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  • Nishikori off to strong start at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan eased into the second round of the French Open on Sunday, beating French wild-card Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-3, 7-5, 6-1.Winning 79 percent of points on his first serve and hammering down seven aces, Nishikori converted seven of his 15 break points and took 2 hours, 10 minutes to brush the former big hope of French tennis off Court Suzanne Lenglen at Roland Garros.

  • FRENCH OPEN LOOKAHEAD: American teen Tiafoe makes Slam debut

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) When Frances Tiafoe steps on Court 5 at the French Open for his Grand Slam main-draw debut Monday, he'll be the first 17-year-old American man to play in the clay-court tournament since 1989, when a couple of guys named Pete Sampras and Michael Chang did it.

  • The Latest: French Open loses 4 seeds on Day 1

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 8:22 p.m.Seeded players, for the most part, earned their crust by living up to expectations on Day 1 of the French Open. Just four of the 17 seeds - two men and two women - in action Sunday failed to advance to the second round.The last to go out, as the evening light dims, is 26th-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, losing 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 3-6, 6-3 to 56th-ranked Steve Johnson in the first five-set match at this year's tournament.

  • The Latest: After dire run, Gulbis savors French Open win

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 7:18 p.m.Ernests Gulbis offered an apology - accompanied by a hearty laugh - for the delay between the end of his first-round French Open victory and his appearance before the waiting media.''I didn't get a win for a long time this year,'' the 24th-seeded Gulbis said after beating Igor Sijsling 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (3), ''so I needed a long massage.''

  • The Latest: Tsonga through to French Open 2nd round

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 6:56 p.m.Cheers on center court at the French Open as 14th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, back from a long-problematic right wrist injury, blows away Swedish qualifier Christian Lindell 6-1, 6-2, 6-2.The Frenchman took just 1 hour, 32 minutes to book his place in the second round, winning a whopping 91 percent of points on first serve.

  • The Latest: French Open security measures won't be changed

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 6:07 p.m.The French Open's tournament director is giving a Gallic shoulder-shrug about the selfie-seeking fan who approached Roger Federer, saying ''there is no reason for us to change the security procedures.''Although the 2009 champion ''has good grounds for being unhappy,'' Gilbert Ysern also says: ''It's not the end of the world.''

  • The Latest: Japan's Nishikori starts well at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 5:39 p.m.Japan's fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori is off to a better start than at the 2014 French Open, easing through 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 against French wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu.Carrying an injury, Nishikori disappointed with a first-round exit at the French last year but rebounded by making the U.S. Open final.

  • The Latest: Wawrinka also fumes at French Open organizers

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 5:04 p.m.Roger Federer isn't the only Swiss unhappy with French Open organizers.Stan Wawrinka is complaining about a ''completely stupid article'' that he says appeared on the official www.rolandgarros.com tournament website.Federer's Davis Cup teammate said he spotted the article Saturday and ''I told the tournament that I wasn't really happy about it.''

  • The Latest: Federer fumes about selfie-seeker at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 4:25 p.m. (1425 GMT)Roger Federer is fuming that a kid got on center court to snap selfies with him at the French Open and is demanding better security.''This should never happen on the Philippe Chatrier court,'' the 2009 French Open champion said. ''I'm not happy about it. Obviously not one second I'm happy about it.''

  • Federer upset about close encounter with fan at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) For Roger Federer, the menace did not come from the other side of the net.After dispatching Colombian Alejandro Falla in straight sets, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was about to leave center court Sunday when a young man ran down the stands and made his way to the Swiss star unhindered. The fan brazenly put his hand across his shoulder to try and get a selfie with him.

  • The Latest: Federer incident recalls Seles attack of 1993

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 3:44 p.m. (1344 GMT)A selfie-seeking fan's up-close-and-personal approach of Roger Federer on center court at the French Open raises new questions about player security, an ever-present concern in tennis since the stabbing of Monica Seles in 1993.

  • The Latest: Karlovic first seeded man to exit French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 3:30 p.m. (1330 GMT)Ivo Karlovic is the first seeded man to exit from the French Open. The big server, seeded 25th, hit 21 aces in losing 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 to Marcos Baghdatis on Court 7.Baghdatis, runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open, next plays Damir Dzumhir in the second round.

  • The Latest: Selfie fan accosts unhappy Federer at Roland

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 3:10 p.m. (1310 GMT)Surely, this was pushing the selfie craze too far.A kid ran down from the stands and across center court at Roland Garros to get a selfie with Roger Federer after the 17-time Grand Slam champion's first-round victory against Alejandro Falla.

  • Federer eases into 2nd round at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Roger Federer got off to a smooth start on the French Open center court Sunday as he advanced to the second round of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alejandro Falla.Facing a player who pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon five years ago, the 2009 champion was never threatened this time, extending his unbeaten run against the 111th-ranked Falla to 8-0.

