Though she had reached No. 1 as recently as 2018, her desire to start a family was among the reasons she cited in stepping away after the Australian Open next month.
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Nadal won two majors and the Davis Cup and finished No. 1 in the rankings. But in 2019, younger players were ascendant.
Rafael Nadal helped the Spaniards defeat Canada, 2-0, to win the cup in its much-discussed new format.
Canada’s men are in the tennis final for the first time, another sports triumph for the country just months after Bianca Andreescu’s singles win at the United States Open.
The 20-time Grand Slam tennis champion is taking a big step toward life after tennis with On, a small Swiss running shoe brand with a cult following and global ambitions.
The new version of the event has been derided as unworthy of the venerable name, but one team’s devastation reflected the passion of old.
A doubles match between the United States and Italy ended at 4:04 a.m., another hiccup for an overhauled event that has not gotten off to a seamless start.
Janko Tipsarevic practiced in a drained swimming pool that was converted into a court. Now he is part of the core of another strong Davis Cup team.
Spain, the home team, drew a great crowd to the main court, but the United States and Australia — winners of more Davis Cups than any other nations — played on much smaller, quieter stages.
At the top men’s tennis team event, the emotions were real, even if the crowds were underwhelming.
Tsitsipas, 21, became the youngest champion at the year-end event since 2001, winning a back-and-forth title match that extended to a third-set tiebreaker.
The racket Williams broke in her chaotic United States Open final against Naomi Osaka in 2018 has become an unusual piece of sports memorabilia.
Thiem has won five titles this year and reached the semifinals of the ATP Finals, where only one member of the so-called Big Three stands in his way.
Only one American has been among the 24 players in singles or doubles at the elite year-end tennis tournament.
The accomplished doubles team’s retirement announcement was the third high-profile one this week, as Tomas Berdych and Dominika Cibulkova also ended their careers.
The Italian player needed a little help from Denis Shapovalov to make the year-end tournament, but he got it.
With some rules adjustments, players and the tours hope to bring the doubles game into the spotlight.
The year-end tournament is the only significant title missing from his résumé, but another injury threatens his chances.
The decade belonged to Serena Williams, but its final year belonged to young stars like Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu and Coco Gauff.
The WTA created a Legacy Fund to support the early players on the women’s pro tour who missed out on a pension.