Tennis Today: Britney Spears hitting it one more time, tweener tutoring
In Tennis Today, Britney Spears hits out, Naomi Osaka gets help with her tweener game and funny moments from the ATP.
What’s on the site
How does Roger Federer’s resurgence compares with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Muhammed Ali, Pele and Niki Lauda? Joe Hewlett investigates.
As football debates VAR, tennis celebrates 12 years of Hawk-Eye and the player challenge system.
Swiss Maestro Federer can do no wrong. Watch the video of him playing a point with his knee.
The Indian Wells Masters is upon us and five-time champion Novak Djokovic has a tricky draw while we could see a Serena-Venus third-round clash in the women’s side.
What’s in the news
Roger Federer’s Match for Africa provided a lot of entertaining moments, but it wasn’t just about the laughs and giggles as the exhibition event raised $2.5m, which will be used to empower and educate children in Africa.
Well done all involved!
Staying with that story, Express Sport reports that Federer has challenged Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to “chip in and do their own thing or support other foundations”.
This is why we love Roger.
On a more serious note, Lawn Tennis Association president Martin Corrie has “temporarily stepped down after the governing body of British tennis decided to commission an independent investigation into a 2004 allegation of sexual assault by a coach, and concerns about how it was handled”. The Guardian has the full details.
What’s on social media
Just Britney Spears hitting it one more time. Yes, we are ashamed of that.
Just a little game of tennis with my man!!! Not professional, but it’s really fun!!!!!!!!!!?????????? pic.twitter.com/JJjrrfmgcx
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 3, 2018
Novak Djokovic working out in the desert.
Last week Naomi Osaka asked for help when it comes to hitting tweeners.
And she has given an update.
— NaomiOsaka????? (@Naomi_Osaka_) March 4, 2018
Marion Bartoli had some fun with Venus and Serena Williams.
This is a keeper forever!!!! What a night it was!!! I couldn’t think that it would be possible for me, to one day have the immense honor and privilege to be with those two beyond amazing champions and most importantly true friends @venuswilliams and @serenawilliams at the same event again !!! But it happened!!! @tiebreaktens thank you for everything, it was a dream coming true to play @thegarden ?????? #grateful
Literally playing with fire.
This is the perfect definition of “playing with fire”?? pic.twitter.com/t3smC5kOGl
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) March 6, 2018
The ATP’s funniest moments and fails from February.
What’s on TV
WTA Indian Wells
First-round action gets underway, but the bigger stars will only be in action on Thursday. Eugene Bouchard, Sam Stosur and Belinda Bencic are set to feature.
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Carlos Alcaraz reveals severity of his injury and when he will return to action
Carlos Alcaraz has divulged the results of an MRI scan on the injury he suffered in Rio.
Holger Rune reunites with Patrick Mouratoglou as he reaffirms his huge goals
“With him I have achieved some of the greatest triumphs of my career so far.”
Andy Murray set for ranking drop as he declares ‘this game isn’t for me anymore’ in brutal loss
Andy Murray’s ranking is set to suffer after his painful, marathon loss in Doha.
Novak Djokovic secures astonishing ranking milestone involving Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic is set to achieve a staggering ranking statistic.
Stan Wawrinka gives telling Novak Djokovic verdict as he answers GOAT question
“I know how hard it was to win with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic in the draws.”
‘Jannik Sinner shares champion’s mentality with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal’, feels former world No 8
“That’s the champion’s mentality. These guys are always looking to get better.”
What Carlos Alcaraz’s Rio misfortune means for Novak Djokovic and Jannik Sinner in ATP Rankings race
Novak Djokovic set to stay at No 1 while Jannik Sinner is breathing down Carlos Alcaraz’s neck.
Andy Murray issues ‘huge apology’ to his wife ‘for whatever I was doing to her mouth’
Trust Andy Murray to pipe up with a funny comment about his first-ever ATP title win.
WATCH: ATP player suffers incredible meltdown – A racket smash, a point penalty and ‘a bit of fortune’
Botic van de Zandschulp had a second set to forget in Qatar.
WATCH: Carlos Alcaraz has a ‘ball on his ankle’ after unfortunate Rio Open incident
It was a painful one for Carlos Alcaraz in Rio.