstob pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday. Gimelstob, 41, appeared before Judge Keith L. Schwartz in Los Angeles County Superior court in connection with an October 31 incident in which he is accused

Former ATP player Gimelstob pleads not guilty to assault

Two-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Justin Gimelstob pleaded not guilty to a felony battery charge in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday. Gimelstob, 41, appeared before Judge Keith L. Schwartz in Los Angeles County Superior court in connection with an October 31 incident in which he is accused

Serena Williams can wear her catsuit after Women's Tennis Association issues new rule clarifications

Serena Williams can wear her catsuit at tennis tournaments in 2019.

Mailbag: What to Expect From Venus and Federer in 2019, and the Charm of Different Slam Formats

In this offseason mailbag, Jon Wertheim fields questions on the Slam final-set formats, Venus and Federer, mid-match coaching and more.

Roddick returns for exhibition match to start New York Open

Andy Roddick is trying to get his shoulder ready, hoping he can still bring the high heat on serve. The former U.S. Open champion will be back in town and wants to have his game with him. ''Coming back to New York is certainly not a place where I want to not play well,'' Roddick said

2018 in tennis decoded: The seemingly small incidents that led to the year's defining moments

The year just gone included several defining images and moments. Serena Williams' meltdown at the US Open, Novak Djokovic down on his haunches after winning a fourth Wimbledon title, and Simona Halep weeping after finally breaking her grand-slam duck at the French Open.  But these year-defining

Tennis broadcaster Justin Gimelstob accused of assault in LA

Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob faces a felony assault charge following his Halloween night arrest for allegedly attacking a former friend in Los Angeles. Gimelstob's attorney, Shawn Holley, didn't immediately respond Tuesday to an email and call seeking comment. Gimelstob was

Tennis broadcaster Justin Gimelstob accused of assault in LA

Tennis broadcaster and coach Justin Gimelstob faces a felony assault charge following his Halloween night arrest for allegedly attacking a former friend in Los Angeles.

Former world No 7 Mardy Fish pens court statement in support of Justin Gimelstob as he faces assault allegations

Mardy Fish, the former world No 7, has been drawn into the controversy surrounding ATP Tour board member Justin Gimelstob. Gimelstob is preparing for a vital court hearing in Los Angeles on Wednesday for an alleged assault on venture capitalist Randall Kaplan. Fish – who reached three grand slam quarter-finals

Osaka’s coach wins first WTA Coach of the Year award

Sascha Bajin has been chosen as the first winner of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Naomi Osaka collect the U.S. Open title.

Osaka's coach, Bajin, wins 1st WTA Coach of the Year award

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sascha Bajin has been chosen as the first winner of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Naomi Osaka collect the U.S. Open title.

Mike, Bob Bryan set to reunite for doubles in Auckland

Mike and Bob Bryan are set to reunite as a doubles combination next month in New Zealand when the brothers begin their 21st season on the ATP Tour.

Jordanne Whiley: Wheelchair tennis star on winning as a new mum - and her fears for her baby  

Jordanne Whiley was acutely aware the 2017 Wimbledon women's wheelchair doubles final could be her last ever competitive match. There were many thoughts going through her head before that match, not least the prospect of winning four straight titles at the All England Club, and a 10th Grand Slam

Mike and Bob Bryan set to reunite for doubles in Auckland

Mike and Bob Bryan are set to reunite as a doubles combination next month in New Zealand when the brothers begin their 21st season on the ATP Tour. Bob Bryan has been sidelined since injuring his hip in the lead-up to the French Open, and Mike paired with fellow American Jack Sock to win the Wimbledon

An emotional Louis Oosthuizen wins South African Open for the first time

Louis Oosthuizen became the sixth golfer to win the Open Championship and his native South African Open, and the emotions of the accomplishment were obvious

Canines help fetch balls at tennis tournament in London

Dogs who are trained to assist people with disabilities, helped fetch stray balls at the opening of the Champions Tennis tournament in London.

