Barty lets Coco through, Pliskova to meet Martic

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Nadal avenges Madrid loss

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Pliskova to meet Ostapenko in Rome quarters

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Barty cruises, Gauff stuns Sabalenka and Svitolina swats Muguruza

World No 1 Ash Barty remains on track to add the Rome title to her expanding collection but must overcome Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals, who upset Aryna Sabalenka, the Madrid champion, at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia on Thursday, while Elina Svitolina took out...

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Osaka leads march of seeds out of Rome

On a day of major upsets at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, the underdogs prevailed, seeing off seeds Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Sofia Kenin, Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, and Maria Sakkari in a procession of upsets at the Foro Italico in Rome.

Nadal back on track

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Konta follows Bencic and Mertens out of Rome

Seeds started to tumble at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome, with Belinda Bencic and Elise Mertens followed out of the draw by Jo Konta, while Garbiñe Muguruza and Angelique Kerber were among those to win through on Tuesday.

Kvitova, Brady, Swiatek and Sakkari open Rome accounts

The Internazionali BNL d’Italia got under way at the Foro Italico in Rome on Monday, with some of the seeds in action and coming through unscathed, although Petra Kvitova had to come from a set down against Magda Linette to advance, while Jennifer Brady won in...
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Obituary – Luigi Serra

One of the game’s great photographers, Luigi Serra, has died at the age of 80 from COVID-19 after being hospitalised for 15 days in Chicago.

I come to your house and you make me a Florentine steak! Otherwise, no photos! Luigi Serra

Always cheerful, with a unique sense of humour, Serra worked in the sport he loved for many years, developing his two passions, tennis and photography after abandoning a career in engineering.

Born in Florence, Italy, Serra moved to the US many years ago to follow his dreams and had a home in California, near Palm Springs as well as Chicago.

According to his friend and colleague, Ubaldo Scanagatta of Ubitennis, Serra went back to Florence, with his wife Bonnie every year to enjoy a ‘real Florentine steak’.

For years he sent photos from Indian Wells to New York, and Roland Garros where he asked Scanagatta to get him a media accreditation, asking: “I come to your house and you make me a Florentine steak! Otherwise, no photos!”.

It became a game repeated a thousand times – “Luigi, I don’t like this picture, no steak!”

Smiling, mixing Italian and American slang, Serra was congenial and had an alert eye, and could blurt out anything, but was always genuine and spontaneous in his approach.

He had friends everywhere and knew everybody that matters in the game.

His greatest satisfaction was to see his name copyrighted under a beautiful photo and is publishing 50 of Serra’s best images from its archives – click HERE to view.

Serra leaves his wife Bonnie and two sons Alessandro and Gianluca, plus a tribe of grandchildren in Isabella, Gabriella, Daniela, Lexi and Vincent, and a host of marvellous images.



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