Five memorable tennis moments of 2014

No other individual sport captured the imagination of the world as tennis did in 2014. The men and women with racquets in their hands took tennis fans and sports enthusiasts on a rollercoaster ride.

Ankita Raina wins maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title
Ankita Raina wins maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title

Continuing her steady progress in the WTA circuit, India's Ankita Raina overwhelmed British teenager Katy Dunne in straight sets in a one-sided final to lift her maiden USD 25,000 ITF singles title at the Deccan Gymkhana here on Saturday.

Spanish tennis duo confirm Brazil Open participation
Spanish tennis duo confirm Brazil Open participation

Spanish tennis stars Tommy Robredo and Fernando Verdasco will compete at the Brazil Open in February.

Ankita Raina downs Romanian qualifier to enter NECC-ITF final
Ankita Raina downs Romanian qualifier to enter NECC-ITF final

India's top woman singles player Ankita Raina, the fourth seed, entered her third USD 25,000 event final when she ousted Romanian qualifier Cristina Ene in three sets in the semi-finals of NECC-ITF tennis tournament at the Deccan Gymkhana here on Friday.

Chennai Open season tickets on sale from Friday
Chennai Open season tickets on sale from Friday

Season ticket sales of Chennai Open, in its 20th year, will commence at the Sports Development Authority Of Tamil Nadu tennis stadium here Friday, organisers said Thursday.

NECC-ITF: Ankita Raina downs Serbian rival to enter semi-finals
NECC-ITF: Ankita Raina downs Serbian rival to enter semi-finals

India No. 1 and fourth seed Ankita Raina kept the country's hopes alive in singles in the USD 25,000 NECC-ITF women's tennis tournament in progress here when she entered the semi-finals after defeating Serbian rival Nina Stojanovic in straight sets on Thursday.

Leander Paes undergoes dope test
Leander Paes undergoes dope test

Indian tennis star Leander Paes underwent a routine dope test conducted by National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) officials Wednesday.

Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka raise money for underprivileged children
Roger Federer, Stanislas Wawrinka raise money for underprivileged children

In a recent charity event held in Zurich, Swiss super-star Roger Federer and his compatriot Stan Wawrinka raised over a million dollars for underprivileged children.

Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep win domestic sports awards
Grigor Dimitrov, Simona Halep win domestic sports awards

Wimbledon semi-finalist Grigor Dimitrov has been named Bulgaria`s Athlete of the Year in a nationwide poll conducted by sports journalists while French Open runner-up Simona Halep won the award in neigbouring Romania.

Chennai Open: Bhupathi, Saketh, Jeevan & Balaji given wild card
Chennai Open: Bhupathi, Saketh, Jeevan & Balaji given wild card

India's top tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi, Saketh Myneni, Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Sriram Balaji have been granted wild card entries into the doubles draw of Chennai Open, organisers said on Monday.

Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka to fight for African children
Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka to fight for African children

Tennis super-star Roger Federer will take on his Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka in a high-octane, fund-rising match early Monday morning at the Hallenstadion in Zurich.

Kvitova, Berdych named best Czech Republic tennis players for 2014
Kvitova, Berdych named best Czech Republic tennis players for 2014

Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych were named the best Czech female and male tennis player of the year 2014.

Yearender: Prizes shared but Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams still rule
Yearender: Prizes shared but Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams still rule

Grand slam titles were shared around like slices of pizza in 2014 but for all the welcome variety Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams ended the year still setting the standard.

International Tennis Federation set to raise prize money for young players
International Tennis Federation set to raise prize money for young players

The International Tennis Federation (ITF) has decided to increase prize money for young players in lower categories on the men's circuit.

Warrior spirit leads Kei Nishikori to new heights
Warrior spirit leads Kei Nishikori to new heights

There comes a moment in all great sporting careers when the puzzle fits together and for Kei Nishikori it arrived on a sweltering early September afternoon in New York.

I`ll keep quiet in future, says Yannick Noah
I`ll keep quiet in future, says Yannick Noah

Former star player Yannick Noah has offered an apology of sorts for criticising France`s defeated Davis Cup team saying that he would keep quiet in the future.

Janko Tipsarevic pulls out of Chennai Open
Janko Tipsarevic pulls out of Chennai Open

Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic, the 2013 singles Champion, on Thursday withdrew from the upcoming ATP Chennai Open due to health issues.​

Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams take ITF annual honours
Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams take ITF annual honours

 Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been named 2014 World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).

Tony Nadal believes rise of newcomers will soon see end of 'big four' dominance
Tony Nadal believes rise of newcomers will soon see end of 'big four' dominance

Tony Nadal, uncle and coach of world number three Rafael Nadal, believes that dominance of big four has diminished in the wake of fierce competition from the newcomers.

Injured Jo-Wilfred Tsonga out of Hopman Cup
Injured Jo-Wilfred Tsonga out of Hopman Cup

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Thursday pulled out of January`s mixed team Hopman Cup in Australia due to an arm injury, organisers said.