Tennis Today: A ‘****** off’ player, ‘****’ coverage from ‘********’ and a ***** hippie
In Tennis Today, it’s a strange start to the week so we are bleeping out things at will.
What’s on the site
The French Open got underway on Sunday and if you are still unsure who to back, then we have some pieces to help you make up your mind.
Contenders: Who can stop Rafael Nadal from winning another French Open?
Contenders: Who is most likely to win the women’s crown at Roland Garros?
French Open betting preview: Relentless Rafa Nadal to reign again at Roland Garros
We also have the Famous Five: Greatest underdog winners at the French Open.
Our Kevin Mitchell spoke to Boris Becker and sports injury specialist Matty Radcliffe about Andy Murray and whether or not he can get back to the top.
It was a brutal day for the women’s seeds with defending champion Jelena Ostapenko, Venus Williams and Johanna Konta among those to fall.
The women didn’t hold back after their exits as fifth seed Ostapenko admitted she started her day “p****d off” and things didn’t really improve on court while British No 1 Konta has hit out at the “cr*p” coverage from the media “b*****ds”.
What’s in the news
Staying with the French Open and Nadal’s impressive record, Alex Corretja explains in his Telegraph Sport column why Nadal “is the closest thing to the perfect machine on clay”.
Tennis Today often mentions the Daily Mail’s weird obsession when it comes to the houses of famous people. Today they report on how “Hippy guru and squatter followers move into Boris Becker’s £13million Majorcan villa and vow to ‘save’ the mansion after the bankrupt Wimbledon champion ‘abandoned’ it”
Well done on the longest headline ever, but it’s a surprise that they didn’t mention in the headline that it’s a “naked hippie”.
His 77 Sports Management agency already has tennis players on the books and now Murray’s company has signed up a couple of footballers, reports The Scottish Sun.
Former Grand Slam winner Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in a couple of hours on two different counts in Romania.
What’s on social media
The award for the first racket smash of the 2018 French Open goes to…
The first racket smash of the French Open ??
Congratulations, Ajla Tomljanovic
Watch the action from Paris LIVE
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) May 27, 2018
The ‘curse’ of the Grand Slam title on the women’s side.
Strange but true. The reigning women’s singles champ hasn’t won a match in the last four Grand Slam tournaments
2017 Wimbledon (Serena did not defend title)
2017 US Open (Kerber lost R1)
2018 Australian Open (Serena did not defend title)
2018 French Open (Ostapenko lost R1)
— Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) May 27, 2018
Serena Williams’ daughter hanging out with Novak Djokovic.
Elina Svitolina playing a bit of cricket. Forget about playing in the IPL, does she have a British passport so that she can pad up for England?
— WTA (@WTA) May 27, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA French Open
LIVE – EuroSport 1/2
Andrey Rublev in contention for ATP Finals spot after win in St Petersburg
There are two singles spots remaining for the end-of-season showpiece.
Andrey Rublev waxes lyrical about Rafael Nadal as he explains why Spaniard is ‘best athlete in history’
Andrey Rublev a big fan of Rafael Nadal.
WATCH: ‘Coach’ Novak Djokovic gives tennis lesson to kids on the street while walking his dog
‘Coach’ Djokovic on hand to give tips to youngsters.
Roger Federer recovery ‘on right track’ as he confirms he is likely to make comeback at Australian Open
Roger Federer set for a return at 2020 Australian Open.
Alexander Zverev gets ‘tough’ US Open final out of his system, hails ‘unbelievable’ Felix Auger-Aliassime
ATP Tour title No 12 for Alexander Zverev.
Andy Murray gives update on latest injury setback as he vows to return to court ‘soon’
“It was not going to be good enough to play,” says Murray.
Andy Murray withdraws from ATP Cologne event because of injury
Murray struggling with pain in his psoas muscle.
Wimbledon set to go ahead in 2021 even if fans are not permitted
The All England Club is planning for three different scenarios for next year’s event.
Poland joins list of Open Era women’s Grand Slam singles winners. Has your country won a major?
Has your country won a women’s Grand Slam trophy?
‘Crunch time’ for 2021 Australian Open as officials negotiate quarantine plans for players
Australian Open could have AFL-style training bubble.