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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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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.

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova attends the  draw for the tennis  Fed Cup Final between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Kvitova to open Fed Cup final against Petkovic

- Associated Press

Petra Kvitova will attempt to overcome a losing record against Andrea Petkovic of Germany to give the Czech Republic a good start toward a third Fed Cup title in four years.

Murray hopes for crowd support in London

Associated Press

Playing in England for the first time since coming out in favor of Scottish independence, Andy Murray is hoping he won't get rejected by fans.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 9, 2007 file photo, Daniele Bracciali returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters tennis tournament in Rome. Italian tennis player Daniele Bracciali has partially admitted to match-fixing. Italian prosecutor Roberto Di Martino tells The Associated Press that Bracciali "admitted a few things and denied a few things" during a hearing last week with judicial authorities. Bracciali and occasional doubles partner Potito Starace are facing corruption accusations after intercepted Internet conversations claiming they sold matches were printed in Italian media three weeks ago. The conversations are part of the extensive data that investigators in Cremona led by Di Martino have been sorting through in a soccer match-fixing inquiry. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, Files)

Italian tennis player Bracciali admits to fixing

- Associated Press

Italian tennis player Daniele Bracciali partially admitted to match-fixing during a hearing last week with judicial authorities, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany holds up her trophy after defeating Flavia Pennetta of Italy in the final of the Garanti Koza WTA tennis tournament in Sofia, Sunday, Nov. 2 , 2014. (AP Photo)

Fed Cup: Kvitova eyes one more trophy in 2014

- Associated Press

Tasked with leading the Czech Republic to victory in another home Fed Cup final this weekend, Petra Kvitova said the considerable pressure from compatriots is much less than what she puts on herself.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after winning the final of the ATP World Tour Masters tennis tournament  against Milos Raonic of the Canada during their final match   at Bercy stadium in Paris, France,  Sunday Nov. 2, 2014. Djokovic won the match6-2, 6-3.(AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Djokovic handed favorable draw at ATP finals

Associated Press

Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic has been handed a favorable draw at the ATP World Tour Finals, while Roger Federer and Andy Murray will meet in the round-robin phase.

Konjuh upsets Beck at Limoges Open

Associated Press

Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh rallied to beat fourth-seeded Annika Beck 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 on Monday in the first round of the inaugural Limoges Open, part of the WTA 125K series.