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
Iga Swiatek keeps rising and has the potential to become a dominant figure on the WTA Tour
Oli Jefford on Iga Swiatek’s rise.
‘Tremendous player’ Kim Clijsters to resume her comeback as she accepts Miami and Charleston wildcards
Kim Clijsters set to feature in Miami and Charleston.
‘Motivated’ Garbine Muguruza shows fighting spirit as she beats defending Doha champion Aryna Sabalenka
Muguruza ends Sabalenka’s Doha title defence.
Andy Murray set to compete in Dubai and Miami events as he hints at playing full-clay court season
Andy Murray on his next few events.
Andy Murray shows real signs of promise despite defeat to Andrey Rublev
There were certainly encouraging signs for Andy Murray.
Angry Andy Murray loses to world number eight Andrey Rublev in Rotterdam
The three-time grand slam winner was beaten 7-5, 6-2.
ATP announces ‘Covid Protection Ranking’ amid ongoing restrictions
ATP announces new system and some tweaks to other systems.
WATCH: Turning his back on play, brilliant winners, racket smashing from Daniil Medvedev as he loses
Daniil Medvedev entertains, even when he loses.
‘I just don’t feel well here’ – Alexander Zverev’s Rotterdam woes continue as he bemoans early exit
Early exit for Alexander Zverev in Rotterdam.
As football’s VAR struggles continue, tennis celebrates 15 years of Hawk-Eye’s electronic line calling system
Hawk-Eye in tennis, some like it, some don’t.