Tennis Today: Rafael Nadal’s ‘risky strategy’, Novak Djokovic’s piano ‘skills’, Dan Evans not ‘p***ing around’
Tennis Today has plenty of coverage from the US Open while we also feature Rafael Nadal, Dan Evans and Novak Djokovic.
What’s on the site
Today marks the start of the final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open, and we get you going with the order of play for day one with the headline act being Serena Williams against Maria Sharapova.
What are Amazon Prime Sport analyst Mark Petchey’s views ahead of the US Open? Well, he believes outside factors could affect this year’s outcome. Go on, you know you want to read it.
What about the betting? Find out who our resident pundit Derek Bilton is backing for the final major of 2019?
Do you fancy a trip to the US Open? Here’s your ultimate guide to Flushing Meadows.
Away from the US Open and Andy Murray is preparing for his first ATP Challenger Tour event since 2005 and he will take on a 17-year-old at the Rafa Nadal Open.
What’s in the news
Rafael Nadal adopted a “risky strategy” ahead of the US Open, according to Greg Rusedski in Express Sport.
“It is a little bit of a risky strategy playing just one event before the US Open.”
World No 1 and defending US Open champion Naomi Osaka has not been herself recently and The Independent’s Jonathan Liew feels we “should be asking questions about her sadness”.
“The idea that a competitor at the top level may not necessarily be suicidal or inconsolable or angry or vengeful, but simply quite sad, quite often, remains largely unaddressed.”
Johanna Konta will lead the British charge at the US Open and in The Telegraph she says has “shrugged off Wimbledon hangover talk”.
Dan Evans is in typically feisty mood after splitting with coach David Felgate with Daily Mail quoting him as saying “I haven’t got time on my side to be p***ing around paying someone for nothing”.
Coco Gauff enjoyed a fairytale run at Wimbledon, but The Guardian says her “US Open bow will test her confidence amid cautionary tales”.
What’s on social media
Novak Djokovic shows off his piano and vocal ‘skills’.
Maria Sharapova preparing for her big clash against Serena Williams.
— Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin) August 25, 2019
And here is Imran Sibille preparing for his big clash against Andy Murray.
— Imran Sibille (@ImranSibille) August 25, 2019
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA
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