Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic charm offensives and amazing Dominic Thiem temper tantrum

In Tennis today, Dominic Thiem gives us a temper tantrum for the ages.

What’s on the site
Have you ever wondered just what makes clay such a specialist surface and, more importantly, how players adapt themselves to succeed on the often-dreaded red dirt?

Yes? Well be sure to read our must-see guide on how to succeed on clay. 

One person who has found clay especially frustrating this week is Karolina Pliskova. She has been dumped out of the Italian Open, but not without taking a chunk or two of the umpire’s chair with her.

In fairness, she had her reasons and you can see it all here.

Speaking of the Italian Open, you can discover just how much you know about the tournament with our fiendish quiz, and don’t forget to catch up with all the results in our round-ups below.

Results round-up
ATP Rome

WTA Rome

What’s in the news
Serena Williams is used to dealing with the unexpected on the tennis court, but the continuously brilliant Being Serena has highlighted a major off-court crisis she had to deal with.

An hour before her wedding, her father pulled out of walking her down the aisle.

Elsewhere… well we’ve all had a dinner guest like this.

Novak Djokovic asked British number one Johanna Konta to show off some of her baking for him, only to them bombard and bamboozle her with a set of dietary requirements that made her wish she never bothered to even consider it. 

What’s on social media
Marion Bartoli appears to be branching out…

Novak Djokovic is NOT above a charm offensive…

WTA Strasbourg is sick of other tournaments hogging the limelight and wants to remind us they are waiting for us…

“Dominic Thiem has absolutely lost it”.

What’s on TV
ATP Italian Open

LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Arena

WTA Madrid Open

LIVE – BT Sport 1