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
Rafael Nadal on having an opportunity to become world No 1 again: ‘I didn’t expect it’
Rafael Nadal could return to world No 1 next week.
Emma Raducanu teams up with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in Cincinnati doubles
Nicknames for team Raducanu-Rybakina? Radukina? Rybacanu? Emlena? Elemma?
Andy Murray makes Davis Cup return and hopes to ‘create even more history’ with Great Britain in Glasgow
Great Britain will face United States, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the group stage in Glasgow.
Coco Gauff after becoming world No 1 in doubles: ‘Being No 1 is pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want to be No 1?’
Another big milestone for youngster Coco Gauff.
Simona Halep on returning to the WTA top 10: ‘I feel like it’s a big deal, but I am dreaming for more’
Simona Halep on the rise once again.
Daniil Medvedev confronts heckler after ‘loser and nasty’ remarks as Nick Kyrgios slams ‘disgusting behaviour’
“I won’t let anyone shout nasty things at me, I won’t keep silent.”
Emma Raducanu on facing ‘the best player of all time’ Serena Williams: ‘It’s a great gift to play the best’
Emma Raducanu excited to face GOAT Serena Williams.
Pablo Carreno Busta joins the ranks of Masters champions after Montreal fightback
Pablo Carreno Busta is a Masters champion and makes a serious move in the Race to Turin.
Exclusive – Laura Robson leaps to the defence of Emma Raducanu
Former British No 1 Laura Robson is baffled by the inflated expectations Emma Raducanu.
Exclusive – Tim Henman backs Andy Murray to defy his doubters once again
Former British No 1 Henman suggests Murray wins against top players over the last year will encourage him to fight on.