Tennis

ROEHAMPTON, England — Tennis players at the lower and junior levels will have an easier opportunity to move up to the main tours under a new system that makes rankings points available at their tournaments. The agreement announced Thursday by the International Tennis Federation allocates rankings on the ATP and WTA Tours at $15,000 ITF
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PARIS — Rafael Nadal will start his campaign for a record-extending 12th title at the French Open against a qualifier. And if he makes it to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam, another qualifier will be waiting. The defending champion was handed what looked like quite an easy draw Thursday at Roland Garros
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Former world No. 1 Andy Murray has all but ruled out playing singles at Wimbledon this year and said he will focus on doubles when he makes his comeback from hip-resurfacing surgery. The Scot has not played since his first-round exit from the Australian Open in January, but said last month he was finally pain-free
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ROME — Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. It marked the first time in an Open era-record
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WIMBLEDON, London – It was always going to rain. As Wimbledon unveiled its new No.1 Court roof to the nearly packed out stands and national television audience, the heavens opened an hour or so before celebrations began and all was well as the £70 million structure clicked into place. Quite what the Wimbledon crowd made
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