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Caroline Wozniacki Sun, Buns and Fun On Richard Branson's Island

11/18/2016 9:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1118_Caroline-Wozniacki-necker-island-launchHere's Caroline Wozniacki proving the life of a pro tennis player is super, super tough ... taking the time to go full vacay mode while on Richard Branson's private island.

Wozniacki and fellow tennis star Nicole Gibbs are hanging out on Necker Island for the Necker Cup ... a super exclusive Pro-Am tennis tournament. 

(Fun Fact: Mike Tyson's tennis prodigy daughter is also there!) 

We're not sure if it's work or play ... but judging by the video of Gibbs teeing off into a pristine ocean view (and almost hitting a boat!) it looks like a little bit of both.

A video posted by Nicole Gibbs (@gibbsyyyy) on

Serena Williams NO MORE JUNK IN MY TRUNK ... Begins No Donut Diet

11/11/2016 1:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It takes great sacrifice to be a great champion and Serena Williams is making the biggest sacrifice of all -- DONUTS!!!! 

The tennis superstar was greeted at LAX by a fan who wanted to gift Serena with a dozen delicious treats from the legendary Randy's Donuts in L.A. 

Problem is, Serena had to shoot down the offer explaining, "I'm not eating donuts right now. I'm trying to get fit."

We get it ... she's gearing up for her return to the court at the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand in January. 

But for the record, she looks pretty damn fit to us


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Draymond Green 'I'm Mad Serena Lost' ... But Can't Win 'Em All

9/9/2016 10:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Turns out, Draymond Green's a big tennis fan -- but the NBA star says he was so upset when Serena Williams got bounced from the U.S. Open last night, he won't watch the rest of the tourney.

"I'm mad Serena lost. I hate to see Serena lose!" 

FYI, Green and Odell Beckham were in the stands when Serena beat Simona Halep on Wednesday ... and thought she'd coast over 10th seed Karolina Pliskova on Thursday night. 

But Pliskova shocked the world ... and Draymond ain't happy about it. 

"Ain't your day every day," Green said ... "Can't win 'em all. She's still the greatest."

Billie Jean King Serena Would Get Blasted By Male Pros

8/1/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Serena Williams has absolutely NO DAMN SHOT to beat a top men's tennis pro ... that's according to tennis legend Billie Jean King ... who says Williams would go down hard to any of the elite guys.

Billie Jean King is a TITAN in women's sports -- most notably for pummeling Bobby Riggs (who was 55) in a co-ed tennis match dubbed the "Battle Of The Sexes" back in 1973.

We got King out in L.A. recently and wanted to know if the seemingly unbeatable Serena would fair as well against an active men's pro, as King did against Riggs.

Billie's short answer? HELL NO.

King leaves the door open for Serena to do work against guys at the bottom of the male tennis tour, but makes it clear the Federers, Nadals and Djokovics of the world would all smoke her.

Check out the clip -- and move these hypothetical matches to the top of the "things we'd gladly pay to see" list.

Tennis Star Eugenie Bouchard Slams Taylor Swift You're Always Playing the Victim!

7/20/2016 6:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A tennis star with a HUGE backhand directed at Taylor Swift -- says she's sick of the singer always portraying herself as the victim ... just like she's doing in the Kanye West feud. 

The tennis star is 22-year-old Eugenie Bouchard -- who's a huge pop culture fan -- and was asked about the Taylor vs. Kanye situation after she was knocked out of the Citi Open this week. 

You gotta watch the clip (around 6:00) ... Bouchard says she's a huge Taylor fan -- "but I feel like sometimes she portrays herself as the victim a lot and she did this time around." 

Bouchard -- who knows A LOT about the feud -- says she also doesn't care that Kanye didn't specifically ask Taylor for permission to call her a bitch in his song "Famous."

"You approved the thing where Kanye said he'd have sex with you but you didn't hear the time he said bitch? Like, come on."

"Like, it's all the same thing to me ... so I think she just way overreacted and I think she tried to get attention by saying she didn't approve of that."

Serena Williams Success Never Looked So Good

7/11/2016 6:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

071116-serena-williams-wenn-gettySerena Williams can drop it like it's hot ... on the grass and in the ballroom.

Serena -- celebrating her record-tying 22nd Grand Slam -- wore her Sunday best at The Wimbledon Winners Ball at The Guildhall in London. Serena was in hot demand ... she also hit up Lewis Hamilton's British Grand Prix party.

#Legend 

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Maria Sharapova Suspended 2 Years For Doping ... Vows to Fight It

6/8/2016 8:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0608-maria-sharapova-getty-01Maria Sharapova was just hit with a TWO YEAR BAN by the International Tennis Federation for doping ... but she claims it's "unfair" and vows to appeal. 

The ITF just issued a statement saying Sharapova's urine tested positive for meldonium -- a metabolic modulator that's prohibited in the sport. 

