Tennis Today: Australian Open to slash ticket prices and Eugenie Bouchard pokes fun at haters
In Tennis Today, good news for those who plan on attending next year’s Australian Open while Eugenie Bouchard has plenty of fun in the Dead Sea.
What’s on the site
Let’s start with your weekend winners with a couple of upsets over in Asia as Nikoloz Basilashvili stunned Juan Martin del Potro in the China Open final.
In Tokyo, qualifier Daniil Medvedev beat local hero Kei Nishikori in the Japan Open final.
Caroline Wozniacki, though, made sure there was no upset in the WTA China Open final.
The 2019 season is just around the corner and here is our Top 10: Andy Murray and other tennis stars who need to bounce back next year.
Finally, if you still have a few minutes to spare after finishing Tennis Today, then do take our test your knowledge on the history of the Shanghai Masters.
What’s in the news
Good news coming from Down Under with the Herald Sun (via 9News as the Herald Sun story is behind pay wall) reporting that ticket prices for the 2019 Australian Open will be reduced.
“The starting price of a centre court seat will be cut by $15 during the day and $20 at night.
“Additionally, entry-level tickets to the men’s final in 2019 will be $110 cheaper than the 2018 price of $415, while the women’s final will cost $148 per seat, $55 cheaper than in 2018.”
The man accused of stabbing two-time Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova in 2016 has been charged with assault, reports Reuters.
What’s on social media
What a welcome for Djokovic on the practice courts in Shanghai.
You guys 😍
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) October 8, 2018
Eugenie Bouchard gets a mud bath in the Dead Sea.
But this one brought out a chuckle.
View this post on Instagram
A special plane for Kei Niskhikori.
View this post on Instagram
How brilliant is this? You can stay in Agnieszka Radwanska’s hotel, AGA Tenis Apartments by Radwanska.
You can now book an apartment in Aga Radwanska’s own hotel in Kraków!! ??
“AGA Tenis Apartments by Radwanska”
The apartments are dedicated to Aga’s biggest successes in career like Singapore, Wimbledon, Beijing. The rooms are full of original gadgets and a personal souvenirs ?? pic.twitter.com/O8roXRL47l
— Love, Michal ?? (@michal1497) October 7, 2018
If you are planning a visit to Krakow, then here is the booking.com link.
What’s on TV
ATP Shanghai Masters
06:00-15:00 (Monday and Tuesday)
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Action
WTA Hong Kong Open
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.
Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid
Murray is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.
Dominic Thiem’s coach tests positive for COVID-19, but hopes to link up with Austrian ‘soon’
Nicolas Massu hopes to fly Down Under in a few weeks.
‘It feels great,’ says Hubert Hurkacz after starting 2021 with Delray Beach Open trophy
Hubert Hurkacz captures second ATP Tour title.
Australian Open drama as player reveals he was allowed to board flight despite positive COVID-19 test
Tennys Sandgren allowed to fly despite positive test.
Rafael Nadal suffers Australian Open setback as his coach Carlos Moya opts not to travel Down Under
Carlos Moya won’t be in Rafael Nadal’s box.
Notable Australian Open qualifiers: From Tsvetana Pironkova and Francesca Jones to Bernard Tomic
Oli Jefford on the notable Australian Open qualifiers.
‘I’m really happy to keep winning,’ says Aryna Sabalenka after capturing third title in a row
Another tournament, another title for Aryna Sabalenka.
Francesca Jones overcame injury and ‘wee mental breakdown’ ahead of Australian Open qualifying
Jones is in the main draw of Australian Open.
Naomi Osaka backed to win ‘another five to 10 majors as she that all-court game right’
How many Grand Slams will Naomi Osaka win?