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.
Daniil Medvedev closing in on career milestone as he returns to action this week
Daniil Medvedev will become the first player outside the ‘Big Four’ to claim a top two spot in the ATP rankings this week.
‘I’m pumped to be competing again’ – Andy Murray steps up his comeback in Rotterdam
Andy Murray has declared he is ready to step up his latest comeback effort, as he prepares to compete in the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam.
Historic day for Novak Djokovic as he equals Roger Federer’s record of weeks as world No.1
Djokovic is guaranteed to set a new mark next week.
David Goffin ends long wait for an ATP title with a win in Montpellier
David Goffin captured his first ATP Tour title for more than three years by winning the Open Sud de France in Montpellier.
Roger Federer sends his fans into a frenzy with Twitter post ahead of his return to action
Roger Federer fans are counting down to his return to action in Doha next week and his tweet teasing his return instantly became a big hit.
Iga Swiatek’s perfect week as she claims her second WTA title
Iga Swiatek won her second career WTA title with victory over Belinda Bencic in the final of the Adelaide International.
Jamie Murray says quarantine threat on tour means players must be ready to adapt
The doubles specialist plans to travel to tournaments in Mexico and Miami next month without knowing what to expect on arrival.
Battle of the Brits event is back and this time with spectators
The Battle of the Brits events were a huge success during the Covid-19 crisis and now they are set to return with spectators.
The only way is up for Naomi Osaka as she looks to replicate hard-court success on clay and grass
Oli Jefford on the world being Naomi Osaka’s oyster.
Britain’s strength in depth in doubles highlights quality of structure
British tennis may be wondering who can replace Andy Murray, but they have a very different story to tell in the doubles arena.