Tiger Woods enjoyed watching Rafael Nadal’s win against Marin Cilic at the US Open

(CNN)Like fans have seen so many times, Tiger Woods was up on his feet and pumping his fist in celebration. In his on-court interview, Nadal was asked about Woods. “For me, it’s a huge honor playing in front of all of you of course,” Nadal said to the crowd. “But playing in front of Tiger for me is a very special thing. “I always said I never had big idols, but if I had to say one, one idol is him. I always tried to follow him every single shot that he hit during the whole year. “For me, it’s a big pleasure to have him here supporting. Means a lot. He’s a big legend of the sport, one of …

‘It’s a start’: Can the Aurora Games create a new model for women’s sports?

Last weeks six-day celebration of womens sports in Albany was beset by problems, but founder Jerry Solomon is confident the concept is sound Last week, the Aurora Games took over the Times Union Center in upstate New York. Billed as an international multi-sport womens festival, the event brought together roughly 150 athletes, including Olympic champions and grand slam winners, to compete for Team Americas and Team World in tennis, gymnastics, basketball, ice hockey, figure skating, beach volleyball and table tennis. The mission of the Games, founded by longtime sports executive Jerry Solomon, was to create a platform to celebrate and elevate women athletes. The Aurora Games will be held every two years and has already committed to return to Albany …

Coco Gauff keeps Wimbledon dream alive with thrilling comeback win

The 15-year-old American saved two match points to extend her dream Wimbledon run into the last 16 Wimbledon has found itself a new star. Coco Gauff had already shown everyone she could play dazzling tennis, her Wimbledon day five: Gauff makes thrilling comeback, Djokovic survives test video What a crazy match. In the first set, Hercog had been utterly dominant. It took Gauff until the second set before she won a single point on her opponents first serve while her thunderous forehand was doing the damage and though she missed a break point chance in the third game, she slapped another forehand to break for 4-3 and took the set soon after. Hercog cut loose at the start of the …

Andy Murrays new doubles partner Feliciano Lpez denies match-fixing

Feliciano Lpez, who partners the returning Andy Murray in the doubles at Queens Club, has denied involvement in an alleged betting scam at Wimbledon in 2017 Feliciano Lpez sought to restore some injured pride on Wednesday when he denied any suggestion that he and his regular doubles partner, Marc Lpez, had been involved in an alleged betting scam at Wimbledon in 2017. The Spaniard, who partners Andy Murray in his comeback at Queens Club on Thursday, beat the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4, in the first round of the singles at the Fever-Tree Championships on a rain-marred day three and then faced some tough media questions about the claims, which first appeared on Tuesday in the Spanish digital …

Nick Kyrgios throws chair during Italian Open meltdown

(CNN)Even by Nick Kyrgios’ standards, it’s been an eventful 24 hours. Visit CNN.com/sport for more news, features and videos The result also means that Ruud, who had been leading 2-1 in the final set, will face Juan Martin del Potro in the next round. These events come shortly after Kyrgios, ranked No. 36 in the world, had taken aim at rivals Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Speaking to tennis journalist Ben Rothenberg on the “No Challenges Remaining” podcast, Kyrgios labeled the Spaniard “super salty,” saying that “every time I’ve beaten him … when he wins, it’s fine. He won’t say anything bad, he’ll credit the opponent. … But as soon as I beat him, it’s just like, ‘He has no …

Frances Tiafoe: I want to use my story to inspire others, you cant make it up | Donald McRae

Frances Tiafoe used to sleep at the tennis centre where his father was janitor, now the son of immigrants from Sierra Leone tells Donald McRae how he feels at taking on the great names in the sport Its a movie, man, an absolute movie. I say it all the time, Frances Tiafoe exclaims of his incredible life story. Born into a family of west African immigrants, Tiafoe escaped the disadvantages of his early years in America to become one of the most exhilarating young players in world tennis. Four months ago, at the Australian Open, the 21-year-old came through a series of brutal matches to reach his to win the Orange Bowl, the most prestigious title in world tennis for …