Tennis Today: Every man, his dog and sponsor line up to praise Roger Federer
In Tennis Today, unsurprisingly Roger Federer dominates the news while there is also a tribute to Kei Nishikori.
What’s on the site
Kei Nishikori may not have won the New York Open, but he remains “one of the most intriguing and likeable players on the circuit”. Michael Graham penned a few words.
In an exclusive with Kevin Palmer, tennis legend Andre Agassi picks out Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev as the most talented players on tour, but he warns it takes more than talent to become the best in the world.
Staying with talented players, Roger Mottram selects his top 10 next stars of tennis.
It’s been an unfortunate couple of days for David Goffin as he suffered a freak injury in Rotterdam and has been forced to withdraw from the Marseille Open.
What’s in the news
Just about every single newspaper out there has the Roger Federer back to world No 1 story covered.
The Daily Star goes further with “Roger Federer provides huge retirement update after win in Rotterdam”.
Not really that huge as all he said was: “I’m not sure how many years I’ll be playing but I’ll enjoy this one.”
Federer, though, is unlikely to finish the year as the world No 1 according to his former coach Paul Annacone, who believes Rafael Nadal will be playing a lot more than Rafa, especially during the clay season.
Tennis.com and Tennis Channel are also on the subject as this week’s #TennisToughCall is: Who will be ATP No. 1 at the end of 2018 – Federer, Nadal, or the field?
Do give it a read.
Needless to say the “Is Roger Federer the greatest sportsman of all time?” debate is back on after Federer’s latest achievements and Sport360.com gives it a go.
Of course Nike has introduced the Nike Air Force 1 Federer Forever.
What’s on social media
Tribute to the world No 1 from the ATP World Tour.
From his main sponsor Nike.
— Mercedes-Benz (@MercedesBenz) February 16, 2018
And just to get away from Federer, and since we did mention a dog in the headline, here is Anderson, his family and a dog.
Milos Raonic and an alligator.
The latest ridiculous thing that Gael Monfils has produced on a tennis court.
What’s on TV
ATP Rio Open
Marin Cilic is the top seed, but he won’t feature on Monday as Fernando Verdasco, Albert Ramos-Vinolas and Tennys Sandgren take centre stage.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event
WTA Dubai Open
Johanna Konta and Agnieszka Radwanska are some of the big names that are in action.
LIVE – BT Sport 1
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Iga Swiatek made French Open favourite by former British No 1 Tim Henman
Tim Henman has been impressed by the progress in Iga Swiatek’s game.
Naomi Osaka admits trepidation ahead of return to Roland Garros
Naomi Osaka took questions at Roland Garros for the first time since her 2021 walkout.
Iga Swiatek prepared to handle the heat of being French Open favourite
The world number one has won five successive tournaments and 28 straight matches.
Rafael Nadal praying the pain stays away in bid to win 14th French Open
The 35-year-old was troubled by the issue in Rome last week.
Great British hope Emma Raducanu cleared to feature at Roland Garros
The US Open champion retired during her first match in Rome last week with a back injury.
French Open draw is GOAT fodder for Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic faces a daunting roster of potential French Open opponents but could also strengthen his GOAT claims as a result.
French Open: Naomi Osaka handed tough first round assignment
Naomi Osaka takes on seeded oppostion in the French Open first round.
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic thrown together in French Open draw
Tournament favourites Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic are uncomfortably close in the French Open draw.
Carlos Alcaraz makes 23-year-old top ten player feel old
Carlos Alcaraz makes Casper Ruud feel like time is getting away from him.