Tennis Today: ‘Potty mouth’ Roger Federer captured giving expletive-laden advice to NextGen star
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer shows us his potty-mouth at the Laver Cup, and Simona Halep unveils some surprising coaching additions.
What’s on the site
Roger Federer’s retirement plans are always big news, and he has given a update on the front, revealing his plans for 2020 and whether or not he has another US Open in him.
Andy Murray, on the other hand, is actively trying to walk away from the retirement plans he used to have. He is back on the comeback trail in Zhuhai this week, and you can find out his opponent here.
He has also been backed to return to his former self at the top of the men’s game by a true legend – if he is fit enough.
We have a betting preview for the week’s action already up, for those who fancy some bookie-bashing, including a potentially brilliant 50/1 punt.
And if you want to channel your own inner-Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer but don’t know where to start with racket strings, we have you covered there too.
What’s in the news
The big news of the day is that, as it turns out, Roger Federer is a bit of a potty mouth!
One of the most engrossing things about the Laver Cup was the player-to-player coaching, with Federer and Nadal especially vocal throughout.
Alexander Zverev was the man who eventually won the cup for Europe, but not without some expletive-laded advice from Federer first.
“I want a ‘let’s go’ and a ‘come on’ for every f***ing point you win,” Federer was caught on camera saying to the German before the deciding match against Milos Raonic.
“And every point you lose, you f***ing take it like a man.
“(When you lose a point) it’s always like ‘ah I knew it, f**k, s**t.”
The hero of the hour didn’t seem to mind, though, and said he was actually very thankful for the help of Federer and Rafael Nadal.
“They were the ones that got me through that match definitely,” Zverev is quoted as saying.
“They told me to get pumped up and this match can change my season. I’ve been losing a lot of tight matches but I’m finally getting over it and I’m happy.”
What’s on social media
And here, for those wanted to see Federer swearing – tennis’ equivalent to hearing your dad swear for the first time, is the video…
‘I want a let’s go and a come on for every fucking point you win. I don’t want to see any negative shit’.
Roger Federer to Alexander Zverev. #LaverCup
Robbie Koenig has to apologise for Federer. 😂
— The Tennis Podcast (@TennisPodcast) 22 September 2019
Team Europe’s unused substitute shares in the glory…
View this post on Instagram
Naomi Osaka enjoyed getting back to winning ways…
Simona Halep made some controversial coaching additions…
— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 22, 2019
What’s on TV
ATP Chengdu – Amazon Prime
ATP Zhuhai – Amazon Prime
WTA Wuhan – BT Sport
WTA Tashkent – BT Sport
Cameron Norrie’s impressive year continues with a win against Nick Kyrgios
The Briton needed less than a hour to dispatch his Australian opponent with a clinical 6-1 6-4 win.
Novak Djokovic’s golden Grand Slam dream ends in shuddering fashion at the Olympics
Novak Djokovic’s dreams of a Golden Slam are over after a defeat by Alexander Zverev.
WATCH: King Richard trailer starring Will Smith as Serena Williams says ‘this should be good’
Nearly time to grab the popcorn for King Richard.
Novak Djokovic closing in on gold at Tokyo Olympics as he admits his ‘level of tennis is getting better and better’
“Best performance of the tournament,” says Djokovic.
Marketa Vondrousova’s dream turns into a reality as she stuns Elina Svitolina to reach final at Olympics
Marketa Vondrousova assured of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics.
‘To have the medal for me is the greatest thing,’ says Belinda Bencic after reaching Olympic singles final
Already assured of one Olympic medal, Belinda Bencic gunning for a second.
‘Pressure is a privilege,’ says Novak Djokovic as he explains why the noise ‘won’t wear me down’
“Without pressure there is no professional sport,” says Novak Djokovic.
Fabio Fognini apologies for shouting homophobic slur during Olympics defeat, says ‘heat went to my head’
“I apologise for the nonsense that came out of me,” wrote Fabio Fognini.
Andy Murray’s emotional message as his Olympic dream dies – now what happens next?
“I feel crushed after today’s loss. Sport can be brutal,” wrote Andy Murray.
Paula Badosa leaves court in a wheelchair while Elena Svitolina headlines Olympic semi-final line-up
Final four confirmed for the Tokyo Games.