’09 US Open star Oudin ‘probably’ needs 2nd heart procedure

In the latest health issue for surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, the tennis pro says her heart problems have returned, pushing back the start to her season. Oudin, who upset Maria Sharapova during her upset-filled run at Flushing Meadows at age 17, wrote Thursday on Twitter that she “will probably have to undergo[…]

Japan’s Nishikori soars to ATP world number four

Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday’s new world rankings, equalling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country’s highest-ranked tennis player. The 24-year-old, who is the top-ranked Asian-born man ever, tweeted: “Just saw the new rankings. Very proud of another step…#4 this week.” Nishikori, last year’s US Open runner-up, now trails only Novak Djokovic,[…]