Tennis Today: A cat strolling on court and #TBT to a shirtless Roger Federer
In Tennis Today, the Doha cat made an appearance at the Qatar Open while there is a look back to when Roger Federer was blonde and went shirtless.
What’s on the site
In part two of our interview with an umpire, Fergus Murphy explains why it is best to avoid getting “very pally” with players.
Michael Graham recounts one of the darkest, and saddest, tennis tales on the back of the anniversary of Monica Seles‘ retirement.
Once you have read that, you should get a good result in our quiz about Monica Seles’ career.
What’s in the news
Real Madrid fans paid tribute to Rafael Nadal during their Spanish giants’ Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday as they unveiled a massive banner with the tennis world No 1 in the centre of it.
Martina Navratilova admits she is “jealous of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who are always the home team when they are playing”.
Eugenie Bouchard and her Super Bowl date is back in the news, but this might be the last time we hear of John Goehrke as the Canadian has all but confirmed they are not dating.
What’s on social media
Just a cat casually strolling on the court while Caroline Wozniacki and Carina Witthoeft try to play tennis.
— WTA (@WTA) February 14, 2018
Roger Federer returned to Rotterdam this week and the Tennis TV pulled out the archives from 1999.
We didn’t want to get left behind and it is #TBT (that’s Throwback Thursday for those who don’t know) so we also went through the archives and came across this pic of a young Federer.
Then there was Federer doing this in the 2018 edition of the Rotterdam Open.
Marcos Baghdatis does Valentine’s Day.
Just Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko and Karolina Pliskova blowing kisses.
What’s on TV
ATP Rotterdam Open
After his demolition job on Wednesday, Roger Federer is back in action along with second seed Grigor Dimitrov.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event
LIVE – Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Arena – Red Button
WTA Qatar Open
The big match-up is between Johanna Konta and Angelique Kerber, but Caroline Wozniacki, Garbine Muguruza and Elina Svitolina will also feature.
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Victoria Azarenka reaches Italian Open quarters after Daria Kasatkina injury
Kasatkina rolled her ankle during the first set of the third-round match.
Novak Djokovic survives tough first set on way to beating Filip Krajinovic
Djokovic and Krajinovic played an 87-minute opening set.
Johanna Konta ends short-term coaching arrangement with Thomas Hogstedt
Konta and Hogstedt agreed the partnership was not a good fit.
Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open due to lingering injury
The world number three said her “hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay”.
Coronavirus surge forces further restrictions on Roland Garros spectator numbers for French Open
Only 5,000 fans a day permitted.
Johanna Konta bagels Begu to march impressively into third round at Italian Open
The British number into round three.
‘I feel comfortable on clay, I always have,’ says Simona Halep as she targets Roland Garros repeat
Romanian happy to be back.
Novak Djokovic confirms he has spoken to ATP as he pushes ahead with Players Association plans
Serb says PTPA is misunderstood.