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
Novak Djokovic wins first match since US Open disqualification; Rafael Nadal back with a bang
Rafael Nadal also back with a win.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga withdraws from French Open and ends his 2020 season as injury nightmare persists
Frenchman goes back to drawing board.
Coco Gauff reveals she ‘feels quite comfortable on clay’ after recording her first ever red dirt win
Gauff up and running in Rome.
Dominic Thiem says he ‘expects’ to find Grand Slams easier after winning US Open title
Thiem has monkey off his back.
‘I don’t feel comfortable to go there and play Roland Garros’ – Nick Kyrgios goes on offensive again
Nick Kyrgios makes French Open decision.
Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic was ‘very unlucky’, but insists players should have ‘self-control’
Rafael Nadal adds his two cents on rival.
Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros
Kim Clijsters not sure when she will play again.
‘Nice guy’ Dominic Thiem deserves US Open and ‘right behind Rafa’ to win French Open – Novak Djokovic
Djokovic welcomes Thiem to Grand Slam winners club.
‘I’m still not feeling 100% tennis-wise but I enjoyed it,’ says Kei Nishikori after first win in a year
Kei Nishikori gets a win under his belt in Rome.
Rafael Nadal double downs on Novak Djokovic-led PTPA criticism: ‘We should not pursue our own interests’
‘We are going through a world crisis,’ says Nadal.