Tennis Today: Francis Tiafoe hits with ‘big dawg’ Andy Murray
In Tennis Today, Francis Tiafoe has a hit with Andy Murray while we also have some top tennis dives on grass.
What’s on the site
On the back of Juan Martin del Potro confronting a spectator during the French Open, we look at other times where hecklers got their comeuppance at tennis matches.
Rafael Nadal has once again skipped the Queen’s Club Championship following his Roland Garros success.
And Maria Sharapova has also withdrawn from the Birmingham Classic as she needs to look after herself ahead of Wimbledon.
Guess who’s back, back again! Roger Federer returned to action after a three-month break, but he was made to work for his win in Stuttgart.
What’s in the news
There will be a new player in town next week when Amazon makes its debut as British sports broadcaster with coverage of the Fever-Tree Championship, and they have warned “we are just getting started”.
Telegraph Sports reports that “Amazon’s inaugural broadcast from Queen’s will be anchored by Catherine Whitaker and Ross Dyer” while Greg Rusedski and Daniela Hantuchova will be studio pundits.
The Football World Cup gets underway in Russia today, but Pat Cash has caused a bit of controversy for urging sports lovers to “ditch the upcoming World Cup in favour of a ‘real man’s sport’ – AFL”.
Daily Mail Australia says he has been “hammered online by both fans and commentators for the dig”.
Nike can breathe easy for now as Roger Federer says he will continue to wear the brand “as long as I don’t have a new contract with a clothing sponsor”.
Express Sport adds that a “crinkle to iron out would be that unlike Nike, Uniqlo do not make shoes – meaning the 20-time Grand Slam champion would have to complete another separate deal, which could be with Adidas”.
Earlier this week Tennis Today “reported” that the Lawn Tennis Association named one university in Loughborough and one in Stirling as National Academies.
Metro Sport has taken things a bit further as they interviewed the LTA’s performance director Simon Timson to discuss how “How British tennis is planning for life after Andy Murray”.
What’s on social media
Frances Tiafoe had a ‘fun’ hit with Andy Murray.
If you are not yet excited about the grass-court season, then Tennis TV’s top dives on the surface should do the trick.
Simona Halep’s homecoming.
Eugenie Bouchard is back with another picture from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
What’s on TV
ATP Stuttgart Open and Libema Open
There is no live coverage of the above events.
WTA Libema Open
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Comment – Why the removal Wimbledon’s ranking points by the ATP and WTA could backfire
Wimbledon has been stripped of its ATP ranking points following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players.
Wimbledon didn’t want to ‘risk safety of players’ or ‘success being used as propaganda by Russian regime’
Wimbledon has hit back at the ATP and WTA with a statement of their own.
WTA statement as women’s body also strips Wimbledon of ranking points over Russian player ban
WTA also has harsh words for Wimbledon after stripping grass-court major of ranking points.
ATP statement: Wimbledon slammed for ‘undermining integrity of the ATP Ranking system’
ATP unimpressed by Wimbledon.
Wimbledon thrown into chaos as ATP strips Slam of ranking points over Russian and Belarusian player ban
Big, big news as players won’t earn points for competing at Wimbledon.
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.