Tennis Today: GB’s ATP Cup involvement ‘hinges’ on Andy Murray, plus Ashleigh Barty hits back at trolls

Andy Murray

In Tennis Today, there’s quite a bit of pressure on Andy Murray as Great Britain’s participation in the ATP Cup depends on him, plus Ashleigh Barty takes aim at the trolls.

What’s on the site
As Roger Federer digests his US Open disappointment, Kevin Palmer wonders whether he is now destined to fall short of his ultimate ambition.

Your 2019 US Open women’s final is set and it’s the experienced Serena Williams up against the youthful Bianca Andreescu and the latter was lost for words after she booked her ticket in Saturday’s showpiece match.

As for 23-time Grand Slam winner Williams’ views on Andreescu, the American said “I just like her as a person. She’s amazing.”

Bring on Saturday!

As for the men’s semi-final, Rafael Nadal is the clear favourite, but he is wary Matteo Berrettini.

Away from the US Open and Jim Courier says the dominance of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic has made it impossible to judge if American tennis lagging behind.

What’s in the news
The new $15m ATP Cup gets underway in Australia in January, but Great Britain’s hopes of taking part “hinges on Andy Murray”, says Telegraph Sport.

“There is little prospect of the team [Great Britain] qualifying next week unless Murray uses his protected ranking of No. 2 in the world,” according to the report.

No pressure, Andy. No pressure.

Still with Telegraph Sport, Oliver Brown says “Rafael Nadal’s astonishing resilience should now be enough to win over even the most ardent Federer fanatics”. (Subscription)

Earlier in the week Ashleigh Barty came under fire from fans for playing doubles at the US Open.

Barty made an early exit from the US Open and fans said it was because she “exhausted” herself during the doubles, but the Australian has hit back.

“It’s my career and I certainly don’t really take notice of that. They’re not people I’m worried about,” she told AAP, via

And her doubles partner Victoria Azarenka added this bit: “That’s why they’re called trolls.”

The Daily Mail’s Mike Dicks has something on Danill Medvedev ahead of his US Open semi-final against Grigor Dimitrov, saying “love him or hate him, Daniil Medvedev is the new bad boy of tennis”.

What’s on social media
Speaking of Barty and Azarenka, they are in another final and the Belarusian wants to party.

Bull’s eye from Rafael Nadal the other night.

Take a bow, Serena Williams. Into yet another Grand Slam final.

Jamie Murray and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are in the US Open mixed doubles final.

What’s on TV
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