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
One of legendary coach Nick Bollettieri’s final interviews as he reflected on his tennis legacy
Following Nick Bollettieri’s death, we can look back at one of his last interviews, as he spoke to Tennis365.
Gael Monfils to miss Australian Open, admits he is reconsidering retirement plan after birth of his daughter
Gael Monfils could “play a bit less” after becoming a father.
Novak Djokovic hailed as ‘person of principle’ and backed to win 10th Australian Open by Aussie legend
“Novak certainly adds gravy and gravitas to the whole thing.”
Roger Federer enjoying retirement as he takes trip to Rolex HQ and catches NBA game in New York
What’s Roger Federer up to these days?
Legendary coach Nick Bollettieri passes away: ‘You were a dreamer and a doer, and a pioneer in our sport’
The great Nick Bollettieri is with us no more.
Jamie Murray excited about Jack Draper’s rise: ‘It’ll be great to watch him next year’
Jack Draper set for big things, says Jamie Murray.
What to expect from the 2023 Australian Open season
Australia is the battle ground for the first Grand Slam of the year.
Stefanos Tsitsipas confident he will eventually get to No 1 in the world: ‘I’m here for the marathon’
Stefanos Tsitsipas has not given up on the world No 1 ranking.
Why the biggest winners of 2022 are not Alcaraz, Swiatek, Nadal or Djokovic
Doubles pair Henry Patten and Julian Cash have claimed ten titles on the ATP Challenger Tour.
Rafael Nadal may have dropped a big hint that his retirement is imminent
Nadal has stated that he does not expect to play any more professional tennis events in Mexico, as he looks to trim down his schedule.