  • The Latest: Federer through to 2nd round at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 2:43 p.m. (1243 GMT)Roger Federer is beaming after his straightforward 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 first-round win against Alejandro Falla, a Colombian who entered the main draw as a lucky loser from qualifying.Facing a player who pushed him to five sets at Wimbledon five years ago, the 2009 Roland Garros champion was never threatened, extending his unbeaten run against the 111th-ranked Falla to 8-0, serving eight aces.

  • The Latest: Halep wary of next opponent in French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 2:01 p.m. (1201 GMT)Once bitten, twice shy. Third-seeded Simona Halep, the losing women's French Open finalist last year, has good reason to be wary of her next opponent, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The 70th-ranked Croatian beat Halep in straight sets in the U.S. Open third round last year.

  • The Latest: 3rd seed Halep through to French Open 2nd round

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 12:45 a.m. (1034 GMT)Last year's losing women's finalist, Simona Halep, is safely through to the second round, closing out a 7-5, 6-4 victory against Russian Evegenia Rodina with an ace.The third-seeded Romanian, dressed all in black, celebrated with a fist pump.

  • The Latest: Mikhail Youzhny first man out at Roland Garros

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 12:19 p.m. (1019 GMT)The first match-winner this year is Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, in the men's draw. He was up two sets against Mikhail Youzhny when the Russian retired at the start of the third. Youzhny was a quarterfinalist in 2010.On the women's side, the first winner is Teliana Pereira. The Brazilian qualifier chomped through Fiona Ferro, a 326th-ranked French wild card, in 65 minutes, winning 6-3, 6-2.

  • The Latest: Golden oldies breaking records at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) 11:57 a.m. (0957 GMT)Out on Court 2, Phillip Kohlschreiber, seeded 22nd, has torn through his first set against Japan's Go Soeda, winning 6-1. Kohlschreiber (aged 31) and Soeda (30) are among 39 men aged 30 or over in the Roland Garros main draw. That is a Grand Slam record.

  • The Latest: Halep to open play on Center Court

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The latest from the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tournament at Roland Garros:---10:52 a.m.Here we go again. On a sunny Sunday morning, play is about to start at the French Open, as grounds crews finish watering the center court.

  • Thiem wins 1st career title by beating Mayer in Nice final

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Dominic Thiem held his nerves to win his first ATP tour title on Saturday as he completed a tight 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) victory over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the final of the Open de Nice.The 21-year-old Thiem, who defeated second-seeded John Isner in the semifinals, hit seven aces and fended off all six break points to come out on top of a nearly-three hour match at the French Open warmup tournament.

  • Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil wins Geneva Open title

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil won the revived Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4.The 27-year-old Bellucci's fourth career ATP title was his third in Switzerland. He also won on clay at the Swiss Open in Gstaad in 2009 and 2012.

  • Stosur wins first title this year in Strasbourg

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Third-seeded Samantha Stosur rallied to beat Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the Strasbourg International on Saturday, claiming her first title of the year.The 26th-ranked Stosur, a former French Open runner-up, is returning to form after reuniting last month with former coach David Taylor.

  • French Open at a glance

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:Site: Roland Garros.Surface: Red clay.Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 11 a.m. local time (0900 GMT, 5 a.m. EDT). The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 7, and men's singles final June 8.

  • Karin Knapp beats Roberta Vinci to win Nuremberg Cup

    May 24, 2015

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Karin Knapp defeated fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup final on Saturday.The sixth-seeded Knapp forced 17 break points and converted seven - three of those in the final set - to beat her fourth-seeded compatriot in 2 hours, 6 minutes.

  • Clock ticks but fortune smiles for Federer at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) There are two distinct sounds one hears when Roger Federer graces the courts of Roland Garros. One is the pop of backhands and forehands kicking up puffs of red clay. The other, getting ever louder, is the scratchy tick of life's clock.At age 33, with 34 bearing down in August, time is increasingly the enemy to Federer's quest to add to his already record haul of Grand Slam titles.

  • Bellucci, Sousa advance to Geneva Open final

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil advanced to the Geneva Open final on Friday and will play Joao Sousa of Portugal for the title.Bellucci, twice a champion at Switzerland's other clay-court event in Gstaad, eased past Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-4.

  • Stosur defeats Stephens to reach final in Strasbourg

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Third-seeded Samantha Stosur advanced to her first final this season with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens at the Strasbourg International Friday.Stosur, a former French Open finalist, is hitting form at the right time, with the clay-court Grand Slam tournament starting on Sunday at Roland Garros.

  • Djokovic looms in Nadal's toughest-ever draw at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the nine-time champion whose confidence and reign as ''King of Clay'' look shaky.

