Moving On: Fernandez upsets No. 5 Svitolina, advances to U.S. Open semifinals

By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It was only fitting that it was decided by a third set tiebreaker. So little separated the players during the match, played before a near sellout crowd on Arthur Ashe Stadium. The undisputed darling of this US Open, Leylah Fernandez of Canada upset 5th-seeded Elina Svitolina of […]

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An Unfamiliar Open for 2021

By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — It has been 24 years since a US Open was played without Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Serena Williams. Well, the injury bug has struck all of them, and they will each miss the Open, which starts on Monday at Flushing Meadows.      Just hours after her younger […]

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CALL IT WHAT IT IS

By Gary Norris Gray, Staff Reporter The International Olympic committee seems to be having it out for Black women around the world in 2021 and the evidence continues to mount with the passing weeks. One after another are getting disqualified for the 2020 Summer Games. Black Athletes around the world should be uniting together toward […]

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MARTIN-2005-OSAKA-2021

CASEY MARTIN 2005- NAOMI OSAKA 2021 DISABLED ATHLETES STILL BATTLEBy Gary Norris Gray May 30, 2021 Naomi Osaka withdrew from the French Open because she had issues with her mental health and with being forced to do interviews after matches. The signs of distress were all there, years ago but the sports world ignored them. […]

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An historic finish at The Open

By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — Guess what? Neither Roger Federer, nor Rafael Nadal, nor Novak Djokovic won the US Open on Sunday. That could be a story in and of itself. After all, they had won the last 13 Grand Slams. That’s a bunch of years. Instead, Dominic Thiem defeated his buddy Alexander […]

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Another title for Osaka

By Richard Kent, Staff Reporter NEW YORK — The cream usually rises to the top. And it did Saturday at Flushing Meadows. Naomi Osaka overcame a blistering start by Victoria Azarenka to defeat the 2-time Grand Slam champion 1-6, 6-3, 6-3. Not since 1995 had a US Open Champion come back from an opening set deficit. It was […]

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