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
Another day of contradictory messages about vaccination stance for the 2022 Australian Open
No one is quite sure what the official Australian Open stance is on unvaccinated players.
Stefanos Tsitsipas delighted with his offensive tennis and attitude during win over Grigor Dimitrov in Austria
Solid effort from Stefanos Tsitispas in Austria.
WATCH: Emma Raducanu ‘feeling at home’ in Cluj as she delivers post-match interview in Romanian
Just an 18-year-old Emma Raducanu doing a post-match interview in Romanian.
‘I have learned about digging in and that I can turn matches around,’ says Emma Raducanu about maiden WTA Tour level win
Victory in Cluj means a lot to the US Open champion.
Comment – Emma Raducanu’s comments after her first WTA Tour win highlight her unprecedented dilemma
On her return to Romania, Emma Raducanu lost her focus and very nearly the match.
A match of firsts for Emma Raducanu as she beats Polona Hercog in Cluj for maiden win at WTA Tour level
It’s a first win at WTA Tour level for Emma Raducanu.
Red-hot Cameron Norrie sees off Marton Fucsovics in Austria to set up clash against Felix Auger-Aliassime
The British number one claimed his seventh consecutive win.
Preview: Emma Raducanu back in action as she headlines the Transylvania Open
The WTA Tour rumbles on in Romania as Emma Raducanu looks to return to winning ways.
Emma Raducanu’s Best Moments On and Off The Court: From Wimbledon to the US Open, Met Gala and James Bond premiere
A pictorial of Emma Raducanu’s whirlwind few months.
Andy Murray on playing in the Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic era: ‘I feel lucky to have played against them’
“They allowed me to improve by setting the bar so high.”