Tennis Today: Amazing Rafael Nadal stat, Novak Djokovic shows lighter side, and Serena Williams honoured
In Tennis Today, a remarkable Rafael Nadal stat is dropped, Serena Williams receives a major honour, and Novak Djokovic shows his lighter side.
What’s on the site
Who is better between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer? Everyone tends to have a say on this except the men themselves – until now. Nadal was asked in a recent interview, and he gave his views.
Speaking of Nadal, one thing he has to prove now is that he is able to extend his career at the top as Federer has done. He has good reason to make it happen too, with one major career goal still four years away.
Will 2020 finally be the year a young player takes a Grand Slam title from one of the big three? Rafa thinks so.
If that happens, though, it won’t be for the lack of quality training from Novak Djokovic. The Serb has just about the most incredible training partner imaginable in Dubai recently, and you can see a video if it here.
What’s in the news
Serena Williams has been awarded special recognition, with the Associated Press naming her the female athlete of the decade.
The coveted award covers all sports, so it is a major honour for Williams, who won 12 Grand Slam titles in the 2010s.
Stacey Allaster, CEO of the WTA from 2009-15 and now chief executive for professional tennis at the US Tennis Association was quoted in the press release, saying: “When the history books are written, it could be that the great Serena Williams is the greatest athlete of all time.
“I like to call it the ‘Serena Superpowers’ — that champion’s mindset. Irrespective of the adversity and the odds that are facing her, she always believes in herself.
“Whether it was health issues; coming back; having a child; almost dying from that — she has endured it all and she is still in championship form. Her records speak for themselves.”
In other news, The Daily Mail has speculated that Andy Murray may have to wait until Wimbledon for a Grand Slam return.
And the ATP have released a list of 10 ‘innovations’ that will be debuted at the the ATP Cup.
It’s a little promotional but also relevant in parts, so worth checking out.
What’s on social media
Another major feather in the cap for Rafael Nadal…
Rafa Nadal on January 1, 2020, will become the first ever man in tennis history to be World No.1 in three different decades.
— Reva (@VamosReva) December 29, 2019
Never let it be said that Novak Djokovic takes himself too seriously.
— ATPCup (@ATPCup) December 30, 2019
The Russian’s are coming… (in style)
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And you can be in love with a scar… apparently.
What’s on TV
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.
Emma Raducanu delighted to return back in the UK and reunite with her father
Raducanu was pictured outside her house after travelling back from New York.
Introducing Wilson’s Blade v8 racket Emma Raducanu could use at the Australian Open
Emma Raducanu is set to be wielding a new-look weapon when he plays at the Australian Open in January.
Shock defeat for Andy Murray as he is beaten in Rennes
The Russian is ranked 42 places below Murray.