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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal leaves the hospital after successfully undergoing an operation to remove his appendix in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Rafael Nadal to have stem cell treatment on back

- Associated Press

Several NFL and baseball players have received stem cell treatment. Nadal’s fellow Spaniard Pau Gasol, center of the Chicago Bulls, received stem cell treatment on his knee in 2013.

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2009, file photo, Melanie Oudin, of the United States, returns to Elena Dementieva, of Russia, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. American tennis pro Melanie Oudin says she will have a procedure Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014 for a heart condition, and surgery later this month for an eye problem. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Melanie Oudin to have heart surgery, eye procedure

- Associated Press

The 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist said that for more than a year, she has been experiencing occasional “episodes” of an accelerated heartbeat, usually during or right after matches, that she “was convinced was some sort of anxiety.”

Vic Braden, longtime tennis instructor and former player (via Twitter)

Vic Braden, legendary tennis coach, dies at 85

- Associated Press

“Rest in Peace, Vic Braden.,” Chris Evert wrote on her Twitter account. “Innovative, cutting edge kind of guy. Will miss his enthusiasm and knowledge of the game. He’ll be greatly missed.”

Serena Williams, reacts after a shot against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, during the championship match of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Serena Williams cruises to 3rd straight U.S. Open title

- Associated Press

Williams equaled Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova with 18 major singles titles, the fourth-most in history. Williams also matched Evert’s total of six championships at the U.S. Open.

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French tennis federation official banned for life

- Associated Press

A French chair umpire on the futures and challenger tours became the first official to be suspended for corruption by the Tennis Integrity Unit when he received a life ban on Tuesday.

France's Julien Benneteau, left, points to Richard Gasquet as they plays Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka  during their doubles match for the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Nov.22, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Gasquet replaces Tsonga in Davis Cup final

Associated Press

Richard Gasquet will play the first reverse singles match of the Davis Cup final against Roger Federer Sunday as France looks to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Switzerland.

Switzerland's Roger Federer falls to the clay after defeating France's Richard Gasquet and winning the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, northern France, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Federer leads Swiss past France for Davis Cup

- Associated Press

Roger Federer has now claimed all the big prizes on offer in tennis and, for once, will be happy to share his latest trophy with others.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, right, and  compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka celebrate after   defeating France's Richard Gasquet and Julien Benneteau in their doubles match for the Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Saturday, Nov.22, 2014. The Swiss pair won 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to give Switzerland a 2-1 lead. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Swiss praise for Bryan brothers' coach

- Associated Press

Switzerland captain Severin Luthi's decision to hire Bob and Mike Bryan's coach to help his team prepare for the Davis Cup final doubles match proved to be a masterstroke.

Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka returns the ball to France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the  Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Friday, Nov.21, 2014. Switzerland is seeking a first victory in the team competition while France is looking for a 10th title. This is the 13th meeting between the two nations, with France leading 10-2. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

France levels tie against Switzerland in Davis Cup

- Associated Press

Roger Federer's valiant attempt to shake off a back injury backfired spectacularly when the Swiss 17-time Grand Slam champion was swept aside by Gael Monfils Friday as France leveled the Davis Cup final at 1-1 on Friday.

France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reacts after a winning point as he plays Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka during the  Davis Cup final in Lille, northern France, Friday, Nov.21, 2014. Switzerland is seeking a first victory in the team competition while France is looking for a 10th title. This is the 13th meeting between the two nations, with France leading 10-2. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Tsonga criticizes French crowd for lack of support

- Associated Press

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rued the lack of support of his home crowd Friday after losing to Stan Wawrinka in the opening singles match of the Davis Cup final between France and Switzerland.

Switzerland's Roger Federer, second left, during the Swiss team media conference at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Switzerland will face France in the Davis Cup final starting next Friday. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Roger Federer to face Monfils in Davis Cup final

- Associated Press

Saying he has recovered from a back injury, Roger Federer has the chance to finally win one of the only notable titles missing from his collection.

Switzerland's Roger Federer smiles during the Swiss team press conference at the Pierre Mauroy stadium in Lille, northern France, Tuesday, Nov.18, 2014. Switzerland will face France in the Davis Cup final starting Friday. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

Federer's back is key in Davis Cup final

- Associated Press

Roger Federer was at the top of his game in London last week, sweeping past opponents as if his age were not an issue. A back injury over the weekend changed everything, casting serious doubts over his chances of winning the Davis Cup, or even playing against France in the final.

Ferrer replaces Raonic at ATP Finals

Associated Press

Milos Raonic withdrew from the ATP Finals with a quad injury before his final round-robin match against Japan's Kei Nishikori on Thursday.