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Simona Halep Tries to Heal Before the WTA Final

It has been a career-defining year for Simona Halep. The 27-year-old has enjoyed her top-ranked perch since winning her first Grand Slam at the French Open in June, but all that is under threat. Battling a bad back and a four-game losing streak, Halep of Romania is racing to heal …

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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Become Besties

Djokovic, from Serbia, and Federer, from Switzerland, have met 46 times since 2006. Over such a stretch, which Djokovic leads, 24-22, some controversy is almost inevitable. An outsider would have been troubled to discern their tepid relational history had they parachuted into Chicago last week. The stars teased each other …

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Laver Cup Honors the Past With a Tournament of Stars

How do you “honor the past, celebrate the current and bring together the future stars” of tennis in just three days? If you’re Tony Godsick, agent to Roger Federer of Switzerland, and driving force behind the Laver Cup, whose second edition will be played in Chicago this weekend, the answer …

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Laver and the Power of the Laver Cup

This year marks the second annual Laver Cup, a men’s tournament being held in Chicago from Friday through Sunday that features 12 top players, including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev. Rod Laver, 80, is an Australian tennis legend. He was the No. 1 player in the world from …

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Federer Is Bringing Up Baby

The Laver Cup, which was held in Prague last year, matches an all-star team from Europe against an all-star team from the rest of the world. Djokovic, 31, Federer’s European teammate who won both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open recently, should run a close second in terms of public interest …

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