The Supreme Court made a landmark ruling in favor of marriage equality on Friday. Meanwhile, three of America’s four major pro leagues have yet to employ an openly gay athlete on a regular-season roster.
Hundreds of people are expected to compete for about 80 slots.
A final steel beam has been put into place over Arthur Ashe Stadium as the U.S. Open’s center court moved closer to being covered by a retractable roof.
Stan Wawrinka won the French Open by beating No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 in the final Sunday, thwarting Djokovic’s bid to complete a career Grand Slam.
The top-ranked Williams took the last six games and added to her championships on the red clay of Roland Garros in 2002 and 2013.
Ill and sluggish, Serena Williams overcame a big deficit to reach the French Open final by beating 23rd-seeded Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Thursday.
Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s 39-match French Open winning streak, beating the nine-time champion in a surprisingly lopsided quarterfinal 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday.
Stumbling on his way to the net, Roger Federer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and precision the world has come to expect from the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
In a riveting showdown between the last two American women in the draw, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Williams came back to edge Sloane Stephens 1-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Last Monday, Loeb — the seventh seed — knocked off No. 2 seed Carol Zhao of Stanford 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 to become the first women’s singles champion in Tar Heels history.
Stepping on center court to take on 88th-ranked Damir Dzumhur, Roger Federer was on his guard.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal of Spain eased into the third round of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 win against countryman Nicolas Almagro on Thursday.
Simona Halep became the highest seeded player to exit the French Open so far as last year’s runner-up lost 7-5, 6-1 to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second round on Wednesday.
On his return to center court, nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal enjoyed a quiet Tuesday afternoon.
If everyone else wants to look ahead to a potential marquee quarterfinal, the players who met in two of the past three finals at the French Open do not.