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  • Nadal to receive stem cell treatment for back pain

    November 10, 2014 1:19 PM

    BARCELONA, Spain - Rafael Nadal's doctor says the 14-time Grand Slam winner will receive stem cell treatment on his ailing back. Angel Ruiz-Cotorro told The Associated Press by phone on Monday that "we are going to put cells in a joint in his spine" next week in Barcelona. The Spanish... more »
  • Serena Williams out of China Open with injury

    October 3, 2014 2:04 AM

    BEIJING, China - Defending champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury. The top-ranked Williams had been due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals on Friday. Playing with strapping on her knee, the American beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in... more »
  • Federer saves 2 match points, reaches US Open semifinals

    September 5, 2014 2:11 AM

    NEW YORK - Roger Federer saved two match points while coming all the way back from a two-set deficit to beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday night and reach the U.S. Open semifinals for the first time since 2011. Frustrated by Monfils' unpredictable style, flummoxed by... more »
  • Bouchard, 2011 champ Kvitova in Wimbledon final

    July 3, 2014 11:37 AM

    LONDON - Eugenie Bouchard defeated French Open finalist Simona Halep 7-6 (5), 6-2 Thursday to advance to the Wimbledon final against 2011 champion Petra Kvitova. In a semifinal that was delayed twice in the first set - first by a left ankle injury to Halep and then by an ill... more »
  • Nadal wins 9th French Open, tops Djokovic in final

    June 8, 2014 12:27 PM

    PARIS - Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the ninth time, and the fifth time in a row, by beating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday in the final. Nadal improved his record at Roland Garros to 66-1, and stretched his winning streak at the clay-court major... more »
  • BREC tax renewal up for vote Saturday Play Video

    April 4, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - BREC says they plan to improve their 12 existing community parks and possibly create another, if their dedicated property tax is renewed in the April 5 election. The tax, renewed every 10 years makes up about $227 million in funding for BREC parks. On Saturday's... more »
  • Loyola tennis coach leaving for USM

    November 7, 2013 8:47 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- Loyola University New Orleans head men's and women's tennis coach Zubin Engineer has accepted the head men's tennis coaching position at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Michael Giorlando, Loyola's athletic director, the coaching move Wednesday and said a national search for a new coach is underway. Engineerled... more »
  • Troicki ban cut to 12 months for doping offense

    November 5, 2013 8:54 AM

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland- Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki has had his doping ban reduced to 12 months, though he still cannot play in next week's Davis Cup final. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Troicki should serve a 12-month ban instead of 18 months for skipping a blood test after... more »
  • Women to take court at US Open quarterfinals

    September 3, 2013 10:08 AM

    NEW YORK - Top-seed Serena Williams will be part of women's quarterfinal play at the US Open. The defending champ is 64-4 this year heading into her meeting with Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro to open up the night session in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But 2011 French Open champ... more »
  • Murray debuts in Day 3 of U. S. Open

    August 28, 2013 10:42 AM

    NEW YORK - It's day 3 of the U.S. Open and the men's defending champ finally takes the court for his first round match. Andy Murray takes on France's Michael Llodra as part of the evening schedule in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Not only is Murray going to try to defend... more »
  • Isner, Querrey advance at US Open

    August 27, 2013 4:15 PM

    NEW YORK - America's top two men, John Isner and Sam Querrey, each won their first-round matches Tuesday at the U.S. Open. No. 13 seed Isner beat Filippo Volandri of Italy 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, and No. 26 seed Querrey eliminated Guido Pella of Argentina 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. When... more »
  • Venus Williams upsets Flipkens at US Open

    August 26, 2013 1:58 PM

    NEW YORK - Venus Williams earned one of her biggest wins since she pulled out of the U.S. Open two years ago because of illness, upsetting 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens in the first round Monday. The seven-time Grand Slam champion won 6-1, 6-2 to improve to 15-0 in first-round matches at... more »
  • Grand Slam opens in New York

    August 26, 2013 10:21 AM

    NEW YORK - The curtain goes up on the US Open's two-week run in New York today. The way-off Broadway production stars Serena Williams in her dual roles as top-seed and defending champ. Her credits include 16 major titles including four at the Open. Williams steps into the spotlight as... more »
  • American Mardy Fish withdraws from US Open

