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Kvitova: Being Czech Flag Bearer Was "Deep" Experience

By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Thursday August 12, 2021 Petra pride. Two-time major champion Petra Kvitova made no secret about how excited she was to be a flag bearer for the Czech Republic at the Tokyo Olympics. In Montreal on Thursday, after a tough loss to Camila Giorgi, Kvitova talked about how the experience made her reflect back on ...

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Tsitsipas, on birthday, rolls into Toronto quarters

TORONTO — Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday Thursday by defeating Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals of the National Bank Open. The crowd serenaded the No. 3 seed from Greece with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” as he was presented with a white sheet cake decked out with fresh fruit. “One of the best feelings you ...

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No fans allowed at qualifying for US Open

NEW YORK — Matches in qualifying rounds for the US Open will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Tennis Association on Thursday called it a “particularly tough decision.” Qualifying is held at Flushing Meadows the week before main draw competition begins there on Aug. 30. The USTA said in June that it would allow 100% ...

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Knee injury ends Konta’s Canadian Open

Johanna Konta won the Nottingham Open in June British number one Johanna Konta has pulled out of the Canadian Open with a knee injury. The 30-year-old was due to face 15th seed Coco Gauff in the third round, with the American now advancing to the quarter-finals in a walkover result. The event in Montreal was Konta’s first since the Nottingham ...

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US Open Qualifying Closed to Public

Traditionally, US Open qualifying is free for fans. This month, US Open qualifying will be a fan-free experience. More: Nadal Pulls out of Cincinnati The Flushing Meadows major announced US Open qualifying is closed to fans this month. The US Open said it has closed the popular qualifying roudns to the public after consultation with health authorities and the ...

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Top seed Sabalenka ends wild card’s Montreal run

MONTREAL — Top-seeded Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus ended Rebecca Marino’s strong run at the National Bank Open on Thursday with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over the Canadian. Marino, a wild card ranked 220th, made it to the round of 16 by upsetting No. 16 seed Madison Keys and Paula Badosa, ranked No. 31. Sabalenka, ranked No. 3, saved four break ...

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Tsitsipas Celebrates Birthday Honoring Hero

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrated his 23rd birthday paying tribute to the tennis hero who inspired him. Tsitsipas shares an August 12th birthday with his tennis role model, Hall of Famer Pete Sampras, who celebrates his 50th birthday today. More: Tsitsipas Cracks Top 3 The third-ranked Greek said Sampras, who is of Greek descent, gifted him the love of all-court tennis ...

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Nadal’s Relaxed Attitude Shows he is at Peace with his Legacy in the Game – Tennis Connected

When Rafael Nadal first arrived on tour back in 2002, he was often referred to as the ‘fiery Spaniard’. A large majority of Nadal’s career has been spent head-to-head in battle against the somewhat reserved Roger Federer. Perhaps the contrast between the two is another reason for his reputation as a passionate player, a status that has lasted for more than a decade. These days, however, the ...

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Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov ousted in Toronto

TORONTO — Wimbledon quarterfinalist Felix Auger-Aliassime and countryman Denis Shapovalov were ousted from the National Bank Open in their native Canada on Wednesday. Auger-Aliassime lost his first match, falling 7-5, 6-4 to Dusan Lajovic. Shapovalov dropped a 6-1, 6-4 decision to American Frances Tiafoe. Auger-Aliassime, who’s from Montreal, was the ninth seed in the tournament and had a bye into ...

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Social round-up: Making friends and living the dream

What have Australia’s top-ranked players been up to? We’ve collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date … Australia, 12 August 2021 | tennis.com.au When Australia’s top-ranked players are not impressing us with their on-court efforts, they keep us entertained via social media with their off-court exploits. This week’s social-round-up begins with Nick Kyrgios, who ...

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