Naomi Osaka Returns to the Court at Australian Open

After a tumultuous year and a four-month layoff during which she questioned what she wanted from tennis, Osaka is back on the court. “I’m not sure if this is going to work out well.”

#australian-open-tennis, #content-type-personal-profile, #japan, #mental-health-and-disorders, #osaka-mari-1996, #osaka-naomi-1997, #tennis

After Quarantine, Sebastian Korda Wins in Australia

Sebastian Korda’s father and sisters have won in Australia. Now, Korda has recorded his first Australian Open win.

#australian-open-tennis, #korda-sebastian-2000, #tennis

Djokovic Returns to Warm Embrace in Home Country of Serbia

Novak Djokovic’s deportation from Australia over his vaccination status could signal future difficulties in his quest to win a record 21st tennis Grand Slam title.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #belgrade-serbia, #decisions-and-verdicts, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis

An Unplayed Australian Open Is a Turning Point for Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has rebounded from demoralizing periods in the past, but talented players are coming behind him, and his anti-vaccine stance has made him a global target.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #federer-roger, #isner-john, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #nadal-rafael, #tennis

Rafael Nadal Returns to Australian Open With More Modest Expectations

The 20-time Grand Slam tournament champion has cut himself, and even his rival, Novak Djokovic, some slack. “I want to be back on the tour, even if the preparation is not fantastic,” he said.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #nadal-rafael, #tennis

Australia Acts, and Novak Djokovic Exits

Three readers applaud Australia’s decision to deport the tennis player over his refusal to get the Covid vaccine.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

At the Australian Open, Everyone Not Named Djokovic Is Ready to Star

After Novak Djokovic’s immigration troubles, he is gone, but don’t worry: Plenty of other stars and story lines are ready for the spotlight.

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Serbia’s Leader Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

Serbia’s Vucic Denounces Australia’s Treatment of Novak Djokovic as ‘Orwellian’

In the tennis star’s homeland, even those who didn’t support his decision to remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus said that he had been mistreated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas, #vucic-aleksandar

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Finally Came to an End

Novak Djokovic lost to a government with powerful laws, determined to make an example out of him.

#australia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #melbourne-australia, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Australia Wants Novak Djokovic Out. Australians Are Thrilled.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

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Novak Djokovic Is Out of Australia. It Couldn’t Have Happened Fast Enough.

An otherwise skilled sportsman has recruited himself as a cack-handed symbol of everything presently enraging Australians.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #serbia, #social-media, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Mental Health of Tennis Players Is No Longer in the Shadows

The sport is very stressful, and many professionals had to often manage their anxiety alone. Now the tours provide help.

#anxiety-and-stress, #assn-of-tennis-professionals, #australia, #australian-open-tennis, #content-type-service, #psychology-and-psychologists, #soderling-robin, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Novak Djokovic, a Master on the Court, Keeps Making Errors Off It

Djokovic, the Serbian tennis star, is at the center of some of the most divisive debates of the pandemic: Individual versus community, science versus quackery.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #politics-and-government, #tennis

The Strategy, and Importance, of the Service Toss

Tennis players work for years perfecting the move, and finding the sweet spot can strikingly improve their game.

#content-type-service, #tennis

Twenty Years Ago, a Tennis Comeback in Australia Like No Other

Martina Hingis was way ahead in the final, but Jennifer Capriati made history in the oppressive heat and won.

#australian-open-tennis, #capriati-jennifer, #hingis-martina, #melbourne-australia, #tennis

Chris Evert, Tennis Hall of Famer, Says She Has Ovarian Cancer

The early-stage cancer was detected after a preventive hysterectomy, and it has not spread elsewhere in her body, according to ESPN.