  • Thiem to take on Mayer in Open de Nice final

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Dominic Thiem hit 11 aces Friday to upset second-seeded John Isner and set up a final against Leonardo Mayer at the Open de Nice.The big-serving Isner also had 11 aces and saved seven of eight break points in the first set but lost the first three games of the second set to slump to a 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss at the clay-court tournament.

  • Vinci and Knapp to meet in Nuremberg Cup final

    May 24, 2015

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Roberta Vinci advanced to the Nuremberg Cup final on Friday after second-seeded Angelique Kerber withdrew because of a back injury.Vinci will face sixth-seeded Karin Knapp in an all-Italian final. Knapp defeated 98th-ranked Lara Arruabarrena 6-0, 6-2.

  • Nadal could face Djokovic in French Open quarterfinals

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.The draw Friday could hardly have been more unkind for the nine-time champion whose confidence and reign as the ''King of Clay'' are looking shaky.

  • Serena's bid for 20, other things to know about French Open

    May 24, 2015

    The very day that Serena Williams won this year's Australian Open for her 19th Grand Slam championship, she was thinking ahead.''I would love,'' Williams said then, ''to get to 22.''Her next chance to move closer to that goal - equaling Steffi Graf's Open era record for major singles titles - comes at the French Open, which begins Sunday.

  • No. 6 Raonic of Canada out of French Open after foot surgery

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Sixth-ranked Milos Raonic will miss the French Open after having surgery on his right foot.The Canadian announced his withdrawal Thursday, a day before the draw for the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.Raonic was forced to retire from a match at Monte Carlo in April and skip the tournament in Rome last week.

  • Arnaboldi wins epic qualifying match at French Open

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Andrea Arnaboldi needed two days and spent four hours and 26 minutes on court to win the qualifying match featuring the most number of games in the history of the French Open on Thursday.The Italian player defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France 6-4, 3-6, 27-25 to reach the final qualifying round, setting a new record for the most number of games played in a qualifier at Roland Garros.

  • Top seed Keys withdraws from Strasbourg; Stephens into semis

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded American Madison Keys withdrew from the Strasbourg International on Thursday because of an elbow injury, giving French player Kristina Mladenovic a walkover into the semifinals.Keys, who rallied from one set and 5-0 down to beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) on Wednesday, pulled out as a precautionary measure ahead of the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

  • Isner reaches Open de Nice semifinals; Gulbis goes out

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Second-seeded John Isner of the United States beat Serbia's Dusan Lajovic 7-6 (3), 6-4 to reach the Open de Nice semifinals on Thursday, while defending champion Ernests Gulbis lost 6-2, 6-4 against Austria's Dominic Thiem.Isner, who had eight aces and saved both break points he faced, next plays Thiem, who broke the third-seeded Latvian's serve twice in each set in their quarterfinals. Gulbis also double-faulted five times.

  • 2014 French Open doubles champ Julien Benneteau withdraws

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Reigning French Open men's doubles champion Julien Benneteau is pulling out of this year's tournament because he has not fully recovered from a sports hernia.The French tennis federation announced Benneteau's withdrawal from both singles and doubles Thursday, a day before the draw.

  • FRENCH OPEN 2015: Nadal's slump could open way for Djokovic

    May 24, 2015

    For years and years - a full decade, in fact - Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row.This year, his far-poorer-than-usual results on red clay and acknowledged crisis of confidence are generating talk that his reign at Roland Garros might be about to end.

  • 2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on men to watch

    May 24, 2015

    Men to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:NOVAK DJOKOVICRanked: 1Age: 27 (Turns 28 on Friday)Country: Serbia2015 Match Record: 35-22015 Singles Titles: 5Career Singles Titles: 53Major Titles: 8 - Australian Open ('08, `11, `12, `13, `15), Wimbledon ('11, `14), U.S. Open ('11)

  • 2015 FRENCH OPEN: Capsules on women to watch

    May 24, 2015

    Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday:SERENA WILLIAMSRanked: 1Age: 33Country: United States2015 Match Record: 25-12015 Singles Titles: 2Career Singles Titles: 66Major Titles: 19 - French Open ('02, `13), Wimbledon ('02, `03, `09, `10, `12), U.S. Open ('99, `02, `08, `12, `13, `14), Australian Open ('03, `05, `07, `09, `10, `15)

  • 2015 FRENCH OPEN: Tournament at a glance

    May 24, 2015

    A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:Site: Roland Garros in Paris.Surface: Red clay.Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 11 a.m. local time (5 a.m. EDT). The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 6, and the men's singles final June 7.

  • Kerber defeats Doi to reach Nuremberg Cup semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Second-seeded Angelique Kerber reached the semifinals of the Nuremberg Cup with a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi on Thursday.The German next faces the fourth-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy, who beat seventh-seeded Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.

  • US Open champion Cilic loses in Geneva Open quarterfinals

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic lost in the Geneva Open quarterfinals on Thursday, beaten 7-5, 6-3 by Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.Cilic, who has been troubled by a shoulder injury this year, has advanced to only one tournament semifinal since winning his first Grand Slam title last September.

