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.
Where Emma Raducanu’s ranking could be after Indian Wells as new practice video is released
Raducanu has a unique opportunity to climb the rankings at a stunning rate.
Cameron Norrie records another top 20 win as he storms into San Diego semi-finals
Norrie’s fine form in 2021 continued as he raced into the semi-finals of the San Diego Open.
Andy Murray sports a moustache as he does a Ron Burgundy to declare his ‘love’ for San Diego
Just give Murray an award for his impersonation.
Tennis analyst urges Nick Kyrgios to stay in the sport, saying ‘tennis is more fun with you in it’
Mark Petchey hopes Nick Kyrgios stays in tennis.
2021 BNP Paribas Open: Big Three out, Emma Raducanu seeded on WTA 1000 event debut, TV channels, prize money
The 2021 BNP Paribas Open will have a different feel to it.
Mark Philippoussis opens up about feeling ‘ashamed’ of being poor and how he ended up in a ‘dark place’
Mark Philippoussis reveals how he felt “ashamed” of being poor.
Casper Ruud too strong for ‘legend and inspirational’ Andy Murray at San Diego Open
Former world No 1 Andy Murray lost in two sets against Casper Ruud.
Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters handed BNP Paribas Open wildcards
Andy Murray and Kim Clijsters off to Indian Wells next week.
Andy Murray urges ATP’s powers that be to address the Alexander Zverev domestic abuse allegations
“It needs to get resolved, clearly,” says Andy Murray.
‘Complete player’ Sebastian Korda backed to win a Grand Slam in the near future by Martina Navratilova
“I think, if not next year, I would say 2023 would be a year for him.”