Roger Federer pumps his fist after defeating Sumit Nagal during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Federer won 4-6, 6-1, 6-1, 6-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The Latest: Wimbledon chair umpire fired for interviews

August 27, 2019 - 12:57 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

The chair umpire who officiated the historic Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer last month has been fired by the ATP for violating the tour's policy on media interviews.

The ATP says chair umpire Damian Steiner did "multiple" interviews without seeking authorization first.

The tour added that what Steiner said violated rules that prevent tennis officials "from discussing specific incidents or matches, individual players, other officials, or rules, in the interest of maintaining impartiality at all times."

The New York Times first reported that Steiner was fired.


12:15 p.m.

Top-seeded Naomi Osaka has started the defense of her U.S. Open title, her first appearance in Arthur Ashe Stadium since a final victory last year overshadowed by Serena Williams' ongoing argument with the chair umpire.

Osaka, who was forced to pull out during a tuneup event earlier this month with left knee pain, is wearing a black sleeve on that knee against 84th-ranked Russian Anna Blinkova.

Blinkova quickly won the first three games but Osaka pulled even at 4-all in the opening set.

Osaka, a 21-year-old from Japan, won this year's Australian Open but lost in the third round at the French Open and was knocked out in the first round at Wimbledon. She must defend her title at Flushing Meadows to hold on to the No. 1 ranking.

The enduring image from Osaka's last U.S. Open appearance was when she broke down in tears during the trophy ceremony in a mix of emotions.


10 a.m.

Tennis' future takes center stage on the second day of the U.S. Open.

The focus will be on youngsters seeking to wrest major titles from the game's Big Three, the return of defending champion Naomi Osaka and the first main-draw appearance at Flushing Meadows for 15-year-old American Coco Gauff.

Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have combined to take 11 Grand Slam titles in a row, so the speculation is who can succeed them. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios all will make their case Tuesday.

Nadal will be there too, with a night match against Australian John Millman, who stunned Federer last year in New York.

Gauff takes on Anastasia Potapova of Russia.


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