  • Madison Keys survives scare in Strasbourg

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded American Madison Keys rallied from one set and 5-0 down to beat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0) and reach the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International on Wednesday.On the brink of defeat, Keys took plenty of risks and the strategy paid off as Lucic-Baroni failed to serve out the match.

  • Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka advances at Geneva Open

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Top-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland outlasted Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the second round of his home Geneva Open tournament on Wednesday.Wawrinka needed a single break of service to win the opening and deciding sets, though faltered with his own first serves in losing the second set.

  • Top-seeded Simon withdraws from Open de Nice

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Top-seeded Gilles Simon of France withdrew from the Open de Nice on Wednesday, casting doubts on his French Open participation.Simon, who retired from his second-round match in Madrid this month, says ''I'm extremely sorry to withdraw from the Nice Open. The pain is too strong.''

  • Vandy tops defending champ UCLA for women's tennis title

    May 24, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Vanderbilt was two points from its first NCAA women's team tennis title on one court when a UCLA rally shifted the focus to Astra Sharma three courts away.No big deal for the redshirt freshman from Perth, Australia. She just finished off her third straight three-set victory of the tournament to unseat the defending national champion.

  • Virginia takes 2nd NCAA men's team tennis title in 3 years

    May 24, 2015

    WACO, Texas (AP) Virginia's Mitchell Frank has played the deciding match for a national championship before, and with much more urgency than the Cavaliers faced in pursuit of their second NCAA men's team tennis title.The senior came through again, finishing off a 4-1 victory Tuesday that wrapped up a second crown in three years and denied top-seeded Oklahoma its first championship.

  • Cilic saves match point to beat teen Rublev at Geneva Open

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic saved a match point against 17-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev before winning 4-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1 in the Geneva Open second round on Tuesday.The second-seeded Croatian trailed 6-5 in the second-set tiebreaker to No. 229 Rublev, who is the French Open junior champion.

  • Stosur advances to Strasbourg International quarterfinals

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Third-seeded Samantha Stosur advanced to the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International with a walkover after opponent Lesia Tsurenko withdrew with a back injury on Tuesday.Stosur, a former finalist at the French Open, will next play Ajla Tomljanovic, who defeated Shelby Rogers 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2.

  • Nick Kyrgios advances to 2nd round at Open de Nice

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) Sixth-seeded Nick Kyrgios used his strong serve to reach the second round of the Open de Nice with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Tuesday.The 20-year-old Kyrgios, who is among the outsiders at the French Open after making the final at the Estoril Open, lost only two points on his serve in the second set and converted three of his five break chances.

  • Hewitt still on bail after South African sentence for rape

    May 24, 2015

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) A South African judge on Tuesday extended the bail of retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who intends to appeal his conviction for raping and sexually assaulting minors in the 1980s and 1990s.Hewitt, who was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday, will be confined to his home until a June 19 hearing on whether he can appeal his conviction and sentence, Judge Bert Bam ruled.

  • Bellucci, Youzhny win 1st-round matches at Geneva Open

    May 24, 2015

    GENEVA (AP) Two-time Swiss Open champion Thomaz Bellucci ousted seventh-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of the Geneva Open on Monday.Bellucci, a left-hander from Brazil, carried over the form which saw him push Novak Djokovic to three sets at the Italian Open last week.

  • Top-seeded Keys, No. 2 Jankovic reach Strasbourg 2nd round

    May 24, 2015

    STRASBOURG, France (AP) Top-seeded American Madison Keys overcame an inconsistent serve to reach the second round of the Strasbourg International with a 6-4, 6-3 win against countrywoman Christina McHale on Monday.Keys had four aces but also double-faulted twice, dropped her serve twice in the first set and saved all three break points in the second set. The 20-year-old Keys next faces Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

  • Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey advance at Open de Nice

    May 24, 2015

    NICE, France (AP) American players Steve Johnson and Sam Querrey each won in straight sets Monday to reach the second round of the Open de Nice clay-court tournament.Johnson had 11 aces and did not face a break point in a 7-5, 6-3 win over qualifier Michael Venus, while Querrey used seven aces and saved the only break point he faced in a 6-2, 6-3 win over Ruben Bemelmans.

  • Germans Kerber, Lisicki advance at Nuremberg Cup

    May 24, 2015

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) German players Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki advanced to the second round of the Nuremberg Cup by winning their opening matches at the clay-court tournament on Monday.The second-seeded Kerber defeated Rebecca Peterson of Sweden 7-5, 6-4 and the third-seeded Lisicki defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-4, 7-5.

