Tennis Today: Rude awakening for Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic gives birth
In Tennis Today, a scary wake-up for Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic gives birth and the BBC’s gender pay gap.
What’s on the site
Serena and Venus Williams both received warm receptions at this year’s Indian Wells Masters, but things were different 17 years ago.
Tommy Haas announced his retirement from professional tennis on Friday and here are seven great facts about the German.
If you still have a couple of minutes to spare, then give our Tommy Haas quiz a go.
Juan Martin del Potro has won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title by claiming another big win over Roger Federer.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka has joined the WTA winners circle with victory at Indian Wells.
What’s in the news
The gender pay gap at the BBC is back in the news as tennis great Martina Navratilova has hit out at the “good old boy’s network” at the public broadcaster after it emerged that John McEnroe was paid 10 times more for his BBC role.
The Daily Mail’s Mike Dickson wrote a column on the gender pay gap and the subs went with the headline “Martina Navratilova may moan she’s paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the BBC at Wimbledon… but he’s a far superior analyst”.
“While Navratilova can definitely boast a superior playing record by any measure — 18 Grand Slam titles to McEnroe’s seven, for example — few would consider her to be an equal draw as a broadcaster.”
There was a rude awakening for Andy Murray from Michael McIntyre as part of Sport Relief.
What’s on social media
It’s a baby boy for former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic and retired German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) March 19, 2018
And here’s the tweet from Schweinsteiger.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) March 19, 2018
Roger Federer was quick to congratulate Del Potro after his Indian Wells success.
Great recovery from Federer, but Del Potro wins the point.
And then there was this from Del Potro.
After seeing Express Sport’s latest headline “Eugenie Bouchard: Model reveals shock truth about her identity in ‘proud’ Instagram post” we obviously decided to go to her Instagram profile and, well, we don’t even know where to start with this one.
Here is the ATP’s tribute to Tommy Haas.
Some good stuff from the Indian Wells men’s doubles final.
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 18, 2018
What’s on TV
The WTA Miami Open coverage only gets underway on Tuesday while the ATP action kicks off on Wednesday.
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Trio of former World No 1s go straight into Australian Open draw with Special Rankings and wildcard
Naomi Osaka, Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki have been handed main draw entries.
Brisbane International sports ‘best-ever’ field with nine Grand Slam winners headed to Queensland in January
The Brisbane International in 2024 will include nine Grand Slam champions.
Ben Shelton thrives on personal attention from Roger Federer’s On Sports
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Historic clay-swing tournament already drawing big names with Jessica Pegula and Ons Jabeur entered
Ons Jabeur and Jessica Pegula have signed up for the Charleston Open.
Iga Swiatek’s 2024 tennis schedule: Where will the world No 1 begin her new season?
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Novak Djokovic takes protégé Hamad Medjedovic under his wing again in another act of kindness
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