Tennis Today: Frenchman branded ‘a nasty piece of work,’ and Ashleigh Barty sick of her own face
In Tennis Today, one Frenchman invites a social media savaging, Ashleigh Barty is sick of the sight of her own face, and Grigor Dimitrov wears an Australian Open outfit that has to be seen to be believed.
What’s on the site
Let’s start with Andy Murray. If you are panicking his injury is a recurrence of the hip problem that kept him out for two years, then Bob Byran has some good news for you.
The news if you’re a Novak Djokovic fan, though, isn’t so good. He has lost a key member of his team ahead of the Australian Open.
And that is probably music to the ears of Daniil Medvedev, who sounds like he really means business in Melbourne.
Speaking of the Australian Open, here is your day one results wrap:
Roger Federer makes short work of tricky opener.
‘Olympia’s Mom’ Serena Williams advances with ease.
‘Nervous’ Naomi Osaka makes good start to her defence.
Dan Evans is a comeback kid.
Coco Gauff gets the better of Venus Williams again.
What’s in the news
Frenchman Elliot Benchetrit has caused a bit of a social media stir, after deciding he was too good to peel his own banana.
Benchetrit was told off by the umpire in his qualifying match, but it hasn’t stopped him being savaged on social media for it.
So this is the moment where Elliot Benchetrit asks the ballkid to peel his banana. I’m glad the umpire (John Blom) stepped in and told him off. pic.twitter.com/TK1GET68pG
— Alex Theodoridis (@AlexTheodorid1s) January 19, 2020
Meanwhile. Ashley Barty is sick of her own face as she feels the limelight at the Australian Open.
“My face is everywhere a little bit, isn’t it? I’m a bit sick of it to be honest,” she said.
“There’s no extra pressure. I don’t read the papers. I don’t look into any more than I need to. I’m here with my team trying to do the best that we can.
“It’s amazing to have so much support and so much love from the Australian public. I’ve really felt that in an exceptional way over the last 12 months. It’s been incredible.”
Despite the apparently excessive use of her face, Barty was keen to stress she really isn’t complaining.
“It’s been obviously an exciting 12 months since the last time I sat here,” she said.
“It’s been a really nice couple of weeks leading up to the Australian Open. Obviously coming back to Melbourne, I have really good memories from last year.
“It’s important to embrace it, enjoy everything that comes along with it. You don’t get to play an Australian Open every single week. You don’t get to play a grand slam every single week.”
What’s on social media
Oh Dimmy… what are you wearing?
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No, seriously, what are you doing?!
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Roger Federer breaks another record
And Novak Djokovic looks like he REALLY likes his new shoes (or has been paid a lot of money to look like he does…)
What’s on TV
Australian Open. All you need. Eurosport.
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