In this file photo taken on January 15, 2018, Nicole Gibbs of the US plays a backhand return to Bulgaria’s Viktoriya Tomova during their women’s singles first round match on day one of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne. PETER PARKS / AFP
US tennis player Nicole Gibbs says she will miss the French Open because of surgery to treat salivary gland cancer.
The 26-year-old, ranked 116th in the world, said on Twitter that the procedure is scheduled for Friday, and she’s aiming to try to qualify for Wimbledon in June.
Gibbs reached the third round of the 2014 US Open and 2017 Australian Open.
She reached a career-high 68th in the world rankings in 2016. She won US collegiate singles and team titles for Stanford University, but remains in search of her first WTA Tour title.
She said in her tweet that her dentist discovered a growth on the roof her mouth about a month ago, and her surgeon is “confident that surgery alone will be sufficient treatment”.
Africa’s leading tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has withdrawn from the men’s singles at the ITTF World Tour Qatar Open owing to a back injury.
He is scheduled to compete in qualification tournament which serves off on Tuesday, with the main event starting on Thursday, February 23.
The 28-year-old intends to partner Egypt’s Omar Assar in the men’s doubles competition, as the duo have their eyes set firmly on a place in the end of year grand finals.
Aruna and Assar face Kristian Karlsson and Mattias Karlsson in the first preliminary round of the qualification event.
The Karlssons are silver medallists at the 2012 European Championships.
American professional tennis player, Serena Williams, has revealed plans to get married to Reddit website Co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.
Serena who has arrived in Auckland ahead of the ASB classic next week, was accompanied by her new fiancée and sister, Venus.
The world number two, has won 22 grand slam singles titles and needs two more to equal Margaret court record of 24.
She has never competed in new Zealand and hopes to use the event for preparation ahead of the Australian open in January.
World’s third best tennis player, Roger Federer, on Monday progressed into the Wimbledon quarter-finals in London.
The seven-time champion, who has been struggling for form this summer, cruised to the next round of the competition after beating Steve Johnson 6-2 6-3 7-5 on Centre Court.
34-year-old Federer would be hoping to break the record by clinching his eighth men’s singles title.
He will be contending with world seeded number eight, Marin Cilic, who won the 2014 US Open title.
World second best tennis player, Andy Murray, on Sunday evening defeated Milos Raonic to win the AEGON championships title.
The 29-year-old Scottish made a stirring comeback from a set and a break down to beat Raonic 6-7 6-4 6-3 in the final of the competition.
He is now the first man to win the Queen’s Club title five times, after overtaking the likes of John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Roy Emerson.
McEnroe was courtside for the final in his role as coach to Raonic, with the American’s old adversary Ivan Lendl in the opposite corner after returning to Murray’s camp this week.
Former world number one tennis player, Maria Sharapova, is provisionally suspended from March 12 pending further action.
The Russian revealed she failed a drugs test at the Australian Open after testing positive for meldonium, a substance she has been taking since 2006 for health issues.
“I did fail the test and take full responsibility for it,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion.
“For the past 10 years I have been given a medicine called mildronate by my family doctor and a few days ago after I received the letter from the ITF (International Tennis Federation) I found out it also has another name of meldonium, which I did not know.
“It is very important for you to understand that for 10 years this medicine was not on Wada’s banned list and I had been legally taking that medicine for the past 10 years.
“But on 1 January the rules had changed and meldonium became a prohibited substance, which I had not known.”
She added; “I received an email on 22 December from Wada about the changes happening to the banned list and you can see prohibited items – and I didn’t click on that link.”
World number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has defeated rival Rafael Nadal in the final of the China Open in Beijing.
Djokovic has continued his recent dominance over Nadal as he thrashed the Spaniard to win the tournament for the sixth time.
The Serbian showed no mercy against the Spaniard, who was hampered by a foot injury in the second set, as he cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory at the National Tennis Centre in the Chinese capital.
Djokovic has now beaten Nadal in seven of their last eight meetings, dating back to the 2013 China Open, and is on the verge of leveling their head-to-head record.