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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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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.

Federer thrashes Murray at ATP Finals

- Associated Press

Roger Federer blew away Andy Murray 6-0, 6-1 to finish the ATP Finals round-robin unbeaten, and hand Murray his worst defeat in seven years in front of his home crowd on Thursday.

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.

At 33, Federer continues to impress

- Associated Press

For a player described as a spent force a year ago, Roger Federer is proving he still has it.

Federer wins 2nd round-robin match at ATP Finals

- Associated Press

Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori's erratic play Tuesday to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals while Andy Murray posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament.

Djokovic opens in style, Wawrinka wins at Finals

- Associated Press

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic extended his indoor winning streak with an impressive 6-1, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic Monday in his opening round-robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals, after Stan Wawrinka put his recent struggles behind him with an equally comfortable victory.

Confident Nishikori impresses on Finals debut

- Associated Press

It has been a year of firsts for Kei Nishikori. After becoming the first Asian player to qualify for the ATP Finals, the Japanese newcomer claimed his maiden win at the elite tournament on Sunday with a first win over local favorite Andy Murray.

Federer, Nishikori win at ATP Finals

- Associated Press

Experience prevailed over youth as Roger Federer tamed Milos Raonic 6-1, 7-6 (0) in his opening round-robin match at the ATP Finals Sunday after Kei Nishikori started his maiden campaign at the season-ending tournament with a win.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova reacts after winning the first set against Germany's Angelique Kerber during their Fed Cup Final tennis match between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Czechs beat Germany 3-1 in Fed Cup final

- Associated Press

The Czech Republic claimed its third Fed Cup title in four years after Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova fought hard to overcome Angelique Kerber of Germany in the opening reverse singles match on Sunday.

Elbaba, Schnur win indoor tennis titles

Associated Press

Julia Elbaba of Virginia and Brayden Schnur of North Carolina won singles titles Sunday at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships.

Newcomers eager to make mark at ATP Finals

- Associated Press

Not long ago at Wimbledon, Milos Raonic had to tell journalists how to pronounce his name. Less than five months later, things have changed dramatically for the big-serving Canadian, one of the three newcomers playing at the ATP World Tour Finals.