Tennis Today: Everybody wants a piece of Rafael Nadal
In Tennis Today, unsurprisingly Rafael Nadal is Mr Popular in Madrid and Venus Williams’ GOAT is also not much of a surprise.
What’s on the site
From using models as ball boys and girls to playing on blue courts, the Madrid Open always serves up something interesting. We take a look at some facts and figures from the ATP Masters 1000 event.
Rafael Nadal is getting widely hailed as the greatest player of all time on the red dirt, but Chris Evert makes a very serious challenge for the title of best clay-court player the game has ever seen. So who is the clay-court GOAT? Rafael Nadal or Chris Evert?
We are warming up for the French Open by looking at Andres Gomez’ incredible run at Roland-Garros in 1990.
It was Dominika Cibulkova’s birthday on Sunday and we celebrated with a quiz about the WTA star.
What’s in the news
Venus Williams did a nice Q&A with Spanish paper Marca before the start of the Madrid Open and she was asked about the best players in the world.
“I think it’s difficult to talk about the whole history because there have seen great players in every era, but I would definitely rate Rafa (Nadal) and Roger (Federer) among the best,” the American said.
When asked about the females, she replied: “It is obvious that Serena is the best tennis player of all time. I’m her sister, I’m not going to tell you anything else …”
Johanna Konta won her first match at the Madrid Open and feels she has what it takes to be successful on clay, reports The Metro. The British No 1 also bemoaned the lack of credit given to the players and teams who play outside the World Group.
Judy Murray appeared in The Mail on Sunday’s You Mag and she discusses wide-ranging topics including cooking, dating, Tinder and how Wimbledon is a stressful time.
What’s on social media
Everybody wants a piece of Nadal.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) May 6, 2018
— Mutua Madrid Open (@MutuaMadridOpen) May 6, 2018
Tears of joy for Joao Sousa and the Portuguese fans.
The WTA stars showing off their football skills.
The great Boris Becker receives his ring…Hall of Fame Ring that is.
Kyle Edmund is still waiting for his first singles titles, but he broke his doubles duck.
What’s on TV
ATP Madrid Open
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Arena
WTA Madrid Open
LIVE – BT Sport 1
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