#espn, #evert-dubin-jeanne-1957-2020, #evert-chris, #international-tennis-hall-of-fame, #ovarian-cancer, #tennis

Novak Djokovic’s Fight to Stay in Australia Lives Another Day

A federal court judge scheduled a Sunday hearing to address the unvaccinated tennis star’s Australian visa revocation. The Australian Open begins on Monday.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-and-emigration, #morrison-scott-1968, #serbia, #tennis, #victoria-australia, #visas

Novak Djokovic and Global Pandemic Morality

The move to deport Novak Djokovic is not just an exercise of Australian law. It represents an enforcement of collectivist values against an athlete who sought to play by his own rules.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #melbourne-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization, #visas

How Serbia Views Novak Djokovic

Many feel a personal connection and pride with the tennis star, even if they do not agree with his decisions to stay unvaccinated.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #serbia, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

With Djokovic’s Status in Limbo, So Is the Australian Open

Thursday brought no resolution in the star’s duel with the government, even as the tournament’s draw placed him (for now) at the top of the bracket.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

Djokovic Admits False Statement on Australia Travel Document

The tennis star also said he had participated in an interview and a photo shoot even after testing positive for the coronavirus, in an apparent violation of rules in his native Serbia.

#australia, #belgrade-serbia, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #tests-medical, #visas

For Novak Djokovic, Questions Over Positive Test and Public Events

If a tennis star knew he was positive for the coronavirus, why did he keep making public appearances without a mask?

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis

How the ‘Djokovic Affair’ Came Back to Bite Australia’s Prime Minister

Scott Morrison thought he had a political winner. Now, with an election looming, Australians debate their government’s fairness and competence.

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Australia Court Hears Novak Djokovic’s Appeal

His lawyer argued that the tennis star had met all government requirements before flying to the country to compete in the Australian Open.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #immigration-detention, #melbourne-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization, #victoria-australia

Novak Djokovic, Kyrie Irving, Aaron Rodgers and the Problem With Anti-Vax Star Athletes

Some star athletes seem to think you don’t have to follow public health policy — as long as you win.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #french-open-tennis, #medicine-and-health, #osaka-naomi-1997, #social-media, #tennis, #travel-warnings, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic and Fellow Star Vaccine Skeptics Are Increasingly Scorned

The tennis star is the latest target of a public outcry against vaccine skeptics and stars wanting special treatment. Denied entry to Australia, he awaits a hearing Monday on his deportation.

#athletics-and-sports, #australia, #basketball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #football, #irving-kyrie, #rodgers-aaron, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Novak Djokovic Collides With Australia’s Covid Fight

Barring the tennis star from entering the country offers a chance to change the subject as an election looms and coronavirus cases are at record highs.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

Why Novak Djokovic Was Blocked From Entering Australia

The men’s No. 1 tennis player had received an exemption to the country’s vaccine requirements. Then the federal government stepped in.

#australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #melbourne-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #tennis, #tennis-australia-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

Djokovic Granted Medical Exemption to Play in Australian Open

The top-ranked player in men’s tennis revealed his plans in a post on his Instagram account.

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Djokovic Granted Covid-19 Vaccine Exemption to Play in Australian Open

The top-ranked player in men’s tennis revealed his plans in a post on his Instagram account.

#australia, #australian-open-tennis, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Sports World’s Most Memorable and Human Moments of 2021

Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.

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Why the International Concern over Peng Shuai?

The tennis star’s allegation that a senior official sexually abused her ignited global concern. Her comments retracting that claim seem unlikely to end the matter.

#china, #olympic-games-2020, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #tennis, #women-and-girls

Peng Shuai, Chinese Tennis Player, Denies Sexual Assault Claim

Peng Shuai said in an interview with a Singaporean newspaper that she had been misunderstood. She also said, “I’ve been very free all along.”

#china, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

The Censoring of Peng Shuai

China’s decision to censor a star athlete has confronted the sports industry with a dilemma — speak out on her behalf or protect its financial interests in the country.

#metoo-movement, #audio-neutral-informative, #censorship, #china, #peng-shuai, #sexual-harassment, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Sports in 2021 Tried to Return to Normal

The coronavirus pandemic still had an impact, but players and leagues had their moments.

