Tennis Today: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in sync and more
In Tennis Today, the reason why Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal need rehab, the LTA’s gender pay gap revealed and Pat Cash weighs in on the banning of an ad.
What’s on the site
Alexander Pullin pays tribute to the German legend Michael Stich by looking back at his moment of glory at Wimbledon in 1991.
Meanwhile, February 6 marked 23 years since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario became the world No 1 for the first time in her career and we honoured the “Barcelona Bumblebee“.
The United States Tennis Association has announced changes to the 2018 US Open schedule.
Guess who will return to the 2018 Queen’s Club Championships?
What’s in the news
February 6, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Arthur Ashe’s death and Sports Illustrated has pulled this brilliant tribute piece from the archives.
The Lawn Tennis Association has made their gender pay gap figures public with a report showing a “31 per cent disparity in the average pay” and the “gender bonus gap is 55 per cent”. Charles Sale is on it for the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Gael Monfils were among a couple of players who played mini tennis on the equator in, erm, Ecuador. Did he manage to balance an egg on a nail?
What’s on social media
Ball boy and girl training has started for Wimbledon 2018, but in case you don’t know what it involves, then do give our Wimbledon: Becoming a ball boy or a ball girl feature a read.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in sync.
And here is Djokovic doing rehabilitation work.
Some good stuff here from Jeremy Chardy and Stefanos Tsitsipas during the Open Sud du France.
In case you didn’t know, episode three of Monfils’ #lamonfstory is out.
Meawhile, Pat Cash is weighing in on the Advertising Standards Authority’s decision to ban an ad where a tennis player is flashing her thigh as it is “demeaning to women”.
What’s on TV
It is Fed Cup week on the WTA Tour while Sky Sports, who holds the ATP Tour rights in the UK, is not showing the Open Sud du France, Sofia Open or Ecuador Open.
Dan Evans eyes ‘a few more wins’ at Queen’s Club after ending his long wait for a win
It was the British No 1’s first win at the venue since 2014.
Gary Neville unimpressed by double standards that will allow bigger Wimbledon crowds
Decision to allow increased capacity at Wimbledon sparked claims of double standards.
‘Fresh, clever, calm’ Novak Djokovic favourite to win Wimbledon and US Open, according to Mats Wilander
Novak Djokovic “looks scary good and motivated”, says Mats Wilander.
‘My Wimbledon goals are high, they have to be high, or I wouldn’t be playing,’ says Roger Federer
“The season starts around now,” says Roger Federer.
Exclusive – Ex-British No 1 admits Andy Murray is not in control of his own destiny this summer
Andy Murray will return to the scene of some of his greatest triumphs.
Wimbledon finals to be played in front of capacity stadium after change in guidelines
Wimbledon officials are preparing to welcome bigger than expected crowds.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
Heather Watson set up a clash against Shuai Zhang.
Jack Draper beats Jannik Sinner at Queen’s to secure first ATP Tour singles win
Jack Draper won two tie-breaks to beat Jannik Sinner
All England Club to provide final decision on Wimbledon crowd capacity and Covid-19 protocols soon
Discussions are continuing over Wimbledon crowds.
Exclusive – Judy Murray on how the game’s ‘Big Four’ are still ahead of the pack
“They all have an incredible love of the game,” says Judy Murray.