Tennis Today: Andy Murray thanks ‘brilliant’ influence, and Daniil Medvedev suffers fitness blow
In Tennis Today, Andy Murray reveals how important his wife has been to his comeback, and Daniil Medvedev is paying the price for his recent exertions.
What’s on the site
Coco Gauff is once again the talk of tennis after she won the Linz Open, but where does she stand in the list of youngest WTA tournament winners? Wonder no more…
Roger Federer is making plans for 2020, and they will almost certainly include an attempt to win an Olympic gold medal. What does that mean for our chances of seeing him again on clay next year though?
Alexander Zverev, meanwhile, has sent a message to fans of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, saying that tennis is in safe hands when they retire, and that the next generation are ready to make them fall in love again.
And Kei Nishikori has decided to ditch his coach to get a fresh start for next season, but it all sees amicable enough.
What’s in the news
Andy Murray has issued a heartfelt thank you to his wife Kim, crediting her for making his comeback to singles tennis possible.
Murray, speaking to the Telegraph at the European Open in Antwerp, revealed the crucial role she played in keeping him on track.
“There’s a number of times in the last two years that I had stopped,” Murray said.
“I was like ‘I don’t want to do this any more.’ But Kim, she was always trying to keep me going, and trying to help get me back on the court, stay motivated, and always happy for me to go and train and go away and stuff.”
“She’s just been very understanding of everything that I’ve done.
“Like going away for training blocks in Miami after a really long year and things like that.
“It might not seem like much but we don’t get to see each other all of the time and it does make a big difference when you don’t have drama in your personal life and lots of things going on away from the court.
“She has been brilliant like that, allowed me to pursue my career and been unbelievably supportive of me. So I’ve been very lucky.”
Elsewhere, Daniil Medvedev has opted to pull out of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow this week, with Russian news agency Tass widely quoting Medvedev as saying that he felt “drained psychologically and physically” after winning in Shanghai last week.
What’s on social media
Serena Williams was on bridesmaid duty, and looking pretty stunning doing it.
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Dominic Thiem made the most of his last day on holiday…
Alexander Zverev was happy to be home and who can blame him?
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And Stan Wawrinka pondered 21st-century problems…
What’s on TV
ATP Antwerp (European Open) – Amazon Prime
ATP Stockholm – Tennis TV
ATP/WTA Moscow – Tennis TV (ATP), BT Sport (WTA)
WTA Luxembourg – BT Sport
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