The ITF says it cut Sharapova a break when it comes to the punishment because she "promptly admitted" to the offense. Instead of starting the 2-year ban today, they will backdate the suspension to January 26 -- the date of the sample collection.

The ITF also ruled that her results at the 2016 Australian Open should be disqualified -- and she must forfeit her ranking points and prize money that she won at that event.

For her part, Sharapova says she did NOT intentionally use the substance -- and wants her fans to know she should not be considered a cheater.

"The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not," Sharapova said in a statement.

"You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation -- and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position."

Sharapova says she will fight the decision -- "I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension ... I will immediately appeal the suspension."

"I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible."

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Serena Williams Inside My Insane Paris Apt ... Booze, Shoes & Trophies

5/16/2016 10:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Good news ... Serena Williams is finally recovered from that whole dog food mishap (R.I.P. toilet) -- and just showed off the inside of her HUUUUGE apartment in Paris -- and it's awesome. 

First off, Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world when it comes to real estate -- so when you see the size of this place, you know Serena dropped SERIOUS CASH to buy it. 

You gotta see the video tour Serena gives ... showing off everything from her renovated kitchen to her bar area ... and her awesome closet -- straight out of 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.'

FYI, Serena reportedly made $25 million last year. 

#ItsGoodToBeRich

Richard Branson I Smashed My Teeth With a Tennis Racket

5/10/2016 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0510-main-branson-virgin-01File Under: "When Tennis Goes Very VERY Wrong."

Here's the smashed face of Virgin billionaire Richard Branson ... moments after he bashed himself in the mouth with a tennis racket -- in a leisure activity gone bad. 

Branson says he was playing a match on the tennis court at the insane Moskito Island resort in the British Virgin Islands -- when he took a swing and accidentally ate racket. 

"I went for a lob…and somehow ended up smashing my two front teeth with my racquet! I’ve heard of tennis elbow, but this was tennis teeth. As you can see from the photo, it was not pretty."

Branson says he contacted a local dentist who fixed his grill -- and he was back out on the court the next day. 

Meantime, check out the island resort where the accident went down ... it's good to be mega-rich. 

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Jimmy Connors Defends Indian Wells CEO 'One Loose Statement, Let It Go'

3/28/2016 7:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tennis legend Jimmy Connors wants everyone to BACK OFF former Indian Wells CEO Ray Moore -- saying his sexist rant was just a "loose statement" and people need to "let it go."

Moore resigned last week after ranting that male stars carry the sport -- saying, "If I was a lady player, I’d go down every night on my knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born."

"Ray's my friend," Connors told us outside of Madeo ... "He's been my friend for 50 years."

"The guy makes a mistake. He says one loose thing ... but look at everything he's done on the positive side for tennis, women's tennis, men's tennis in general."

"Some guys make a loose statement," he added ... "Let it go, look at the positive things he's done and move on."

We also asked Connors how he felt about Maria Sharapova's suspension after testing positive for a banned substance -- he called it "interesting" and said, "You gotta do what it takes to be good."

Maria Sharapova Bikini Weekend w/ Chelsea Handler ... Tests Positive for Hotness

3/28/2016 6:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328_maria_sharapova_handler_beach_launchNow that she's got free time (thanks to that suspension) tennis superstar Maria Sharapova ran for the border this weekend ... spending her Easter in a bikini with Chelsea Handler

The two were spotted in an exclusive area of Cabo San Lucas -- where they took in some sun, took out a boat ... and even rapped together. 

The 28-year-old was provisionally banned from tennis after testing positive for the banned substance meldonium ... but it seems she's treating the whole thing more like a vacation than a punishment. 

Ole!!!

Maria Sharapova Dissed By United Nations ... We Don't Like Cheaters!

3/15/2016 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0315-mariah-sharapova-GETTY-01Even the United Nations is cutting ties with Maria Sharapova ... with the UN's Development Program announcing it's suspended its relationship with her after her failed drug test. 

The NYC-based group issued a statement saying, "In light of Ms. Sharapova's recent announcement, we last week suspended her role as a Goodwill Ambassador and any planned activities while the investigation continues."

The group says it "remains grateful to Maria Sharapova for her support of our work, especially around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster recovery."

Maria has been an ambassador for the UNDP since 2007 -- and had a good working relationship with her foundation. 

The UN is just the latest group to distance itself from Sharapova -- following Nike, Porsche and TAG. 

Maria Sharapova Squeezing In Beach Tennis ... Before Doping Suspension

3/9/2016 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0309_maria-sharpova_splash-2She's about to be suspended from the court ... but Maria Sharapova still has the beach -- and today, she grabbed her racket to hit some balls on the sand. 

Despite the fact Nike suspended her deal in the wake of her failed drug test, Maria was sporting Swoosh pants and shoes on an L.A. beach Wednesday afternoon ... with a smile on her face. 

Maria admitted she tested positive for a banned substance at the Australian Open back in January -- and the International Tennis Federation has announced she'll be provisionally suspended starting March 12th. 

In the meantime, might as well get a tan right? 

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