Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic added to the GOAT debate plus tennis to make debut in space
In Tennis Today, Novak Djokovic’s name has been added to the GOAT debate while space will host its first-ever tennis match.
What’s on the site
The ATP Tour is in Winston-Salem this week and Deggsy Bilton is around to help you fill your pockets with some great betting tips.
The top players, though, have all switched focus to the US Open and Roger Federer believes it’s going to be a “quite entertaining” tournament.
We agree Roger, we agree.
Novak Djokovic completed his Career Golden Masters on Sunday, but how much do you know about his ATP Masters 1000 titles? Take our quiz to find out.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s comeback has been delayed again and it means he won’t play at the US Open.
Meanwhile, Simona Halep has pulled out of the final US Open tune-up event.
At the Winston-Salem Open, Leonardo Mayer booked a second-round date with Kyle Edmund.
What’s in the news
The GOAT debate is always an interesting one and people usually go with either Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, but Sky Sports analysts Greg Rusedski believes Novak Djokovic could find himself in the mix to end up as the greatest if he wins a couple more Slams over the next year or so.
Still with Djokovic, is the Serb the favourite for the US Open after his Cincinnati Masters success? What about Roger Federer’s chances at Flushing Meadows? Will the Davis Cup revamp be good for tennis?
The Tennis Podcast discusses this and more.
The US Open starts Monday August 27 and will be streamed via Amazon Prime in the UK.
The Sun has a nice lowdown on “How to watch the US Open tennis for FREE”.
Who should be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame?
Fans can for the first time help select the next inductees with the vote set to open on August 27.
Martina Hingis is certainly a fan of giving, erm, fans an opportunity to vote as she told The Associated Press “without the fans, you wouldn’t have the sport”.
It has been a while (and by while we mean a few days) since we had a Boris Becker story in the Daily Mail where the headline includes “amid/despite money woes/problems and split/break-up”.
“Boris Becker looks gleeful as he leaps into the ocean during luxury yacht trip to Formentera… amid money woes and split from wife Lilly”
What’s on social media
The ATP Tour’s tribute to Novak Djokovic after his Career Golden Masters.
— ATP World Tour (@ATPWorldTour) August 20, 2018
How about some space tennis? NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel will chat to Juan Martin del Potro on Tuesday and it will be followed by the first-ever tennis match in space.
The bugs took over in Cincinnati.
Bug patrol – Cincinnati style… ?????? pic.twitter.com/jM0ptBqnuS
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 20, 2018
And then there is TennisTV’s Top 10 Best Shots from Cincinnati. The first one sets you up nicely.
What’s on TV
WTA New Haven
18:00-00:00 / 01:00-05:00
LIVE – BT Sport2
EXCLUSIVE – Leon Smith reflects on coaching Andy Murray and the role of the inspirational Judy Murray
Leon Smith looks back on his days coaching Andy Murray.
Alexander Zverev goes ‘back to his family roots’ as he leaves Roger Federer’s management firm
Alexander Zverev confirms changes to his team.
Tennis players’ isolation complaints given short shrift by Victorian Premier
A total of 72 players are unable to leave their rooms.
Kevin Anderson on potential ATP-WTA merger: ‘There have been no real discussions’
No ATP-WTA merger talks underway.
‘Players upset’ over privileges afforded to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem
“It’s not apples and apples here, but apples and pears.”
More Australian Open players go into isolation taking number up to 72
Forty-seven had already been quarantined.
How Australian Open players are keeping themselves occupied in quarantine
A total of 47 players forced to quarantine.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned on a charter flight from LA.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
Forty seven players to remain in their hotel rooms.