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Martina Navratilova and John McEnroe ‘sorry’ for rules breach over protest

[ad_1] The legendary tennis stars oppose 24-time grand slam winner Court's views on homosexuality and want the Melbourne Park court renamed. Navratilova, 63, climbed into the umpire's chair to address the crowd at the end of her "Legends" doubles match Tuesday, however the television feed was cut off as she was speaking.She then unfurled a banner reading "Evonne Goolagong Arena" in reference to Australia's seven-time grand slam champion and paraded
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Alexander Zverev achieves grand slam breakthrough to reach Australian Open semis

[ad_1] The 22-year-old has been beaten twice in the quarterfinals and three times in the fourth round at majors, but bounced back from a disappointing opening set on Wednesday to finally make that last four breakthrough.He also becomes the first German in 10 years to reach a grand slam semifinal."I've done well in other tournaments, I've won Masters, I've won World Tour Finals, but I never could break that barrier
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John McEnroe and Martina Navratilova hold on-court protest at Australia Open

[ad_1] A day after 24-time grand slam champion Court was honored at the tournament on the 50th anniversary of her calendar Grand Slam, McEnroe and Navratilova unfurled a banner calling for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed in honor of fellow Australian Evonne Goolagong. After the conclusion of her veterans doubles match, Navratilova climbed into the umpires' chair to address the remaining crowd only to have the television feed
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Novak Djokovic pays tribute to Kobe Bryant after Australian Open victory

[ad_1] Speaking after his quarterfinal victory over Milos Raonic, Djokovic hailed Bryant, who died alongside his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash Sunday, as "one of the greatest athletes of all time"."He inspired myself and many other people around the world," the Serb said in Melbourne. "I had the fortune to have a personal relationship with him over the last 10 years. "When I needed some advice and
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Roger Federer saves seven match points against Tennys Sandgren to reach Australian Open semifinals

[ad_1] In photos: The 2020 Australian OpenAustralian Nick Kyrgios celebrates beating Karen Khachanov in the third round of the Australian Open on January 25. In photos: The 2020 Australian OpenCzech Republic's Karolina Pliskova is seen in action against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. In photos: The 2020 Australian OpenAngelique Kerber, a champion in Melbourne in 2016, takes on Italy's Camila Giorgi. In photos: The 2020 Australian OpenRafael Nadal hits a serve against fellow
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Nick Kyrgios pays tribute to Kobe Bryant during defeat by Rafael Nadal

[ad_1] Kyrgios has often spoken about his love for basketball and had to hold back tears as he walked onto the Rod Laver Arena for his fourth-round match wearing an LA Lakers jersey with Bryant's name on the back. He eventually went down 6-3 3-6 7-6 7-6 in a highly anticipated encounter that took Nadal into his 12th quarterfinal in Melbourne.The match was evenly poised at 1-1 after the pair
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John McEnroe mocks Margaret Court on her 50th anniversary celebration

[ad_1] "This year marks the 50th anniversary of Margaret Court's grand slam and Tennis Australia is facing a dilemma. What do they do with their crazy aunt?" seven-time major champion McEnroe said in his Eurosport segment entitled the "Commissioner of Tennis".The former player turned pundit called on 23-time grand slam winner Serena Williams, who was knocked out in the third round of the Australian Open, to better Court's number of
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Australian Open: Coco Gauff’s fairytale run comes to end

[ad_1] That may change following Kenin's fourth round victory over the teenage sensation at the Australian Open to advance to the quarterfinals. Kenin won 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-0 to advance to her first ever Grand Slam quarterfinals, where she will face Ons Jabeur, who beat Wang Qiang in her fourth-round match. After closing out the third set victory, Kenin dropped her racquet to the court and broke into tears, while
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Roger Federer survives huge scare against John Millman in Australian Open epic

[ad_1] The six-time champion battled back from 8-4 down in the final-set super tie break -- which goes up to 10 as opposed to seven -- to triumph 4-6 7-6 6-4 4-6 7-6 (10-8) in four hours and three minutes.At times, Federer had no answer to Millman's thundering serve and piercing groundstrokes, but he saved some of his best tennis for the closing moments, winning six straight points to steal
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Australian Open: Three of the top six women’s seeds knocked out

[ad_1] Second seed Karolina Pliskova, fifth seed Elina Svitolina and sixth seed Belinda Bencic all fell in the third round of the first Grand Slam of 2020 in Melbourne. Pliskova, fresh from her win at the Brisbane International in the build-up to the tournament, suffered a straight set 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-3) defeat against 30th seed Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Pavlyuchenkova had previously lost all six of her encounters against last year's