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  • McEnroe’s son charged with drug possession Jul 17, 2014 9:17 AM
    The son of former tennis great John McEnroe and actress Tatum O’Neal has been charged with drug possession.

     
  • Hunter Hayes to headline US Open Kids’ Day Jul 16, 2014 9:43 AM
    Hunter Hayes is set to join MTKO, the Vamps and other acts at the U.S. Open’s annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day.

     
  • Tickets for Davis Cup tennis at Sears Centre go on sale Thursday Jul 15, 2014 5:34 PM
    Tickets go on sale Thursday for the United States vs. Slovakia matches in the 2014 Davis Cup, an international men’s team tennis event. The best-of-five match series begins Friday, Sept. 12, with two singles matches featuring each country’s No. 1 player against the other country’s No. 2 player.

     
  • Tennis hall opens doors for Davenport Jul 12, 2014 5:04 PM
    Lindsay Davenport remembers picking up a tennis racket as a child and the feeling that came with the ease of a powerful return. After giving up on two other sports, she found something she liked. On Saturday, she reached her sport’s highest honor, with her induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

     
  • Djokovic tops Federer at Wimbledon Jul 6, 2014 3:51 PM
    Novak Djokovic’s large lead in the rollicking Wimbledon final was slipping away, due in no small part to Roger Federer’s regal presence and resurgent play. No man has won tennis’ oldest major tournament more often than Federer, and he was not about to let it go easily. Djokovic went from being a point from victory in the fourth set to suddenly caught in the crucible of a fifth, and knew all too well that he had come up short in recent Grand Slam title matches. Steeling himself when he so desperately needed to, Serbia’s Djokovic held on for a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 victory after nearly four hours of momentum shifts Sunday to win Wimbledon for the second time — and deny Switzerland’s Federer what would have been a record eighth championship at the All England Club. “I could have easily lost my concentration in the fifth and just handed him the win. But I didn’t, and that’s why this win has a special importance to me, mentally,” Djokovic said. “I managed to not just win against my opponent, but win against myself, as well, and find that inner strength.” Cradling his trophy during the post-match ceremony, Djokovic addressed Federer directly, saying: “I respect your career and everything you have done. And thank you for letting me win today.” Even Federer had to smile at that line. Truth is, Djokovic deserved plenty of credit for figuring out a way to raise his Grand Slam total to seven titles and allows him to overtake Rafael Nadal at No. 1 in the rankings. “Novak deserved it at the end, clearly,” said Federer, who hadn’t been to a Grand Slam final since winning his 17th major at Wimbledon in 2012, “but it was extremely close.” Federer, who turns 33 next month, won 88 of 89 service games through the semifinals and produced 29 aces in the final, but Djokovic broke him four times. Federer went to the net aggressively, only to see Djokovic zoom more than a dozen passing shots past him. And with most of the Centre Court crowd of about 15,000 raucously cheering for Federer, the 27-year-old Djokovic kept believing in himself. That part might have been the most difficult, given that Djokovic lost his past three major finals, and five of his past six, including against Andy Murray at Wimbledon last year, and against Nadal at the French Open last month. “Started doubting, of course, a little bit,” Djokovic said. “I needed this win a lot.” Boris Becker, the three-time Wimbledon champion who began coaching Djokovic this season, called the new champion “the biggest competitor” and praised “his sense of not giving up, giving it always another try.” “It could’ve gone either way in the fifth set,” said Becker, whose former rival as a player, Stefan Edberg, coaches Federer. “Novak finds another way. He digs deep and finds another way.” Djokovic built a 5-2 lead in the fourth set and served for the championship at 5-3. But Federer broke there for the first time all afternoon, smacking a forehand winner as Djokovic slipped and fell on a patch of brown dirt. Djokovic took a nastier tumble in the second set, hurting his left leg and prompting the first of two medical timeouts; he got his right calf massaged by a trainer in the fifth. With Federer serving at 5-4 in the fourth, he double-faulted to 30-all, then netted a backhand for 30-40 — handing Djokovic a match point. Federer hit a 118 mph (190 kph) serve that was called out, but he challenged the ruling, and the replay showed the ball touched a line for an ace. That was part of Federer’s five-game run to force a fifth set. It would be another 42 minutes until Djokovic again stood so close to triumph. “Can’t believe I made it to five,” Federer said. “Wasn’t looking good there for a while.” In truth, after so much drama, the ending was anticlimactic. Trailing 5-4 but serving, Federer missed four groundstrokes, pushing a backhand into the net on Djokovic’s second match point. Victory his, Djokovic knelt on the most hallowed tennis court in the world, plucked a blade of grass and shoved it in his mouth, just as he did after his 2011 Wimbledon title. He dedicated this victory to his pregnant fiancee “and our future baby,” and to Jelena Gencic, his first tennis coach, who died last year. “This is the best tournament in the world, the most valuable one,” Djokovic said. “The first tennis match that I ever (saw) in my life, when I was 5 years old, was Wimbledon, and that image stuck (in) my mind.”

