Rafael Nadal overcomes hitting himself in face with own racket to beat Fabio Fognini in US Open second round | CNN

Rafael Nadal overcomes hitting himself in face with own racket to beat Fabio Fognini in US Open second round | CNN

CNN  —  Rafael Nadal overcame accidentally hitting himself in the face with his own racket to beat Fabio Fognini in the US Open second round. The 36-year-old had to battle back from a slow start to beat Fognini over four sets 2-6 6-4 6-2 6-1 on Thursday night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. But the victory … Read more

Jordan Spieth on the joy of trash-talking Tiger Woods | CNN

Jordan Spieth on the joy of trash-talking Tiger Woods | CNN

CNN  —  It’s one of sport’s most unfamiliar sights – Tiger Woods standing idly by as his opponents are crowned winners. Alongside Rory McIlroy, Woods had just fallen to an emphatic defeat in the seventh edition of The Match to golf’s dynamic duo and long-time friends – Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas. Cross-armed, the 15-time … Read more

Defending champion Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka both lose in US Open first round | CNN

Defending champion Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka both lose in US Open first round | CNN

CNN  —  It was a night to forget for two of tennis’ biggest names as Naomi Osaka and Emma Raducanu both crashed out of the US Open first round on Tuesday. On a rainy night in New York, Osaka was beaten by American Danielle Collins in straight sets – 7-6(5) 6-3 – while defending champion … Read more

Inspired by tough love and true love, Lydia Ko is on top of the world | CNN

Inspired by tough love and true love, Lydia Ko is on top of the world | CNN

CNN  —  Last year, Lydia Ko’s mother joked that she would retire if her daughter made it back into the top three of the women’s golf world rankings – a position the New Zealander hadn’t occupied in over five years. Based on what happened next, it can only be assumed that Ko was desperate to … Read more

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open | CNN

Venus Williams bows out in first round of women’s singles at US Open | CNN

CNN  —  A day after her sister Serena advanced to the second round of the singles play at US Open tennis tournament, Venus Williams was not as fortunate, losing in straight sets to Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium. Appearing in an Open-era record 23rd US Open, Williams lost her first-round match 6-1, 7-6 (5) at … Read more

Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest year-end No. 1 in men’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s slump continues at ATP Finals | CNN

Carlos Alcaraz becomes youngest year-end No. 1 in men’s tennis as Rafael Nadal’s slump continues at ATP Finals | CNN

CNN  —  Carlos Alcaraz is set to become the youngest year-end No. 1 in the history of men’s tennis after Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the ATP Finals. At the age of 19 years and 214 days, US Open champion Alcaraz surpasses Lleyton Hewitt’s record of ending the year as world No. 1 aged … Read more

US Open: Why is it so difficult to win a second grand slam? | CNN

US Open: Why is it so difficult to win a second grand slam? | CNN

CNN  —  When Emma Raducanu won the US Open last year, she dropped her racket, sank to the floor and covered her face in her hands. It was a familiar scene, one repeated throughout the years by first-time grand slam winners; Daniil Medvedev also fell to the floor as he won his maiden grand slam … Read more

Kyrie Irving suspended by Brooklyn Nets over ‘failure to disavow antisemitism’ after Twitter controversy | CNN

Kyrie Irving suspended by Brooklyn Nets over ‘failure to disavow antisemitism’ after Twitter controversy | CNN

CNN  —  The Brooklyn Nets announced Thursday the suspension of Kyrie Irving, days after he tweeted a link to a documentary that has been criticized as antisemitic and then defended his decision to do so. In a statement on Twitter, the team said they made repeated attempts to help Irving “understand the harm and danger … Read more

Coco Gauff reaches the top of the women’s doubles rankings with Canadian Open victory | CNN

Coco Gauff reaches the top of the women’s doubles rankings with Canadian Open victory | CNN

CNN  —  American teenager Coco Gauff has risen to the top of the women’s doubles rankings after winning the Canadian Open title alongside compatriot Jessica Pegula. The pair defeated Nicole Melichar-Martinez and Ellen Perez 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 10-5 in Sunday’s final, which was decided by a match tie-break. At 18 years and 154 days old, … Read more

South Korean phenom Tom Kim matches Tiger Woods historical feat after second PGA Tour win | CNN

South Korean phenom Tom Kim matches Tiger Woods historical feat after second PGA Tour win | CNN

CNN  —  Records tumbled in Tiger Woods’ wake when the prodigious amateur turned professional in 1996 in one of the most breakneck accelerations to the summit that golf has ever seen. So when, 26 years on, a 20-year-old is matching the early feats of the 15-time major winner, it’s probably worth taking notice. Kim “Tom” … Read more