  • It's a winner: When tennis and fashion collide in Paris

    May 24, 2015

    PARIS (AP) Well before Andre Agassi caused a stir with his stone-washed denim shorts at the French Open, the clay courts at Roland Garros were a sporting catwalk for fashion experimentation.From the corset-less dress worn by ''La Divine'' Suzanne Lenglen and designed by French creator Jean Patou to the revealing black-and-red outfit that Venus Williams exhibited five years ago, the tennis stadium located in the chic western district of the French capital has always been a fashion hotspot.

  • South Africa: Bob Hewitt gets 6 years in prison for rape

    May 24, 2015

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) A South African judge sentenced retired doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt to six years in prison for rape and sexual assault on Monday.Judge Bert Bam sentenced Hewitt to eight years in jail for two counts of rape of minors, with two years suspended. He also sentenced Hewitt to two years in prison for a third charge of sexual assault.

  • South Africa: Bob Hewitt testifies in rape trial sentencing

    May 24, 2015

    PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) Former doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt, who was convicted of rape and sexual assault, has testified at his sentence hearing in a South African court.Hewitt, 75, told the court on Monday that he suffers from poor health. He also said he had received anonymous threatening letters, warning of possible assault in prison.

  • Seeded Italians Vinci, Knapp advance at Nuremberg Cup

    May 24, 2015

    NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) Seeded Italians Roberta Vinci and Karin Knapp had little difficulty in advancing to the second round of the Nuremberg Cup on the clay-court tournament's opening day Sunday.The fourth-seeded Vinci defeated Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia 6-1, 6-1 and the sixth-seeded Knapp beat German wild-card entry Antonia Lottner 6-2, 7-5.

  • Tennis hall uses M museum makeover to detail game's impact

    May 24, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) The museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame is using a million makeover to highlight the game's influence on pop culture and social issues, with snazzy new displays and iconic memorabilia highlighting moments that transcended the sport.

  • Sharapova rallies to beat Suarez Navarro for Rome title

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Maria Sharapova rallied to beat 10th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Sunday and win her third Italian Open title.The victory gives Sharapova confidence on clay as she prepares to defend her title at Roland Garros, which starts next weekend.

  • Organizers want to move Italian Open to new location in Rome

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Running out of room and with ticket demand soaring, local organizers want to move the Italian Open from its historic Foro Italico venue to a new location near Rome's main airport.''We can't fit in here anymore,'' Italian tennis federation president Angelo Binaghi said Sunday. ''The hunger for tennis makes this the biggest sports event in Italy.''

  • Chinese tennis player Li Na's life story to become a film

    May 24, 2015

    CANNES, France (AP) Chinese filmmaker Peter Ho-Sun Chan is making a movie about Li Na, the country's biggest tennis star.Chan's production company We Pictures said in a statement Saturday that the film will be based on Li's autobiography ''Li Na: My Life'' and will be released in 2016.

  • Suarez Navarro beats Halep to reach Italian Open final

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Tenth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain fought through her nerves and rallied past No. 2 Simona Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Saturday to reach the Italian Open final.Aiming for her second career title, Suarez Navarro will face either two-time Rome champion Maria Sharapova or qualifier Daria Gavrilova, who were playing later.

  • Federer beats Berdych to reach Italian Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Roger Federer kept alive his pursuit of an elusive clay-court title with a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych on Friday to reach the Italian Open semifinals.Along with Monte Carlo, Rome is one of only two Masters series titles that the 17-time Grand Slam champion has never won.

  • Citing fatigue, Andy Murray withdraws from Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Fatigue from consecutive clay-court titles prompted Andy Murray to withdraw from the Italian Open on Thursday before his third-round match against Belgian opponent David Goffin.''I'm tired. My body is tired,'' Murray said. ''It's completely normal and I think acceptable to feel like that after the last few weeks.''

  • Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with elbow injury

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Trying not to make the same mistake as last year and let an injury affect her chances at Roland Garros, top-ranked Serena Williams withdrew from the Italian Open on Thursday with a right elbow problem.Williams, the defending champion, made the announcement before she was scheduled to face American qualifier Christina McHale in the third round.

  • Top-ranked Serena Williams withdraws from Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams has withdrawn from the Italian Open.Tournament organizers announced Williams' decision without explanation shortly before she was scheduled to face fellow American Christina McHale, a qualifier, in the third round.

  • Nadal figures out Isner's serve, reaches Rome quarterfinals

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Rafael Nadal became the first player to break John Isner's serve in nearly a month, and he did it twice in a 6-4, 6-4 win Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals.The 16th-seeded Isner had held serve in 84 consecutive games stretching back to his last meeting with Nadal on April 16 in the Monte Carlo Masters, when Nadal broke him in the third set and went on to win.

  • Citing fatigue, Andy bMurray withdraws from Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Andy Murray has withdrawn from the Italian Open citing fatigue before his third-round match against Belgian opponent David Goffin.Murray says when he woke up Thursday he was ''pretty exhausted,'' and felt ''extremely flat'' after his pre-match warmup.

