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In lockdown, tennis players pursue online business and management courses to aid their careers off court
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In lockdown, tennis players pursue online business and management courses to aid their careers off court

With the coronavirus outbreak forcing a suspension of tennis tours since March, players have some time on their hands to widen their horizons.

Retired tennis player Mariano Puerta admits lying to CAS to reduce doping suspension
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Retired tennis player Mariano Puerta admits lying to CAS to reduce doping suspension

Four months after the high point of his career — the final of the 2005 French Open — the Argentine tested positive for etilefrine, a banned cardiorespiratory stimulant. He had also been caught in 2003 for the use of a banned anabolic steroid.

Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA cancel all events in China, including Shenzen Finals due to COVID-19
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Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA cancel all events in China, including Shenzen Finals due to COVID-19

The General Administration of Sport, China’s highest sporting body, announced two weeks ago that only trial events for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics would be held in 2020.

WTA chief feels next month's Palermo Open will lay pathway for organising tournaments in 2020
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WTA chief feels next month's Palermo Open will lay pathway for organising tournaments in 2020

WTA's Simon said the Tour was looking to stage as many tournaments as possible in 2020 and the second week of the patched-together calendar will see events in Prague and the United States.

Tennis Integrity Unit raises concerns over 24 'suspicious matches' staged amid coronavirus pandemic
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Tennis Integrity Unit raises concerns over 24 'suspicious matches' staged amid coronavirus pandemic

Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March.

Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour event lacked bit of common sense, says former ATP players' council head Vijay Amritraj
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Novak Djokovic's Adria Tour event lacked bit of common sense, says former ATP players' council head Vijay Amritraj

Djokovic has apologised and admitted it was probably “too soon” to run the event, which was played in front of packed stands in Belgrade.

Rescheduled French Open to begin one week later than initially proposed date, say organisers
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Rescheduled French Open to begin one week later than initially proposed date, say organisers

An FFT statement said it had consulted with the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation (ITF) to allow the French Open showpiece the benefit of an extra week.

Coronavirus Outbreak: US Open to go ahead without fans despite objections from top players, say reports
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Coronavirus Outbreak: US Open to go ahead without fans despite objections from top players, say reports

Wimbledon was cancelled altogether while the French Open has been moved to September and is due to start one week after the scheduled US Open men’s final.

Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez expects significant reductions in prize money when ATP, WTA Tours resume
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Spanish tennis player Feliciano Lopez expects significant reductions in prize money when ATP, WTA Tours resume

Lopez, who is also tournament director of the Madrid Open, says that even when things return to some kind of normal, prizemoney will be reduced as sponsors try to navigate the economic fallout of the virus.

Nick Kyrgios slams ATP for going ahead with US Open plans, asks Big Three of their opinion
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Nick Kyrgios slams ATP for going ahead with US Open plans, asks Big Three of their opinion

Kyrgios tweeted, "The ATP is trying to make the US Open go ahead. Selfish with everything going on at the moment. Obviously COVID, but also with the riots, together we need to overcome these challenges before tennis returns in my opinion."

Britain's Dan Evans lets go of the anger after difficult return from one-year drugs ban
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Britain's Dan Evans lets go of the anger after difficult return from one-year drugs ban

Briton Dan Evans says a sports psychologist described him as one of the angriest people he had ever met during his one-year ban from tennis for cocaine use in 2017.

French Open working towards avoiding clash of dates with US Open, says Roland Garros director Guy Forget
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French Open working towards avoiding clash of dates with US Open, says Roland Garros director Guy Forget

French Open director Guy Forget said he was working hand in hand with tennis authorities to make sure the dates of the claycourt Grand Slam tournament and those of the US Open do not clash, adding that Flushing Meadows would make an announcement next month.

Roger Federer may not like it, but playing behind closed doors is the only viable option for tennis in 2020
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Roger Federer may not like it, but playing behind closed doors is the only viable option for tennis in 2020

We all know Roger Federer loves playing to a crowd, but right now the tennis world needs him to play to anything but a crowd. The Swiss has the power to lead the way and help make tennis a reality again in 2020, so the sooner he lets go of his fondness for applause, the better it would be for the sport.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Men's tennis will be a lot stronger post-lockdown with fast-maturing youngsters, says Marin Cilic
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Men's tennis will be a lot stronger post-lockdown with fast-maturing youngsters, says Marin Cilic

With a wave of fast-maturing young players ready to challenge the established greats of the game for Grand Slam honours, Marin Cilic says men’s tennis will be stronger than it has been for a decade when the coronavirus shutdown ends.

Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP partners with Sporting Chance, Headspace to help staff deal with mental health issues
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Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP partners with Sporting Chance, Headspace to help staff deal with mental health issues

Earlier this month, the ATP also announced a two-year partnership with online learning platform Coursera which will allow players to access over 4,000 courses for free.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis players should not have to provide financial aid to fellow professionals, says Matteo Berrettini
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis players should not have to provide financial aid to fellow professionals, says Matteo Berrettini

Berrettini's comments were in response to Novak Djokovic urging players to contribute to a fund set up by the sport’s governing bodies to help the lower-ranked professionals affected by the tennis shutdown which began in March and will continue at least until end of July.

International Tennis Federation to design new relief fund plan to support lower ranked players
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International Tennis Federation to design new relief fund plan to support lower ranked players

Earlier this month, the ITF, ATP, WTA and the governing bodies of the four Grand Slams raised over $6 million to help about 800 lower-ranked players, who depend solely on tournament winnings earn a living.

Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA extend suspension of tournaments in wake of COVID-19 crisis
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Coronavirus Outbreak: ATP, WTA extend suspension of tournaments in wake of COVID-19 crisis

In addition to the ATP and WTA announcements, which also affect lower-tier events, the International Tennis Federation said its tournaments would go on hiatus for the same period, including for juniors, seniors and wheelchair players.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Novak Djokovic, other players will need to be vaccinated to ensure safety of athletes, says Rafael Nadal
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Novak Djokovic, other players will need to be vaccinated to ensure safety of athletes, says Rafael Nadal

Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour

Tennis governing bodies must balance calendar, says six-times Grand Slam winner Boris Becker
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Tennis governing bodies must balance calendar, says six-times Grand Slam winner Boris Becker

Tennis governing bodies should use the time during the lengthy coronavirus shutdown to align their interests and fix the imbalance in the calendar, six-times Grand Slam winner Boris Becker.