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French Open: Players to Watch

In winning the French Open 11 of the last 14 years, Rafael Nadal of Spain has all but cemented his tennis shoes into the terre battue, or red clay, of Roland Garros. That said, the 32-year-old failed to reach the final of a clay-court tournament until he beat Novak Djokovic …

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The French Open Spruces Up, and Shows Players the Money

A new era begins for the French Open this month as Roland Garros begins to unveil its renovations and new courts, including the new 5,000-seat arena, named after the French tennis star Simonne Mathieu, which has a semisunken court surrounded by 19th-century greenhouses. A retractable roof is planned for next …

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Mary Pierce Finds Peace in Mauritius

On the island nation of Mauritius, tennis is pretty much an afterthought. The 1.2 million or so residents of the island, which lies about 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, are far more interested in the national soccer team, nicknamed the Dodos after the …

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Power Players Learn to Love — Well, Like — the Clay

ROME — Karolina Pliskova, who won the Italian Open on Sunday, has something in common with Madison Keys and Petra Kvitova, who also claimed titles on clay this spring: it’s their least favorite surface. The three play fairly similar games, built on first-strike power tennis and minimal movement — a …

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At the French Open, Forehands in the Flora

PARIS — France’s four tennis musketeers played the game in some unconventional places, including the decks of cruise ships as they crossed the Atlantic or the Pacific to compete in international matches. But the great players, whose long-ago brilliance created the need for Roland Garros Stadium to be built in …

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