    August 21, 2013 9:47 AM

    NEW YORK - The U.S. Tennis Association says that former top-10 player Mardy Fish has pulled out of the U.S. Open for personal reasons. The tournament draw is Thursday, and play begins next week. Fish has been trying to make a comeback on tour, having missed months at... more »
  • Record money at tennis grand slam

    August 1, 2013 9:41 AM

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The 2013 U.S. Open singles champions will earn a record $2.6 million apiece this year. A player who loses in the first round of singles at Flushing Meadows will make $32,000, a jump of 39 percent from last year's $23,000. Last year's singles champions,... more »
  • Roger Federer ranked No. 5 for 1st time in decade

    July 8, 2013 10:01 AM

    LONDON - Roger Federer has fallen to No. 5 in the new ATP rankings, the first time in a decade he's been that low. Federer's second-round loss at Wimbledon, a year after taking the title, drops him from No. 3. He was fifth in the rankings of June 23,... more »
  • Men's semis going on at Wimbledon

    July 5, 2013 10:24 AM

    LONDON - Top-seed Novak Djokovic is on Centre Court at Wimbledon taking on former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro in the men's semifinals. They have split the first two sets, making the first time either has lost a set in the tournament. Djokovic is trying to position himself... more »
  • Marion Bartoli of France back into Wimbledon final

    July 4, 2013 8:54 AM

    LONDON - Marion Bartoli wasted little time in advancing to her second Wimbledon final, dancing and grunting her way to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Kirsten Flipkens on Thursday. The 15th-seeded Frenchwoman jumped ahead 3-0 in the first set and broke early in the second for another 3-0 lead.... more »
  • Djokovic, del Potro reach Wimbledon semifinals

    July 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    LONDON - Novak Djokovic and Juan Martin del Potro set up a semifinal meeting at Wimbledon, each winning in straight sets Wednesday in quarterfinal matches that wrapped up within five seconds of each other. Top-seeded Djokovic defeated No. 7 Tomas Berdych 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-3, and eighth-seeded del Potro beat... more »
  • Williams loses to Lisicki in Wimbledon 4th round

    July 1, 2013 9:54 AM

    LONDON - The stunning string of upsets at Wimbledon continues into the second week. Defending champion Serena Williams lost in the fourth round, falling 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 to Sabine Lisicki of Germany. The loss ended Williams' career-best 34-match winning streak and her attempt to capture a sixth title at the... more »
  • Dimitrov loses 5-setter; Robson reaches 3rd round

    June 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    LONDON - Grigor Dimitrov, considered one of the rising stars in tennis, was eliminated in the second round at Wimbledon on Friday in a five-set, rain-delayed match that lasted more than four hours over two days. With girlfriend Maria Sharapova watching in the stands on Court 3, the 29th-seeded Bulgarian... more »
  • Serena Williams reaches Wimbledon 3rd round

    June 27, 2013 10:00 AM

    LONDON - Five-time champion Serena Williams avoided the kind of early upset that has sent many top players tumbling out of Wimbledon, beating Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday to reach the third round. A day after Roger Federer topped the list of big names to go out in the... more »
  • Wozniacki loses in 2nd round at Wimbledon

    June 26, 2013 10:27 AM

    LONDON - Playing with tape on her right ankle, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki slumped to a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Petra Cetkovska in the second round of Wimbledon on Wednesday. The ninth-seeded Wozniacki, who has never fared very well on the London grass, is going through a mediocre... more »
  • Williams easily reaches 2nd round at Wimbledon

    June 25, 2013 9:53 AM

    LONDON - Serena Williams has started her Wimbledon title defense with a victory over Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, using her dominant serve to win 6-1, 6-3 on Centre Court. Williams didn't drop a single point on her serve until the start of the second set, when Minella took a 2-0... more »
  • Nadal loses to 135th-ranked player at Wimbledon

    June 24, 2013 12:26 PM

    LONDON - In one of Wimbledon's greatest upsets, an ailing Rafael Nadal was knocked out in straight sets Monday by a player ranked 135th - the Spaniard's first loss in the opening round of a Grand Slam event. Steve Darcis of Belgium stunned the two-time champion 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8),... more »
  • Williams-Sharapova spat in build-up to Wimbledon

