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# Tennis

7th June 2023
# Progress
Swiatek into French Open semi-final as Haddad Maia makes history
The top seed defeated Coco Gauff 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday.
This week
4th June 2023 - 8th June 2023
# Controversy
French Open doubles pair disqualified after Miyu Kato hits ball girl with ball
The incident comes a day after 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva admitted she feared she would be defaulted after she angrily swiped a ball into the crowd.
# Roland Garros
Sabalenka and Svitolina to meet in politically-charged French Open quarter-final
Sabalenka of Belarus will meet Svitolina of Ukraine in the Roland Garros quarter-finals on Tuesday.
# Tennis
Djokovic and Alcaraz one win away from blockbuster showdown in French Open semis
Novak Djokovic reaches his record 17th French Open quarter-final, while clinical Carlos Alcaraz wins in straight sets.
Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# silent
Belarusian star refuses French Open press conference 'to feel safe'
Aryna Sabalenka did not comment on reports she supports Alexander Lukashenko.
# Unhappy
Novak Djokovic blasts French Open fans
The 36-year-old is chasing a third Roland Garros title and men’s record 23rd Grand Slam crown.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic says 'it's what I stand for' in Kosovo row
He will next face Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a fourth-round place on tomorrow.
# unapologetic
Djokovic says 'it's what I stand for' in Kosovo row
He will next face Spanish 29th seed Alejandro Davidovich Fokina for a fourth-round place on Friday.
# Tennis
French Open under fire again over no women’s matches in night sessions
Former finalist Sloane Stephens hit out after her 6-2 6-1 win over Varvara Gracheva.
# Wrap
Sorry for screaming: Svitolina hails husband Monfils's Paris epic
Meanwhile, Stefanos Tsitsipas cruised into the third round of the French Open.
# Tension
Novak Djokovic could face fine for writing message about Kosovo on TV camera lens
Djokovic wrote on the camera lens: ‘Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence.’
# Tension
Kosovo Tennis Federation to call for Novak Djokovic fine over on-camera message at French Open
Djokovic wrote on the camera lens, ‘Kosovo is the heart of Serbia. Stop the violence.’
# french open
Djokovic courts controversy with Kosovo 'heart of Serbia' message
The Belgrade-born tennis superstar wrote the message in Serbian after his opening round victory over Aleksandar Kovacevic.
Last month
May 2023
# under scrutiny
Former world number one Halep charged with second doping breach
The Romanian tennis star has been provisionally suspended since October 2022.
# vamos rafa
'It's a decision my body is taking': 14-time French Open champ Nadal out of Roland Garros
Nadal’s hip injury has not healed ahead of the tournament, which gets underway on Monday.
# Tennis
Rafael Nadal to reveal French Open decision amid injury concerns
The 22-time Grand Slam winner has battled to recover from a hip problem he sustained in January at the Australian Open.
This year
# Tennis
Suspended Simona Halep hits out at hearing delay in doping case
The former world number one tested positive for a banned substance at the US Open last summer.
# Tennis
Nadal pulls out of Madrid in worrying French Open blow
Nadal is hoping for a record-extending 15th French Open title at Roland Garros in May
# Tennis
Djokovic struggles on serve as he's dumped out of Monte Carlo Masters
Elsewhere, women’s tournaments will resume in China in September after a 16-month boycott over concerns for the safety of Peng Shuai.
# Challenge
Ukraine slams Wimbledon's decision to lift ban on Russian and Belarusian players
Competitors from the two countries will be able to enter the Grand Slam in July if they compete as ‘neutral’ athletes.
# Challenge
Ukraine slams Wimbledon's decision to lift ban on Russian and Belarusian players
Competitors from the two countries will be able to enter the Grand Slam in July if they compete as ‘neutral’ athletes.
# bnp paribas open
Carlos Alcaraz regains top spot with dominant victory at Indian Wells
The 19-year-old Spaniard ended Daniil Medvedev’s 19-match winning streak 6-3 6-2 in the final.
# no access
Djokovic withdraws from Indian Wells Masters as he is barred from entering United States
The US doesn’t allow international travellers unvaccinated from Covid-19 to enter the country.
# Tennis
Azarenka calls for WTA Finals to find 'deserving' home after being 'undervalued'
The pandemic and fallout from the disappearance of Peng Shuai meant they’ve not returned to Shenzhen since 2019.
# canberra
Tennis star Kyrgios admits assaulting former girlfriend but avoids conviction
The Wimbledon finalist admitted pushing then-girlfriend Chiara Passari to the ground after an argument on 10 January, 2021.
# beyond the baseline
'The men’s tour is more cut-throat, and you’re out there on your own'
Tennis player Simon Carr speaks to The42 ahead of Ireland’s biggest Davis Cup tie for 40 years.
# Historic
Novak Djokovic equals Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam record with 10th Australian Open title
The Serbian, who also becomes world number one, defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3 7-6 (4) 7-6 (5).
# Tennis
Sabalenka sets standard in Australia to challenge Swiatek at top of game
The Pole’s consistency, as well as her titles at the French Open and US Open, put her miles ahead of the rest in 2022.
# fab sab
Sabalenka wins Australian Open for first Grand Slam crown
The hard-hitting Belarusian collapsed to the court in tears after winning 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 against the Wimbledon champion.
# Controversy
Djokovic father filmed with fans holding Russian flags at Australian Open
The Serbian star had just booked his place in the tournament semi-final with a straight-sets thumping of Russia’s Andrey Rublev.
# doubles vision
Wimbledon shorten men's doubles to three sets
Traditional format had been criticised for discouraging more singles specialists from entering the doubles.
# Tennis
Ominous Sabalenka advances to Australian Open semi-final, Paul ends Shelton's fairytale run
Fifth-seeded Sabalenka is the highest remaining seed left in the women’s draw.
# The Other Korda Kid
Seb Korda stuns 2021 and 2022 finalist Daniil Medvedev at Australian Open
The young American produced another upset, knocking out the seventh seed in straight sets.
# australian open
Andy Murray shows unbreakable spirit to win 5hr45m epic in 4am finish
Australian Open match was the longest of Murray’s whole career, and the third latest finish to a tennis match ever.
# Melbourne Park
Djokovic barrels into Australian Open third round as seeds fall
In the women’s draw, Tunisian number two seed Ons Jabeur was beaten 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 by Czech world number 86 Marketa Vondrousova.
# rallied
Rafael Nadal ‘mentally destroyed’ as Australian Open defence ends in injury
American Mackenzie McDonald got the better of the stricken Spaniard with a 6-4 6-4 7-5 second-round victory.
# Progress
Iga Swiatek shows fight to ease past Camila Osorio
Meanwhile, Jessica Pegula, whose parents own the Buffalo Bills NFL franchise, wore the number three to offer support to Damar Hamlin following his cardiac arrest.
# Tennis
Novak Djokovic given a hero’s welcome on winning return to Australia
Rod Laver Arena was full of Serbian flags in support of the nine-time champion.
# Tennis
Kyrgios out of Australian Open as Gauff sets up Raducanu clash
The first Grand Slam of the year had lost several stars in the build-up.
# Tennis
ITF partnership with Gerard Pique’s Kosmos group for Davis Cup ends prematurely
The end of the big-money partnership means the future of the historic competition is unclear.