Tennis Today: Naomi Osaka meets Beyonce while Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova donate to bushfire victims
In Tennis Today, Naomi Osaka mingles with Beyonce and Jay Z while Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova do their bit for Australia’s bushfire victims.
What’s on the site
Tim Henman is the man in charge of the Great Britain team at the inaugural ATP Cup and Kevin Palmer feels we should all be delighted at his apparent eagerness to return to tennis.
Sticking with the ATP Cup and Great Britain are still alive thanks to Dan Evans’ heroics.
In case you have been living under a rock the past few weeks, Australia is BURNING and Novak Djokovic admits they have to consider postponing the Australian Open.
However, “that’s probably the very, very last option”.
Oh and Nole has also apologised after his ATP Cup outburst.
“Heat of the moment stuff”, apparently.
Finally, let’s head to the Middle East for the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and Derek Bilton is here with his latest tennis betting tips that will hopefully help you to start the New Year with a bang.
What’s in the news
Back to the Australian bushfires and the Daily Mail reports “Nike is slammed for ‘tone-deaf’ Australian Open women’s tennis outfits promising relief from ‘fiery conditions’ on the court as the country burns”.
What does Beyonce smell like? Yep, we are sure it’s not a question you ever thought you’d read on T365, but Naomi Osaka got to meet Beyonce and Jay Z and she revealed that the former “just smelled expensive”.
WTA Insider has more on Osaka getting hugged by Beyonce while she also reveals her near-death experience. Oh, they do talk about actual tennis as well.
What’s on social media
Maria Sharapova is digging deep into her pockets to help those affected by the devastating bush fires in Australia, and she has challenged Novak Djokovic to do the same.
The month of January in Australia has been my ?? for the past 15 years. Watching the fires destroy the lands, it’s beautiful families and communities of animals is deeply??. I would like to begin my donation at 25K. @DjokerNole, would you match my donation????? #letsallcometogether
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) January 5, 2020
Of course, Djokovic has come to the party.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) January 6, 2020
We miss the Hopman Cup 🙁
This time last year, Angie Kerber tried to hit Roger Federer off the court. pic.twitter.com/RZ81NY9crP
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) January 5, 2020
Who will be the last man standing in Doha?
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