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.
Alfie Hewett driven by question marks over future ahead of Paralympics
The 16-time grand slam champion may soon become ineligible to play wheelchair tennis professionally.
Dominic Thiem ‘determined to come back stronger’ after injury forces him out of Wimbledon
World No 5 sustained the injury in Mallorca.
Andy Murray helps tennis fans to get the most out of their Wimbledon experience with new mobile game
Champion’s Rally is part of a range of virtual Wimbledon activities.
‘It’s a massive honour,’ says Andy Murray after being included in GB squad for Tokyo Olympics
Andy Murray part of a six-person tennis playing squad.
First of two Roger Federer sporting memorabilia auction raises £1.3m for The RF Foundation
Two lots fetched more than £150,000 each.
Reigning Paralympic champion Gordon Reid named in Team GB wheelchair squad for Tokyo
Britain finished third in the wheelchair tennis medal table at Rio 2016.
Full ATP statement on PTPA as tennis body vows ‘to do everything in its powers to protect its interests’
ATP warns that PTPA is causing division.
T365 Recall: Andre Agassi announces plans to retire on the eve of Wimbledon after ‘a lot of sacrifices’
The American won a Career Grand Slam.
Johanna Konta needs to manage knee problem for the rest of her career, but vows not to ‘fret about it’
Konta recently pulled out of two Wimbledon warm-up events.
Boost for Tokyo Olympics tennis event as Novak Djokovic ‘has confirmed his desire’ to compete
Novak Djokovic all but confirmed for Tokyo Games.