Tennis Today: Spanish star talks plans to be an actor; Roger Federer schedule released
In Tennis Today, a current Spanish ATP star reveals his post-retirement show-business plans, while Roger Federer has released a provisional schedule with a strong emphasis on the word ‘provisional’.
What’s on the site
We sort of love Andy Murray at the moment. A little bit because he’s all fresh and new again, but a lot because he’s so utterly and unashamedly adorable.
He had a visitor at the warm-up for the tournament too, with former Manchester United star Wayne Rooney popping down from new club DC United for a chat. You can see what happened when they got on court together here.
One person who is not yet ‘great’ is Nick Kyrgios, but one rival insists he would be, if only he could stay clear of injuries for long enough.
And on the subject of greatness, Rafael Nadal obviously has to be referenced. But which ATP star is the Spaniard’s natural successor? Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya offers a name…
What’s in the news
This probably isn’t ‘news’ in the strictest sense of the word, in fairness. It can, instead, be filed under whatever category it is when an overly-dramatic news channel ‘break’ news that something that never was going to happen still isn’t happening.
So, in a similar style… “BREAKING: Tennis player Fernando Verdasco still isn’t an actor.”
“A few years ago, I thought that when I retired from tennis I’d be an actor,’ Verdasco said.
“But now my wife doesn’t want me to be an actor. Ok, so maybe a singer? Like her brother, Enrique Iglesias. I need some classes to fine-tune my voice. In a few years.”
We are already looking forward to when we can sensationalise the follow-up story about him not becoming a singer either.
Moving on now to other things that may happen, The ‘provisional’ schedule for Roger Federer for the rest of the year has been revealed as being:
Cincinnati Masters, Masters 1000: Aug 13 – Aug 19
US Open, Grand Slam: Hard Aug 27 – Sep 9
Shanghai Masters, Masters 1000: Oct 8 – Oct 14
Swiss Indoors, 500 Series: Oct 22 – Oct 28
ATP World Tour Finals: Nov 11 – Nov 18
Of course, the Swiss star’s schedule is quite fluid and flaky these days, so it’s worth noting that those ‘commitments’ are probably subject to quite drastic and whimsical change. Sigh…
In fairness, we are sure Roger Federer knows best.
What’s on social media
Andy Murray rocks the Fellaini look. Or not.
Even Eugenie Bouchard is taking the mick out of the ‘Eugenie Bouchard doesn’t play tennis’ stuff now, which you have to love!
Benoit Paire moonlights as a pin-cushion.
Rafael Nadal reminds us that being Rafael Nadal is, in fact, absolutely awesome.
What’s on TV
Washington Citi Open
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena, 9:30pm-04:00
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