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Jared Donaldson fined for ranting at umpire at Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — Jared Donaldson has been fined $6,200 for unsportsmanlike conduct after ranting at the chair umpire during his first-round loss to Albert Ramos-Vinolas at the Monte Carlo Masters. The American became irate with a call when Ramos-Vinolas was serving at 3-2, 40-0 in the second set on Monday. Donaldson thought the serve was out and pointed to the ground, shouting, “There’s a mark right here,” then screaming the same words in the face of French umpire Arnaud Gabas. He then squared up to Gabas and shouted: “Yes it is,…

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Lawn Tennis Association – Dan Evans returns from drugs ban in Glasgow next week

Dan Evans will make his comeback from a drugs ban in Glasgow next week after being handed a wildcard entry by the Lawn Tennis Association. Evans, 24, who has served a one-year ban after testing positive for cocaine during the Barcelona Open last year, is set to play in the qualifying draw for the Glasgow Trophy, an ATP Challenger tournament. “The LTA condemns any form of doping, which has no place in our sport,” LTA performance director Simon Timson said. “We have been having regular contact with Dan and he…

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Maria Sharapova commits to play in new Bay Area tour event

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Maria Sharapova has committed to play in the Bay Area this summer as the former Stanford WTA stop moves to San Jose State University. The five-time Grand Slam champion will play in the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic from July 30 to. Aug. 5, the tournament announced Monday. It has a 28-player singles draw. This will be the first year of the event at San Jose State after the former Bank of the West Classic was held at Stanford. After a first-round win last year, former world…

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Novak Djokovic looks better but let’s wait and see Rolex Monte Carlo Masters

MONACO — Everything Novak Djokovic does on the tennis court right now should come with the disclaimer: “Let’s wait and see.” At least the former World No. 1, who hasn’t been so since Nov. 2016, seems to be moving in the right direction again. Call them baby steps, but on Monday at the picturesque Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, Djokovic cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 win over fellow Serb Dusan Lajovic, who seemed happy enough to abide by some unwritten rule that to beat Serbia’s greatest ever would be downright rude….

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Steve Johnson defends U.S. Men’s Clay Court title

HOUSTON — Steve Johnson shrugged off numerous missed opportunities to beat first-time ATP Tour finalist Tennys Sandgren 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 on Sunday to become the first player to successfully defend the U.S. Men’s Clay Court title in 16 years. Johnson, a 28-year-old from Palos Verdes, California, won only two of the 14 break points he had against Sandgren’s serve, but the second in the penultimate game of the nearly two-and-a-half-hour match put him in position to serve for the match, his third three-setter in a row. Johnson then fended…

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Elise Mertens wins Samsung Open in Lugano second WTA singles title of the year

4:10 PM ET ESPN staff No. 2 seed Elise Mertens defeated Aryna Sabalenka 7-5, 6-2 in the Samsung Open final Sunday to win her second WTA singles title of the year. Belgian Mertens’ consistency ultimately won her the match in Lugano, Switzerland, with nine winners and only seven unforced errors against the World No. 61 Sabalenka. Mertens, 22, broke her opponent four times despite the 19-year-old Sabalenka hitting 24 winners, including three aces. “[Sabalenka is] very powerful and also has a great serve, so I tried to keep my balls…

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Kyle Edmund loses to Pablo Andujar in Grand Prix Hassan II final

Kyle Edmund‘s attempt to win a first ATP Tour title ended in defeat in the Grand Prix Hassan II final as he lost to Pablo Andujar. The British No. 1, who reached the semifinal of the Australian Open in January, was playing against a player ranked 355 in the world but failed to turn up and lost 6-2, 6-2 in Marrakech. Edmund had won twice Saturday to reach his first final at this level, but won just four games against the Spaniard. He does, however, move up to a career-high…

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Steve Johnson, Tennys Sandgren set up all-American U.S. Men’s Clay Court final

HOUSTON — Defending champion Steve Johnson wore down Taylor Fritz 7-5, 6-7 (4), 6-2 on Saturday, breaking his 20-year-old countryman twice in the third set after letting two match points slip away in the second set of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court semifinals. Johnson will play Tennys Sandgren, another American who advanced to his first ATP World Tour final by neutralizing Ivo Karlovic‘s huge serve in a 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4) victory. “To get my hands on that trophy [again] would mean a lot, both tennis-wise and emotion-wise,” Johnson said….

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Serena, Sloane, someone else? Who is going to rule the WTA this clay season?

5:41 PM ET Peter BodoTennis Close Peter Bodo has been covering tennis for over 35 years, mostly recently for ESPN. He is a former WTA Writer of the Year and the author of numerous books, including the classic “The Courts of Babylon” and the New York Times bestseller (with Pete Sampras), “A Champion’s Mind.” Like spring itself, the clay-court season evolves slowly, starting with near-wintry conditions. It will peak with flowers in full bloom under warm and sunny skies in Paris at the French Open. Right now, multiple questions are…

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Kristina Mladenovic forced to retire from Samsung Open

5:20 PM ET ESPN staff Kristina Mladenovic is out of the Samsung Open in Lugano, Switzerland, after retiring with a back injury while a set and a break down against German qualifier Tamara Korpatsch. Mladenovic, the world No. 19, was the top seed for the tournament in Switzerland, but she was forced to call it quits when 7-6, 3-2 down in the second set. Korpatsch, who is 157 places below Mladenovic in the world rankings, saved a break point in the opening game of the match, but was able to…

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