Tennis Today: Britney Spears hitting it one more time, tweener tutoring
In Tennis Today, Britney Spears hits out, Naomi Osaka gets help with her tweener game and funny moments from the ATP.
What’s on the site
How does Roger Federer’s resurgence compares with the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Muhammed Ali, Pele and Niki Lauda? Joe Hewlett investigates.
As football debates VAR, tennis celebrates 12 years of Hawk-Eye and the player challenge system.
Swiss Maestro Federer can do no wrong. Watch the video of him playing a point with his knee.
The Indian Wells Masters is upon us and five-time champion Novak Djokovic has a tricky draw while we could see a Serena-Venus third-round clash in the women’s side.
What’s in the news
Roger Federer’s Match for Africa provided a lot of entertaining moments, but it wasn’t just about the laughs and giggles as the exhibition event raised $2.5m, which will be used to empower and educate children in Africa.
Well done all involved!
Staying with that story, Express Sport reports that Federer has challenged Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic to “chip in and do their own thing or support other foundations”.
This is why we love Roger.
On a more serious note, Lawn Tennis Association president Martin Corrie has “temporarily stepped down after the governing body of British tennis decided to commission an independent investigation into a 2004 allegation of sexual assault by a coach, and concerns about how it was handled”. The Guardian has the full details.
What’s on social media
Just Britney Spears hitting it one more time. Yes, we are ashamed of that.
Just a little game of tennis with my man!!! Not professional, but it’s really fun!!!!!!!!!!?????????? pic.twitter.com/JJjrrfmgcx
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) March 3, 2018
Novak Djokovic working out in the desert.
Last week Naomi Osaka asked for help when it comes to hitting tweeners.
And she has given an update.
— NaomiOsaka????? (@Naomi_Osaka_) March 4, 2018
Marion Bartoli had some fun with Venus and Serena Williams.
This is a keeper forever!!!! What a night it was!!! I couldn’t think that it would be possible for me, to one day have the immense honor and privilege to be with those two beyond amazing champions and most importantly true friends @venuswilliams and @serenawilliams at the same event again !!! But it happened!!! @tiebreaktens thank you for everything, it was a dream coming true to play @thegarden ?????? #grateful
Literally playing with fire.
This is the perfect definition of “playing with fire”?? pic.twitter.com/t3smC5kOGl
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) March 6, 2018
The ATP’s funniest moments and fails from February.
What’s on TV
WTA Indian Wells
First-round action gets underway, but the bigger stars will only be in action on Thursday. Eugene Bouchard, Sam Stosur and Belinda Bencic are set to feature.
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Dan Evans on the balls being used at the 2020 French Open: ‘You wouldn’t give to a dog to chew’
Dan Evans clearly not a fan of the French Open balls.
Miserable day for British hopes at gloomy French Open as Dan Evans, Andy Murray, Johanna Konta exit
Three British players lost on day one at Roland Garros.
Alexander Zverev puts US Open agony behind him as he makes strong French Open start
Zverev was playing his first match since losing to Thiem.
French Open day one: British trio crash out, Simona Halep makes it 15 wins in a row, what’s up next
The story of the opening day of play at Roland Garros.
‘I just didn’t play well,’ says Johanna Konta after ‘unfortunate’ off day at French Open
Konta makes early exit after reaching semi-final in 2019.
‘I’ll need to have a long, hard think,’ admits Andy Murray after French Open disaster
Murray won just six games in first-round defeat.
Mats Wilander questions why Andy Murray is still playing on what feels like his farewell tour
This increasingly feels like the Andy Murray farewell tour.
Teenage sensation Coco Gauff dumps ninth seed Johanna Konta out of French Open
Coco Gauff starts with a bang at Roland Garros.
Misery for Andy Murray as Stan Wawrinka catches him cold at the French Open
The Briton won only six games in a straight-sets defeat.