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Up to 60% of usual capacity will be allowed to attend 2020 French Open, organisers say

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Up to 60% of the usual attendance capacity will be allowed inside the Roland Garros grounds for the 2020 edition of the French Open amid the coronavirus crisis, organisers said on Thursday.French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli told a news conference that on the main courts, a maximum of four people could sit together, with an empty seat between groups.1 RelatedOn the other courts, one seat out of two will be empty when the main tournament starts on Sept. 27.Giudicelli explained that it meant about 20,000 spectators are expected during the early stages of the two-week clay-court Grand Slam, and
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Wimbledon Flashback: Bastl Stuns Sampras On ‘Graveyard Of Champions’ | ATP Tour

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Editor's Note: But for the COVID-19 pandemic, Wimbledon would now be underway. During the next two weeks, ATPTour.com will look back on memorable matches and happenings at the grass-court Grand Slam. Before it was demolished in 2009, the original No. 2 court at Wimbledon was known as the “Graveyard of Champions” due to several top stars falling to unheralded players on the court throughout tournament history. But out of all the headline-grabbing stunners in that stadium, George Bastl’s second-round defeat of Pete Sampras in 2002 arguably tops the list. The 27-year-old Swiss, then No. 145 in the FedEx ATP Rankings,
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United States Tennis Association expected to announce that US Open will still be held, per report

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Locker Room Confessions: Inside the John Isner-Nicolas Mahut Epic | ATP Tour

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When Craig Boynton walked into the seeded players' locker room at the All England Club on 23 June 2010, his charge, John Isner, was beyond exhausted. “For a brief period of time, a minute or two, he was talking and it didn’t make sense. It was gibberish. He was so depleted,” Boynton said. “It hit me then how far John dug and how much pain he was able to withstand and how he went far past any limit that I’d ever seen him push past.’” Isner's first-round Wimbledon match against Nicolas Mahut still wasn't over. They had played for 10
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2020 US Open: Serena Williams ‘excited’ to play in tournament as Novak Djokovic, other stars may skip it

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Natural Born Winner: Roger Federer A Cut Above On Grass | ATP Tour

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An 18-year-old Roger Federer played his first ATP Tour match on grass at the 1999 Fever-Tree Championships. Byron Black, who never won a title on the surface, defeated him 6-3, 6-0. Little did anyone know that Federer would become the greatest on grass. The Swiss’ first big breakthrough on the surface came two years later at Wimbledon, where he shocked former World No. 1 Pete Sampras in the fourth round. Sampras had won six of the previous seven editions of The Championships. A player who had not won a match at SW19 entering the tournament dethroned that generation's grass-court king.
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Novak Djokovic tests positive for COVID-19 following Adria Tour events

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Watch Now: We Need to Talk: Frances Tiafoe and Taylor Townsend on racial inequality in tennis (2:31) Tennis star Novak Djokovic tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. This comes after the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world organized and played in an exhibition series in Croatia and Serbia. He is the fourth player who participated in the matches to test positive for COVID-19, according to the Associated Press. Djokovic's wife, Jelena, also tested positive for coronavirus."The moment we arrived in Belgrade we went to be tested," Dojokovic said in a statement. "My result is positive, just as
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Funniest ATP Moments On The Mic Story | ATP Tour

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have made careers out of carving up their opponents with their sudden impact ‘Serve +1’ patterns. Similarly, they can get a rise out of fans with just a handful of words. At the 2017 Rolex Shanghai Masters, after a hard-fought final, they raised the roof with fans’ laughter after being persuaded to test their Chinese-language skills during the trophy presentation. Join us as we count down 10 of the funniest player moments behind a microphone in this hilarious clip from ATP Uncovered presented by Peugeot. The memorable moments include a giddy Stefanos Tsitsipas learning that
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Professional tennis set to return to Australia following lockdown

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Gilles Simon On Competing Against The Big Four: ‘It Was A Nightmare’ | ATP Tour

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I’m 35 years old, and I have won 14 ATP Tour titles and reached World No. 6. For a long time, the biggest problem my generation faced was that the top four players — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — were too good. For someone like me who was in the middle of these guys' careers, it was a nightmare. It was a chance to play with the best players and to compete against them. Every win I earned against them was a huge performance in itself, having a chance to test yourself against guys who
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