Tennis Today: New twist to Boris Becker saga and £30k tennis court for ‘the David Beckham of tennis’
In Tennis Today, Boris Becker is determined to stop the auctioning of his Wimbledon trophies while “the David Beckham of tennis” will soon have an artificial grass court in his own backyard.
What’s on the site
The fun week at Queen’s Club came to a conclusion on Sunday with Marin Cilic winning the Fever-Tree Championship for a second time.
Meanwhile in Halle, Roger Federer was stunned in the Gerry Weber final by Borna Coric.
Despite the defeat that meant he lost the No 1 ranking, Federer was still happy with his pre-Wimbledon run.
In Birmingham, Petra Kvitova’s magnificent 2018 continued as she won the Nature Valley title.
Former finalist Tomas Berdych will unfortunately not play at Wimbledon this year.
And then there is Nick Kyrgios who has forced the BBC to apologise after he simulated a sex act during his Queen’s Club semi-final match.
What’s in the news
The Boris Becker diplomatic immunity case is going to run and run as the German is insisting that his Central African Republic diplomatic passport is genuine.
“I have spoken to the president on many occasions. I believe the documents they have given me must be right,” he told BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
Over to you CAR!
And then there is Becker asking his “lawyers in England to apply for a restraining order to stop the auction” of his Wimbledon trophies watches, tennis shoes, etc.
In an interview with the Tennis Podcast, Novak Djokovic’s coach Marian Vajda admits that the Serb “caught me by surprise calling me up and asking me to join his team again”. Vajda, though, says “it’s exciting for me to come back and try to start him up again”.
And he has certainly “started him up again” he did as Djokovic reached his first final in a year at Queen’s Club.
Wimbledon seedings will be announced on Tuesday and John McEnroe says Serena Williams should be seeded.
“I don’t think there would be a player that would complain,” Telegraph Sport quotes him as saying.
Jamie Murray won’t defend his Wimbledon mixed doubles title as he has set his sights on winning the men’s doubles title with Bruno Soares.
“I’ve already won the mixed twice and that was great, but I don’t want to have any regrets at the end of my career that I didn’t do everything to try to win the men’s,” Sportsmail reports.
The Australian Open will be on Channel Nine in Australia from 2019 to 2024 after the broadcaster secured the rights from the Seven Network.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the deal is worth $48.5 million.
Tennis Today reported a few months back that David Beckham’s son, Romeo, received tennis lessons from Caroline Wozniacki.
However, it wasn’t just for fun and giggles as Romeo wants to get to the very top of tennis, but his mother Victoria “is the driving force” behind it.
Mail on Sunday says Victoria wants to make her 15-year-old son “the David Beckham of tennis”.
“The former Spice Girl has just applied to have an artificial grass court built in the grounds of her family’s Oxfordshire country pile.”
It will cost about £30,000.
“David is on board with the plan to make Romeo a star, but it is Victoria who is the driving force.”
What’s on social media
Kyle Edmund and Andy Murray “hanging out”.
Eastbourne is warming up nicely for action this week.
We agree with Chris Evert, this is pretty cool.
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