WIMBLEDON, England — Former finalist Milos Raonic is through to the third round of Wimbledon for the sixth year in a row.
Raonic beat Robin Haase 7-6 (1), 7-5, 7-6 (4) to set up a meeting with unseeded American Reilly Opelka, who upset Stan Wawrinka.
Raonic needed treatment on his left ankle and Achilles when trailing 5-4 in the third set but finished off the win by converting his first match point in the tiebreaker. The Canadian was broken only once in the match as Haase took a 6-5 lead in the first set, but Raonic broke right back. Raonic lost the 2016 final to Andy Murray.
Thomas Fabbiano of Italy also advanced, following up his upset win over Stefanos Tsitsipas by beating Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4. At 40, Karlovic became the oldest man since 1975 to win at Wimbledon by advancing to the second round. The Croatian finished with 38 aces but only forced one break point in the match, which he couldn’t convert.
NEW YORK — The U.S. Open total purse this year is more than $57 million, the richest in tennis history.
The men’s and women’s singles champion will each receive $3.85 million, and the men’s and women’s doubles champion teams will get $740,000. Those are both the highest payouts in U.S. Open history.
The U.S. Tennis Association said Thursday it worked with the ATP and WTA Tours to determine specific round-by-round prize money levels, and that the payouts for each round are all Grand Slam tournament records.
The payouts start at $58,000 for the first round of singles.
The USTA adds that it will make a payment of $500,000 to each tour to support the ATP and WTA Tour player programs, including pension.
The final major of the year will be played Aug. 26 through Sept. 8.
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Venus Williams has committed to play in San Jose later this month, her second straight appearance in the event.
She will play her opening match of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in the night session July 30 after reaching the 2018 quarterfinals. The seven-time Grand Slam champion is in the field for the 15th time, though the tournament moved from Stanford to San Jose last year.
The 39-year-old Williams will be a wild-card entry in the tournament.