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
Bernard Tomic still has drive to compete, saying ‘I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money’
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing.”
Dominic Thiem: ‘My wish for 2021 is to win a second Grand Slam title’
Dominic Thiem eyes a second Grand Slam trophy.
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a video and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.
Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
Madison Keys unlikely to play at Australian Open.
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.
Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid
Murray is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.
Dominic Thiem’s coach tests positive for COVID-19, but hopes to link up with Austrian ‘soon’
Nicolas Massu hopes to fly Down Under in a few weeks.
‘It feels great,’ says Hubert Hurkacz after starting 2021 with Delray Beach Open trophy
Hubert Hurkacz captures second ATP Tour title.
Australian Open drama as player reveals he was allowed to board flight despite positive COVID-19 test
Tennys Sandgren allowed to fly despite positive test.