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
Novak Djokovic news: Craig Tiley will not resign as he denies Tennis Australia is paying Serbian’s legal bill
Craig Tiley on the recent drama involving Novak Djokovic and Tennis Australia.
Garbine Muguruza news: Spaniard laments ‘stressful start’ to year after Australian Open defeat
“Physically here I wasn’t also feeling my best,” admitted Garbine Muguruza.
Australian Open news: ‘We are not getting tested’ for Covid-19, reveals Alexander Zverev
“Quite a few players I think have it (Covid-19) now,” claims Alexander Zverev.
Follow the 2022 Australian Open with our live scores and results centre here
Catch the action from Melbourne Park.
Novak Djokovic news: World No 1 reportedly set to sue Australian government over ‘ill-treatment’
It is claimed Novak Djokovic will sue the Australian government for £3.2million.
Nick Kyrgios comment: Why the Aussie maverick is a blessing tennis needs right now
:et’s embrace the Kyrgios show while it’s still on.
Alexander Zverev news: The German doesn’t fear the Aussie crowd – he prefers them louder
Alexander Zverev was all smiles after his second round win.
Cameron Norrie news: Mats Wilander surprised by Cameron Norrie’s poor performance
Mats Wilander wants more from Cameron Norrie.
Australian Open news: What time are Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray, Dan Evans playing on Thursday?
Britain will be well represented on Thursday at the Australian Open.
Novak Djokovic news: Johanna Konta bemoans ‘sad situation’ affecting ‘generous’ world No 1
“He’s quite generous with his money and time to help,” says Johanna Konta.