  • Murray wins opener in Rome, extends clay record to 10-0

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Andy Murray improved his record on clay this year to 10-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 38th-ranked Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at the Italian Open.The third-seeded Murray had considered withdrawing at the Foro Italico because of fatigue after his perfect start to the clay-court season, but his game showed no signs of wear.

  • Despite fatigue, Murray decides to play Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Andy Murray has decided to play the Italian Open, fighting off fatigue after winning consecutive clay-court titles.Murray's manager Matt Gentry says Tuesday, ''Andy confirmed to play tomorrow after practice just now.''In the past two weeks, Murray won his first clay title at the Munich Open, and then beat Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Madrid Open final for his first Masters trophy on the surface.

  • Nadal: 'Obviously today I'm not as good as I (was)'

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) After a decade at or near the top of tennis, Rafael Nadal can accept that he's no longer dominating.''Obviously today I'm not as good as I (was),'' Nadal said Tuesday at the Italian Open. ''Life has been fantastic with me. Today I'm not winning as much as I did in the past. Life continues.''

  • Sharapova advances at Italian Open; Cilic loses

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Maria Sharapova opened her bid for a third Italian Open title with a win over 52nd-ranked Jarmila Gajdosova on Tuesday.The third-seeded Sharapova was leading 6-2, 3-1 when her Australian opponent retired with an apparent injury.Sharapova won back-to-back titles at the Foro Italico in 2011 and 2012. She is coming off a loss to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Madrid Open semifinals.

  • Andy Murray considering withdrawing from Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) With his body worn down after winning consecutive clay-court titles, Andy Murray is considering withdrawing from the Italian Open.Murray says Tuesday: ''I'm practicing again this afternoon and I'll decide this evening. It's obviously been a long couple of weeks.''

  • Roger Federer hologram to debut at tennis museum re-opening

    May 24, 2015

    NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) A hologram of 17-time major champion Roger Federer will be a highlight of the renovated International Tennis Hall of Fame museum when it re-opens next week, museum officials announced Monday.The Federer hologram will tell visitors why the Swiss player loves the sport and will showcase some of his signature shots. He was chosen because he is a current and international tennis star, a museum spokeswoman said.

  • Simon, Dimitrov and Keys advance at Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Gilles Simon of France took advantage of a few key double-faults by American Jack Sock and rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win Monday in the opening round of the Italian Open.Sock was up a break in the second set until his usual commanding serve deserted him. The 12th-seeded Simon quickly leveled the set then jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreaker with the help of two double-faults by Sock.

  • New York teen Chirico earns USTA's French Open wild card

    May 24, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Louisa Chirico, an 18-year-old from Harrison, New York, earned a chance to make her Grand Slam main-draw debut at the French Open by claiming a wild-card berth via the U.S. Tennis Association.Chirico and Katerina Stewart finished with the same number of points awarded by the USTA for results in three lower-tier events, but Chirico got the wild card by virtue of a higher WTA ranking.

  • Muray beats Nadal 6-3, 6-2 to win the Madrid Open final

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Andy Murray beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time Sunday, dominating the Madrid Open final to win 6-3, 6-2 against the four-time champion.It was Murray's first Masters title on clay, a week after his maiden career tournament victory on the red surface at the Munich Open.

  • Wild card Donati upsets Giraldo in ATP debut at Italian Open

    May 24, 2015

    ROME (AP) Local wild card Matteo Donati made his ATP Tour debut a match to remember, rallying to upset 49th-ranked Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 Sunday in the opening round of the Italian Open.Ranked 275th, the 20-year-old Donati showed off an aggressive game, often dictating play from within the baseline to the approval of a vocal crowd inside the Foro Italico's main stadium.

  • Rafael Nadal beats Tomas Berdych to reach Madrid Open final

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Rafael Nadal has reached his seventh final at the Madrid Open by defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6 (3), 6-1.Yet to drop a set this week, Nadal will face either 2008 champion Andy Murray or last year's finalist, Kei Nishikori, in the final on Sunday.

  • Sharapova loses to Kuznetsova in Madrid Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Defending champion Maria Sharapova lost in the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday, falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4.Kuznetsova beat Sharapova for the first time in seven years, breaking her opponent's serve three times and saving the one break point she faced.

  • Sharapova knocked out of Madrid Open semis by Kuznetsova

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the Madrid Open final when she ousted defending champion Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 on Friday.Kuznetsova beat her fellow Russian for the first time in seven years by breaking Sharapova three times, and saving the one break point she faced.

  • Williams, Sharapova advance to Madrid Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Serena Williams advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open by beating Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3 on Thursday.The top-seeded Williams, who is a two-time champion in Madrid, broke the Spaniard's serve four times and saved three break points.

  • Sharapova beats Wozniacki to reach Madrid Open semis

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Maria Sharapova reached the Madrid Open semifinals by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday.The Russian continued the defense of her title by breaking the fifth-seeded Wozniacki's serve five times, completing the win in almost exactly 2 hours.

