The former US No1 tennis player James Blake was wrestled to the ground and handcuffed in New York as he was preparing to attend the US Open on Wednesday.
Venus v Serena: it sounds like some intergalactic showdown to save the planet rather than a tennis match between the two members of the Williams family who over nearly two decades have simultaneously dominated their sport like no one else.
Going into the fourth round of the US Open, Andy Murray and Roger Federer still look likely semi-final opponents, but their journeys have been vastly different and the Swiss, who has not dropped a set, would start a slight favourite.
When the fans started streaming out of Arthur Ashe stadium on the fifth night of the US Open, they made the reasonable gamble that Rafael Nadal could not blow a two-set lead against Fabio Fognini. When they did the same on Saturday night, the chances of Andy Murray letting Thomaz Bellucci back into the match from two sets down were about the same as might be laid for the new roof to fall in.
We've got a lot of time for Serena, and we've got A LOT of time for this!
U.S. Open ticket prices have seen a big boost this year, thanks in large part to Serena Williams' shot at the first grand slam sweep since 1988.
Novak Djokovic still has not lost a set at the 2015 US Open but he admitted after a stuttering, wheezing win over Andreas Seppi on day five there is room for improvement – although no cause for concern about his health.
Andy Murray dragged himself from the court to his ice bath to the obligatory press conference and, in a voice as husky as an old crooner, revealed that a cold had hampered him during his epic five-set win over the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the second round of the US Open.
If this were a fight, it might have been called off before a blow had been landed. But Kiki Bertens, a smiling, 23-year-old Dutch qualifier who looked pleased just to be here, made a decent fist of her impossible assignment in dappled light on Arthur Ashe and pushed Serena Williams at least to the lower slopes of anxiety on day three of the 2015 US Open.
Not for the first time in her career, Australian Open eighth seed Venus Williams has departed a grand slam in melodramatic style, apparently happy to wear a US$5,000 fine in order to avoid discussing her shock first-round exit at the hands of Great Britain’s Johanna Konta on Tuesday.
As tactics to win a game of tennis go, this is pretty drastic...
It was ugly, tense and thrilling – as with nearly every match between Andy Murray and David Ferrer – and for the 13th time the Scot prevailed, exhausted after three hours and 19 minutes on Rod Laver Arena, relieved to be in the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic has vehemently denied allegations in an Italian newspaper he had deliberately lost a match against the French player Fabrice Santoro at the Paris Masters in 2007.
Alongside the joys of being touted as the next big thing in British women’s tennis, there are pressures.
As Andy Murray and Sam Groth stood in the tunnel before their second-round match on day four of the Australian Open, the Australian who looks like he eats raw meat for breakfast turned to the Scot and confided, “I’ve never played on Rod Laver Arena, never even hit on it.”
Andy Murray has insisted he will give his best in the ATP World Tour Finals in London – where he has rarely done that well – but admitted the Davis Cup a week later remains his priority.
Before a ball was struck, the 2016 Australian Open was pitched into a match-fixing scandal on Monday that pointed a shaky but accusatory finger at an unnamed grand slam winner and seven other players in the main draw who have been investigated for match-fixing or were under suspicion in the past decade.
Big things are expected of Sloane Stephens at the US Open this coming fortnight, but the Floridian got off to an uninspiring start as she struggled to overcome Luxemburg’s Mandy Minella in the first round at Flushing Meadow.
John McEnroe says Andy Murray helping Great Britain over the line in the Davis Cup final for the first time in 79 years could give him a lift if he meets Novak Djokovic in the final of the Australian Open again in January.
Weird scenes, these.
Great Britain will have a representative in Thursday’s junior quarter-final matches after Gabriella Taylor recorded an impressive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Switzerland’s Rebeka Masarova in their girls’ last-16 contest.
Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli has contracted a virus that prevents her from eating and for which she will receive treatment at an Italian clinic at the end of this summer’s championship, she has said.