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James Blake, NYPD, Tennis, The Next Chapter -

When James Blake walked away from tennis five years ago, he wanted a complete separation from the sport he had played professionally for 14 years. Tennis kept him away from his family for long stretches, and he wanted to change the focus of his life. “I wanted to get completely out of tennis to see […]

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Meghan Markle, News, Serena Williams, Sports, Tennis, Video -

  Serena Williams, who was at the center of a media firestorm after her controversial loss in the U.S. Open Final against Naomi Osaka, said that she has been able to weather the storm by staying in contact with one of her closest friends. That friend: The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. During an interview […]

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Naomi Osaka's homecoming couldn't have gone much better.
Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday

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Serena Williams talked about her fashion business and her family, but not tennis fouls during a Friday appearance before a business trade group in Las Vegas.

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Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan's national sport of sumo and said she liked it.

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  The new U.S. Open champion, Naomi Osaka, was a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday and she talked for the first time about her whirlwind experience over the last week. One question the 20-year-old tennis star answered was what Serena Williams, who Osaka called her idol before the start of the match, […]

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Adidas, Featured, Naomi Osaka, News, Nike, Serena, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Video -

  Days after her controversial victory against her idol, Serena Williams, US Open winner Naomi Osaka is set to sign the biggest deal Adidas has ever signed with a female athlete, Business Insider and The Times of London are reporting. The contract for a cool $8.5 million will be announced Thursday, the news organizations report. It comes a few days […]

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Commentary, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

In two of the top news stories of the past week, the caricature of Serena Williams by an Australian cartoonist and the shooting of an unarmed black man by a Dallas police officer, the connective tissue of race is obvious. What may be less apparent is the way that white womanhood is the go-to standard […]

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Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

As Serena Williams faced the media in the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night, every point she attempted to drive home made complete sense. It was unfair for the chair umpire to take away a point, and then a game, toward the end of her eventual loss to 2018 US Open champion Naomi […]

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Naomi Osaka's halting Japanese, her manners and her simple charm have swelled national pride in Japan.

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Commentary, Motherhood, Serena Williams, Tennis -

Motherhood, I once read, is a slow descent into madness. I’ll never forget that revelation. Reading that as the mother of a 2-year-old, I cupped my hands over my mouth to suppress a scream of validation as I sat in the breakfast room of our Silver Spring, Maryland, home. I had no words. I was […]

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Althea Gibson, Arthur Ashe, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Locker Room Talk, Tennis, US Open -

Arthur Ashe Jr. was the Jackie Robinson of tennis. Some make the case that Althea Gibson is Jackie. Gibson became the first African-American tennis player to win Grand Slam events, winning them in 1957 and 1958. She was a lonely warrior who chose not to embrace the role of an activist. Ashe made history on […]

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Commentary, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

Let’s get straight to it. Let’s analyze what happened with Serena Williams in the US Open final using that funky white privilege math. You have to be twice as good, but half as mad. Get it? When Williams called US Open chair umpire Carlos Ramos “a thief” for taking a point from her and he […]

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miosgynoir, naomi osaka, racism in tennis, serena williams, sexism in tennis, tennis, us open, womens tennis -

By now, many of us know the story of what happened at the Women’s U.S. Open finals on Saturday.

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Commentary, Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, U.S. Open -

It’s a tale as old as the legend of the Williams sisters: Anticipating the animus they would face if they ever became successful on the world stage, their father, Richard Williams, got passers-by to shout insults at the sisters as they practiced on the dilapidated public courts of Compton, California. Williams, 76, was no stranger […]

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Naomi Osaka, Tennis, Women's Tennis -

NEW YORK — Has there ever been a more miserable-looking Grand Slam champion than Naomi Osaka? Osaka scored the biggest win of her career, becoming the first Japanese player ever to win a Grand Slam title by beating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 at the US Open on Saturday afternoon. In doing so, she cemented her […]

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  In case you hadn’t noticed, Serena Williams is arguably the baddest athlete to ever walk this Earth. For the uninitiated, Williams, 36, had a baby by caesarean section just last year, suffered through several related medical issues, and still won her semifinal matchup yesterday against Anastasija Sevastova, a 28-year-old from Latvia. She is now […]

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Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

The women’s US Open final Saturday has us wondering: Do goats ever kick their own kids to the curb? We’ll find out soon enough. In the singles final Saturday, Serena Williams, 36, will once again face one of the women she and her sister inspired to enter the sport: Naomi Osaka. A few days after […]

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As the Williams sisters prepared to face off at the US Open on Sept. 1, there was much speculation over whether Serena or Venus—seeded 16th and 17th respectively (prior to the match), would take home the win. (It was baby sis Serena this round, proving that motherhood hasn’t slowed her down, after all.)