  • Kyrgios knocks Federer out of 2nd round at Madrid Open

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer made an early exit from the Madrid Open on Wednesday after a second round defeat to Nick Kyrgios of Australia.The 20-year-old from Canberra ended Federer's hopes of a fourth title at the Spanish tournament by rallying for a closely-fought 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (12) victory.

  • Sharapova beats Garcia, reaches quarterfinals of Madrid Open

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Wednesday.The third-seeded Russian, the defending champion who is making her sixth appearance at the Madrid tournament, broke her opponent's serve five times but was broken three times.

  • Maria Sharapova advances to 3rd round of Madrid Open

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Maria Sharapova advanced to the third round of the Madrid Open by beating Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 6-1, 6-2 on Tuesday.The third-seeded Russian broke Duque-Marino's serve four times while saving three break points on her own serve.

  • Hewitt to skip French Open to focus on Wimbledon, Davis Cup

    May 24, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) Two-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt will not play this month's French Open in what is likely to be his last year on tour.Hewitt's manager, David Drysdale, said Tuesday that the Australian veteran wants to focus on Wimbledon, where he won the 2002 title, and Australia's Davis Cup quarterfinal against Kazakhstan in July.

  • Isner beats Mannarino to reach 2nd round of Madrid Open

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) John Isner of the United States beat Adrian Mannarino of France 7-6 (2), 6-4 to reach the second round of the Madrid Open on Monday.The 16th-seeded Isner will next play either Jeremy Chardy - another Frenchman - or Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil.

  • Murray wins BMW Open for 1st clay-court title

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Andy Murray won his first clay-court title on Monday when he overcame Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 5-7, 7-6 (4) in the rain-delayed final of the BMW Open.The top-seeded Murray was the steadier player in the decisive tiebreaker and clinched the close match when Kohlschreiber sent a backhand long on Murray's second match point.

  • Halep, Venus lose in Madrid Open 1st round, Serena advances

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) Second-seeded Simona Halep and Venus Williams both lost in the opening round of the Madrid Open on Sunday, while top-seeded Serena Williams had a trouble-free debut.Defending champion Maria Sharapova also advanced after beating Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 6-3.

  • Gasquet beats Kyrgios to win Estoril Open title

    May 24, 2015

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Richard Gasquet of France won the Estoril Open final in straight sets on Sunday, beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2.Fifth-seeded Gasquet, who broke seventh-seeded Kyrgios three times on the clay court, won in just over an hour for his 12th career title and second of the year after also winning at Montpellier.

  • BMW Open final postponed by rain in Munich

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) The BMW Open final between Andy Murray and Philipp Kohlschreiber was postponed by rain Sunday midway through the first set and will be completed Monday.Play was halted with Kohlschreiber leading 3-2. Organizers waited several hours for the rain to stop before eventually giving up.

  • Federer wins Istanbul Open in straight sets

    May 24, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer claimed his 85th title Sunday with a 6-3, 7-6 (11) win over Pablo Cuevas in the final of the Istanbul Open.The 17-time Grand Slam winner fended off strong resistance from the third-seeded Uruguayan, who saved four match points.

  • Gasquet to meet Kyrgios in Estoril Open final

    May 24, 2015

    ESTORIL, Spain (AP) Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet will face 20-year-old Australian Nick Kyrgios in the final of the Estoril Open after both came from behind to win semifinals on Saturday.Gasquet of France rallied to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1) for a place in Sunday's final.

  • Elina Svitolina wins title at Grand Prix SAR

    May 24, 2015

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina saved eight of 11 break points on her way to her third WTA title as she defeated unseeded Timea Babos 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the Grand Prix SAR final.Svitolina extended her unbeaten record in finals to 3-0 after hitting nine aces and breaking Babos four times.

  • Federer advances to Istanbul Open final

    May 24, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer rallied past Diego Schwarzman 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 Saturday to reach the Istanbul Open.Federer recovered from a sloppy start against the eighth-seeded Argentine player to remain on course for an 85th title. The 17-time Grand Slam winner will face either second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov or Pablo Cuevas in the final.

  • Murray wins twice to reach BMW Open final

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Top-seeded Andy Murray won two matches Saturday and advanced to the BMW Open final with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.Murray fired nine aces and saved five of the six break points he faced to win the semifinal in 1 hour, 34 minutes.

  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova wins Prague Open for 4th title

    May 24, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova rallied from a set down to claim her fourth WTA title by defeating qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in an all-Czech final of the Prague Open on Saturday.The 14th-ranked Pliskova wasted three match points when she was 5-2 up in the final set. But she served out the match in the following game, converting her fifth match point with a forehand winner.

