Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal grows a beard, Novak Djokovic plays Captain Hook, Johanna Konta shares her ‘ace’
In Tennis Today, Rafael Nadal has grown a beard while in lockdown, Novak Djokovic plays Captain Hook and Johanna Konta has revealed her “four-legged ace” for Celebrity Great British Bake Off.
What’s on the site
Where to start?
Tokyo 2020 will not take place this year as the International Olympic Committee has postponed the event due to the coronavirus pandemic and the ITF has backed the decision.
There will now be a vacant slot in the 2020 tennis calendar after the Tokyo Games decision, but the All England Club has made it clear they are not interested in rescheduling Wimbledon.
Next Generation star Thiago Seyboth Wild has become the first tennis player to reveal he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Away from schedules and the coronavirus, Tennis365 has set on a mission to crown the greatest tennis player of all time using on our very own criteria.
Kevin Palmer gets us underway with Boris Becker as the German giant slots in at No 10.
Former world No 1 Andy Murray has opened up about the “emotional ups and downs” he went through after his latest injury setback.
Daniil Medvedev has revealed how he went from playing Playstation for hours to becoming a dedicated professional.
What’s in the news
This USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center surface will undergo an upgrade ahead of this year’s US Open with organisers confirming they will use the new Laykold courts made by Advanced Polymer Technology.
“Laykold courts are the only courts with vapor barrier designed specifically for the court system, which also greatly increases consistency in both court performance and court speed,” a statement on usopen.org read.
Aidan McHugh has spoken about the physical and mental effects that the lockdown due the coronavirus will have on him (and basically most tennis players).
“Mentally it is a weird one because normally we can see what we’re playing next. Even in pre-season, that’s the longest time where you get five weeks of good, hard training, but then you know what week you’re starting, whether this is unknown because things are changing every day,” he told PA Sport (via Daily Mail).
“I think you’ve just got to look at it to try and improve yourself physically and work on your game where you can.”
Judy Murray has signed up for the latest series of Celebrity MasterChef despite previously admitting she “cannot cook”, reports Female First.
What’s on social media
A few weeks into lockdown (in Spain) and Rafael Nadal is cooking for his wife and he has grown a beard.
Hoy también toca cocinar para mi y para mi mujer…
Espero que todos estéis bien y en casa cuidándose. Fuerza y mucho ánimo #yomequedoencasa #iostoacasa #tuttoandràbene #jerestechezmoi #istayhome #TennisAtHome pic.twitter.com/jIORfzJoeZ
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) March 24, 2020
Andrea Petkovic on Rafa’s beard.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN RAFA WITH A BEARD YOU GUYS WE NEED TENNIS BACK! https://t.co/aEcCqCUzdz
— Andrea Petkovic (@andreapetkovic) March 24, 2020
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic is playing Captain Hook.
Moja verzija Kapetana Kuke ????? pic.twitter.com/AbtGiRqy52
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 24, 2020
In case you didn’t know, Johanna Konta will feature on Celebrity Great British Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer and here is her “four-legged ace for her showstopper!”
— British Bake Off (@BritishBakeOff) March 24, 2020
Grass, lovely grass at Wimbledon.
What’s on TV
ATP and WTA
Erm, about that. Yep, sorry nothing new to report.
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