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Strasburg in 'preparation mode' as Nationals start workouts

Stephen Strasburg was among the first players manager Dave Martinez ran into at the Washington Nationals' spring training facility Thursday before the team's first official workout for pitchers and ca...

Osaka eyes 4th Slam title in Australian Open final vs Brady

Whether or not Naomi Osaka claims the Australian Open championship — and make no mistake, she will be expected to win — this much seems certain: Tennis has a new dominant force. Sure...

'Not normal': Djokovic raises quarantine-injury connection

Novak Djokovic won an Australian Open match between two guys with abdominal muscle issues, setting up a semifinal against someone who beat an opponent with debilitating back spasms. ...

On the move: Serena's court coverage brings her near No. 24

Serena Williams agrees with everyone else that her footwork and movement are better these days than they've been for a bit — and that's a big reason she's closing in on what would be a record-tying 24...

At Australian Open, players can reveal, or hide, injuries

Novak Djokovic came clean, or so it seemed, right after his third-round victory at the Australian Open, about pain in his midsection after an awkward, torso-twisting slip. Asked that...

Facing a Grand Slam great: Dream come true? Big loss? Both?

Ahead of his match against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open, Cameron Norrie hit what sounded like all of the right notes, the sorts of sentiments that express a healthy blend of respect and confide...

Australian Open goes quiet as lockdown keeps crowds away

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Inside an empty Rod Laver Arena, the fluttering of a photographer's camera suddenly seemed all too distracting before a player served. Other sounds not n...

Djokovic skips practice; scheduled to play Raonic at night

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic skipped practice at the Australian Open ahead of his fourth-round contest. With his title defense in doubt because of a side muscle issue, ...

At 39, Feliciano Lopez is not just showing up, he's winning

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Feliciano Lopez doesn't remember much about his first Grand Slam match. It was 2001, the French Open, and he was 19 years old. “I think I got killed in th...

No sign of Grand Slam drought ending soon for American men

The all-American matchup at the Australian Open between Taylor Fritz and Reilly Opelka ended in the middle of the night in the United States, which meant few back home saw their entertaining five-set ...

Wawrinka wastes big lead, loses another Australia 5-setter

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Stan Wawrinka has played plenty of memorable five-set matches at the Australian Open. He's won his fair share of them, too, including his epic quarterfin...

Australian Open's hard quarantine 'took a toll' on players

Being stuck for two weeks in a Melbourne hotel room with windows that wouldn’t open “really took a toll” on Victoria Azarenka in the leadup to the Australian Open, the Grand Slam tournament’s two-time...

Analysis: Only Venus Williams gets to decide when she leaves

The questions about Venus Williams’ future have been accumulating for a while now, some subtle, some less so. About whether she’ll be back at a particular event. About whether she’ll...

Analysis: Kudos to Andreescu, Marino for Australian returns

Bianca Andreescu began her first news conference at her first tournament in 15 months with a broad smile and more than a hint of giddiness. “Well, first of all: Hi, people. It’s been...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021: Serena, Novak, Rafa chasing history

Forget about aces or double-faults, winners or unforced errors: The statistic that has come to mean the most in tennis these days is “Grand Slam titles won.” Which is why so much at...