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  1. Investigation Into Alexander Zverev Finds Insufficient Evidence for Abuse Claims Sports, January 31

    The ATP Tour won’t discipline Zverev after a 15-month investigation into allegations made by his former girlfriend.

  2. Novak Djokovic Comes Full Circle at the Australian Open Sports, January 29

    Deported a year ago and unable to play in 2022’s first Grand Slam tournament, Djokovic deeply felt this major title, his 22nd, calling it “a huge relief.”

  3. Novak Djokovic Captures His 10th Australian Open Men’s Singles Title Sports, January 29

    After missing last year’s tournament when he was deported for being unvaccinated for Covid-19, the Serb beat Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in straight sets to win his 22nd Grand Slam title.

  4. The Quiet Coaching Revolution in Tennis That Can Feel Like ‘Cheating’ Sports, January 29

    In-match coaching has always happened on the sly, but this year is the first time the Australian Open has allowed players to be coached from the stands.

  5. Big Risks and Big Rewards for Aryna Sabalenka at the Australian Open Sports, January 28

    The Belarusian, who beat Elena Rybakina to win her first Grand Slam title on Saturday, held the trophy in triumph while the war in Ukraine remained a brutal reality.

  6. Aryna Sabalenka Wins the Australian Open Women’s Singles Title Sports, January 28

    The 24-year-old Belarusian player pushed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan to three sets to capture her first Grand Slam singles title.

  7. Rod Laver ‘Might Have Hurt Somebody’ With a Modern Racket Sports, January 28

    At 84 years old, the man with his name on the stadium sits courtside at the Australian Open. He likes what he sees.

  8. Sania Mirza, India’s Superstar, Exits the Australian Open and, Soon, a Career Sports, January 27

    Mirza, who leaves tennis in India as a sleeping giant, has been a trailblazer nonetheless. “I would like to have a quieter life,” she said after the mixed doubles final.

  9. Strife Returns for Djokovic. He Is Back in the Australian Open Final Anyway. Sports, January 27

    Djokovic will play for his 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday against Stefanos Tsitsipas. Will his father, Srdjan, be in his usual seat in the stands to cheer him on?

  10. An Australian Open Final With Tennis and Debate on the Ukraine War Sports, January 26

    Nearly a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, a Russian-turned-Kazakh will play a Belarusian in the finals, which is sure to stir the debate over whether athletes from those countries should participate in international sports.

  11. An Australian Open Final With Tennis and Debate on the Ukraine War Sports, January 26

    Nearly a year after Russia invaded Ukraine, a Russian-turned-Kazakh will play a Belarusian in the finals, which is sure to stir the debate over whether athletes from those countries should participate in international sports.

  12. Australian Open Women’s Final Will Be All Strength and Power Sports, January 26

    Elena Rybakina and Aryna Sabalenka have thunderous first serves and fast-paced groundstrokes, and are hard-wired to go for winners.

  13. In Tennis, the ‘Nepo Babies’ Are Everywhere Sports, January 26

    The names of a lot of the young pros on the tennis tour have a familiar ring to them. It’s about more than good genes.

  14. Tommy Paul and American Tennis Are Having a Moment Sports, January 25

    Paul, the first American man to reach an Australian Open singles semifinal since Andy Roddick in 2009, must now face Novak Djokovic.

  15. With ‘Little Steps,’ Victoria Azarenka Is Making a Deep Run Sports, January 24

    Azarenka has taken a more process-oriented approach than in the past. But the outcomes have been good, too, as she’s in an Australian Open semifinal for the first time since she won it all in 2013.

  16. An All-American Grand Slam Quarterfinal 16 Years in the Making Sports, January 24

    Ben Shelton and Tommy Paul are playing for a spot in the Australian Open semifinals. The United States has waited a long time for something like this.

  17. Ben Shelton Masters a Tricky Fifth Set at the Australian Open. Holger Rune Does Not. Sports, January 23

    Neither Shelton, 20, nor Rune, 19, had gone this deep at the Australian Open. Playing in fourth-round matches on different courts, only one advanced to the quarterfinals.

  18. For Some Players at the Australian Open, No Spotlight Is No Problem Sports, January 23

    Jessica Pegula leads a cohort of players into the quarterfinals that few outside the locker room were paying attention to before the tournament. In this intensely mental sport, that was a good thing.

  19. At the Australian Open, Elena Rybakina Is Rolling Sports, January 22

    Iga Swiatek could not find an answer to the power game of Rybakina, the 2022 Wimbledon champion who is seeded No. 22 in Melbourne.

  20. At the Australian Open, American Men Advance en Masse Sports, January 21

    Sebastian Korda, Ben Shelton, J.J. Wolf and Tommy Paul all made the fourth round in singles. Not since 2004 have four men from the United States gone this far in Melbourne.

  21. Limping and Creaking, Djokovic Pulls Off a Win. Murray Goes Kicking and Screaming. Sports, January 21

    The aging stars were both playing hurt at the Australian Open. Only Djokovic managed to move on, beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets.

  22. Inside the Battle to Control, and Fix, Tennis Sports, January 21

    The sport’s hit Netflix series and rising collection of young stars has investors bullish on tennis, which is poised for a once-in-a-generation moment of disruption.