    June 23, 2013 10:50 AM

    LONDON - Serena Williams says she offered an apology to Maria Sharapova two days before Sharapova took a verbal swipe at Williams over comments in a magazine article. Speaking Sunday at Wimbledon, where she's the defending champion, Williams declined to directly respond to Sharapova's broadside from 24 hours earlier. The... more »
  • Nadal loses ground after French Open win

    June 10, 2013 10:08 AM

    PARIS - Rafael Nadal may have won a record eighth French Open title, but that didn't help him in the men's rankings. The newly crowned, repeat champ drops from No. 4 to No. 5 in the ATP rankings, swapping places with David Ferrer, the man he beat in the Roland... more »
  • Nadal wins 8th French title by beating Ferrer

    June 9, 2013 12:39 PM

    PARIS - Rafael Nadal has become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament after beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Nadal broke the men's record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with... more »
  • Serena Williams beats Sharapova in French final

    June 8, 2013 10:50 AM

    PARIS - Serena Williams has won her 16th Grand Slam title and her first French Open championship since 2002, beating familiar foil Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. Saturday's victory completed the No. 1-ranked Williams' rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at Roland Garros a... more »
  • Serena Williams reaches 4th round at French Open

    May 31, 2013 9:52 AM

    PARIS - Serena Williams advanced to the fourth round at the French Open by beating Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-2 Friday. Williams, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, seeks her first French Open title since 2002. She hasn't reached the semifinal since 2003. Ranked No. 1, Williams has won a... more »
  • LSU's Chris Simpson falls in first round of NCAA's

    May 22, 2013 4:30 PM

    URBANA, Il. - LSU's lone men's singles tennis player, #42 Chris Simpson, fell Wednesday afternoon to the University of Texas' #37 Soren Hess-Olesen in three sets(4-6, 7-5, 3-6). It was the sophomore Tiger's first trip to the NCAA Championships. Simpson had taken down nine ranked opponents throughout the year... more »
  • Robson beats Venus, faces Serena next in Rome

    May 13, 2013 10:53 AM

    ROME - Laura Robson overcame strong winds to beat Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2 at the Italian Open on Monday and set up a second-round match with top-ranked Serena Williams. Both players struggled with the wind at the Foro Italico, with Robson hitting eight double-faults and Venus six, although Venus' errors... more »
  • LSU-Alexandria OK'd to offer more sports

    April 18, 2013 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU-Alexandria will introduce five additional sports programs by the 2014-15 academic year. The additional sports will be financed through a student athletic fee, booster support, and other donor gifts. Students voted in mid-March to expand athletic programs and to increase student athletic fees. That vote... more »
  • French Open prize money up for 2013

    April 15, 2013 10:12 AM

    PARIS - Prize money at the French Open will rise for both singles champions and players who lose in some of the early rounds. Roland Garros organizers said Monday that the overall total for the tournament will go from $24.6 million to $28.7 million, with the winners receiving $1.96 million... more »
  • Murray to face Djokovic in Australian Open

    January 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray has joined Novak Djokovic in the men's championship match at the Australian Open. Murray, who won last fall's U.S. Open, advanced with a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win over Roger Federer. In their previous three meetings in a Grand Slam event, Federer came... more »
  • Stomach bug knocks Nadal from Australian Open

    December 28, 2012 9:49 AM

    MADRID - Rafael Nadal says he will not play the Australian Open because of a stomach virus, further delaying his comeback after being sidelined since June. The Spaniard also will skip the preceding Qatar Open. The Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam tournament, begins Jan. 14. The same virus... more »
  • Serena withdraws from match after surgery

    December 19, 2012 10:41 AM

    BANGKOK - Serena Williams has had surgery on her big toes, and has withdrawn from an exhibition match against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka in Thailand this month. A medical certificate from Florida podiatrist Jeffrey Rockefeller says Williams "was treated for a chronic foot disorder which involved minor procedures on both of... more »
  • Tennis federation mulls anti-doping step

