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Serena Williams’ smashed racket from the US Open sells for $20,910

[ad_1] Williams damaged the racket in the bad-tempered 2018 loss, a match which sparked controversy after the 23-time grand slam champion was docked a game for clashing with umpire Carlos Ramos.The item was one of a number pieces of well-known sporting memorabilia up for grabs at Goldin Auctions.A Jesse Owens gold medal from the 1936 Olympics was the most expensive lot, fetching $615,000, while a signed LeBron James rookie card
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Caroline Wozniacki to retire after Australian Open

[ad_1] The former world No. 1 said Friday that her final tournament will be the Australian Open next month. It's the site where she won her lone grand slam singles title in 2018, which was against the then-top-ranked Simona Halep.Known for her defense, Wozniacki also reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014."I've played professionally since I was 15 years old," the 29-year-old Dane wrote in an Instagram post.
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Nadal, Barty, Djokovic and Gauff: Tennis’ 2019 wrap

[ad_1] Here we look back at the 2019 season, beginning with the Spaniard who is moving ever closer to tying Roger Federer's grand slam mark. Not for the first time -- or second, or third -- Nadal entered a season under an injury cloud. This time it came courtesy of yet more knee issues and an abdominal complaint. He has often lamented how much time he has missed over the
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Roger Federer gets own Swiss coin…and you can buy it

[ad_1] Swissmint is honoring the tennis legend with a commemorative 20 Swiss franc ($20) silver coin, the first time that distinction has been bestowed to a living person. Federer has won 20 grand slams, the most of any man. You can buy the coin -- which features Federer in his trademark headband preparing to strike a backhand -- for 30 Swiss francs. "As well as being probably Switzerland's most successful
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Margaret Court: Tennis Australia to celebrate achievements but oppose personal views

[ad_1] Court won all four majors in 1970 during an illustrious career that yielded a record 24 grand slam victories and had called for recognition at next year's Open. However, the 77-year-old, now a Pentecostal pastor in Western Australia, has attracted controversy for voicing opposition to same-sex marriage and saying tennis is "full of lesbians."Such views prompted former rival Billie Jean King to call for the Australian's name to be
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Roberto Bautista Agut: Tennis star helps Spain win Davis Cup following father’s death

[ad_1] Bautista Agut made a surprise return to the 'World Cup of Tennis' after his father passed away earlier in the week, but after the 31-year-old received a spine-tingling ovation as he stepped on the court to take on Canadian no. 2 Auger Aliassime, the Spaniard secured a 7-6 6-3 victory to give Spain a 1-0 lead."I want to give everyone my thanks for the so many shows of care
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Rafa Nadal guides Spain to sixth Davis Cup title

[ad_1] Earlier on Sunday, Roberto Bautista Agut edged past Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-3), 6-3, ensuring Nadal's 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) win over Shapovalov gave Spain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the revamped tournament.In 2010 Nadal won three majors, but the 33-year-old will likely look back on 2019 as an extraordinary year as he won the French Open and the US Open, made the Australian Open final and also reached the Wimbledon
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Gerard Pique hopes to avoid own goal in $3 billion Davis Cup revamp

[ad_1] The Barcelona defender's investment company Kosmos has signed a 25-year deal to run the new-look nations team event, but the format has attracted plenty of criticism.Instead of the traditional three-day format where one nation hosted another -- bringing a unique atmosphere and often full stadiums, especially at the highest tier -- 18 nations have assembled in Madrid with the champion crowned this Sunday. Matches are contested over the best
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Stefanos Tsitsipas hoping to end Big Three stranglehold next year

[ad_1] And one asked repeatedly in recent years, as noted by Roger Federer, is "When will the young guard break through at grand slams?"Stefanos Tsitsipas has been asked that, too. The 21-year-old Greek sensation is one of the leading "Next Gen" contenders to end the "Big Three" party at majors next year -- alongside US Open finalist Daniil Medvedev -- especially after capping his stellar 2019 by winning the ATP
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ATP Finals: Stefanos Tsitsipas rallies past Dominic Thiem to win title on debut

[ad_1] But on Sunday, the fans were chanting Tsitsipas' name as the Greek all-rounder became the youngest player since John McEnroe 41 years ago to win the ATP Finals on his tournament debut. The 21-year-old rallied past Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6-8) 6-2 7-6 (7-4) in two-and-a-half hours in London on to cap a remarkable breakthrough season.Tsitsipas had been a hitting partner for Thiem at the tournament three years ago and