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
Imperious Novak Djokovic learning from previous enforced break as he notches up 13th win in a row
Novak Djokovic is on a roll.
Former Roland Garros semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska praised by Billie Jean King after coming out as lesbian
“You are a true role model in the fight for equality.”
Rafael Nadal: How the right-handed Rafa became the Grand Slam record holder by playing with his left hand
Right-handed Rafael Nadal is still one of the best in the business, but how?
Tennis fans irked by ‘right-handed’ Rafael Nadal in exhibition poster for Casper Ruud match
Tennis fans unimpressed after Rafael Nadal is pictured with a racket in his right hand.
Nick Kyrgios plays ‘light out tennis’ to reach Tokyo quarters – ‘I’ve got confidence in my game’
Aggressive tennis does the trick for Nick Kyrgios at Japan Open.
‘Roger Federer will leave bigger mark than Novak Djokovic and is a bigger icon than Rafael Nadal’
Former world No 4 explains why Roger Federer is “superior” to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Emma Raducanu’s injury woes strike again as she pulls out of Romania event, major doubts over Mexico visit
Emma Raducanu battling injury again.
Corentin Moutet and Adrian Andreev fined after Challenger scrap, but no love lost between the pair
Corentin Moutet and Adrian Andreev are definitely not best mates.
Nick Kyrgios a big fan of ‘inspirational’ Naomi Osaka, saying ‘I love what she brings to the sport’
Nothing but praise for Naomi Osaka from Nick Kyrgios.
Andy Murray’s former coach gives his verdict on off-court coaching
Andy Murray’s former coach Jamie Delgado has given his verdict on the decision to allow in-match coaching in the men’s game.