     
  • Newcomers win men’s doubles at Wimbledon Jul 5, 2014 4:28 PM
    American Jack Sock and Canadian Vasek Pospisil could have trouble improving on their first tournament as a doubles team. Sock and Pospisil defeated Americans Bob and Mike Bryan 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the Wimbledon doubles final on Saturday.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering up some sparklers for your holiday Jul 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    It's the Fourth of July, so you know there's a lot going on ... in Spellman's Scorecard.

     
  • Duval has Hodgkin’s lymphoma Jul 4, 2014 4:32 PM
    American tennis player Victoria Duval has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but expects to make a full recovery. Duval, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon last week, was diagnosed after a biopsy was taken in England before the tournament.

     
  • Wimbledon men’s final will be Djokovic-Federer Jul 4, 2014 4:16 PM
    After so much buzz about the rise of a new generation at Wimbledon, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic turned aside up-and-comers in Friday’s semifinals. Djokovic overcame dips in his play to beat 11th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7). Federer, tied with Pete Sampras and William Renshaw with seven Wimbledon titles, followed with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over 11th-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada.

     
  • At Wimbeldon, Nadal, Sharapova lose; Serena leaves with illness Jul 1, 2014 5:48 PM
    Rafael Nadal ran out of comebacks at Wimbledon. Maria Sharapova, somehow, seemed on the verge of a turnaround despite a flurry of unforced errors, saving six match points before finally succumbing on the seventh with — what else? — a missed shot. And in the most striking sight of a memorable day of departures by past Wimbledon champions, Serena Williams couldn’t get the ball over the net in a doubles match with her sister Venus, stopping after three games because of what was called a viral illness.

     
  • Mike North video: What has happened to Wimbledon? Jun 30, 2014 11:26 AM
    Mike North thinks Wimbledon isn't what it once was, and tells you what he watched instead.

     
  • Serena Williams loses in 3rd round at Wimbledon Jun 28, 2014 8:23 PM
    The No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams owns 17 Grand Slam titles, but she now has departed before the quarterfinals at four of the past five major tournaments.

     
  • Williams exits Wimbledon after 3-set battle Jun 27, 2014 5:34 PM
    For 2 ½ hours, Venus Williams traded big serves and hard groundstrokes with Petra Kvitova on Centre Court. Williams was playing with some of the power and pace that had brought her five Wimbledon titles. But when it was over, she was left with a sense of disappointment.

     
  • Mundelein’s Parola fulfills legacy of all-around excellence Jun 14, 2014 4:57 PM
    Mundelein three-sport athlete Derek Parola, the Daily Herald's Lake County male athlete of the year, shared much of his distinguished career with his father Todd, who coached him in golf and baseball.

     
  • Rolling Meadows’ Kemph proves to be the complete student-athlete Jun 13, 2014 8:35 PM
    Being able to finish in any sport is so important for an athlete. Nobody did it better than Rolling Meadows’ Jackie Kemph. On the basketball court, she seemed to always finish with a flare. Her moves to the basket were of the A+ plus variety, and her soft bank shots or lay-ins seemed to always finish right through the net. And she finished strong in the classroom, receiving straight A’s her final two years after receiving only 3 B’s as a freshman and one as a sophomore. The finishing results? Kemph is the Daily Herald’s Northwest Female Athlete of the Year.

     
  • Nadal clinches his 14th major with French Open win Jun 8, 2014 2:56 PM
    Doing what he does so well on the red clay of Roland Garros, a surface and site he dominates so completely, the No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal wore down No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 Sunday to win his ninth French Open championship and fifth in a row, both records.

     
  • Nadal to seek 9th French Open title against Djokovic Jun 6, 2014 5:55 PM
    Rafael Nadal will go for a record ninth French Open title tomorrow against Novak Djokovic in a repeat of the 2012 final at the clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament. The top-seeded Nadal beat Wimbledon title holder Andy Murray 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in Paris yesterday after second-seeded Djokovic beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-3, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

     
  • Sharapova makes it back to French Open final Jun 5, 2014 4:42 PM
    For the third straight year, Maria Sharapova will play in the French Open final. The seventh-seeded Russian lost the first set Thursday but managed to turn things around, beating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Sharapova will face first-time major finalist Simona Halep of Romania on Saturday. The fourth-seeded Halep defeated 28th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-2, 7-6 (4).

     
  • Nadal, Murray set up French Open semifinal matchup Jun 4, 2014 7:19 PM
    Rafael Nadal rallied to beat David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-0, 6-1 on Wednesday in the French Open, setting up a semifinal Friday against Wimbledon champion Andy Murray.

     
  • Sharapova, Djokovic advance to French Open semis Jun 3, 2014 6:33 PM
    Maria Sharapova will meet Eugenie Bouchard in the semifnals of the French Open. On the men's side, Novak Djokovic advanced to face Ernests Gulbis in the semis at Roland Garros.

     
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