Tennis Today: Roger Federer blasted over Rogers Cup snub

Michael Graham
Roger Federer watches on
Roger Federer watches on

In Tennis Today, it’s definitely not Roger’s Cup as Federer is blasted for snub, while Andre Agassi opens up about his love/hate relationship with tennis.

What’s on the site
Yesterday’s big news was that Roger Federer has opted to withdraw from next month’s Rogers Cup in Toronto, citing “scheduling” reasons.

With Rafael Nadal confirmed to play, this has done something that is quite easy to do yet not acceptable – annoyed Michael Graham.

And so, the question has been asked: Do Federer and Nadal still even have a rivalry, or are their matches now just too rare to care (about)?

And, if you missed it, Tiger Woods followed suit with the rest of the sane world and all but declared his love for Serena Williams.

WTA Moscow River Cup

ATP Hamburg

What’s in the news
Rogers Cup tournament director has aimed a thinly veiled dig at Roger Federer for his decision to skip the tournament.

Reacting to the Swiss’ withdrawal, he said: “We are excited to have nine of the top 10 on the ATP World Tour at the Rogers Cup, but it’s unfortunate that we won’t have Roger in Toronto this summer.

“With current world No 1 Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic plus Toronto’s hometown heroes in Milos and Denis legitimate title threats, this year’s entry list is one of the most exciting in recent memory.

“With the improvements we have made around the site and the festival of events we have planned, fans are in for a real treat.”

Call us cynics if you like, but that pretty much looks like a diplomatic way of saying: ‘Yeah, well, we don’t need you anyway.’

Andre Agassi, meanwhile, has opened up about his relationship with tennis, and it sounds a little sad, on the surface at least.

“This sport gave me a lot and it took a lot from me as well and I can look back on it now with a little more clarity than I could do when my career was ongoing.,” he’s quoted as saying.

“I will always have mixed emotions about this game. I didn’t enjoy it when I was out on the court at times, but I appreciate what it did for me.”

What’s on social media?

This lot really are an adorable family.

They are always staring at me 😌

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Borna Coric looks like he has life figured out.

When your coach has an eye for art photography

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As does Marin Cilic judging by the background scenery.

And, in the lastest edition of ‘things tennis star Eugenie Bouchard does instead of playing tennis’, a donkey.

These guys took us up Mount Toubkal

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What’s on TV:
ATP Hamburg
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena, 10:00 – 18:30

WTA Moscow River Cup
LIVE – BT Sport 2 – 8:00 – 14:00, 15.30 – 19:30

WTA JiangXi Open
LIVE – BT Sport 3 – 10:00 – 14:00