Twins Bob, Mike Bryan end record-breaking doubles career
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2014, file photo, Bob, left, and Mike Bryan kiss the men's doubles championship trophy after defeating Marc Lopez and Marcel Granollers, of Spain, in the doubles championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American twins Bob and Mike Bryan announced their retirement after a record-breaking doubles career ,Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, making official what seemed clear when they did not enter the U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)NEW YORK American twins Bob and Mike Bryan announced their retirement after a record-breaking doubles career Thursday, making official what seemed clear when they did not enter the U.S. Open. They finished 10 seasons atop the ATP doubles rankings and helped the United States win the Davis Cup in 2007. While he was off the tour, Mike won two additional Grand Slam titles with Jack Sock as his partner.
Fans welcomed to World TeamTennis matches in West Virginia
WTTs nine teams have come together The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for their three-week season. It was awesome to have some people out there to get behind the tennis, Sandgren said. The WTT season started just as confirmed coronavirus cases were soaring nationally. Anyone who wasnt a competing athlete wore a mask inside the tennis stadium and fans had their temperatures checked prior to entering. Sandgren later won matches in men's doubles with James Ward and mixed doubles with Jessica Pegula.
Venus Williams joins World TeamTennis; season starts in July
Venus Williams has signed up to play World TeamTennis for the 15th time, the league announced Thursday. Williams has since spoken about how she turned to a plant-based diet and learned other ways to get by. The American is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion, with five titles at Wimbledon and two at the U.S. Open. She also has paired up with her younger sister Serena to win 14 Grand Slam trophies in doubles. Other players who have committed to participating include 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin, 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and twins Mike and Bob Bryan, who have won 16 Grand Slam doubles titles together.
World TeamTennis changes policies for COVID-positive players
World TeamTennis is changing two key policies related to players who test positive for COVID-19, including giving full salaries instead of its original plan to only offer a prorated portion to those who get sick during the three-week season. Now, players will need to be tested and declared virus-free before heading to The Greenbrier. They still would not be paid if they test positive, but at least would avoid going to the site before being told theyre not allowed to participate. If youre in California, and get a negative test, then youre going to come to The Greenbrier. Silva told the AP.
World TeamTennis plans to have fans at West Virginia matches
If World TeamTennis gets its way, Grand Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens could be among the first tennis players to compete in front of fans after the coronavirus pandemic prompted lockdowns around the globe. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)If World TeamTennis gets its way, Grand Slam champions Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens could be among the first tennis players to compete in front of fans after the coronavirus pandemic prompted lockdowns around the globe. WTT said Tuesday it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at each of its outdoor matches during a three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia. Because of the pandemic, World TeamTennis is bringing all nine of its teams to one site The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia instead of having matches played around the United States. And unlike smaller exhibition tennis events around the world that have been staged without any fans present, WTT intends to sell tickets for one-fifth of a 2,500-seat outdoor stadium.
US tennis star fined for pretending to shoot line judge with racket
Tennis star Mike Bryan has been fined $10,000 for pretending to shoot an on-court line judge with his racket at the U.S. Open Sunday. FLUSHING, N.Y. - US tennis star Mike Bryan has been fined $10,000 for pretending to shoot an on-court line judge with his racket at the US Open Sunday. Bryan had successfully challenged the line judge's decision after replays on the big screen showed the ball had landed narrowly behind the baseline. After the call was corrected, Bryan mimicked a rifle with his racket and aimed it at the line judge in question. "We won the point and the gesture was meant to be playful," Bryan said in a statement given to the New York Times.