Tennis Today: Andy Murray reveals biggest regret and Serena Williams has an admirer
In Tennis Today, Andy Murray reveals what he would do differently had he had his career over again, and there is an open declaration of love for Serena Williams.
What’s on the site
John Nicholson is never one to follow a trend, and he has absolutely implored Andy Murray to resist the temptation to sign off at Wimbledon this year, making a strong argument that it’s the most undignified way for him to go.
Serena Williams (perhaps inspired by John, you’d really have to ask her) is another who sets trends rather than follow them, and we detailed some of her most trend-defying outfits as she gave us another corker at the Australian Open.
There is also a Player Council row quietly rumbling away, and Stan Wawrinka has added his illustrious voice to it.
Australian Open results
Caroline Wozniacki continues Australian Open defence with comfortable win
Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, and Karen Khachanov all advance
It’s job done for seeds Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova
Naomi Osaka and Madison Keys storm into third round
Nearly four hours later, having faced 59 aces, Kei Nishikori advances
What’s in the news
Andy Murray says that, if anything, he trained too hard during his career and has suggested it may have played its part in the injury that appears to have ended it.
“I know that I did give my best, like, to the sport,” Murray said.
“I tried as hard as I could. I practised hard. I trained hard, probably too hard at certain stages in my career.
“That was something that I would change and do differently if I could go back.”
Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard has declared her love for Serena Williams ahead of their Australian Open clash.
“I think she’s, you know, the greatest ever,” Bouchard said.
“So it’s just so cool that I’ll be able to share the court with her and an opportunity to see how I compare to one of the best players.
“Her ranking is top 20 right now, but to me she’s always basically No 1.
“I mean, I admire obviously the longevity of her career, her dominance over such a long amount of time, how she’s come back so many times from injury, pregnancy, et cetera.
“I don’t want to talk about it too much and put her on too much of a pedestal because I have to play her in two days, but I love her.”
What’s on social media
Does tennis have a new golden couple?
So, Monfils and Svitolina… is a thing? 🙂
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) January 17, 2019
Belinda Bencic’s #10YearChallenge featuring Roger Federer.
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Andy Diego Schwartzman got in on the act too.
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The Judy Murray Foundation spreads the tennis love.
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) January 16, 2019
What’s on TV
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
BBC TV – highlights
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