    November 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    PARIS - The International Tennis Federation might copy blood-testing measures used by cycling to weed out drug cheats. ITF anti-doping manager Stuart Miller told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the federation is working toward more blood and out-of-competition drug testing on players. Roger Federer and Andy Murray... more »
  • Murray outlasts Djokovic in five sets for first Grand Slam

    September 11, 2012 10:52 AM

    NEW YORK - Andy Murray has won the U.S. Open in five grueling sets to become the first British man since 1936 to capture a Grand Slam title. Murray beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 on Monday in his fifth try in the final... more »
  • Djokovic takes on Federer

    July 5, 2012 10:31 AM

    LONDON - There's a marquee match-up on tap in the men's semifinals at Wimbledon. Defending champ Novak Djokovic will take on six-time winner Roger Federer for a spot in the title match. Djokovic advances with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over 31st-ranked Florian Mayer, while Federer rolled over Mikhail... more »
  • Djokovic to face Federer in men's semis Friday

    July 5, 2012 7:46 AM

    LONDON -There's a marquee match-up on tap in the men's semifinals at Wimbledon. Defending champ Novak Djokovic will take on six-time winner Roger Federer for a spot in the title match. Djokovic advances with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory over 31st-ranked Florian Mayer, while Federer rolled over Mikhail... more »
  • Williams sisters earn 2 doubles wins at Wimbledon

    July 4, 2012 4:20 PM

    WIMBLEDON, England - Serena Williams had to earn two doubles victories with older sister Venus at Wimbledon on Wednesday, a day before her singles semifinal against Victoria Azarenka. The Williams sisters were finally able to complete their second-round match against Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova that started on Saturday but... more »
  • Sharapova and Williams win

    June 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    WIMBLEDON, England - Women's top-seed Maria Sharapova has advanced at Wimbledon. The reigning French Open champion defeated Bulgaria's Tsvetana Pironkova, 7-6, 6-7, 6-0. The world No. 1 has won 15 of her last 16 Grand Slam matches. Sixth-seed Serena Williams, a four-time winner at Wimbledon, was also a winner today.... more »
  • Parents set up memorial for son at new Perkins Road Park

    October 13, 2010 6:25 PM

    Perkins Road Park will reopen this weekend after years of renovations and additions, and people may be surprised at what’s there. The Velodrome was built in 1985. Since then, a BMX bike track and tennis courts were added. Saturday, BREC will unveil an updated BMX track, a new... more »
  • Isner, Mahut playing record match at Wimbledon

    June 23, 2010 1:28 PM

    John Isner of Tampa, Fla., and Nicolas Mahut of France are playing what already is the longest match on record in tennis history. Their first-round match at Wimbledon has lasted more than 7½ hours - breaking the record of 6 hours, 33 minutes set in a 2004 French Open... more »
  • Federer dodges upset in first round at Wimbledon

    June 21, 2010 12:33 PM

    For Roger Federer, Wimbledon nearly ended at the beginning. The six-time champion overcame a two-set deficit to avert a monumental first-round upset, beating Alejandro Falla 5-7, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (1), 6-0. Federer has reached the tournament final each of the past seven years, but Monday he barely survived... more »
  • Tennessee grabs SEC tennis tourney title with 3 shut outs

    April 26, 2010 1:53 PM

    Tennessee is the first Southeastern Conference tennis team to shut out each of its three opponents en route to a conference tournament championship. The Volunteers captured the SEC men's title on Sunday by beating Florida 4-0 in the championship match held in Lexington, Ky. They also defeated LSU 4-0... more »
  • Celebrity Tennis fundraiser awards grants

    April 19, 2010 2:31 PM

    A tennis exhibition that featured Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King is granting $184,000 to Baton Rouge-area nonprofits that work to reduce HIV/AIDS and to care for people with the illness. The funds were raised in December at the 17 th Annual Smash Hits, a tennis display... more »
  • Serena Williams fined for outburst

    November 30, 2009 9:12 AM

    Serena Williams has been fined $82,500 for her tirade during the U.S. Open in September. Williams lashed out at an official, using profanity and finger-pointing, after a foot-fault call at the end of her semifinal loss. She could be suspended from the tournament if she has another major offense,... more »

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