Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal camp throw tantrum over shot-clock and Roger Federer tipped to hate his life
In Tennis Today, the Rafael Nadal camp are not happy and Roger Federer apparently won’t soon be either. Mondays, eh?
What’s on the site
One week removed from Wimbledon and everyone is still seemingly in a very reflective mood. For example, we ourselves are reflecting upon how, despite always being told which ‘NextGen’ players are going to take the fight to Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, it’s actually the ‘OldGen’ players who are doing it.
Tim Henman, meanwhile, is reflecting upon how Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon success has heralded his return to his best and has put him in contention to launch a challenge to Federer’s epic Grand Slam haul.
Wimbledon themselves are even in reflective mood, specifically about whether it’s time they protected their courts a little by controversially considering introducing an artificial element.
There has been plenty of actual tennis going on, finals, no less, despite the top players generally resting up. Find out all this week’s winners below.
What’s in the news
In a shocking – shocking – turn of events, it seems like the uncle and mentor of OCD-suffering serial time rule-violating superstar Rafael Nadal is not in favour of the introduction of time-clocks.
“I think it would be a bad decision,” Toni Nadal is quoted to have said about it at the Swedish Open.
“To me, a 25-second limit is for the less intelligent (ones). If you think that it’s better to have a 24-shot rally rather than two shots, then you need more time. But if we want a match where we do not think, then it’s okay.”
So, just to be clear, if you want to see a shot clock, you’re too stupid for tennis. An alternative explanation may be that if you don’t like seeing Rafael Nadal winning everything, which Uncle Tony definitely does, then you’re not intelligent enough to enjoy tennis. I think that just about sums it up.
Tim Henman, meanwhile, who is really very chatty these days, has had his say on a few other topics, including Serena Williams, Andy Murray, and why he believes Roger Federer is going to find general tennis life very difficult away from Wimbledon from now on.
Oh, and Jack Sock’s wretched year has continued with news he has had to withdraw from the Atlanta Open with injury.
What’s on social media
Martina Hingis sent greetings from her wedding day, and she looked stunning.
Aus dem @resortragaz grüssen wir von unserer Hochzeit. Wir bedanken uns für alle guten Wünsche und wünschen alles Gute herzlich zurück. Sending greetings from our wedding from Grand Resort Bad Ragaz. Grateful to have our family and friends join us on this wonderful day! : @davidbiedert hair & make up: @martindurrenmatt
Lleyton Hewitt, meanwhile, was marking his wedding anniversary over the weekend.
Eugenie Bouchard doesn’t appear too concerned by the injury that forced her out of the Gstaad Open.
Upon first reading, it seemed Fabio Fognini really didn’t like his Swedish Open trophy, but then the penny drops…
‘Hotlanta’ probably sounded a lot better in Nick Kyrgios’ head than it came out on paper…
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