Tennis Today: Bad news for Roger Federer over renaming of stadium while Maria Sharapova buys a ranch

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In Tennis Today, it looks like St. Jakobshalle in Roger Federer’s hometown won’t be named after him after all while Maria Sharapova splashed a lot of cash on a ranch in Barbara.

What’s on the site

Andy Murray won’t feature in the bett1HULKS Championships in Cologne this week as he has suffered another setback. Fear not, he is determined to return to action “soon”.

Speaking of returning to action after injury, Roger Federer remains on track for his comeback following knee surgery, but it won’t be as “soon” as Murray as the 20-time Grand Slam winner has pencilled in the 2021 Australian Open.

Feeling a little down on this Tuesday? How about a feel good video of Novak Djokovic giving a coaching lesson to kids on the street while taking his dog for a walk?

And for something on the final member of the Big Four, here is Andrey Rublev singing Rafael Nadal’s praises.

Maybe you missed this last week, but Wimbledon 2021 will go ahead – with or without fans.

What’s in the news

World No 1 Ashleigh Barty has been away from the tennis limelight for a while now, but she has been regular feature at the Richmond Tigers’ matches in recent months.

Her team are playing in Saturday’s AFL grand final and if they are crowned champions then Barty will hand over the trophy to her beloved Tigers, reports The West Australian.

“I was surprised and very honoured when (Richmond president) Peggy (O’Neal) asked me to present the cup,” Barty said.

“I know there are many other Richmond people who would normally do this but given the circumstances I am very grateful for the opportunity.

“I wish the boys all the best for Saturday and very much hope I have the chance to be out there when the siren goes celebrating another Richmond premiership.”

Spare a thought for Roger Federer as it looks like St. Jakobshalle in his hometown won’t be named after him after all after a petition failed to get enough signatures.

AFP, via The Times of India, reports the petition “fell 1,800 signatures short of the 3,000 required to trigger a local public vote on the proposal”.

However, all is not lost for Federer fans as “they nonetheless submitted their petition to the Basel City cantonal authorities in the hope that the request will be met”.

Staying with Mr 20 Grand Slams, there is at least better news for his Swiss athletic footwear company as On has released the second addition to the Roger Federer franchise and fashionunited.com reports they plan to “target a younger audience”.

The new “Roger Clubhouse” is an “ode to youth culture: to be worn, torn, stained and just lived in”.

What’s Maria Sharapova been up to recently? Well, Variety says the former world No 1 recently bought a Santa Barbara ranch for $8.6m (roughly £6.7m).

In case you wanted to know it covers “five acres with three separate structures and a total of 3 bedrooms, 5.5 bathrooms”

What’s on social media

Here is an inspirational story for you from Andy Wright, a tennis player from Nottingham who rediscovered his love for tennis after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the young age of 33.

More inspirational stuff as Carla Suarez Navarro’s road back to full health continues.

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