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Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, NFL, Serena Williams, Tennis, U.S. Open -

Not everybody in sports is a big fan of Colin Kaepernick, but tennis fans certainly are. Friday night, Kaepernick and Eric Reid were both at Arthur Ashe Stadium, where they watched Serena Williams defeat her sister Venus, 6-1, 6-2, to advance to the round of 16 at the US Open. It was the 30th time […]

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#BlackGirlMagic, Featured, Serena Williams, Sports, Tennis, US Open, Venus versus Serena, Venus Williams -

While folks would agree that Serena Williams and Venus Williams are elite champs, some might argue that Serena is the better, more dominant player. As such, Serena crushed her sister in their 30th professional match to reach the fourth round of the U.S. Open Friday night. As noted by The AP, the sisters had their […]

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Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

Serena Williams has been ruling over her sport for nearly two decades, but ahead of and during this summer’s US Open, Williams is enthusiastically stepping into her status as a queen. In a new ad for Beats headphones, Williams appears dressed in a navy blue floor-length gown, complete with puffed sleeves, bejeweled embroidery and a […]

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It will be Serena vs Venus as the round three of the U.S. Open this year.

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“Queen of the Court,” “G.O.A.T.” or “Serena the Superhero”; whatever you might fondly call tennis phenom Serena Williams, she is sports royalty. And while we were dismayed to hear that the French Tennis Federation had singled out Williams’ Nike-designed compression catsuit when explaining its ban on less traditional…

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Serena Williams, Tennis, US Open, Women's Tennis -

On the first morning of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, it won’t matter whether or not Serena Williams shows up in a catsuit looking like a superhero the way she did at the French Open last spring. Or if the mother to a nearly 1-year-old daughter brings her A-game in a pink Versace sheath […]

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When Serena Williams stepped out in a skin-tight black catsuit at this year’s French Open, it sparked both outrage and praise among fans across social media. Now her outfit to be banned.

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Get Lifted, NBA, Tennis, Venture Capitalists, WNBA -

“What comes next? What is my next passion?” Those are the two questions retired NBA star and Academy Award winner Kobe Bryant claims athletes have to ask themselves. The answer — for Bryant, 40, and many other retired sports stars — is investing. In mid-August, the news that Bryant’s 2014 investment of $6 million in […]

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black motherhood, black mothers, goat, ll cool j, mama said knock you out, serena williams, tennis, us open, womens tennis, working mothers -

As we await Serena Williams’ first appearance at the U.S. Open since giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia, don’t be surprised if we totally fangirl out. Every day, we seem to get a new slice of greatness from the G.O.A.T., and her latest commercial for Chase is, simply put, next level.

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nike, nike x off white, off white, serena williams, tennis, us open tennis, virgil abloh, womens tennis -

When we heard Virgil Abloh and Serena Williams were collaborating on Williams’ 2018 U.S. Open wardrobe, we were understandably intrigued. Two black phenoms at the top of their respective games are exciting—especially when supported by an athletic apparel juggernaut like Nike.

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American Tennis Association, ATA, Aysha Hayes, Azaria Hayes, Carlos Baez, Chacadyah Lewis, Fidel Serrano, Isabelle Porter, James Jackson, Jordan Harrell, Rishona Lewis, Rodney Carey, Tennis, USTA -

For all the jokes that are made about the interesting things that take place in Florida, at the 101st American Tennis Association National Championships, Floridians absolutely dominated by winning both the men’s and women’s open finals. Thousands turned out for the weeklong tournament hosted by the United States Tennis Association National Campus and witnessed Rodney […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Althea Gibson, Darlene Hard, Tennis, Wimbledon -

Althea Gibson wasn’t fazed by the 100-degree heat on Wimbledon’s Centre Court. The top seed wasn’t worried about the 17,000 spectators gathered in the stands. The pressure of becoming the first black tennis player to win the prestigious Grand Slam tournament didn’t concern her either. After an easy straight-sets (6-3, 6-2) victory over Darlene Hard, […]

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