Tennis Today: Andy Murray urged to ‘keep going’, Serena Williams dons a gown, glory for Lleyton Hewitt’s son
In Tennis Today, Andy Murray has been urged to continue playing, Lleyton Hewitt’s son has had double clay-court success in Australia while Serena Williams dons a gown on the dock.
What’s on the site
Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri spoke exclusively to Tennis365 about tennis’ need to rebrand the sport quickly to avoid a huge drop off in interest.
Bollettieri, who worked with the likes of Andre Agassi and Maria Sharapova at the start of their careers, also discussed how Slinger Bag can play a huge role to play in what comes next at all levels of the game.
The first clay-court ATP Masters 1000 event of the season is up and running so why don’t you familiarise yourself with all the cool facts and figures about the Monte-Carlo Masters.
Staying with the Monte-Carlo Masters, world No 1 Novak Djokovic says he is mentally and physically ready to get dirty and do well on clay.
Twenty-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal says his “body is in good shape” for the clay-court season.
And in case you missed this last week, Novak Djokovic’s father has taken yet another swipe at Roger Federer as he says the Swiss great is “not a great man”.
And if you really lived under a rock, then you are probably not aware that the 2021 French Open has been pushed back by one week.
What’s in the news
“Legend” Andy Murray has been urged by rising British star Paul Jubb to keep on playing.
“I want to him to keep going so I can play him on Tour one day – and maybe beat him! I have got to try and work my way up there quick so I can get on the court with him for real,” Jubb is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
Over in Australia, former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt’s son, Cruz, has won the national Under-12 clay-court title in Canberra.
The West Australian reports that Cruz won the event without dropping a set while he also teamed up with Asher Brownrigg to win the doubles title.
What’s on social media
Just Serena Williams donning a gown during a photo shoot on a dock.
Nick Kyrgios and his girlfriend Chiara Passari climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge over the weekend.
A proud Lleyton and Bec Hewitt after their son won the double in Canberra.
And here is Cruz and Ash after their doubles success.
Speaking of Paul Jubb…
What’s on TV
ATP Monte-Carlo Masters
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LIVE – Amazon Prime Video
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Murray has been practising with top players.
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