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
Andy Murray not teaming up with Serena Williams in Wimbledon mixed doubles
Murray will play singles at the All England Club for the first time since 2017.
From Simona Halep to Coco Gauff – The contenders for the women’s Wimbledon title
Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon will look very different this year – here is what to expect
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the men’s and women’s finals.
From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer – Contenders for the men’s Wimbledon title
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon is ‘very odd’ home away from home for British hopeful Johanna Konta
Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws for this year’s Championships.
Five big talking points ahead of Wimbledon’s return after a two-year break
The championships are back after the 2020 break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ons Jabeur creates a slice of tennis history with a win in the LTA Viking Classic
Ons Jabeur earned herself a place in the history books with her 7-5 6-4 win over Daria Kasatkina in the LTA Viking Classic final.
Shock result in Halle Open final as Andrey Rublev is beaten
Ugo Humbert stunned world number seven Andrey Rublev in straight sets to lift the Halle Open title.
Coco Gauff looks ahead to a return to the scene of her greatest triumphs
The American’s career took off in 2019 when she made it to the fourth round at SW19.
Matteo Berrettini ends hopes of a new British winner at Queen’s Club
Norrie, 25, was attempting to become only the second Brit to win at Queen’s, after Andy Murray, since the Second World War.