Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal beaten and Novak Djokovic hatches a plan
In Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal tastes defeat, Andy Murray confuses, and Novak Djokovic plots.
What’s on the site
Maybe it would be quicker to say what’s not on the site! Where to begin?
Well, let’s start with John Nicholson, who has written a brilliant insight on the pitfalls of doping regulations in tennis.
Andy Murray is not playing at this year’s Monte Carlo Masters, but did you know he made his debut there? No? Well allow Tennis365 to recall it for you.
Back in the present, Rafael Nadal has made some pretty inflammatory remarks about Roger Federer.
Did the Swiss legend pull out of Monte Carlo and Roland Garros because he’s too scared to play Nadal on the Spaniard’s ‘home’ surface of clay?
Nadal certainly hasn’t had any problems at Monte Carlo so far, and you can see our results wraps below.
Finally, how well do you know your former Monte Carlo Masters winners? Find out by taking our utterly fiendish picture quiz.
What’s in the news
Rafael Nadal has not lost many battles lately and he’s even less accustomed to losing in clay court season, but he’s had to take a crushing defeat on the chin.
This time though, it was not some racquet-wielding foe that defeated him, but some bureaucrats. Specifically, American bureaucrats that won’t let him build a tennis academy where he wanted to.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic has revealed his own plan to return to the top: a new racquet.
Finally, Andy Murray has been included on the list of entries for the French Open, but he has no intention of actually playing. Lovely.
What’s on social media
Football skills, frame challenge technique. Dominic Thiem has it all.
Kyle Endmund is in philosophical mood.
While Serena is just feeling, and looking, fabulous.
What’s on TV
ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
The first clay Masters tournament of the year is underway in Monte Carlo.
10:00-18:00 / 10:00-15:00
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Main Event
It’s Fed Cup week and the action will only kick off on Friday.
EXCLUSIVE – Leon Smith reflects on coaching Andy Murray and the role of the inspirational Judy Murray
Leon Smith looks back on his days coaching Andy Murray.
Alexander Zverev goes ‘back to his family roots’ as he leaves Roger Federer’s management firm
Alexander Zverev confirms changes to his team.
Tennis players’ isolation complaints given short shrift by Victorian Premier
A total of 72 players are unable to leave their rooms.
Kevin Anderson on potential ATP-WTA merger: ‘There have been no real discussions’
No ATP-WTA merger talks underway.
‘Players upset’ over privileges afforded to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem
“It’s not apples and apples here, but apples and pears.”
More Australian Open players go into isolation taking number up to 72
Forty-seven had already been quarantined.
How Australian Open players are keeping themselves occupied in quarantine
A total of 47 players forced to quarantine.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned on a charter flight from LA.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
Forty seven players to remain in their hotel rooms.