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Peter Gojowczyk upsets defending champion Ivo Karlovic at Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

NEWPORT, R.I. — Peter Gojowczyk upset defending champion Ivo Karlovic 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 7-6 (4) on Thursday to reach the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Gojowczyk, a 28-year-old German, overcame 30 aces from the second-seeded Croatian. Gojowczyk converted all three of his break points. “In the end, it didn’t go my way,” Karlovic said. “That’s life, that’s tennis. That’s how it goes sometimes.” Gojowczyk will face Australia’s Matthew Ebden, a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 winner over Germany’s Tobias Kamke. Ebden is the first qualifier to reach…

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ITF proposal for World Cup of Tennis Finals put on hold for at least a year

LONDON — The International Tennis Federation is putting off its proposal for a World Cup of Tennis Finals for another year. The ITF said last month it wanted to combine next year’s Davis Cup and Fed Cup finals into one event to raise the profile of the two national team competitions. But on Thursday, the governing body said it would not put the motion to a vote at its annual general meeting next month in Vietnam. Other proposals, such as reducing the men’s matches to best-of-three sets and possibly skipping…

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Karolina Pliskova, Andy Murray lead direct-entry fields for U.S. Open

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — New WTA No. 1 Karolina Pliskova and top-ranked man Andy Murray headline the direct-entry lists for the US Open. Pliskova, the 2016 runner-up at Flushing Meadows, is joined by four past US Open champions: Angelique Kerber, Venus Williams, Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova. Other past Grand Slam champions in the field include Garbine Muguruza, Petra Kvitova, Francesca Schiavone, Victoria Azarenka and Jelena Ostapenko. There are 13 Americans among the 99 women receiving direct entry, more than any other country. Six-time US Open champion Serena Williams (pregnant)…

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4 Wimbledon, French Open matches flagged for unusual betting

LONDON — The Tennis Integrity Unit says a total of four matches at Wimbledon and the French Open have been flagged for unusual betting patterns. The TIU’s quarterly report, released Wednesday, says a total of 53 match alerts were received from April to June out of a total of more than 31,000 professional matches. There were 73 alerts during the same period last year. Three of the recently flagged matches were at Wimbledon — two in qualifying, one in the main draw — and one was at Roland Garros. Only…

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ICYMI at Wimbledon – the best bits

2:11 PM ET Victoria MonkESPN LONDON — The players descended in their whites and the supporters responded by arriving equipped with Pimm’s and picnics. We saw some early-round upsets and some epic five-set matches — this year’s Wimbledon did not disappoint. From flying ants to flying volleys; here’s a round-up of the best bits from Wimbledon 2017. Best match “Manic Monday,” as it is colloquially known — the second Monday when all remaining men and women play on the same day — was not short of fantastic tennis action. But…

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Seeds 5, 7 upset in first round of Hall of Fame tournament

NEWPORT, R.I. — Konstantin Kravchuk and Frank Dancevic each upset a ranked opponent on Tuesday in the first round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. Kravchuk beat No. 5 seed Victor Estrella Burgos 6-4, 6-4 and Dancevic eliminated No. 7 Tennys Sandgren 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-2. Sandgren and top-ranked John Isner were the only seeded Americans in the field. Isner will play Sam Groth, who faced match point and rallied past American qualifier Austin Krajicek 6-7 (3), 7-6 (2), 6-3. Groth had 23 aces and 13 double faults. The…

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Denis Kudla tops fellow American Krueger in opening round of Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

11:53 PM ET Associated Press Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment NEWPORT, R.I. — Denis Kudla beat fellow American Mitchell Krueger 6-4, 5-7, 6-0 in the opening round of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Monday. Kudla advances to play defending champion Ivo Karlovic, who is seeking his fourth straight finals appearance on Newport’s grass courts. Tobias Kamke won the final three games of the second set to knock out Taylor Fritz 6-3, 6-3. Kamke will play No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino. Adrian Menendez-Maceiras beat Stefan Kozlov…

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10 Wimbledon takeaways as we gear up to hard-court season and US Open

3:01 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” After two weeks of incredible tennis, Wimbledon is over. Before attention turns to the hard-court season and the year’s final Grand Slam at the US Open, let’s look at 10 big things we can take away…

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Wimbledon — Roger Federer’s comeback story just keeps getting more unbelievable

1:57 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” In his moment of doubt, wondering how much of a future he still had in tennis after repeatedly falling short in Grand Slam finals, Roger Federer turned to his support team of family members, trainers and…

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Maria Sharapova makes first U.S. match appearance since drug ban

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Maria Sharapova is realistic as she tries to regain her form after a 15-month drug suspension. “I think no road is easy,” Sharapova said Sunday before a World Team Tennis match. Sharapova played for the Orange County Breakers in their season-opening match against the defending champion San Diego Aviators at the La Costa Resort and Spa. It was Sharapova’s first appearance in the U.S. since testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. She returned to the court in April and played three tournaments in Europe….

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