Tennis Today: Andy Murray’s dilemma and something ‘naughty’ from Rafael Nadal

Andy Murray forehand

In Tennis Today, a great piece on why Andy Murray will have to adjust his game and a couple of special shots from Rafael Nadal.

What’s on the site
Ah the red clay of Madrid looks good, doesn’t it? However, it wasn’t that long ago that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic threatened to boycott the event due to their ‘Smurf’ blue clay courts.

Speaking of Nadal, he is just on another level as he edged closer to yet another record with his second-round win in the Spanish capital.

More results:
ATP Madrid report one
WTA Madrid report one
WTA Madrid report two

Will we see Serena Williams at the French Open? It’s the big question after the 23-time Grand Slam winner pulled out of the Italian Open.

And then there is more on Andy Murray’s latest setback, but Johanna Konta is hopeful that he will feature at Wimbledon.

What’s in the news
More on Murray and The Guardian’s Kevin Mitchell says the three-time Grand Slam winner “will have to remodel his game again, whenever he returns”.

“Part of his dilemma will be adjusting his game. He will not be able to grind in the same attritional way he has done since 2005. Because of the strain on his hip and the rest of the pivotal areas of his body, he will have to cut points short more often. He will be at the net a lot more, volleying. There will be more aggression.”

In case you didn’t know, Ronaldo (the Brazilian one) and Luka Modric were in the crowd when Kyle Edmund beat Novak Djokovic.

Roland Garros is still “the plan” for RG Thanasi Kokkinakis as he continues his recovery from the freak injury he suffered at Monte Carlo, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Serena was back in the news yesterday as she “backed out” of the Italian Open and this gave the Daily Mail a chance do a “What is Serena Williams’s net worth?” piece.

Sticking with the Williams family and Venus is in the June edition of Elle and she admitted during the interview that “she doesn’t identify with the term ‘feminist'”.

“I don’t like labels, though I do think as women we have much more power and opportunities in our hands than ever before.”

What’s on social media
Yep, that’s very, very naught from Rafael Nadal.

No wonder Gael Monfils was asking for advice from the crowd.

What’s on TV
ATP Madrid Open

LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Arena

WTA Madrid Open

12:00-18:00 / 21:30-23:30
LIVE – BT Sport 2