Tennis Today: An out of body experience, Serena set to attend Meghan Markle’s hen do
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer had an “out of body experience”, questions over Federer’s “oldest No 1 title” and Serena Williams expected to get an invite to Meghan Markle’s hen do.
What’s on the site
Tipster Deggsy Bilton is on hand to give you betting tips for the Rio Open, Open 13 and Delray Beach Open.
After some “disturbing” sounds during the Caroline Wozniacki-Monica Niculescu match at the Qatar Open, we trawled the video archives for a grunting special, featuring the likes of Maria Sharapova and Monica Seles.
Don’t forget part two of our exclusive interview with Andre Agassi, and this time he discusses Novak Djokovic and comparisons between men’s tennis and the women’s game.
What’s in the news
Planet Sport’s very own Simon Wilkes spoke to Dropshot Daily about “the landscape of British Tennis” and if there is hope after Andy Murray.
You’ve read our piece about grunting in women’s tennis so you are familiar with Aryna Sabalenka.
How does the 19-year-old feel about the high-pitch noises she makes during matches?
Speaking to Gulfnews.com the Russian said: “Honestly, I don’t even hear myself when I am playing. Then later when I am watching videos of my matches, I say ‘seriously, is that me?’ I am in shock as the grunting is really, really a high pitch. For sure, I would like to apologise to players if they have got unnerved and disturbed. But this is how I am and no apologies for that.”
Roger Federer might have to give back the “oldest No 1 title” as Tennis World USA says American Bill Tilden and Australian Ken Roswell would have been the oldest No 1s had there been rankings back in the day.
We just can’t help falling for Sport Express. This time they go for “Roger Federer discusses ‘out of body experience'”.
Sorry, we are not giving it away so you will be forced to read it yourself.
And now for news about the royal wedding, well not really. It’s about “MEG’S MAIDS” and who will be on her hen do guest list.
In case you were wondering, The Sun reports that Meghan Markle’s ‘hen do is sorted’ and they expect Serena Williams to get an invite. Well, they did previously report that Serena will get a wedding invite so it would be a surprise if she didn’t get an invite to the hen do.
What’s on social media
Who is the better arcade player? Denis Shapovalov or Hyeon Chung?
Diego Schwartzman playing some football tennis, but luckily he didn’t take a knee to the face this time. In case you had forgotten, why don’t you watch the video again.
Give the Tennis Channel’s Best of the Best a view for some excellent shots.
??These hot shots are dangerous?? pic.twitter.com/AQly7l2mM8
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) February 19, 2018
Marin Cilic on Christ The Redeemer
Don’t slip, @cilic_marin! ??
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) February 19, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP Rio Open
Second seed Dominic Thiem, Diego Schwartzman and Gael Monfils will all be in action.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event
WTA Dubai Open
Angelique Kerber, Caroline Garcia and Elise Mertens will all take to the court today.
LIVE – BT Sport 1
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learn their fate in ATP Cup draw
Serbia will begin…
‘Really unjustified’ – Boris Becker leaps to Novak Djokovic’s defence over his quarantine pleas
Boris Becker believes world No.1 Novak Djokovic has come in for unfair criticism after writing a letter to Australian Open chiefs.
Umpire suffers heart attack as another Australian Open player tests positive for Covid-19
Spanish player Paula Badosa has announced she has tested positive for coronavirus during quarantine in Australia.
Laura Robson unsure about tennis future after third hip operation
The 27-year-old said her priority now is to live a pain-free life.
Andy Murray believes he can still play at the Australian Open as he plots return to action
Former world No.1 Andy Murray is still hopeful of playing in next month’s Australian Open.
Players are urged not to feed the mice in their hotel rooms as Heather Watson turns to Tik Tok
Britain’s Heather Watson has turned to Tik…
On this day in 2014: Stan Wawrinka ends Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open run
The Swiss won a five-set epic to deny Djokovic a piece of history.
Novak Djokovic hits back at allegations of being ‘selfish, difficult and ungrateful’
Djokovic says he finds it tough to be ‘a mere onlooker’.
Australian Open boss defends ‘better deal’ for the likes of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams
Big-name players self-isolating in Adelaide.
Rotterdam Open boss reveals delight as ‘one of his all-time favourite players’ Rafael Nadal joins field
Rafael Nadal will return to Rotterdam.