Tennis Today: Two fresh Serena Williams ‘controversies’ to get your teeth into…
In Tennis Today, controversy continues to follow Serena Williams, even when she innocently wins an award, and Roger Federer defies his age – again.
What’s on the site
Well, first things first, Rafael Nadal has revealed when he will make his return to tennis.
The world number two was forced to pull out of the ATP Finals in London after requiring ankle surgery, but he has not told fans when they can expect to see him on a tennis court again.
Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev has reiterated his stance on skipping the new-look Davis Cup, and he says other top stars will follow his lead due to scheduling issues.
Roger Federer may be back in the ATP Finals after defeating Dominic Thiem, but back in 2005 he was on the wrong end of David Nalbandian’s greatest ever win. We recall it for you.
What’s in the news
Serena Williams is at the heart of not one but two fresh controversies today, although she is the creator of neither.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner has been named the GQ Magazine “woman” of the year.
Great, right? Well, yes, but the problem is that the quotation marks were included too.
We know why it “normally” would be in quotes.
But we believe “the artist” & @GQMagazine might have realized that, given the “history of abuse” @serenawilliams has suffered & the names hurled at this “goddess” & #GOAT, GQ might have fought to skip “quote marks” just “this time.” pic.twitter.com/zznqrTAfVN
— ROCHELLE RILEY 🗳 (@rochelleriley) November 13, 2018
I’m sure you don’t need us to explain why this is so unsettling.
The magazine themselves have explained it as a design choice rather than an editorial one.
The second one is a lot less unsettling and a bit more of Williams’ own making.
During Roger Federer’s loss to Kei Nishikori he received a code violation for angrily hitting a ball into the crowd.
Quickly, BBC commentator Andrew castle, referencing Serena Williams’ US Open outburst, quipped: “I don’t think we will see a Serena Williams meltdown and call him a liar and a thief.”
It’s fair to say that the comment didn’t go down entirely well on social media, but this one is ultimately more mischievous than anything else.
What’s on social media
Genie Bouchard continues to just not care what you think of her.
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Pat Cash remembers more smouldering days…
Kevin Anderson shows off a bit…
Roger Federer shows off even more…
And he wasn’t stopping there, either…
37 years old…apparently 🤔
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 13, 2018
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