Tennis Today: From £10 vouchers to £2.2m cheques, and a bit of Roger Federer on safari
In Tennis Today, a good piece to mark the 50th anniversary of the Open Era, Roger Federer having a good time in Zambia and Kyle Edmund on his love for Liverpool.
What’s on the site
On the 27th anniversary, Michael Graham recalls Bjorn Borg’s ill-fated and ill-advised comeback bid.
Our tipster Deggsy Bilton looks to line your pockets once again as he gives you the betting preview for the Barcelona Open and Hungarian Open.
Rafael Nadal has named four players he worries about losing to on clay. We’ll make it easy for you, Roger Federer is not one of them.
In round one action at the 2018 Barcelona Open, the 39-year-old Ivo Karlovic was one of those who advanced.
Still have some time to kill? Well, why don’t you take our Fed Cup quiz.
What’s in the news
The Tennis Podcast is back and this week the team wants to know who can stop Rafael Nadal on clay, and how? They also discuss the Fed Cup and the crowd abuse that Carolone Wozniacki and her family received at the Miami Open.
Sportsmail’s Mike Dickson has done an excellent piece to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the start of the Open Era in 1968.
British player Mark Cox “received a £10 voucher to be spent at a London sports goods store of his choosing” after reaching doubles semi-final at the 1966 Wimbledon.
Players have come a long way as today the men’s and women’s Wimbledon singles winners receive a cheque of £2.2m each while those who lose in the first round get £35,000.
In the world of football, it’s Champions League semi-final night as Liverpool host Roma and lifelong Reds fan Kyle Edmund talks about his love for the red team from Merseyside. The Independent has the story.
Express Sport has stunned us all as they have changed their tactics. Instead of going for a “shock claim” or “huge statement”, they have gone with a “funny admission” as Pablo Carreno-Busta has “joked” that his chances of winning the Barcelona Open have been dealt a blow by Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s participation.
What’s on social media
Roger Federer is in Zambia and clearly having a good time.
A little look back at some of the hot stuff from the Monte Carlo Masters.
Not interested in the serious stuff? How about some funny moments from Tennis TV?
Did someone say Rubik’s Cube keepie uppie?
— HEAD Tennis (@head_tennis) April 23, 2018
A couple of days late, but Maria Sharapova and former F1 driver Mark Webber went for a little drive in a Porsche. Prepare for lots of screaming.
An eight-year-old Denis Shapovalov in action.
Former doubles tennis star Sania Mirza has announced she is expecting her first child.
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 23, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP Barcelona Open
All the big guns, including Rafael Nadal, are in action Barcelona.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Mix
Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova and Sloane Stephens some of the starts who are taking part.
11:30-17:30 / 18:30-22:30
BT Sport 1 – LIVE
Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is the top seed.
11:00-15:00 / 16:00-20:00
BT Sport 3 – LIVE
Wimbledon finals to be played in front of capacity stadium after change in guidelines
Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds to the All England Club.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
The 29-year-old set up a second-round clash against sixth seed Shuai Zhang in claiming an important win to ease her patchy recent form.
Jack Draper beats Jannik Sinner at Queen’s to secure first ATP Tour singles win
Jack Draper won two tie-breaks to beat Jannik Sinner
All England Club to provide final decision on Wimbledon crowd capacity and Covid-19 protocols soon
Discussions are continuing over Wimbledon crowds.
Exclusive – Judy Murray on how the game’s ‘Big Four’ are still ahead of the pack
“They all have an incredible love of the game,” says Judy Murray.
‘Time for next generation’ – Judy Murray planning to step back from tennis roles
The Scot will be at Queen’s Club to support sons Andy and Jamie.
Andy Murray felt ‘a bit jealous’ watching Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s epic French Open semi-final
Murray faces France’s Benoit Paire on Tuesday at the Cinch Championships.
Andy Murray issues less than certain fitness report ahead of his return to action
Andy Murray set for singles return, but not 100%.
Exclusive – Greg Rusedski on the big question Andy Murray has to answer this week
Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray has one big question to answer.
WATCH: Boy goes berserk after Novak Djokovic gifts racket to him as thanks for ‘coaching’ him during match
“He was coaching me, literally,” says Novak Djokovic.