Ukrainian Elina Svitolina says Russian, Belarusian players must speak about war

PARIS — Ukrainian tennis player Elina Svitolina wants Russian and Belarusian players to say whether they oppose the war in her nation. “For us, for Ukrainians, it’s very important that they speak out, that they choose which side they take. We want to know, we want to feel safe about that. Because if they don’t … Read more

Wawrinka continues in Rome and will find Djokovic in the eighth

At the end of the effort, Stanislas Wawrinka offered himself a second consecutive success at the Masters 1000 in Rome on Wednesday, against Laslo Djere (7-6 [8], 3-6, 6-4). The Swiss was waiting to repeat such a performance since his two victories at the ATP 250 in Melbourne in February 2021. Now the 361st player … Read more

Not satisfied with his victory against Isner in Rome, Nadal cuts out in training

“Pista, pista! » Barely played the match point against John Isner and when he had not even shaken hands with his opponent, Rafael Nadal asked his clan to reserve a court for him. The Spaniard wasn’t really happy with the overall performance. “It wasn’t a good start, it’s always difficult to start, but today (Wednesday) … Read more

Politicians launch attack on Federer and Nadal over call to strip Wimbledon of ranking points

Chris Bryant MP, the chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia, said: “Federer and Nadal should come clean. Do they want Vladimir Putin to fail or don’t they care?” Recommendations by the 10-strong player council are not binding on the ATP – which condemned the Wimbledon ban when it was imposed last month. But … Read more

Rafael Nadal bounces back with win over John Isner at Italian Open

ROME — Once is enough when it comes to beating Rafael Nadal on a clay court. Throughout his career, Nadal has never lost consecutive matches on his favorite surface and the Spaniard extended that perfect record Wednesday by beating John Isner 6-3, 6-1 to reach the third round of the Italian Open. Nadal was coming … Read more

Veteran French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Simon receive French Open wild cards

PARIS — Veteran French players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon have been handed wild cards to play in the main draw at the French Open, organizers said Tuesday. A former Australian Open runner-up, Tsonga announced earlier this season that he will retire after the clay-court Grand Slam event. Play begins at Roland Garros on May … Read more

Emma Raducanu retires in Italian Open match with Bianca Andreescu due to lower back injury

ROME — In a women’s matchup at the Italian Open of two US Open champions, Bianca Andreescu advanced Tuesday when Emma Raducanu retired due to a lower back injury with Andreescu ahead 6-2, 2-1. “Definitely disappointed with how today went. But I guess I wanted to give it a try. I never really knew how … Read more

Revolt brewing among men’s tennis players over Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russians this summer

EXCLUSIVE: Revolt brewing among men’s tennis players over Wimbledon’s decision to ban Russians and Belarussians… with momentum growing to strip SW19 and other UK grass court events of official ranking points ATP tour player representatives in favor of hard line over banning of players Meetings of the ATP hierarchy have been taking place in Madrid … Read more

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon officially obtain their wild-card for Roland-Garros

After announcing that he would retire after his last match at Roland-Garros, all that remained for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (263rd) was to hope to receive an invitation for the final draw of the French Grand Slam. Unsurprisingly, the sesame was granted to him and it is of course on one of the courts of the Porte … Read more