Tennis Today: Racquet murders, romance and dreams of a comeback
In Tennis Today, to bet on the best or the underdog, T365 looks at the sport’s worst – or best – racquet smashers, and Rafa has a lot to say.
What’s on the site
The ATP Tour returns after the Davis Cup break and Tennis365’s Deggsy Bilton has some good tips for you with regards to the tournaments in France, Bulgaria and Ecuador. It is not too late to put a few bucks on it.
In light of Nick Kyrgios’ antics during the Davis Cup, we put together our top 10 ATP Tour racquet smashers, featuring Andy Roddick the gentleman, Novak Djokovic’s great technique and the racquet striking back against Mikhail Youzhny.
Does Rafael Nadal think he can break Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams?
And while Mexico is by no means a Grand Slam, the great news is that the Spaniard reckons he will be fit for the tournament.
What’s in the news
Cast your mind back to last year’s Super Bowl when a New England Patriots fan jokingly asked Eugenie Bouchard out on a date on Twitter. Does it sound familiar now? Good.
Well, a year later and they are still in friends, maybe even more, as they spent Super Bowl night together in Canada. They even had a Q&A on NFL Canada.
Here is further proof of the #SuperBowlDate.
Borna Coric has shared his thoughts on his partnership with new coach Riccardo Piatti.
Tennis World is feeling the love with Juan Martin del Potro…
And our bad boy Bernie T could be back in the game as he looks to revive his flagging career.
What’s on social media
In his new web series called #lamonfstory, Gael Monfils documents his rehab and recovery from a knee injury. Here’s the first part.
The Sofia Open didn’t get off to the best of starts for Joao Sousa
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) February 5, 2018
We did a piece on Roy Erskine, Andy Murray’s grandfather and pro footballer, and here is a Hibs football programme mentioning
— graham arthur (@grahamarthur3) February 4, 2018
Dustin Brown showing off his body art.
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.
Novak Djokovic wins first match since US Open disqualification
Rafael Nadal was also back with a bang.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga withdraws from French Open and ends his 2020 season as injury nightmare persists
Frenchman goes back to drawing board.
Coco Gauff reveals she ‘feels quite comfortable on clay’ after recording her first ever red dirt win
Gauff up and running in Rome.
Dominic Thiem says he ‘expects’ to find Grand Slams easier after winning US Open title
Thiem has monkey off his back.
‘I don’t feel comfortable to go there and play Roland Garros’ – Nick Kyrgios goes on offensive again
Nick Kyrgios makes French Open decision.
Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic was ‘very unlucky’, but insists players should have ‘self-control’
Rafael Nadal adds his two cents on rival.
Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros
Kim Clijsters not sure when she will play again.
‘Nice guy’ Dominic Thiem deserves US Open and ‘right behind Rafa’ to win French Open – Novak Djokovic
Djokovic welcomes Thiem to Grand Slam winners club.
‘I’m still not feeling 100% tennis-wise but I enjoyed it,’ says Kei Nishikori after first win in a year
Kei Nishikori gets a win under his belt in Rome.
Rafael Nadal double downs on Novak Djokovic-led PTPA criticism: ‘We should not pursue our own interests’
‘We are going through a world crisis,’ says Nadal.