The Circus Leaves Town: What tennis means to Charleston each year
This year’s Volvo Car Open lacked star power in the later rounds, but continued to make impact on the Charleston community. (AP) Three hours after the last ball had been struck, four boys no taller than five feet tall walked, ran and smack-talked one another on the Volvo Car... Read more
Belarus, sans a Top 100 player, retain team for Fed Cup semi vs. Swiss
Aliaksandra Sasnovich is Belarus’ highest-ranked player at No. 108. (AP) MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus named an unchanged team for the Fed Cup semifinals against Switzerland on Wednesday, without a single player in the top 100. Aliaksandra Sasnovich leads a team also featuring Aryna Sabalenka, Olga Govortsova and Vera... Read more
Tommy Haas, still plugging away, wins first singles match since 2015
The 39-year-old knocked off 19-year-old Reilly Opelka in Houston. (AP) Former world No. 2 Tommy Haas won his first singles match since Wimbledon in 2015 on Monday. The German beat Reilly Opelka in the US Men’s Clay Court Championship at Houston’s River Oaks Country Club. It was Haas’ first win in four... Read more
Three months and eight tourneys into 2017, Kerber is still title-less
The world No. 1 fell in the Monterrey final this past weekend. (AP) Over three months and eight tournaments into her 2017 season, world No. 1 Angelique Kerber remains title-less. The German, coming off a breakthrough 2016 in which she won her first two Grand Slam titles in Melbourne and... Read more
Jim Courier calls for Davis Cup to become annual two-week event
The United States' captain has plenty of issues with the team competition. (AP) American Davis Cup captain Jim Courier would like to see even bigger changes to the team competition, calling for it to become an annual two-week competition. The former world No. 1 called the current structure of Davis Cup a... Read more
Inexperienced Czech team to face U.S. in Fed Cup semifinals
Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova will not be playing in the tie. (AP) PRAGUE (AP) — Defending champion Czech Republic will be without its major stars in next week's Fed Cup semifinals against the United States. An inexperienced team of Katerina Siniakova, Kristyna Pliskova, Denisa Allertova and... Read more
Rain washes out matches at U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship HOUSTON (AP) — Rain washed out all scheduled matches at the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship on Tuesday. The postponed first-round matches were pushed to Wednesday. Among the seeded players now scheduled to be in action Wednesday: No. 5 Fernando Verdasco, No. 6 Feliciano Lopez and No. 7... Read more
Tommy Haas becomes oldest man to win tour match since Connors in 1995
The 39-year-old defeated 19-year-old Reilly Opelka, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3, in Houston. (AP) HOUSTON (AP) — In a match representing one of the largest age gaps between players in recent decades on the men’s tennis tour, 39-year-old Tommy Haas edged 19-year-old Reilly Opelka 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 on Monday at... Read more
Nick Kyrgios is in ‘a happier place,’ has become more ‘professional’
The Australian is feeling great on the court, and it's showing. (AP) Nick Kyrgios is enjoying tennis more—and Australian fans are enjoying his tennis more, too. The 21-year-old was backed by a cheering crowd as he won two singles matches for the Australian Davis Cup team in Brisbane this past weekend, a stark contrast to the disapproval he... Read more
ATP tournament leaves Memphis for Long Island after 41 years
Ryan Harrison won the tournament in 2017. (AP) MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The ATP's annual tournament in Memphis is moving to Long Island in 2018 after 41 years in Tennessee. The Memphis Open was one of the longest-running tournaments in the United States and was the country's only indoor... Read more