Violetta Degtiareva, one of Russia’s highest paid and highly popular tennis stars — and billed as the “next Anna Kournikova” — dropped dead during practice at the age of 23.
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.
Pierce led the Wizards with 25 points, hitting several key shots down the stretch, and John Wall added 19 points and 9 assists.
The 17-time Grand Slam champion, who saved four match points in his semifinal win over Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka, said back problems preventing him from playing.
Novak Djokovic will finish the year at the top of the tennis rankings for the third time in four seasons.
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.
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.”
Williams was routed 6-0, 6-2 by Simona Halep at the WTA Finals in what was arguably the worst performance of the 18-time Grand Slam champion’s career.
“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.”
Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries.
The 14th-seeded Cilic prevented Nishikori from becoming the first man from Asia to win a major singles championship.
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.