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Laura Robson will miss French Open and Wimbledon due to wrist surgery

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Laura Robson reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2013. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Laura Robson reached the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2013. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Laura Robson will have surgery on her left wrist and miss the French Open and Wimbledon.

The 20-year-old Brit re-injured her wrist during practice in the offseason and played just two matches this season, which resulted in a retirement at the Hobart International and a first-round exit at the Australian Open. Robson will be treated by Dr. Richard Berger, who has handled Juan Martin del Potro’s wrist injuries.

“I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo Clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr. Richard Berger,” Robson wrote on her Facebook page. “Dr. Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain free before you even have time to miss me. Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon.”

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • Go Figure: French Open by the numbers

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal has won eighth French Opens in nine appearances. (JB Autissier/Panoramic/Icon SMI)

    With the French Open in the books, here’s a look at some of the numbers that defined the tournament.

    8: French Open titles for Rafael Nadal, the first man to win that many titles at any Grand Slam tournament.

    Nadal’s French Open dominance by the numbers

    31: Consecutive victories for Serena Williams, a career high. The last seven of those came at the French Open.

    4: Female players in the Open era (since 1968) who have won all four majors at least twice: Williams, Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert.

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  • Published On Jun 11, 2013
  • Report Card: French Open grades

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    Serena Williams

    Serena Williams has won a career-high 31 consecutive matches. (Rindoff/Charriau/WireImage)

    The Report Card hands out grades for the week in tennis. Here’s our review of the French Open.

    Serena Williams: A-plus. The Star-Spangled Banner returned to Court Philippe Chatrier after an 11-year absence, thanks to Serena’s dominant two weeks in Paris. Well, as finalist Maria Sharapova pointed out, it’s actually been a dominant year for the WTA’s 31-year-old No. 1, who has won a career-high 31 consecutive matches and finished the clay season 23-0 with titles in Charleston, S.C., Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.

    “I definitely want to go out in my peak,” she said after becoming the oldest woman to win the French Open in the Open era (since 1968). “That’s my goal. But have I peaked yet?”

    Photos: Serena vs. Maria in women’s final

    That’s what we’re all wondering. She now has 16 Grand Slam titles, just two behind Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. Williams will go into Wimbledon as the defending champion and overwhelming favorite, and it’s conceivable she could catch those two two greats at the U.S. Open. Will we be looking at another Serena Slam in Melbourne next year?

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  • Published On Jun 10, 2013
  • Photos: Rafael Nadal sheds a tear after emotional French Open victory

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    Rafael Nadal has just forty-five points to defend for the rest of the season. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

    Nearly a year ago, Rafael Nadal was forced to make a tough decision: play the Olympics on an injured knee or effectively shut down his season to get his body in order for the second phase of his career.

    Nadal chose to skip the London Olympics, a decision he says marked the lowest moment of his seven-month injury break. So you could understand the tears he shed as he stood on Court Philippe Chatrier after defeating David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win his eighth French Open title, hugging the trophy and hearing the Spanish national anthem play.

    Nadal’s latest Roland Garros title wasn’t about his performance in seven matches over the last two weeks. It was about a year-long comeback that put him into position to rise back to the top of the game.

    After losing in the second round of Wimbledon last year and skipping the Olympics, U.S. Open, World Tour Finals and the Australian Open, Nadal returned to the tour in February. Since then he has made the final of all nine tournaments he’s played and won seven, including three ATP Masters 1000s and now a Slam. He has accumulated more rankings points in 2013 than any other player and can only go up in the rankings from here on out. Needless to say, Nadal’s full-on assault to recapture the No. 1 ranking he lost in June 2011 is on.

    Here are some of our favorite photos from an eventful men’s final.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Twitter reactions to Rafael Nadal winning eighth French Open

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    Prince of Felipe of Spain congratulates Rafael Nadal. (Getty Images)

    Prince Felipe of Spain congratulates Rafael Nadal. (Getty Images)

    Rafael Nadal was showered with congratulations by the likes of Prince Felipe of Spain, Usain Bolt and Pau Gasol. All were in Paris to watch the King of Clay do what he does best to win his eighth French Open, defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday. The love continued online, as Nadal’s colleagues, followers and friends marveled at just how much he’s been able to accomplish at age 27.

