Rafael Nadal withdraws from Laver Cup for personal reasons

Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Laver Cup on Saturday for personal reasons, his press spokesman confirmed to ESPN. The Spaniard partnered Roger Federer in his last ever professional match at the team competition between Europe and the rest of the world in London on Friday, losing out in a deciding match tiebreak to Jack Sock … Read more

Laver Cup protester delays match after setting arm, court on fire

A protester lit the court and his arm on fire during a match at the Laver Cup tennis event Friday, briefly delaying the start of the second set between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman at the O2 Arena. The activist, carrying a lighter and wearing a white T-shirt with a message about private jets, made … Read more

Nick Kyrgios disappointed after Rafael Nadal withdraws at Wimbledon, anxious about final

LONDON — Nick Kyrgios felt “disappointment” when he first heard Rafael Nadal had withdrawn from their Wimbledon men’s singles semifinal. Then he said he only managed one hour of sleep on Thursday night and was “a reckless ball of energy” as he processed the news. Nadal withdrew from their semifinal with an abdominal injury, meaning … Read more

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Wimbledon semifinal with torn abdominal muscle

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon ahead of Friday’s semifinal match against Nick Kyrgios with a torn abdominal muscle. The 22-time major champion said he had been experiencing pain the area for the past week, but the injury got worse during Wednesday’s quarterfinal match against Taylor Fritz, specifically while serving. “Unfortunately, as you can imagine … Read more

Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios reach men’s singles semifinals at Wimbledon

LONDON — Wincing from abdominal pain, unable to play his customary relentless style of tennis, Rafael Nadal worried that he might need to stop playing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals against Taylor Fritz. Up in the Center Court stands, Nadal’s father was waving his arms, motioning to the 22-time Grand Slam champion to quit. Not surprisingly, … Read more

Tamara Korpatsch clears air with Harmony Tan over late withdrawal from doubles tennis match at Wimbledon

LONDON — A day after Harmony Tan’s would-be partner Tamara Korpatsch publicly expressed her outrage about Tan’s last-minute decision to withdraw from doubles, peace has been restored between the pair. In a follow-up post on her Instagram story on Thursday, Korpatsch said the two had spoken and cleared the air. “She made me clear about … Read more

Rafael Nadal enters Wimbledon on good footing after procedure to relieve pain

LONDON — Rafael Nadal on Saturday said the procedure he had on his chronic foot injury after Roland Garros has meant he is largely pain-free, but he is unsure how long the treatment will be effective. “The feeling and overall feelings are positive, no, because I am in a positive way in terms of pain, … Read more

Rafael Nadal confirms intention to compete at Wimbledon for first time in three years

Rafael Nadal confirmed on Friday that he intends to play at Wimbledon for the first time in three years. Nadal, who won his 14th French Open title earlier this month, will attempt to win a record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title at the All England Club this year. The 36-year-old has Mueller-Weiss syndrome, which causes chronic … Read more

Madison Keys ousted at French Open as Russians Veronika Kudermetova, Daria Kasatkina advance

Madison Keys totally lost control after a brilliant opening set as she crashed out of the French Open with a 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 loss to Russian Veronika Kudermetova in Paris on Monday. The 22nd seed, who was looking to become the third American to advance to the quarterfinals, was powerless against Kudermetova, who used a … Read more

Tennis great Boris Becker sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for bankruptcy offenses

LONDON — Tennis great Boris Becker was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Friday for illicitly transferring large amounts of money and hiding assets after he was declared bankrupt. The three-time Wimbledon champion was convicted earlier this month on four charges under the Insolvency Act and had faced a maximum sentence of seven years in … Read more