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Fed Cup renamed to Billie Jean King Cup in honour of former tennis great, pioneer for women's tennis
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Fed Cup renamed to Billie Jean King Cup in honour of former tennis great, pioneer for women's tennis

King's association with the Fed Cup goes back to its founding, when she was a member of the US team that won the inaugural tournament in 1963 at Queen's Club in London.

Novak Djokovic says he has no hard feeling for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal for not joining new players' union
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Novak Djokovic says he has no hard feeling for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal for not joining new players' union

Nadal and Federer called for "unity, not separation" after Djokovic revealed at the weekend that he was spearheading a controversial breakaway union for professional male players.

Davis Cup, Fed Cup cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus, will resume next year, says ITF
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Davis Cup, Fed Cup cancelled for 2020 due to coronavirus, will resume next year, says ITF

The ITF said the 18 nations that already qualified for the Davis Cup 2020 finals will keep those spots in 2021.

When tennis returns: No fans in stands, reduced prize money, rustiness and travel concerns
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When tennis returns: No fans in stands, reduced prize money, rustiness and travel concerns

Now that there is a plan in place for top-level tennis to resume - starting in August in Italy, then Washington, with Grand Slam action to follow in New York, then Paris, assuming the COVID-19 outbreak allows - it's time to consider ways in which the sport will look different.

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: Tennis to resume in August as ATP and WTA announce revised schedules
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis to resume in August as ATP and WTA announce revised schedules

The men’s Tour will resume on 14 August with the Citi Open, ATP 500 event in Washington, DC, while the first WTA event will be staged in Palermo, Italy from 3 August.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Shutdown brings tennis coaches' struggles to the fore
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Shutdown brings tennis coaches' struggles to the fore

Financial aid has slowly trickled in for tennis players in the lower echelons of the sport during the COVID-19 shutdown but the vast majority of men and women who coach them for a living have been left to fend for themselves.

Coronavirus Outbreak: International Tennis Federation to release funds to lower-ranked players through national federations
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Coronavirus Outbreak: International Tennis Federation to release funds to lower-ranked players through national federations

Only those tennis players who have been regular in the competition in the last 10 months, will be extended help.

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.

RBI slashes repo rate: Big relief to small businesses but more support needed; move to revive demand, say industry bodies
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RBI slashes repo rate: Big relief to small businesses but more support needed; move to revive demand, say industry bodies

The benchmark repurchase (repo) rate was cut by 40 basis points to 4 percent, the lowest since the benchmark came into being in 2000, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said.

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.

Tennis great Leander Paes stresses on importance of learning new skills during coronavirus-enforced lockdown
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Tennis great Leander Paes stresses on importance of learning new skills during coronavirus-enforced lockdown

Speaking at an Education Webinar for coaches, jointly organised by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Paes touched upon various topics including his junior days, the transition to men's circuit, the role mental fitness plays in tennis, dealing with pressure, nutritional knowledge and coaching tips

ITF releases 'return to tennis' guidelines: Players to use separate sets of balls, only singles matches to be played
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ITF releases 'return to tennis' guidelines: Players to use separate sets of balls, only singles matches to be played

The International Tennis Federation has released a set of guidelines which could help the sport return in those countries where the the threat of coronavirus disease has lessened.

Roger Federer raises prospect of merging men's and women's professional tennis tours
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Roger Federer raises prospect of merging men's and women's professional tennis tours

Federer began a string of posts on Twitter by saying the shutdown of tennis because of the coronavirus outbreak has given the sport an ideal opportunity to assess its future.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Worried about dwindling finances and sports' uncertain future, lower-ranked tennis players could take up alternate careers
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Worried about dwindling finances and sports' uncertain future, lower-ranked tennis players could take up alternate careers

Unlike pros in the NBA or NHL, whose players are getting most of their regular-season paychecks, tennis players are independent contractors who don't receive salaries

Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Tennis great Billie Jean King feels sport's shutdown has exposed its 'inequities'

The tennis season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shutdown will continue at least until mid-July, depriving lower-level players of the chance to earn a living

Chilean tennis player Nicolas Jarry gets 11-month doping ban for ligandrol and stanozolol
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Chilean tennis player Nicolas Jarry gets 11-month doping ban for ligandrol and stanozolol

Top 100 tennis player Nicolas Jarry was given an 11-month doping ban by the International Tennis Federation on Monday, stemming from a failed test at the Davis Cup Finals in November.

Tennis governing bodies join forces to answer players' cry for financial help in pandemic affected season
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Tennis governing bodies join forces to answer players' cry for financial help in pandemic affected season

The tennis season was halted in early March due to the pandemic, leaving players in the lower tiers who depend solely on tournament winnings without the chance to earn a living.

Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Ministry calls meeting with representatives of 11 NSFs to decide future course of action
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Coronavirus Outbreak: Sports Ministry calls meeting with representatives of 11 NSFs to decide future course of action

It has been learnt from reliable sources in the National Sports Federations that Sports Secretary Radheyshyam Julaniya will address two representatives each from the 11 federations invited for a meeting