    With 12 major titles, he’s now tied with Roy Emerson for No. 3 all time, just two behind Pete Sampras’ 14 and five behind Roger Federer’s record of 17. He also became the first man to win a major after skipping two straight Slams.

    Here’s a sampling of the Twitter reaction to Nadal’s continued dominance on clay.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Usain Bolt watches French Open final, presents Rafael Nadal with trophy

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    Usain Bolt presented Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer their trophies. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

    Fresh off a surprise defeat to Justin Gatlin at the Golden Gala meet in Rome last week, six-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt was in Paris for the French Open on Sunday to present the Coupe des Mousquetaires to Rafael Nadal, who defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a rain-addled final. Bolt took in the match next to French Federation president Jean Gachassin and watched as the most dominant man on clay the sport has ever seen won his eighth title.

    Nadal was asked before the match about Bolt, and not surprisingly, there was a lot of athlete-on-athlete love. “Everybody know that he’s amazing what he did,” Nadal said. “He’s one of the great sportsman of the history. I hope to be there to receive the trophy. I gonna try. If not, I gonna say hello to him.”

    WERTHEIM: 50 thoughts from French Open

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Rafael Nadal’s French Open dominance

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    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal has won eight French Opens in nine attempts. (Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

    Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win his eighth French Open title. Here’s a look at Nadal’s dominance at Roland Garros since his debut in 2005.

    • Nadal is 59-1 with eight titles in nine appearances.

    • Nadal’s only loss came against 23rd-seeded Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. Soderling’s 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory snapped Nadal’s 31-match winning streak at Roland Garros. (Nadal is 82-1 overall in best-of-five matches on clay.)

    • A year later, Nadal trounced Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Rafael Nadal dominates David Ferrer for eighth French Open title

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    Rafael Nadal is now 60-1 in his career at the French Open. (Petr David Josek/AP)

    Rafael Nadal is now 59-1 in his career at the French Open. (Petr David Josek/AP)

    By Nick Zaccardi

    PARIS — Three thoughts off Rafael Nadal’s 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win over David Ferrer in the French Open final on Sunday …

    1. Nadal stands alone (again). Nadal won his eighth French Open title and 12th Grand Slam title overall, moving past Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver into a tie for third on the all-time list (now five behind Roger Federer). He weathered delays by protestors (more on that in point No. 2) and drizzle, which was on and off all day but forced only one brief respite in the third set. Ferrer, an undersized, speedy battler in his first Grand Slam final, was no match for Nadal’s talent. Nadal was somewhere around a 10-to-1 favorite, two days after taking out Novak Djokovic in a 4-hour, 37-minute semifinal in what many perceived as the all-intents-and-purposes final. It wasn’t unbeatable Nadal, but it didn’t have to be.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Flare-wielding protestor briefly interrupts French Open final

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    In a scary moment during the men’s French Open final on Sunday, a shirtless demonstrator wearing a mask ran onto Court Philippe Chatrier during play wielding a lit flare.

    The man ran close to Rafael Nadal’s chair after a changeover with Nadal set to serve for the second set at 5-1 against David Ferrer. Nadal, who was standing near the baseline at the time, ran immediately for the court exit when he saw the flames but stopped when security corralled the man and tackled him into the court entrance/exit area. The man was taken off court, and the flames were put out by a fire extinguisher before play resumed. When it did, both men, who may have been rattled by the interruption, traded breaks of serve to end the set.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013
  • Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer for eighth French Open title

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    Rafael Nadal is No. 3 on the all-time Slam list at just 27 years old. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Rafael Nadal is No. 3 on the all-time Slam list at just 27 years old. (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

    Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to win the French Open. Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times.

    In winning the first all-Spanish final since 2002, Nadal collected his eighth title in nine attempts and improved to 59-1 at Roland Garros. He also became the first man to win a major title nine years in a row and is now tied for third with Roy Emerson with 12 Slams. Roger Federer leads with 17 and Pete Sampras has 14.

    While the win was routine — as expected, Nadal outclassed Ferrer on every metric — the match was not. Protesters repeatedly interrupted the match with chanting from the crowd, but the most frightening moment occurred late in the second set, when a shirtless demonstrator ran onto the court wielding a lit flare. He was quickly tackled by security a few feet from where Nadal was standing. Unfortunately, that incident sucked any energy out of the match.

    Game-by-game analysis of Nadal’s historic win after the jump.

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  • Published On Jun 09, 2013


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