Canada limped out of the 2013 Davis Cup semi-final with three losses to Serbia, and two bruised bodies.
The Canadian team’s Davis Cup run came to an end Sunday as Janko Tipsarevic beat Vasek Pospisil 7-6 (3), 6-2, 7-6 (6), giving Serbia the 3-2 win in the best-of-five tie.
Pospisil was injured on the final point when he dove to hit a volley that was returned for the final point. (Photos: AFP/Getty Images, Darko Vojinovic/The Associated Press)
It was a little rainy at the U.S. Open on Monday. (Photos: Mike Stobe/Getty Images for the USTA, Mike Groll/The Associated Press, Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Tennis players around the world have learned plenty from Rafael Nadal.
On Tuesday, Nadal learned something from Conner Stroud.
Stroud, a 12-year-old from Spindale, N.C., was born without hips, ankles, femurs or knees. Encouraged by parents who wouldn’t allow their son’s disability to hold him back, Stroud has been playing against able-bodied kids in local tennis tournaments, winning a couple and inspiring people young and old.
Stroud visited the U.S. Open and spent some time with Nadal, who signed autographs and chatted with the youngster outside Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“The most important thing is that he’s happy,” Nadal said. “He’s able to keep practicing the sport. He’s playing tennis. That’s great for him, for the family. That’s a great example that you can be happy even if life doesn’t give you everything. It’s a big example for me and should be a big example for a lot of people.” (Photos: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, Bob Leverone/Getty Images, Dave Dellinger/The Associated Press/USTA)
Milos Raonic called it a learning experience.
It certainly wasn’t the victory party the Uniprix Stadium crowd was hoping for as Rafael Nadal took only one hour eight minutes to down Canada’s top tennis player 6-2, 6-2 in the US$3.49 million Rogers Cup final on Sunday.
But it had taken 55 years for a Canadian just to get to the final of the country’s biggest tournament, so Raonic had much to celebrate despite the defeat. (Photos: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images, Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
A glance at the list of men’s singles champions at Wimbledon the last dozen years reveals plenty of pleasant-enough looking chaps, though not a single slam-dunk male model in the bunch.
No matter. Each one was instantly fawned over the moment he held the trophy aloft, celebrated for toughness, smarts and the kind of devotion that knows no quit.
Marion Bartoli displayed all of those qualities — and more — on the way to winning Wimbledon in this most tumultuous of years. But because she’s a woman, at least one man behind a microphone couldn’t stop there. (Photos: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images, Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images, Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images, Julian Finney/Getty Images, Stefan Wermuth/The Associated Press)