Tennis Today: Coaches Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal praised while Genie Bouchard has a pizza request

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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer

In Tennis Today, Fabio Fognini is grateful to coaches Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal while Eugenie Bouchard needs help with her pizza.

What’s on the site
Relax Nick Kyrgios fans, the Australian has eased fears about his suspended ATP ban, saying “I can still play, I’m just on probation, relax”.

Over at the Zhuhai Championships, Andy Murray’s run has come to an end and he admitted after the match that is far from playing at his best level.

Our latest inspirational quote comes from the Next Gen star Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had the following to say about the wait for Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic to retire.

“I don’t think it’s right to wait because you kind of surrender when you wait.”

What’s in the news
The LTA is back in the news over its “shambolic governance” with The Telegraph reporting that Martin Corrie has stepped down as president after “an independent investigation into a historic sex-abuse case found him to be responsible for safeguarding failings in the early 2000s”.

However, in a bizarre follow up the “LTA still confirmed that it is nominating Corrie for a prestigious international role” with the ITF.

In another serious story, a Japanese comedy duo has apologised following a racist slur against two-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka.

Reuters, via The Independent, reports that Osaka “needed some bleach” and that “she is too sunburned”.

Over in the United States, Serena Williams took her daughter Olympia to Disney World for the first time and the Daily Mail is all over the story.

Meanwhile, Judy Murray is to receive an honorary doctorate at The Open University in Glasgow.

“I have worked for most of my coaching career to make tennis more inclusive and more accessible to anyone who has an interest in playing,” she is quoted as saying by ITV.

“I’m delighted to receive this award from The Open University because for fifty years it has done something similar with higher education, opening up university study to everyone, regardless of who or where they are.

“My experience in tennis also means I know the value of dedicated effort in pursuit of your goals.

“It’s something I can see in students and graduates of the OU, and that’s why it’s a pleasure to have the chance to celebrate with them on their special day.”

What’s on social media
Serena Williams turned 38 on Thursday and Eugenie Bouchard summed it all up.

Staying with Genie… she wants some pizza help.

Back to Serena Williams.

 

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Celebrating my wife today and every day. Even though she never lets me win 😫😏 Always. Let. Me. Win.

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A few days later and Fabio Fognini is still appreciative of the coaching he received from the GOATs.

 

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No words needed 🙏🏻🤠👨🏻💻 #tbt #lavercup #goats @rogerfederer @rafaelnadal

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Novak Djokovic has touched down in Tokyo.

What’s on TV
ATP Chengdu

LIVE – Amazon Prime Video

ATP Zhuhai
LIVE – Amazon Prime Video

WTA Wuhan
LIVE – BT Sport 1

WTA Tashkent
LIVE – BT Sport 2

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