The troubled Aussie grabbed the headlines again when he suffered a spectacular meltdown on Court Three against Norwegian qualifier Casper Ruud. 
The 20-time Grand Slam winner has not played on the red clay in the Foro Italico since his third round exit in 2016 .
Williams, 37, has not played since a hard-fought three-set win over Petersen in the second round at the Miami Open in March.
The world number one joined Rafael Nadal on top of the all-time Masters list.
The 37-year-old last tested his ability on European dirt at the Rome Masters in 2016.
Nadal had never before lost a Barcelona semi-final.

World Tennis Bad boy to model family man: Fognini ‘has everything now’

He may have once been thrown out of the US Open for a misogynistic attack on a female umpire and indulged in a blistering rant at tennis’s NextGen, but Fabio Fognini insists his bad boy image is now a thing of the past.

World Tennis Djokovic, Nadal cruise into Monte Carlo quarters

Top seed Novak Djokovic and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal showed no mercy in dominating wins to power into the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals on Thursday.

World Tennis Keys downs Wozniacki to claim Charleston crown

Madison Keys claimed the first clay court title of her career on Sunday with a straight sets defeat of Caroline Wozniacki in the final of the Charleston Open.

World Tennis Federer goes fourth in rankings after Miami triumph

Roger Federer jumped up one spot to fourth in the ATP rankings released on Monday after capturing his 101st career title with his victory over John Isner in Miami.

World Tennis Federer defeats Isner in Miami final for 101st title

Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career on Sunday, beating ATP Miami Open defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes.

World Tennis Isner ousts Auger-Aliassime to reach ATP Miami Open final

Defending champion John Isner ended Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime’s dream run on Friday and advanced to the ATP Miami Open final with a 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) triumph.

World Tennis Ruthless Federer destroys Anderson

There was no repeat of the South African’s miraculous victory at Wimbledon.

World Tennis Federer ready for Anderson barrage after Miami romp

Next up for the 20-time Grand Slam-winning legend is the South African world number seven who famously beat the 37-year-old at Wimbledon in 2018 over five dramatic sets.

World Tennis World No. 1 Djokovic stunned by Bautista Agut in Miami

A short rain delay late in the second set allowed Bautista Agut to regroup.

World Tennis Federer, Thiem into Indian Wells final as Nadal hobbles out

The 39th match between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal failed to materialize on Saturday as the world No. 2 Spaniard hobbled out of Indian Wells to send Federer into a title clash with Dominic Thiem.

World Tennis Nadal wonders if hard courts too hard on players

Despite his undisputed status as king of clay courts, Rafael Nadal says he loves hard court tennis, too, he’s just not sure hard courts love him — or any other player.

World Tennis Osaka finds positives despite Indian Wells upset

World number one Naomi Osaka was trying to find the positives after her Indian Wells WTA title defense went up in smoke on Tuesday.

World Tennis Kohlschreiber stuns No. 1 Djokovic at Indian Wells

World number one Novak Djokvoic fell in straight sets to 39th-ranked Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on Tuesday in the third round of the ATP Indian Wells Masters.

World Tennis Top-ranked Osaka shocked by Bencic in Indian Wells 4th round

World number one and defending champion Naomi Osaka crashed out of Indian Wells on Tuesday, routed 6-3, 6-1 by Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic.


 


 

 


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