Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic’s gift to Radek Stepanek; Roger Federer praised for leading the way
In Tennis Today, Novak Djokovic ‘directed’ a special video for the retiring Radek Stepanek while Roger Federer led the way in friendliness, apparently.
What’s on the site
The ATP Finals is just around the corner and Declan Campbell covers five key points ahead of the season-ending tournament.
British No 1 Kyle Edmund is hoping his maiden ATP Tour singles title will give him “confidence for the future”.
What’s in the news
In last week’s Tennis Today, Guardian Sport’s Kevin Mitchell warned that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are “risking their good name” by accepting an invitation to play an exhibition match in Saudi Arabia.
Sports Illustrated’s Stanley Kay has also called on the pair to reconsider their participation.
And the Sports Illustrated Mailbag has done a follow-up explaining why it is not in their best interest to play in Saudi Arabia.
Roger Federer has been credited with a lot of good things over the years and here is another one to add to the list as Lindsay Davenport says he helped “made tennis players more friendly”.
“I really feel like in the mid-2000 years there was a huge shift of the attitudes of the top players and being more friendly and being more giving, and a lot of that had to do with players like Roger coming up,” she is quoted as saying in Express Sport.
What’s on social media
‘Director’ Novak Djokovic got the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and one or two others to pay tribute to Radek Stepanek.
View this post on Instagram
Thank you very much boys for your wishes????. It’s been a privilidge and honour to share so many battles, fights, practices, laughs and memories which i will never forget???. You have been an inspiration for me to be better every day and i learnt so much from You all. I wish u all good luck ??. See you soon in our great tennis world ??@rogerfederer @rafaelnadal @borisbeckerofficial @alexzverev123 @andymurray @delpotrojuan @kandersonatp @tipsarevicjanko huge credit to the director of the project ??: @djokernole ?????? #IvanLendlDoesntHaveInstagram??
View this post on Instagram
Grigor Dimitrov, Diego Schwartzman and Frances Tiafoe flipping pancakes
Wimbledon No 1 Court’s roof taking shape.
What’s on TV
ATP Vienna Open
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Action
ATP Swiss Indoors
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Main Event
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Wimbledon day four: Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal battle on
Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady won on Thursday to keep the British flag flying.
Alex De Minaur joins girlfriend Katie Boulter in Wimbledon third round
The 20-year-old won the first set on Court One but fell to a 5-7 7-6 (0) 6-2 6-3 defeat.
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon: ‘Every day is a challenge’
Rafael Nadal is prepared to grind his way into the second week at SW19.
Iga Swiatek made to sweat to progress at Wimbledon and extend streak
Karolina Pliskova was the big seed to exit the women’s draw on Thursday while Kirsten Flipkens bowed out.
Exclusive – John Lloyd on the key reason for the stunning form of Katie Boulter and British players at Wimbledon
The stunning success of British players at Wimbledon contunued as Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady all won.
Heather Watson ‘pretty relaxed’ as she looks to break new ground at Wimbledon
This is Heather Watson’s fourth time in the Wimbledon third round.
Liam Broady hails ‘amazing feeling’ after beating Diego Schwartzman for biggest win of his career
The British No 5 lost 11 games in a row but fought back to down the 12th seed.
Kyle Edmund set to end 18-month injury nightmare with Wimbledon mixed doubles appearance
The former world No 14 will play mixed doubles in SW19.
Wimbledon Centre Court delight for Katie Boulter and home crowd as she upsets Karolina Pliskova
Katie Boulter reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.