Tennis Today: Bernard Tomic just cannot stay out of the headlines
In Tennis Today, he may no longer be in the Australian Open but that doesn’t mean Bernie T is going away quietly.
What’s on the site
The tension between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic has reached atomic proportions with the former accusing the bad boy of tennis of threatening his family.
According to Hewitt, there have been “blackmail threats and physical” aimed at his family over the course of the last 18 months.
Tomic called bull.
Johanna Konta is not at all charmed that her second round match, which she lost, started after midnight.
Adding to her misery, a change of court was on the courts only for it to be covered in bird droppings.
The Andy Murray love affair continues as the Scot debates whether Monday’s match was his last ever.
The latest to sing his praises is tennis legend Andre Agassi.
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What’s in the news
Nick Kyrgios swapped his racquet for a microphone as he joined Australia’s Channel 9 to deliver expert commentary on Roger Federer’s match against Taylor Fritz.
“It’s so uncomfortable,” he said. “He puts the pressure right back on you. He shrinks the court so you feel like you can’t play.
“It never looks like Federer is fazed. even if he hits a doublt fault, he always looks so relaxed.”
Novak Djokovic says Denis Shapovalov can watch all the YouTube videos he wants to try figure out a plan to beat him.
In fact, he applauds it.
“Actually I’m glad to hear that, that he’s doing his homework and research. It’s important for a young player.
“He’s impressive not just as a talented tennis player but also how he goes about his professionalism, his commitments, how he deals with pressure, how confident he is on the court.”
Want to know who has the best volley in the women’s game?
Tennis legend John McEnroe says that belongs to Ash Barty.
What’s on social media
A first for Serena Williams…
And another first from yesteryear…
Dunblane Primary showed Andy Murray some love and his mum Judy was loving them back.
— judy murray (@JudyMurray) January 17, 2019
One for ladies as Novak Djokovic gets into the #10YearChallenge.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 18, 2019
A special moment for Roger Federer as Lenny sort of watched dad in action.
Was it Leo or Lenny @rogerfederer?
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 18, 2019
What’s on TV
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2
BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
BBC TV – highlights
Ashleigh Barty laments giving away control to Danielle Collins as she suffers defeat in Adelaide
Early exit for defending champion Ashleigh Barty.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.
Serena Williams still believes she can win another Grand Slam and has no plans to retire just yet, says her coach
Serena Williams not ready to quit.
Novak Djokovic’s father hits out at Western media over their negative portrayal of his son
Srdjan Djokovic slams Western media.
Andy Murray’s Montpellier run shortlived as he suffers first-round in Open Sud de France
Andy Murray went down in straight sets.
Boris Becker ‘impressed’ by Nick Kyrgios, insists Australian has talent to ‘win Wimbledon at least once’
Boris Becker doffs his hat to Nick Kyrgios.
Fit-again Johanna Konta falls at the first hurdle in Adelaide as she loses against Shelby Rogers
The British No 1 has recovered from an abdominal injury.
Ashleigh Barty insists there is ‘extra pressure’ over world No 1 ranking battle with Naomi Osaka
“Extra pressure is non-existent for me,” says Barty.
Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble idea would be difficult to pull off in tennis
“That’s obviously very difficult,” says Jamie Murray.
Boris Becker hails Novak Djokovic’s ‘tactical masterclass’ and explains how Serb outwitted Daniil Medvedev
Novak Djokovic “messed up” Daniil Medvedev’s rhythm.