Tennis Today: ‘Father-figure’ Roger Federer praises Naomi Osaka-Coco Gauff; Fedal talk irks Stan Wawrinka
In Tennis Today, Stan Wawrinka is unimpressed by suggestions that we are set for a Fedal final at the US Open while Roger Federer loves the Naomi Osaka-Coco Gauff camaraderie.
What’s on the site
No one quite saw it coming, but Novak Djokovic is OUT of the 2019 US Open.
The defending champion explained after his match against Stan Wawrinka why he threw in the towel.
What does that mean for Derek Bilton’s US Open betting preview? Well, read for yourself.
There was an upset in the women’s draw too as French Open champion and second seed Ashleigh Barty was dumped out.
But Serena Williams is still going strong and the 23-time Grand Slam champion has played down injury concerns.
Johanna Konta is also still alive as the British No 1 sent third seed Karolina Pliskova packing.
And now for your Monday action, here’s your US Open order of play for day eight.
What’s in the news
Roger Federer admits Naomi Osaka and Coco Gauff’s post-match camaraderie warmed the cockles of his heart.
In Metro.co.uk, Federer says: “To see that camaraderie at the highest level of sport is nice. They are still so young and that rivalry will be nice for years to come.”
He added: “My girls are 10 so they are almost there [to Coco’s age]. I sound like a father-figure, right? I remember myself at 15 and I was a wreck when I lost. These are the defeats she needs. She will learn from it.”
Ashleigh Barty has come under fire after her US Open exit with fans questioning her decision to take part in the doubles, reports Daily Mail Australia.
“Barty played 2.5 hrs of doubles yesterday, looked flat today. Maybe rethink strategy.”
Mike Bryan is the latest player to be fined at the US Open with the doubles specialist copping a $10,000 penalty for, as the New York Times puts it, “pointing his racket at an official, mimicking the pointing of a rifle”.
They do have a gif of said incident.
The Sydney Morning Herald says Nick Kyrgios has admitted that he has “no idea” how to maximise his tennis potential.
What’s on social media
A French journalist suggested that Novak Djokovic’s exit brings us closer to a Fedal final in New York, but Stan Wawrinka was unimpressed.
Abandon prévisible. Je ne sais pas mais cet événement nous rapproche d’un Fedal non?
— Eric Salliot (@ericsalliot) September 2, 2019
In case you missed this little bit of fun over the weekend, Nick Kyrgios wanted to know “Who the hell is Tom Rinaldi”.
Who the hell is Tom Rinaldi and why he is commentating a tennis match when he has no idea what’s going on
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 31, 2019
And then this happened.
— ESPN (@espn) September 1, 2019
Serena Williams has shared this sweet pic after her daughter turned two.
View this post on Instagram
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“We have exercise equipment ready and waiting for her.”
Rafael Nadal sees a bigger picture and stresses ‘we can’t complain’ ahead of Australian Open
Some players have been frustrated by a strict quarantine process.
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Nick Kyrgios on his latest criticism of Novak Djokovic.
Andy Murray facing ‘huge year’, but brother Jamie says former world No 1 still has ‘a lot of great tennis in him’
Jamie Murray on brother Andy’s comeback hopes.
Daniela Hantuchova praises Naomi Osaka for being a ‘wonderful inspiration in women’s tennis’
“What a wonderful young grown-up lady she has become.”
Spanish player feels ‘abandoned’ after positive coronavirus test: ‘It’s the worst experience of my career’
“It’s far and away the worst experience of my career.”
Rafael Nadal’s thinly veiled jibe after Novak Djokovic quarantine pleas: ‘Some of us help each other privately’
Rafael Nadal has his say on the quarantine saga.
Exclusive – Barbara Schett insists Novak Djokovic had good intentions with letter to Australian Open chief
Barbara Schett talks to Tennis365 about Novak Djokovic.
Former world No 1 urges Australian public to give Novak Djokovic ‘another chance to explain himself’
“He was being a leader and it just came off wrong.”