'Ball dogs' fetch in Champions Tennis competition

Tennis ball girls and boys were replaced by canine counterparts on Thursday at the opening of the Champions Tennis tournament. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

Australian Open to Introduce Final-Set Tiebreakers at 6-6 as Early as 2019

The Australian Open will follow Wimbledon in introducing tiebreakers in the final sets of all matches, per the Times. The change could be introduced as soon as the 2019 tournament.

Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille

Amelie Mauresmo won't captain France's Davis Cup team so she can go back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille.

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Tennis: Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to coach Pouille

Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo has turned her back on becoming France's new Davis Cup captain, opting instead to work with French player Lucas Pouille. A statement from the French Tennis Federation on Thursday confirmed the U-turn by the 39-year-old who had been named in June to become

Serena Williams launches pop-up shop during Art Basel Miami

Like the tennis champ herself, Serena Williams' fashion line is all about power moves and she's hoping it will also inspire woman to find their own voice. Williams launched her shop at the luxe Faena hotel during Miami's Art Basel where guests, including fellow tennis star Caroline Wozniacki

Mauresmo withdraws as Davis Cup captain to coach Pouille

Amelie Mauresmo announced on Thursday that she has decided not to captain France's Davis Cup team and will coach Lucas Pouille instead. Mauresmo, who would have been the first women's captain of France's men's tennis team, was appointed in June to take over from Yannick Noah in 2019,

Podcast: Mike Bryan on Reuniting with Twin Brother Bob After a Successful Season with Jack Sock

On the Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor, Tennis Channel commentator and host Jon Wertheim takes fans between the lines with tennis commentary and exclusive interviews with the top players and newsmakers on the ATP and WTA tours.

Mauresmo gives up France Davis Cup captaincy to help Pouille

Amelie Mauresmo won't be captaining France's Davis Cup team after all because the two-time major winner is going back to coaching to help Lucas Pouille. The French Tennis Federation announced Thursday it was searching for a new captain, who will also look after the national team at the 2020

Serena Williams has nothing to apologise for after US Open final meltdown, says John McEnroe

John McEnroe has launched an impassioned defence of Serena Williams and claimed she has nothing to apologise for after her meltdown at the US Open final. Citing some of his own antics, fellow American and seven-time grand-slam champion McEnroe also defended Williams' claim during the final three

Andy Murray must not rule out a third Wimbledon title – providing he shakes off hip injury, says John McEnroe

As tennis watchers eagerly anticipate the belated emergence of a new generation, John McEnroe believes next year could instead be defined by another renaissance story.  Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have all enjoyed their tennis equivalents of a comeback tour in the last couple of years

Mailbag: Halep Goes Coach-Less, the Gimelstob Arrest and More

In his latest mailbag, Jon Wertheim fields your questions on the Simona Halep-Darren Cahill split, mid-match coaching, the Justin Gimelstob arrest and much more.

American No 1 John Isner backs Justin Gimelstob to stay on ATP board - 'He's innocent until proven guilty'

John Isner, the American No 1, has told reporters that his former coach Justin Gimelstob should remain in his position on the ATP board while allegations of assault are investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. Isner’s view is significant because he is one of the 10 members of the ATP player

Serena confirmed for Australian Open return

Serena Williams will resume her quest for a record-equaling 24th grand slam title at the Australian Open in January after organizers on Wednesday confirmed her entry to the tournament she won for a seventh time on her last appearance in 2017. The 37-year-old American achieved her victory over sister

Top players set for Australian Open in January

The world's top women and top men have confirmed they will compete at the Australian Open in 2019.

All top players set for Australian Open in January

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian Open officials say the world's top 102 women and top 101 men have confirmed they will compete at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019.

Australian Open poised to introduce final set tie-breaks - but format will differ from Wimbledon

Tennis Australia plan to follow Wimbledon’s lead by introducing a tie-break in the deciding set of matches at the Australian Open. But here’s the catch: the intention is to play a tie-break at 6-6 in the final set, rather than at 12-12, which is the Wimbledon solution. And just to add an extra variation

Tennis great Boris Becker drops diplomatic immunity claim

Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker on Monday dropped his claim of diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings because of his role as a sporting ambassador for the Central African Republic. Becker's lawyers had argued he was protected by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations

Davis Cup: Adelaide to host first-round match in 2019

Australia will play Bosnia and Herzegovina at Memorial Drive in Adelaide in the first round of next year's revamped Davis Cup competition on February 1-2.

