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
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Emma Raducanu now knocking on the door of the world’s top 20.
Kim Clijsters itching to start playing again as she reveals how she drew inspiration from Andy Murray
Kim Clijsters champing at the bit ahead of Chicago match.
Roger Federer calls for change as he shares views about pressure on likes of Emma Raducanu and Naomi Osaka
Roger Federer on social media and why it is time for change.
Naomi Osaka has ‘that itch again’ as she hints at return and explains why she needed a break
“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy,” admits Naomi Osaka.
Team Europe thump World rivals to claim a fourth consecutive Laver Cup title
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‘I think the worst is behind me,’ says Roger Federer as he gives update after latest knee surgery
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‘Serena Williams changed tennis as she opened doors, invented tennis intimidation, brought business to women’s tennis’
Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams’ impact.
‘My goal is not to get in the top 100,’ says Andy Murray as he reveals his ambitions and what motivates him
“Winning tournaments and getting up towards the top of the rankings is motivating to me.”