Tennis Today: Drogba and Pharrell at French Open, odds on Andy Murray retiring
In Tennis Today, Didier Drogba and Pharrell visit Roland Garros and odds on Andy Murray retiring in 2018.
What’s on the site
Two Andy Murray updates in one week! The Scot is still hoping to compete in the Fever-Tree Championships despite his latest setback.
Then there is John McEnroe who has cautioned the three-time Grand Slam winner to be realistic about his chance should he play at Wimbledon.
On the back of Marco Cecchinato’s 2018 Roland Garros success, we look at Martin Verkerk’s emotional run in 2003. It includes a picture of a streaker!
Novak Djokovic wasn’t a happy man after his French Open defeat and he admits he’s not sure if he will compete at Wimbledon.
Of course the Maria Sharapova v Serena Williams story about the Russian’s autobiography is something that will run and run.
WTA French Open: Garbine Muguruzu dominates Maria Sharapova
WTA French Open: Simona Halep powers past Angelique Kerber and into semi-finals
Finally, here’s our gallery from day 11 at the 2018 French Open.
What’s in the news
Dan Evans has won his 11th match since returning to action after completing his ban for using recreational drugs, but the Lawn Tennis Association is still reluctant to give him wild cards.
Telegraph Sport reports that the issue has ended up in Parliament as an MP “wrote to LTA chief executive Scott Lloyd in protest”.
It seems to have done the trick as “A statement provided by the LTA on Wednesday suggested that the wind might already be changing at Roehampton”.
The Daily Mail has an Exclusive about the accident that Venus Williams was involved in last year.
“Court documents obtained by DailyMail.com reveal Jerome Barson’s estate has filed a motion to subpoena all phone devices Venus had in her possession on June 9, 2017 and conduct a forensic inspection on them.”
More on Andy Murray and Express Sport has done a betting story on whether or not he will retire in 2018 after his latest setback.
“Betway are even offering 10/1 odds on Murray even deciding to end his playing career before the end of 2018 as his right hip struggles to properly heal.”
What’s on social media
Footballer Didier Drogba and musician Pharrell at the Rafael Nadal-Diego Schwartzman match.
Mike Tyson’s daughter Milan training with Patrick Mouratoglou.
More on Milan Tyson at the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy.
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Stan Wawrinka enjoying the sunset.
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA French Open
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2 and ITV4
Dominic Thiem gets nightmare Roland Garros draw with FOUR Grand Slam winners possibly awaiting him
Austrian may have to do it the hard way.
COMMENT: The sporting fates have dreamed up perfect story for Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka
What do the sporting gods have in store?
Andy Murray to play old foe Stan Wawrinka in first round of French Open
Draw throws up remarkable twist of fate.
Liam Broady thanks Andy Murray after qualifying for French Open for first time
Broady grateful to legend.
EXCLUSIVE: In conversation with the coach leading the LTA’s flourishing wheelchair tennis programme
We talk to LTA Technical Performance Coach Rob Cross
Novak Djokovic refuses French Open favourite tag: ‘If it’s Roland Garros, you bet on Rafael Nadal’
It’s still Rafa’s house, says Djokovic.
Dominic Thiem says ‘the pressure has now gone’ as he targets another Grand Slam crown
Austrian looking to ride momentum in Paris.
Novak Djokovic admits US Open ejection was tough mentally: ‘I experienced ups and downs’
World number one discusses Flushing Meadows fallout.
Benoit Paire allowed to play in Hamburg despite positive Covid-19 test
Rules in Germany meant Paire was deemed no longer to be infectious.