Tennis Today: How Tom Hiddleston ended up in Johanna Konta’s player’s box, Nick Kyrgios hits back at legends
In Tennis Today, Johanna Konta inspired by Tom Hiddleston, but Nick Kyrgios unimpressed by two tennis greats.
What’s on the site
The US Open is up and running and the big result overnight saw Serena Williams crushing old rival Maria Sharapova in their first-ever meeting at Flushing Meadows.
But if you think five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova is ready to throw in the towel, then you are wrong.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic got his campaign off to a smooth start as he had no problems in his opener.
Roger Federer had a scare in his first-round US Open match, but the 20-time Grand Slam winner says “it’s not a bad thing”.
What’s in the news
Johanna Konta only met Tom Hiddleston a few days ago and next moment he was in her players’ box at the US Open.
Of course he inspired Konta to her first win at the US Open in three years as she beat Daria Kasatkina in three sets.
The Telegraph has you covered in terms of how they met.
Big things are expected for Bianca Andreescu and the Daily Telegraph has an exclusive with the headline “I want to be social, but love means nothing in this sport”.
“She comes across as a classic wide-eyed teen – but a teen who happens to come equipped with every shot in the tennis handbook,” writes Simon Briggs.
Tennis great Althea Gibson has been honoured with statue at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open.
What’s on social media
Nick Kyrgios hitting back at tennis legends Jim Courier and Martina Navratilova after they discussed his on-court behaviour and his mental health.
People that are irrelevant in my personal life are trying to make comments on my personal character. Well done 🥔’s https://t.co/1UHuQnaEwE
— Nicholas Kyrgios (@NickKyrgios) August 26, 2019
Cat and mouse stuff from Novak Djokovic.
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British number one Dan Evans goes out at quarter-final stage at Queen’s Club
Top seed Matteo Berrettini reached the semi-finals with a 7-6 (5) 6-3 victory.
Exclusive – Tennis needs to build ‘female workforce’ to reach a new audience
Judy Murray wants to see more women participating in tennis at all levels.
Naomi Osaka will not play at Wimbledon but she is preparing to return to the game
Wimbledon is set to begin on June 28 and Naomi Osaka will be missing.
Andy Murray insists his ambition is not dented after compressive defeat at Queen’s Club
The Scot was overpowered 6-3 6-3.
Wimbledon organisers defend online ticket sale amid complaints from fans
Vast majority of those applying had no issues.
Impressive Matteo Berrettini ends Andy Murray’s Queen’s Club comeback
Andy Murray was overpowered by Matteo Berrettini.
‘I’m just pleased to have come through,’ Dan Evans after easing into Queen’s Club last eight
British No 1 secured a two-set win over the Frenchman.
‘The goal is to prolong my career,’ says Rafael Nadal as he withdraws from Wimbledon and Tokyo Olympics
Rafael Nadal opts to take an extended.
Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal may be a sign of what is to come
Kevin Palmer on Rafael Nadal’s Wimbledon withdrawal.
A list of Roger Federer’s defeats on grass. Can you name the 24 players who have beaten him on the surface?
A full list of Roger Federer’s 28 defeats on grass.