In Tennis Today, a raging Rafael Nadal has put a journalist firmly in his place, while Hawkeye have provided some top analysis of Alexander Zverev’s win at the ATP Finals.
What’s on the site
Rafael Nadal slumped to defeat in his ATP Finals opener on Tuesday, but he has a message for anyone thinking that injury may have played a part in it…
Alexander Zverev agrees with Nadal, by the way, which is no great shock given that Nadal thought that he was bloody brilliant.
In the other match, Stefanos Tsitsipas finally beat Daniil Medvedev, but don’t worry about a budding bitter rivalry dampening down any time soon because he still doesn’t like him and he’s made that pretty clear…
And with the Davis Cup and ATP Cup on the horizon, it’s time to get patriotic, so here is some news about Amazon Prime, and Andy Murray, supporting the development of two of the country’s top young starts,
What’s in the news
Rafael Nadal has been in the news pretty much all week really, as we’ve watched with our fingers crossed hoping he overcame injury to play in London.
Then, of course, he lost, and didn’t play well at all, so we started crossing our fingers again that he wasn’t going to reveal he had an injury problem and would pull out after one match.
All seems fine, though, so one particularly strange member of the press, Italian journalist Ubaldo Scanagatta, decided to take the chance to just annoy Nadal instead – before being put firmly in his place by the world number one.
The full exchange, as per Metro, can be seen here:
Journalist: ‘Tonight you were playing very short many times. I don’t know why, because you’re not used to that. I’d like to know, for many people to get married is a very important distracted thing before the marriage, during the marriage, after the marriage. I’d like to know if somehow your concentration on tennis life has been a bit different even if you were going out with the same girl for many, many years.’
NADAL: ‘Honestly, are you asking me this? Is a serious question or is a joke? Is it serious?’
Journalist: ‘It’s serious. (Off microphone.) Is not something that…’
NADAL: ‘Okay. I’m surprised, it’s a big surprise for me you ask me this after I have been with the same girl for 15 years and having a very stable and normal life. ‘Doesn’t matter if you put a ring on your finger or not. In my personal way, I am a very normal guy. ‘Maybe for you was — how many years you have been with your…’ Journalist: ‘Wife 30 years this year.’
NADAL: ‘And before? Ah, maybe before you were not sure. That’s why (smiling). Okay. ‘Okay. We move to Spanish, because that’s bulls**t.
If you are looking for an analysis of exactly how Zverev was able to completely dominate Nadal, by the way, then ATP, with the help of Hawkeye, have you covered.
What’s on social media
Coco Gauff is living the high life…
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While Roberto Bautista Agut is living the substitute life…
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Patrick Mouratoglou seemed to really enjoy Tsitsipas’ win over Daniil Medvedev…
Serene Williams doing adorable things…
What’s on TV
It’s all about the ATP Finals this week, and you can catch them on Amazon Prime.
Major coup for Palermo Open as Simona Halep signs up.
Chris Evert on Serena Williams’ quest for No 24.
Wimbledon to pay out £10m in prize money to the 620 players.
Katie Boulter has launched an initiative she hopes will inspire kids across the UK to pick up a tennis racket.
Wimbledon to screen immersive live show.
Remembering Goran Ivanisevic’s Wimbledon success.
Simona Halep undecided about playing at US Open.
Novak Djokovic yet to make a decision.
Andy Murray tipped to be a dark horse at US Open by Annabel Croft.
Zverev and Ferrer to link up for trial period.