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Serena Williams Will Miss Australian Open With Injury

Williams, 40, withdrew from her second straight Grand Slam, saying, “I am not where I need to be physically to compete.”

#australian-open-tennis, #djokovic-novak, #tennis, #williams-serena

Putting Principles Before Profits, Steve Simon Takes a Stand

The WTA chief has spent years in tennis working quietly to put players first. Suspending tournaments in China over the treatment of star Peng Shuai has made him the most talked-about leader in sports.

#china, #peng-shuai, #simon-steve-1955, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

‘Where is **?’: Fans in China Elude Censors to Talk About Peng Shuai

She is not the first celebrity to be scrubbed from the internet, but her supporters are finding creative ways to voice their frustration.

#athletics-and-sports, #censorship, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #propaganda, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

I.O.C. Says It Held Second Video Call With Peng Shuai

Olympic officials said they ‘shared the same concern as many’ about the safety of the Chinese tennis star but offered no details of what they discussed with her.

#bach-thomas, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

WTA Suspends Tournaments in China Over Missing Tennis Star Peng Shuai

Steve Simon said Wednesday that the women’s tennis tour would not stage tournaments in China, including Hong Kong, because he has been unable to communicate with Peng despite repeated attempts.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #peng-shuai, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Why Peng Shuai Frustrates China’s Propaganda Machine

Accustomed to forcing messages on audiences at home and abroad, its propaganda machine hasn’t learned how to craft a narrative that stands up to scrutiny.

#metoo-movement, #censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #confessions, #freedom-of-the-press, #hu-xijin, #news-and-news-media, #peng-shuai, #propaganda, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

ATP Finals Create a Buzz in Turin, but Will Italy’s Players Follow?

Turin is a smaller stage than the prestigious event had in London, but the enthusiasm was real, especially for the young Italian stars Jannik Sinner and Matteo Berrettini.

#assn-of-tennis-professionals, #berrettini-matteo-1996, #sinner-jannik-2001, #sonego-lorenzo, #tennis

How Peng Shuai Went From ‘Chinese Princess’ to Silenced #MeToo Accuser

The tennis star won independence while remaining in Beijing’s good graces. But she has been unable to break through China’s resistance to sexual assault allegations.

#metoo-movement, #china, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #propaganda, #sexual-harassment, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

With a Second ATP Finals Win, Alexander Zverev Proves He Is Rising

This year gave the 24-year-old German star six singles titles, Olympic gold, an ATP Finals trophy, but also an ongoing tour investigation into allegations of physical abuse against a former girlfriend.

#assn-of-tennis-professionals, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #tennis, #zverev-alexander

Video of Peng Shuai With Olympic Officials Fuels a Showdown With Tennis

The Chinese tennis star held a 30-minute video call with the leader of the International Olympic Committee, but the head of women’s professional tennis remained unable to reach her.

#bach-thomas, #beijing-china, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #sex-crimes, #simon-steve-1955, #tennis

Who, and Where, Is Chinese Tennis Star Peng Shuai?

A blackout within China on discussion of the tennis star’s #MeToo allegations has not been able to silence a global chorus of concern for her safety.

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Peng Shuai Said to Be in Videos From China’s State Media

The editor of a state-run newspaper on Saturday shared two clips said to be of the Chinese tennis star on Twitter. But they are unverified, and the head of the WTA called them “insufficient.”

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Concern and Anger Build Over Peng Shuai’s Sexual Assault Allegations

The case of Peng Shuai has prompted the women’s tennis tour to rethink its heavy focus in China, where it has threatened to pull events if it cannot verify that she is safe and that her allegations are investigated.

#censorship, #china, #halep-simona, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kvitova-petra, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #simon-steve-1955, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Garbiñe Muguruza Wins WTA Tour Finals in Mexico

The sport’s final tournament, an elite event for the best in the game, produced a veteran champion, and a glimpse of where women’s tennis is headed in 2022.

#barty-ashleigh, #guadalajara-mexico, #kontaveit-anett-1995, #muguruza-garbine, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn