Tennis Today: Roger Federer and Lewis Hamilton start bromance, and Nick Kyrgios a ‘turkey of the year’
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer extends his full-on charm offensive to Lewis Hamilton, while Nick Kyrgios receives a pretty unflattering review…
What’s on the site
Okay, Roger Federer fans, we have some good news and some bad news for you.
First, the good news! Federer has announced a seriously stacked schedule for 2020, and confirmed that he will be playing Roland Garros again.
However, he’s not prepared to commit to playing in 2021 yet, no matter how hard he was pushed. He’s not ruling it out though either…
Elsewhere, we have been talking to Andy Murray, and he has told us that his struggles of the past two years have given him a calming change of perspective.
And sticking with Murray, here is some amazing insight into his past.
What’s in the news
Roger Federer has been continuing his media charm-offensive in America, and the topic has now turned to the old chestnut of the Next Gen players.
Federer, now 38, has managed to hold off the advent of a new era in tennis for 15 years along with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but they are all starting to feel the pressure of an impressive young crop of players.
Asked by TMZ about who specifically can muscle in on the top players’ turf in 2020, Federer gave two names.
“There’s a few guys right now,” he said. “They’re going to make life difficult for us next year.
“I think [Alexander] Zverev, [Stefanos] Tsitsipas and a few others are gonna make it hard.”
Staying with Federer, America has not been the only recipient of his charm offensive. Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton has too.
Federer noted that Hamilton played a game of tennis with his dad recently, and so he sent him a racket.
The Express picks up the tale, saying: In a handwritten note, Federer said: “Dear Lewis, I hope you are well.
“Just wanted to make sure you were on of the first to receive my new racket. Best always, Roger.”
And Hamilton wrote on the image: “Thank you so much Roger Federer for this.
“Finally have the tool to make sure my dad doesn’t beat me ever.”
What’s on social media
Nick Kyrgios doesn’t get a good review here…
Tennis only gets one mention here, but it’s an emphatic one!
“Nick Kyrgios doesn’t belong in sports,” says Tony Kornheiser.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) November 27, 2019
Turns out, we don’t need actual balls in tennis anyway.
Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev inventing tennis with no ball: pic.twitter.com/iSrx345u9w
— We Are Tennis (@WeAreTennis) November 26, 2019
Must be brilliant to be in the Serbian Davis Cup team…
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