Tennis Today: ‘Incompetent’ player loses all 48 points, Serena Williams and co fly tennis flag on Twitter
In Tennis Today, Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and Maria Sharapova fly the tennis flag on Twitter, but on the negative side a “woefully incompetent” player lost all 48 points in a Futures match.
What’s on the site
The 2019 season was a true “Cinderella story” for Bianca Andreescu, but the Canadian teenager is determined to raise her game further next year as she has set her sights on the world No 1 ranking.
Speaking of rankings, it is a case of “as you were” on the ATP Rankings, but Daniil Medvedev has been backed to unseat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at the top.
If you finding yourself with some free time, here’s a good read from Michael Graham as he explains why TV really doesn’t do “big three” of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic justice.
What’s in the news
It’s that time of the year where people draw up lists of highs and lows and The Tennis Podcast is the latest to hand out their end-of-season awards. Find out their player of the season, standout match of the year and more.
The Sun reports that “Artem Bahmet is being dubbed the worst tennis player in the world after an incredible performance at a Futures tournament in Doha”.
The Ukrainian lost all 48 points as he went down 6-0, 6-0 in 22 minutes in the first round of qualifying in a $15,000 Futures tournament in Doha.
Telegraph Sport also reports on the “woefully incompetent” Bahmet’s defeat, but goes with “Betting doubts circle after tennis player loses every single point in ‘golden’ Futures match”.
Yet more glory for world No 1 Ashleigh Barty as she scooped the Female Athlete of the Year, ABC Sport Personality of the Year and Sporting Moment of the Year honours at the Australian Institute of Sport Performance Awards.
It’s the season of giving and that’s exactly what the Novak Djokovic Foundation is doing as they are trying to raise $100,000 to provide children access to a quality pre-school education.
ATPTour.com has the full story.
What’s on social media
Twitter has revealed its top 10 female athletes for 2019 under #ThisHappened and three tennis players features with Serena Williams coming in at No 2, Naomi Osaka No 3 and Maria Sharapova sitting at No 9. No players from the ATP Tour featured on the male version.
— Twitter Data (@TwitterData) December 9, 2019
Just the 200kg hip thrusts from Nick Kyrgios.
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And then there was also Kyrgios giving us a glimpse of his other side.
The Bryan Brothers hosted their Fore Love tennis and golf charity event over the weekend and Caroline Wozniacki, Coco Gauff and Jack Nicklaus took part.
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Fore Love 2019 was a huge success and raised over 1.2 million for the @nchcf and the Bryan Brothers Foundation. Thanks to Barbara and @jacknicklaus for hosting another amazing event and to the 17 golf and tennis pros that donated time out of their busy schedules to play in the tournament. Also, big thanks to Patty, Rachel, Jillian, and Jennie for their tireless work behind the scenes…as well as Dan Sullivan, Scott Tolley, and Jim Mandeville. Also, thank you Trent, James, Team Bryan and @inspiringchildren for holding it down on the courts! #nchcf #jacknicklaus #forelove
What’s on TV
The players are taking a break, and so should you.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned by a broadcast team member on a charter flight from Los Angeles.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
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Andy Murray’s waiting game as anger mounts after tennis players fly in for Australian Open
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Positive Covid cases on flights to Australia put 47 players in 14-day quarantine
Three people across two chartered flights carrying the Open hopefuls tested positive for coronavirus upon their arrival in Melbourne.
Bernard Tomic still has drive to compete, saying ‘I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money’
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing.”
Dominic Thiem: ‘My wish for 2021 is to win a second Grand Slam title’
Dominic Thiem eyes a second Grand Slam trophy.
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a video and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.
Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
Madison Keys unlikely to play at Australian Open.
Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.