Tennis Today: Just Rafael Nadal taking a swim and some doubles magic
In Tennis Today, Rafael Nadal comes to the party with a cheesy thumbs-up, we have doubles action and Novak Djokovic’s brilliant 41-0 streak.
What’s on the site
Roger Federer has equalled his best-ever start to a season with 16 wins in a row, but he falls well short of Novak Djokovic’s winning streak back in 2011.
Former world No 1 Marcelo Rios was never afraid to make controversial statements when he was a player. He once told Monica Seles “get your fat a*** out of my way”. Read why many considered him to be one of the most-hated players on the ATP Tour.
Dominic Thiem will miss next week’s Miami Open due to injury.
Russian Daria Kasatkina claimed the scalp of yet another Grand Slam winner as she reached the Indian Wells semi-final.
Meanwhile, Federer was again in cruise control against Hyeon Chung.
What’s in the news
The Lawn Tennis Association could give Dan Evans wildcard entries after he returns from his doping ban as “everybody deserves a second chance”, but the LTA’s head of performance Simon Timson warned in Telegraph Sport that Evans needs to commit to the programme.
The Guardian also runs with the story, but they went with the headline “Dan Evans must prove himself after drugs ban to get any wild cards, says LTA”.
Why is Juan Martin del Potro so popular?
What’s on social media
On Thursday we bemoaned the fact that the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are giving us scraps to live off in terms of news, so Nadal came to the party.
Just Federer and Chung arriving for their quarter-final clash at Indian Wells.
Some doubles magic from the BNP Paribas Open.
We are not sure if this can be classified as dancing.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 16, 2018
Will Ferrell was back at the tennis.
As the countdown to the Miami Open continues, here’s a Tennis TV video to get you in the mood.
Six days until more laughs at @MiamiOpen ??
Get yourself in the mood with the funniest moments from last year… pic.twitter.com/JQANrlwYIi
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 15, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP Indian Wells
The quarter-finals continue with Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic favourites to advance.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Arena – Red Button
WTA Indian Wells
Venus Williams faces Daria Kasatkina in the first semi-final before Simona Halep tackles Naomi Osaka.
0:30-02:30 / 04:00-08:00
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Dominic Thiem on Emma Raducanu’s US Open win: ‘It’s one of the greatest achievements in women’s sport’
“Perhaps it is the greatest breakthrough of all time,” says Dominic Thiem.
‘Unfair that Novak Djokovic is always the bad guy and Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are the good guys’
“I hope he is treated a little more fairly,” says Boris Becker.
Venus Williams explains backstory behind photo with Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at Met Gala
Just Venus, Serena and Maria enjoying a laugh in the bathroom at the Met Gala.
‘I think it’s gradually sinking in a bit more,’ says Emma Raducanu after ‘whirlwind experience’
The teenager took part in a round of breakfast TV and radio interviews.
‘People are talking about tennis again,’ revels Boris Becker after ‘Dame Emma Raducanu’s’ heroics
Boris Becker waxes lyrical about Emma Raducanu.
Tennis to introduce ‘Stefanos Tsitsipas bathroom break rule’ following Greek’s lengthy loo visits?
Stricter rules on the cards following furore over Stefanos Tsitsipas’ loo breaks.
LTA chief insists Emma Raducanu will not lose focus after stunning rise to the top
Lloyd has called for the newly-crowned US Open champion to be given “breathing space”.
Emma Raducanu delighted to return back in the UK and reunite with her father
Raducanu was pictured outside her house after travelling back from New York.
Shock defeat for Andy Murray as he is beaten in Rennes
The Russian is ranked 42 places below Murray.
John McEnroe speaks for the first time about comments over Emma Raducanu’s Wimbledon exit
John McEnroe has insisted he has no regrets over his Emma Raducanu comments.