  23. All Night Long: Why Some Tennis Matches Never Seem to End Sports, January 20

    Andy Murray’s second-round match at the Australian Open didn’t end until after 4 a.m. As matches more often go into the early morning hours, some players say it is harming their physical and mental health.

  24. Frances Tiafoe’s Life Goes Technicolor Sports, January 19

    A thunderous run to the semifinals at the 2022 U.S. Open changed Tiafoe’s life. Now the rising American tennis star wants more.

  25. High Drama at 4 A.M.: Andy Murray Wins on Late Night at Australian Open Sports, January 19

    Murray’s stirring five-set comeback against Thanasi Kokkinakis of Australia ended a day that also saw the men’s singles favorite Novak Djokovic win while playing with a hamstring injury.

  26. Gauff and Raducanu Deliver at the Australian Open, but Only One Advances Sports, January 18

    Coco Gauff, 18, prevailed against Emma Raducanu, 20, in a prime-time match. “I think that we’re going to be playing each other many times in the future,” Raducanu said.

  27. A Decade After U.S.T.A. Sidelined Her, Taylor Townsend Is Looking Forward Sports, January 18

    When Townsend was the world’s top junior player, the leaders of tennis in the United States told her to hit the gym. A decade later, she’s determined to play the best tennis of her career.

  28. Top-Seeded Rafael Nadal Loses at Australian Open After Injury Sports, January 18

    Nadal, who has won 22 Grand Slams, lost in the second round to Mackenzie McDonald, an American who has never cracked the top 40 in the world rankings.

  29. Caroline Garcia Has Been Rethinking Her Approaches to Tennis and Eating Sports, January 18

    Garcia is one of the world’s top players and poised to rise in the rankings. She started her season by publicly discussing her troubles with binge eating.

  30. Extreme Heat and Torrential Rain Plague Australian Open Sports, January 17

    At the first Grand Slam tournament of the tennis season, the heat got so intense that play was halted for most of the afternoon. In the evening, a torrential rain fell, halting play once more.

  31. At the Australian Open, Shang Juncheng Leads Wave of Talent From China Sports, January 16

    Shang, once the world’s top-ranked junior, Wu Yibing and Zhang Zhizhen played men’s singles in Melbourne, the first time three men from China are competing at a Grand Slam in the Open era.

  32. Novak Djokovic Returns to the Australian Open, No Longer a Villain Sports, January 16

    Djokovic’s deportation was major news in January 2022, but a year later, the Grand Slam tournament, country and sport seem eager to move on.

  33. Nick Kyrgios Withdraws From Australian Open With Knee Injury Sports, January 16

    Kyrgios, the temperamental star who was a finalist at Wimbledon last year, had battled soreness in his left knee but was hoping to play.

  34. Ben Shelton Is Ready to Go Global Sports, January 15

    Shelton, 20, is ranked in the top 100 after a late-season surge last year. Now, he is embarking on his first full season on tour and his first trip outside the United States.

  35. Nick Kyrgios Is Coming for Tennis Sports, January 15

    On the eve of the Australian Open, the electric, sometimes eccentric tennis star has become the sport’s biggest draw, but he’s also its riskiest pitchman.

  36. War and Motherhood Sidelined Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. She’s Ready to Return. Sports, January 13

    Rather than struggling to compete on the WTA Tour most of 2022, the tennis star focused on her new daughter and raising money to help her fellow Ukrainians.

  37. With the Australian Open Set to Begin, All Eyes Are on Rafael Nadal Sports, January 12

    The defending champion, Nadal has lost six of his last seven tour singles matches and is struggling with his timing, confidence and composure. But don’t count him out.

  38. Naomi Osaka Announces She Is Pregnant and Won’t Play in 2023 Sports, January 11

    The tennis star, who withdrew from the Australian Open this week, posted a photo of an ultrasound on Instagram.

  39. Naomi Osaka Withdraws From the Australian Open Sports, January 8

    Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, was once widely considered the world’s top hardcourt player, but she has struggled to regain her form after injuries and time away from tennis.

  40. Novak Djokovic Finds Harmony and a Lot of Wins Sports, November 18

    Djokovic missed long stretches of the tennis season because he has refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19. That has only made him more determined.

  41. Still Unvaccinated, Djokovic Says He Will Miss the U.S. Open Sports, August 25

    Djokovic said he wouldn’t be able to travel to New York for the tournament that begins next week. The U.S. has travel restrictions that require foreign visitors to be vaccinated against Covid-19.

  42. Tennis Is Done With Covid-19, but the Virus Isn’t Done With Tennis Sports, July 10

    With testing, quarantine and isolation requirements all but gone, tennis finally seems to have entered a stage of pandemic apathy, much like a lot of society.

  43. The June 28 Covid 19 Mandates Vaccine Cases live blog included one standalone post:
  44. Berrettini Out of Wimbledon as Coronavirus Enters the Draw Sports, June 28

    The exit of Matteo Berrettini, who reached the men’s singles final last year, came one day after Marin Cilic withdrew after also testing positive for the virus.

  45. A Saga Between Tries, Novak Djokovic Again Aims for His 21st Slam Sports, May 23

    The world No. 1 seemed poised to set the men’s record for major titles. Now, after a crushing loss and a vaccine controversy, Djokovic looks to get back on course at the French Open.