Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic has the press in stitches while Naomi Osaka forgets to smile
In Tennis Today, Novak Djokovic cracks a couple of jokes after his Australian Open win while Naomi Osaka also has us smiling.
What’s on the site
What a weekend of tennis Down Under, especially if your name is Novak Djokovic or Naomi Osaka.
Let’s start with the women’s final where Naomi Osaka won her second consecutive Grand Slam when she beat Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open final.
The win also helped her to become the first Asian player to become the No 1 ranked player in the world and, naturally, she feels like she is living the dream.
On Sunday it was the men’s final and Novak Djokovic destroyed Rafael Nadal to claim his 15th Grand Slam title.
Can the Serb pass Roger Federer’s tally of 15 majors? He has his sights set on it.
Speaking of Federer, in an exclusive with Tennis365 Mats Wilander warned that the 37-year-old is likely to struggle to add to his 20 Grand Slams.
As for Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard insists he was not more nervous than usual in the final.
What’s in the news
What happened to Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final? The Tennis Podcast tries to come up with a few answers.
In The Telegraph, Charlie Eccleshare goes for “a breakdown of Novak Djokovic’s genius”. (Subscription)
Kevin Mitchell in The Guardian says “Novak Djokovic is the best tennis player in the world: now, and for the foreseeable future, perhaps until he chooses to retire, which looks to be a few years away yet, he hinted on Sunday night.”
Uber Eats was the real winner at the 2019 Australian Open thanks to their “eye-grabbing campaign which saw tennis stars order their favourite dishes hailed as runaway success”, reports the Daily Mail.
And then there is Channel 9’s Tony Jones, who has come under fire for his “cringeworthy” post-match interview with Naomi Osaka after her Australian Open win. News.com.au has the details.
Not to forget Tony Jones appearing on the Today Show on Friday and praising the “European” Australian Open with the Sydney Morning Herald saying it has been dubbed “a cringefest” by viewers on social media.
What is the top tennis story in The Sun at 8am the Monday after the Australian Open?
“A perfect match Who is Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena, and how many children do they have?”
They do have a report on the Australian Open final, but it has a lower priority.
What’s on social media
Just a normal Sunday for g.e.m.s.life.
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Novak Djokovic doing an impression of a journalist.
Naomi Osaka being Naomi Osaka.
Andy Murray gets a belated mention from Osaka.
Kristina Pliskova is back at it.
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What’s on TV
ATP Davis Cup
The Davis Cup gets underway later in the week.
WTA St Petersburg Open
LIVE – BT Sport 3
WTA Thailand Open
LIVE – BT Sport ESPN
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