  • Murray beats Rosol to reach BMW Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Top-seeded Andy Murray rallied to beat Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Saturday in their rain-postponed BMW Open quarterfinal.Murray converted five of his 14 break opportunities and served five aces against the Czech to set up a semifinal later Saturday against Roberto Bautista Agut.

  • 17-year-old Frances Tiafoe earns French Open wild-card berth

    May 24, 2015

    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) Frances Tiafoe, a 17-year-old from Maryland, has earned his first main-draw Grand Slam tournament berth by clinching a French Open wild-card entry through the U.S. Tennis Association.The USTA said that Tiafoe assured himself of finishing with the best results among American men at three events played on green clay on the Challenger tour by reaching the final at Tallahassee, Florida, with a victory Friday.

  • Gasquet beats Almagro to reach Estoril Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France beat Nicolas Almagro 6-1, 7-6 (4) to advance to the Estoril Open semifinals on Friday.Gasquet, who had lost his last three meetings with Almagro, saved four of five break points while breaking Almagro three times to win in one hour, 24 minutes.

  • Elina Svitolina to face Timea Babos in Grand Prix SAR final

    May 24, 2015

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will face unseeded Timea Babos of Hungary in the Grand Prix SAR final after both players won their semifinals in straight sets on Friday.The 20-year-old Svitolina, who now bids for her third career title, dominated throughout against seventh-seeded Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, breaking the Slovakian player's serve six times in a 6-0, 6-3 win.

  • Quarterfinals wiped out by rain at BMW Open in Munich

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) The quarterfinals of the BMW Open were washed out by rain on Friday and rescheduled for Saturday.The quarterfinals, including top-seeded Andy Murray's match against Lukas Rosol, will be in the morning, with the semifinals to follow in the afternoon.

  • Federer beats Gimeno-Traver to reach Istanbul semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Top-seeded Roger Federer overcame some sloppy serving to beat unseeded Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 6-3 and reach the Istanbul Open semifinals on Friday.Federer, who dropped his serve twice, missed seven chances to break Gimeno-Traver for a second time in the second set. But the Swiss star saved four breaks points on his opening service game of the deciding set.

  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches final of Prague Open

    May 24, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova aced her first match point to reach the Prague Open final, beating Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium 6-4, 7-5 on Friday.It was one of 11 aces for the hard-hitting, 14th-ranked Czech.Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set but Wickmayer double-faulted to drop her serve in the following game.

  • Garcia-Lopez beats 2nd-seeded Kevin Anderson in Estoril Open

    May 24, 2015

    ESTORIL, Portugal (AP) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain upset second-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the second round of the Estoril Open on Thursday.Garcia-Lopez, champion in Zagreb in February and in Bucharest last weekend, won their matchup for the first time in three tries.

  • World No 1 Novak Djokovic withdraws from Madrid Open

    May 24, 2015

    MADRID (AP) The ATP says world No. 1 and former champion Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next week's Madrid Open without elaborating, and will return to competition the following week in Rome, where he is the defending champion.The tour made the announcement on Thursday.

  • Babos upsets 3rd seed Pennetta to reach Grand Prix SAR semis

    May 24, 2015

    MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) Timea Babos of Hungary secured an upset 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 win against third-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy to reach the Grand Prix SAR semifinals on Thursday.In an error-strewn match featuring nine double faults and 12 service breaks, Babos broke Pennetta's serve seven times to set up a last-four clash with Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic, who eased past Laura Arruabarrena of Spain 6-4, 6-1.

  • Grigor Dimitrov, Pablo Cuevas advance at Istanbul Open

    May 24, 2015

    ISTANBUL (AP) Second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov eased into the quarterfinals of the inaugural Istanbul Open by beating Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-2 on Thursday.Dimitrov never faced a break point in dominating Golubev.Third-seeded Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay had to work much harder to book his place in the last eight, needing two hours and three sets to beat Ukraine qualifier Teymuraz Gabashvili, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.

  • Murray beats Zverev in 1st match at BMW Open

    May 24, 2015

    MUNICH (AP) Top-seeded Andy Murray began his clay-court season with a routine 6-2, 6-2 victory over qualifier Mischa Zverev to reach the quarterfinals of the BMW Open on Thursday.Murray saved all of six break points he faced, including three in the final game while serving for the match. He broke serve for a 2-1 lead in the second set and then saved three break points in the next game before holding.

  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova reaches Prague Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of the Prague Open on Thursday with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over wild-card entry Denisa Allertova.The 14th-ranked Pliskova got three breaks in the final set and converted her first match point with a backhand return winner to beat Allertova in their first encounter.

  • Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova makes Prague Open semifinals

    May 24, 2015

    PRAGUE (AP) Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of the Prague Open Thursday with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-1 victory over wild-card entry Denisa Allertova in an all-Czech match.The 14th-ranked Pliskova got three breaks in the final set and converted her first match point with a backhand return winner to beat Allertova in their first encounter.