Tournament

MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open

MELBOURNE, Australia  —Jan 13, 2019—Novak Djokovic knows there’s a chance he may not have played his opening match at the Australian Open before Andy Murray is out of the tournament. Perhaps even finished on the tour. Their careers have long been intertwined. They’re both 31 and have birthdays a week apart in May, and they’ve … Continue reading MELBOURNE, Australia | Djokovic’s start may follow Murray’s finale at Aussie Open

LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LUGANO, Switzerland — With four years to go before the next World Cup opens in Qatar, the small gulf country’s national soccer team is on the rise but still has a long, long way to go. Qatar surprisingly won the right to host the 2022 tournament eight years ago, when it was ranked 113th in … Continue reading LUGANO, Switzerland | Ahead of 2022 World Cup, Qatar still has a long way to go

LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON— Novak Djokovic overcame an illness — and Alexander Zverev — to earn a second straight win at the ATP Finals. Despite requiring a tissue to blow his nose between points, Djokovic beat Zverev 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday to close in on a spot in the semifinals at the season-ending tournament. “Unfortunately today hasn’t been … Continue reading LONDON | Djokovic overcomes illness to beat Zverev at ATP Finals

LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON— Kevin Anderson thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday to move to the brink of the last four on his ATP Finals debut. The 32-year-old South African was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition’s history until Nishikori won the penultimate game. Anderson, who lost just eight points on … Continue reading LONDON | Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

LONDON— Alexander Zverev came from a break down in both sets to defeat Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) at the ATP Finals on Monday. Facing each other in their opening match for a second straight year, Zverev produced the slightly steadier tennis in an error-strewn contest to extend his record against Cilic at the … Continue reading LONDON | Zverev defeats wasteful Cilic again in ATP Finals opener

PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

PARIS — With voting for the 2018 Ballon d’Or closing this week, Antoine Griezmann boosted his chances of lifting the most prestigious individual trophy in soccer with an inspired display and a goal in his 50th Champions League game on Tuesday. Griezmann helped Atletico Madrid bounce back from a heavy loss to Borussia Dortmund with … Continue reading PARIS | Champs League: Barca through, Griezmann scores, Monaco out

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates  — Eleven Israeli players are taking part in a judo competition in the United Arab Emirates after the tournament was temporarily suspended last year over a ban on Israeli symbols during the medal-awarding ceremony. The Abu Dhabi Judo Grand-Slam, which started Saturday and runs for three days, includes athletes from … Continue reading ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates | 11 Israelis take part in UAE judo competition

LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year

LUXEMBOURG — Julia Goerges lived up to her top seeding at the Luxembourg Open by winning her second title of the year on Saturday. Goerges beat unseeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-4, 7-5 in the final. The German won her first tournament of the year in Auckland, reached another final at Charleston in April, and … Continue reading LUXEMBOURG | Goerges wins Luxembourg final and 2nd WTA title of the year