Romanian tennis great Ilie “Nasty” Nastase was suspended by the International Tennis Federation for alleged racist comment about Serena Williams’ unborn child, and also for berating a chair umpire and British players during a weekend Fed Cup match.
Tennis player Andrea Lazaro is now the top singles player on a Florida International University team that is having a dream season with a 19-1 record and 17 consecutive wins heading into the Conference USA championships, which begin Thursday and run through Sunday in Denton, Texas.
Two years ago, Johanna “Jo” Konta wasn’t ranked high enough to qualify for the Miami Open. On Saturday afternoon, she won the tournament title on Key Biscayne with a 6-4, 6-3 win over former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Roger Federer thought exactly what every fan watching in the stadium and on TV was thinking when Tomas Berdych double-faulted on Federer’s second match point of the final-set tiebreak Thursday to hand the Swiss a spot in the Miami Open semifinal.
Venus Williams, who turns 37 in June, reached the semifinals on Wednesday night with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over world No. 1 Angelique Kerber. In the late match, four-time Miami Open runner-up Rafael Nadal took out American Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3.
It has been seven years since an American won the men’s title at Key Biscayne. Jack Sock, the highest-ranked American at No. 17, is one step closer to ending the U.S. drought after advancing to Wednesday’s quarterfinal against Rafael Nadal.