Defiant Justin Gimelstob tells ATP he will contest violence allegations

Justin Gimelstob, the Association of Tennis Professionals board member who faces claims of violent behaviour dating back several years, on Friday began a frantic rearguard action to salvage his career with a letter to the ATP’s player council promising to fight the allegations published in The Daily

Who is Justin Gimelstob: The networking king who has risen to the top of the ATP 

During this year’s first Wimbledon semi-final in July, BBC viewers could hardly help but notice the tall figure in a blue suit who kept rising from his seat at courtside to offer intense, fist-pumping encouragement to the USA’s John Isner. This was Justin Gimelstob, a familiar figure to anyone who follows

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Maria Sharapova born April 19, 1987) is a Russian professional tennis player. As of February 25, 2013 she is ranked world no. 3.
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Giannis, after woeful loss, roars back with 44

Giannis Antetokounmpo exploded for 44 points Friday, tying his career high, to propel the Bucks at Cleveland and dispel the memories of a disappointing midweek performance.

Brees gifts 174 players, coaches milestone balls

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Reports: Indians deal 1B Alonso to White Sox

A day after acquiring Carlos Santana in a three-team deal, the Indians have traded first baseman Yonder Alonso to the White Sox, according to multiple reports.

The last ride of the legendary Night Runner

The remarkable road of Utah State's silver-mulleted heart and soul, Steve Wiley, comes to an end at Saturday's New Mexico Bowl.

Everything you need to know for every bowl game

Before we get beyond Christmas to the playoff, there will be plenty of action worth watching.

Embiid's wasted big night shines light on Sixers' roster issues

Philadelphia has become perilously thin since trading for Jimmy Butler, meaning even a 40-20 effort from its star center wasn't enough on a night when Butler was out.

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Winners and projections for every matchup, plus playoff scenarios, to get you through the weekend. Catch up on Week 15 here.

'Best job in the world': The life of a Madden NFL ratings adjuster

While doing their jobs scouting NFL players for EA Sports, Madden ratings adjusters have surprisingly become rock stars of sorts themselves.

Steelers star JuJu Smith-Schuster's double life as a streamer

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Oklahoma teammates Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown make the top 25 of the postseason top-50 ranking.

There are some high stakes for Saturday's slate

We might not be in conference play yet, but Saturday's matchups still have some high stakes, including an undefeated team facing a feisty offense and a nearly must-win for the defending national champions.

Lowe's 10 things: Towns' superstar turn, a tricky rookie and Donovan Mitchell

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You might be a better hitter than these five pitchers

Our candidates for this year's worst-hitting pitcher are so awful, even you might be able to take the field and outdo them in the batter's box.

Fortnite Winter Royale shows Epic Games' disconnect with pro scene

The Fortnite Winter Royale finals called into question Epic Games' commitment to creating an even playing field for its pro competitors.

What’s lurking in your stadium food? Slime, roaches and mice

ESPN's Outside the Lines reviewed food-safety inspection reports for all 111 North American pro sports venues. Find your stadium and see how it fared.

Love, Hate and why 'Die Hard' is a Christmas movie

The debate about the iconic film continues, so Matthew states his case and also provides his usual fantasy football lineup advice for Week 15.

Ringside Seat: Alvarez looks to extend legacy against Fielding

After an up-and-down year, Canelo Alvarez looks to end 2018 on a high note by winning a title in a third weight division as he faces Rocky Fielding for a super middleweight belt Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Shawn Michaels continuing to live his dream at WWE Performance Center

WWE icon Shawn Michaels is giving back to the world of professional wrestling in his role with NXT and the WWE Performance Center. Now training the next generation of stars, he loves having a hand in shaping the future of the business.

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