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Novak Djokovic brings aboard Radek Stepanek as coach

MONACO — Novak Djokovic is bringing aboard former top-10 player Radek Stepanek as a coach. Djokovic, a 12-time major champion, and Stepanek announced their partnership during a joint appearance on Instagram Live on Thursday. Said Djokovic: “So this is the new team, baby. This is my new man.” Added Stepanek: “Now it’s official.” Novak Djokovic, right, is adding former top-10 player Radek Stepanek to his coaching team.┬áMichael Regan/Getty Images What was not immediately clear was how Stepanek and Andre Agassi, who began working with Djokovic on a part-time basis at…

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Former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci to retire after Italian Open

ROME — Former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci says she will retire from tennis after the Italian Open in May. Vinci made the announcement on Twitter and in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport. She said she decided to retire midseason after struggling with injuries this year, which dropped her ranking to No. 117. Vinci will enter qualifying for the Australian Open in January “with the goal of arriving in Rome in form. I want to go out with a bang.” At the 2015 US Open, Vinci upset Serena…

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Yannick Noah will again captain France for Davis Cup title defense

PARIS — Yannick Noah is staying on as France captain for the Davis Cup defense next year. The French Tennis Federation announced Noah’s decision on its Twitter feed on Thursday. France won its 10th Davis Cup recently by defeating Belgium 3-2 in Lille. It was France’s first victory in the team event in 16 years. Noah, the last Frenchman to win a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open in 1983, has captained France to three Davis Cup titles. His earlier wins were in 1991 and 1996. Source link

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Miami Open tennis tournament reaches deal to move to Miami Dolphins’ stadium

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has moved closer to bringing a championship to his stadium — in tennis. The Miami Open signed paperwork with the Miami mayor’s office to move from Key Biscayne to the NFL Dolphins’ stadium beginning in 2019. Miami-Dade commissioners must approve the agreement reached by Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s administration, a spokesman for the mayor said Wednesday. Showcase matches would be held in the 65,000-seat stadium, which recently underwent a $500 million renovation, with other matches on the adjacent grounds. The tournament has been held…

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What do those new Grand Slam rules really mean?

Nov 29, 2017 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.” The Grand Slam Board announced at the ATP World Finals a few weeks ago that the Grand Slam events will feature some significant changes intended to enhance the speed and integrity of the game in 2018….

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How David Goffin climbed in the rankings by punching above his weight

Nov 27, 2017 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.” France clinched its first Davis Cup championship in 16 years Sunday at home in Lille, but Belgium’s David Goffin didn’t make it easy. Goffin stands 5-foot-11, and he looks even smaller thanks to his fighting weight…

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France beats Belgium for first Davis Cup in in 16 years

LILLE, France — France won the Davis Cup for the first time in 16 years after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday. Lucas Pouille‘s lopsided 6-3, 6-1, 6-0 win over Steve Darcis in the second reverse singles gave France its 10th Davis Cup title, ending a run of three losses in finals. France joined Britain in third place on the list for the most Davis Cup titles, behind the United States (32) and Australia (28). France had won its last title in 2001, and lost in finals in 2002, 2010 and…

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France wins doubles to lead Belgium 2-1 in Davis Cup final

LILLE, France — Yannick Noah took a big gamble in the Davis Cup final and it paid off. When the France captain fielded an inexperienced pair for the doubles, many were perplexed. He was rewarded by a victory that put France one point away from a 10th Davis Cup title. “It was a tough decision,” Noah said after Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who had never played together before, defeated Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 on Saturday. France leads Belgium 2-1. Gasquet, who was…

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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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