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Japan’s Osaka inspires own manga character – tennis

Japan’s three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka has inspired a new manga character to appear in an issue of Nakayoshi magazine next month, the publishers announced on Sunday. Osaka, who is the world’s highest paid female athlete, is a fan of both manga and anime and took to social media to welcome the character. Her sister Mari Osaka is assisting ...

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Sports minister: Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed – tennis

The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will “most likely” be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18. Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to a conclusion and that the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year was ...

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Grand Slam box ticked, Thiem targets Tokyo podium – tennis

Having fulfilled his dream of joining the Grand Slam winners club by taking the U.S. Open title this year, Austrian Dominic Thiem is setting out his goals for 2021 and hopes to be standing on the podium at the Tokyo Olympics. The 27-year-old lost three Grand Slam finals before finally winning at Flushing Meadows in September, becoming the first player ...

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Organisers allow players to train during quarantine at Australian Open – tennis

Tennis Australia (TA) has been granted permission by the Victoria state government to allow players to train during their 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, local media reported on Friday. Organisers have been in lengthy discussions with authorities over the COVID-19 protocols to be established for those arriving in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, ...

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Players can train in Australian Open quarantine, ATP Cup cancelled – report – tennis

Tennis Australia (TA) has been granted permission by the Victoria state government to allow players to train during their 14-day quarantine ahead of the Australian Open, local media reported on Friday. Organisers have been in lengthy discussions with authorities over the COVID-19 protocols to be established for those arriving in Australia ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year, ...

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‘Pregnancy and having a baby made me a better person’, Sania Mirza pens open letter to mothers – tennis

Indian Tennis star Sania Mirza set an example with her emphatic return at the WTA Hobart International 2020 earlier in January. It was her first tournament since embracing motherhood and giving birth to baby boy Izhaan. Along with her Ukrainian partner Nadiia Kichenok, Sania clinched the doubles title after nearly a two-year break from the sport. Her victory was the ...

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Players must be able to train ahead of Australian Open: Medvedev – tennis

ATP Finals champion Daniil Medvedev says players health will be at risk if quarantine restrictions prevent them from playing or practising in the run-up to the Australian Open. Organisers are in talks with the Victoria state government over the protocols to be put in place for those arriving in Australia for the first Grand Slam of the year. State officials ...

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Sports minister: Australian Open ‘most likely’ to be delayed – tennis

The sports minister for Victoria state says the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne will “most likely” be delayed by a week or two from its scheduled start of Jan. 18. Martin Pakula also said negotiations between various levels of governments and tennis officials were close to a conclusion and that the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year was ...

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Medvedev, Thiem get tennis set for intriguing 2021 – tennis

No one thinks it’s time to write off Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal — or even Roger Federer — just yet. Well, they shouldn’t, anyway. Still, the season-ending ATP Finals set the stage for an intriguing 2021 in men’s tennis with the emergence of Daniil Medvedev and the continued excellence of Dominic Thiem, a pair of 20-somethings who look ready ...

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Prajnesh Gunneswaran finalist in second US Challenger event in row, regains India No.1 tennis ranking – tennis

Prajnesh Gunneswaran saw the restart to the pandemic-halted tennis season meet with heartbreak in the US, narrowly missing out on a last-minute entry into the main draw of the US Open in August. The Indian, however, has ended it with two consecutive runner-up finishes in the country. The southpaw lost to talented American teen Brandon Nakashima 3-6, 4-6 in the ...

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