Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal blasts Novak Djokovic for player council snub

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

The Australian Open is up and running, and even on day one there appears to be growing angst between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic…

What’s on the site
We have a rather lovely T365 Recall, with Roger Federer’s amazing Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal from 2009 relived.

Back in the present, the full extent of Andy Murray’s condition keeps coming out, this time with his surgeon delivering some bad news.

Meanwhile, at the Australian Open…

Rafael Nadal and Kevin Anderson up and running
No problems for Angelique Kerber and Sloane Stephens
Maria Sharapova double bagels Harriet Dart

What’s in the media
Rafael Nadal could be on an off-court collision course with world number one Novak Djokovic after revealing his displeasure at being snubbed by the Serb’s player council over a crucial issue.

The player council, headed up by Djokovic, met to discuss the future of ATP chief Chris Kermode should he back board member Justin Gimelstob, who is facing aggravated assault charges in the US.

The vote was split 5-5 on Saturday, but Nadal, who supports Kermode, was unhappy that none of the council sought his opinion.

“Nobody from the council came to me and asked me my opinion,” Nadal said after a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 victory over Australia’s James Duckworth.

“So I can’t have a real opinion on all of this because no one of my representatives came to me and asked me if I am happy with the president or not.

“[With] some crucial decisions like this, I don’t know, I understand that somebody from the council should come to me and ask my position.”

What’s on social media
Borna Coric logged his support for Andy Murray…

And so did Novak Djokovic

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Tarbes, France 2001, “Les Petite As” First time we met and played. Something was telling me back then that we’d have an amazing rivalry and experience of playing each other on the biggest stage for many years to come. What you are trying to do is nothing short of brave and inspiring. I met with you the other day and couldn’t really verbalize my compassion for what you’re going through. As an athlete, fellow tennis player and friend, I respect and fully support you every second of this Australian Open and every next attempt to compete at the highest level. Whatever happens, I will always cherish our amazing matches over the years and be grateful for those experiences 🙏 Big hug Andy, stay strong. @andymurray

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Eugenie Bouchard reminded us that she’s not entirely focused on tennis again, just more so than before.

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When you have a red carpet at 6 and an 80s dance class at 7

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And Benoit Paire sat on a bench with customary Benoit Paire angst.

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Waiting for Australian Open!!! 🔥

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What’s on TV

The Australian Open is live on Eurosport with highlights being shown by the BBC.