Arthur Ashe: US sport’s greatest Black icon? | CNN

Story highlights Arthur Ashe won three grand slam titles First African American to achieve feat of winning a slam Died aged 49 in 1993 of AIDS related illness from an infected blood transfusion Stadium court at Flushing Meadows named in his honor Editor’s Note: The new CNN Film “Citizen Ashe” explores the enduring legacy of … Read more

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Wimbledon due to Achilles injury | CNN

CNN  —  Naomi Osaka will not compete at Wimbledon later this month, with the four-time tennis grand slam champion citing an Achilles injury. Having posted a video on Twitter of herself rehabbing her Achilles on an underwater treadmill last week, on Saturday the 24-year-old was placed on the tournament’s withdraw list with a “leg injury.” … Read more

Rafael Nadal advances to men’s French Open final after Alexander Zverev retires due to injury | CNN

CNN  —  Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal advanced to the men’s French Open final on Friday, after opponent Alexander Zverev was forced to retire due to an injury. After losing the first set 7-6 (8) in a tie-break, Zverev was leading 6-5 in the second set of the semifinal match when the German twisted his … Read more

Rafael Nadal says injuries leave him in pain ‘every single day’ | CNN

CNN  —  An interaction with a reporter laid bare the toll a 21-year career has taken on Rafael Nadal’s body, as the Spanish tennis star said he endures pain “every single day.” After his round of 16 win over David Goffin – which was decided by a mammoth third-set tiebreaker – Nadal limped into his … Read more

‘It was so dark’: Tennis star Nick Kyrgios opens up on mental health struggles | CNN

CNN  —  Tennis star Nick Kyrgios has opened about the mental health issues that he has battled throughout his career, saying he struggled with drug and alcohol abuse and also self-harm. The enigmatic Australian, whose on-court outbursts often make him a divisive figure among tennis fans, has always been candid about his complicated relationship with … Read more

Alexi Pappas has a complex relationship with depression. This is how Olympian deals with the ‘metaphorical scratch on your brain’ | CNN

CNN  —  Olympic distance runner Alexi Pappas describes herself as an “extremely motivated person,” and it would be difficult to disagree. She is not only a professional athlete, but a filmmaker, actress and writer who lives with her husband Jeremy and their pug Bernini in Los Angeles. Her social media is overflowing with photos of … Read more

Aurélien Tchouaméni is ’embracing expectations’ as he plots the next move in his career | CNN

CNN  —  Aurélien Tchouaméni has saved the phrase “aim for the highest cloud” on his phone – a sentence he lifted from a book about the legacy of New Zealand’s All Blacks. It serves as a reminder for Tchouaméni in his young footballing career to “get up every day and be better than yesterday.” And … Read more

Novak Djokovic willing to skip French Open and Wimbledon over his vaccine stance, he tells BBC in on-camera interview | CNN

CNN  —  In an on-camera interview with the BBC, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic said he is willing to skip playing in the French Open or Wimbledon because of his vaccination stance. Djokovic became embroiled in controversy earlier this year after attempting to enter Australia without a valid vaccination exemption.`The 20-time grand slam champion was … Read more

Novak Djokovic won’t play at Indian Wells or Miami Open due to his vaccination status | CNN

CNN  —  Novak Djokovic was featured in the men’s singles draw as the No. 2 seed at Indian Wells, but he said Wednesday he won’t be playing in the tournament due to his unvaccinated status. “While I was automatically listed in the @BNPPARIBASOPEN and @MiamiOpen draw I knew it would be unlikely I’d be able … Read more