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Jimmy Connors, among others, owe success to Pancho Segura

10:35 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Born prematurely in a bus traveling from Quevedo to Guayaquil, Ecuador, Pancho Segura was never given a head start to succeed in life. He grew up dirt poor and suffered from a case of rickets that…

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Jimmy Connors, among others, owes success to Pancho Segura

4:17 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Born prematurely in a bus traveling from Quevedo to Guayaquil, Ecuador, Pancho Segura was never given a head start to succeed in life. He grew up dirt poor and suffered from a case of rickets that…

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Indian police investigating Maria Sharapova in housing fraud case

NEW DELHI — Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company that used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off. Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees from home buyers for a project named “Ballet by Maria Sharapova,” a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities. The five-time Grand Slam champion traveled to India in 2013 to launch the…

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India police investigating Maria Sharapova in housing fraud case

NEW DELHI — Maria Sharapova is being investigated by police in India in a cheating and criminal conspiracy case involving a real estate company that used the tennis star to endorse a luxury housing project that never took off. Real estate firm Homestead Infrastructure is accused of taking tens of millions of rupees from home buyers for a project named Ballet by Maria Sharapova, a luxury apartment complex with its own helipad, tennis academy and other amenities. The five-time Grand Slam champion traveled to India in 2013 to launch the…

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Why Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer better watch out for Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and others in 2018

11:56 AM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” This has been a historic year in men’s tennis, and it ended with yet another surprise at the ATP World Tour Finals last week in London. After a year dominated by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer,…

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Grand Slams to fine tennis players for slow pre-match preparations

Players will face a fine of up to $20,000 if they are not ready to play seven minutes after they walk on court at next year’s Grand Slams, a meeting of the four majors has decided. The gathering in London announced that the timing of the pre-match preparations would be “strictly enforced”, tightening up the regulations to improve the experience for both fans and broadcasters. The Grand Slam Board also said in a statement Tuesday that it intends to change the rules on seedings from 2019, cutting the number at…

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Tennis – Pam Shriver – Remembering the good times with Jana Novotna

On Sunday, in the middle of the day, I received a text message from my longtime doubles partner, Martina Navratilova, to give her a call. It was an unusual request, and I felt it was not going to be good news when I called Martina back. Martina, the elder stateswoman of a talented group of players born in the Czech Republic, sounded devastated: “Jana Novotna died earlier today. … She was just 49,” she told me. I asked Martina a few other questions, but the conversation was one of our…

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Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies of cancer at 49

7:43 AM ET ESPN staff Former Wimbledon singles champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. “After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49,” the WTA confirmed in a statement released Monday. Novotna retired in 1999, two years after reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 two years earlier. Over the course of a highly successful 14-year career, Novotna picked up 100 titles including 76 doubles crowns. The highlight of her singles career came…

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Former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna dies cancer aged 49

4:50 AM ET ESPN staff Former Wimbledon singles champion Jana Novotna has died at the age of 49. “After a long battle with cancer, Jana died peacefully, surrounded by her family in her native Czech Republic, aged 49,” the WTA confirmed in a statement released Monday. Novotna retired in 1999, two years after reaching a career-high singles ranking of world No. 2 two years earlier. Over the course of a highly successful 14-year career, Novotna picked up 100 titles including 76 doubles crowns. The highlight of her singles career came…

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ATP World Tour Finals – Congrats, Grigor Dimitrov, but what’s next?

8:44 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” For so long, it seemed Grigor Dimitrov never got his substantial tool box organized. He lacked the commitment of an elite player, and unless he was on a hot streak, riding his ball-striking talent, he was…

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