Tennis Today: Ashleigh Barty tipped for French Open-Wimbledon double and Roger Federer retirement ‘news’
In Tennis Today, Pat Cash believes Ashleigh Barty can pull off the French Open-Wimbledon feat while we are not sure what to make of the latest Roger Federer retirement story.
What’s on the site
Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open title on Sunday and Eurosport analysts Mats Wilander and John McEnroe are on hand to give their verdicts.
Guess who is set for a return to action after more than four months on the sidelines? Yep, it’s Maria Sharapova.
But will we see Serena Williams compete in any Wimbledon warm-up events? Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou shares his thoughts.
Take a quick look at the post-French Open ATP Rankings.
And your post-French Open WTA Rankings.
What’s in the news
In case you missed this story from the weekend, 1976 French Open winner Sue Barker is listed as Australian on the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. Something that was spotted/picked up only on Saturday.
Don’t worry Sue, the errors will be fixed, according to The Independent.
The French Open-Wimbledon double is one of the most difficult feats to achieve in tennis, but Pat Cash is tipping fellow Australian Ashleigh Barty to pull it off.
“She has a grass-court game – clay is her worst surface so it looks pretty good for her!” he is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying.
“She’s a great athlete, lightning quick and very balanced, so I think she will be a real threat at Wimbledon and the next few Slams.”
A bit of a stretch again from Express Sport as their headline states “Roger Federer held secret retirement talks as crucial hint revealed”.
Quote from tournament director Ralf Weber in westfalen-blatt.de: “He once told me that he will make that dependent on his health and physical shape.
“As long as Roger feels that he can win titles and beat the big ones, I do not think he will stop overnight.
“That’s why I think he’ll be back in 2020, but maybe in 2021.”
What’s on social media
Can you smell the grass? It must be grass-court season.
Grass-court season is HERE ??
Who’s pumped? pic.twitter.com/TyFixxPem4
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) June 10, 2019
Yep, definitely in the mood for Wimbledon.
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 10, 2019
Nice little Roland Garros video.
A heartfelt Instagram post from Stan Wawrinka.
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Tennis has been an incredible journey for me, allowing me to meet some great & likeminded people as well as express myself openly. Instagram has only furthered that and over the years I have valued and cherished each and every one of you. It’s crazy to think we are at 1 million, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your eternal support!!There is still so much to come and I’m excited to have you by my side to experience it all together. We win and we lose together! I would love to get you more involved in my day to day posting, let me know if there’s anything in particular you would like to see as I keep fighting to be the best. Thank you all 🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️
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