Tennis Today: Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal vs Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are once again compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
What’s on the site
There will be record prize money on offer at the 2018 US Open.
Now that you know that, how does the prize money at Flushing Meadows stack up to that at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon?
This year’s Silicon Valley Classic will feature Serena and Venus Williams as well as Johanna Konta and Victoria Azarenka.
You’ve watched and read quite a bit about Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in the last week so you should get a pretty decent score in our quiz about the South African.
What’s in the news
He is not the first and he won’t be the last, but former Italy striker Antonio Cassano has compared Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in an interview with Vanity Fair.
Express Sport has done the translation for you and we won’t ruin it by revealing who he thinks is similar to Messi and who is similar to Ronaldo, but it’s fairly obvious.
Simon Briggs in Telegraph Sport reports that International Tennis Federation David Haggerty “has tabled a controversial motion for next month’s AGM in an attempt to save his ally Bernard Giudicelli from being thrown off the board”.
Giudicell “was found guilty of defamation in a French court” and Haggerty is trying to “solve this awkward situation”.
Paul MacInnes in The Guardian says Serena Williams and footballer Ronaldo “defy the race against time for elite athletes”.
To be honest, it is more about Ronaldo and tennis in general than Williams.
Federer and Sloane Stephens won gongs at the 2018 ESPY Awards.
What’s on social media
Here is Stephens after her ESPY Award.
— Sloane Stephens (@SloaneStephens) July 19, 2018
Looks like Alexander Zverev is growing a moustache.
Andy Murray is back on the practice courts.
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) July 18, 2018
An opening rally to remember.
Pedro what have you done?! ??
The most outrageous end to an opening point you’ll see this year ??
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 18, 2018
In honour of National Hot Dog Day, Tennis TV came up with this.
And here is a top 10 of Nick Kyrgios’ favourite shot.
Hot Dog Day. @NickKyrgios. Name a more iconic duo.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) July 18, 2018
Dominika Cilbulkova enjoying some downtime.
What’s on TV
WTA Bucharest Open
LIVE – BT Sport1
Pundits raise concern about Roger Federer’s body language and ‘alarming’ attitude
“Usually you don’t see that on Roger Federer.”
Andy Murray explains why he sympathises with Naomi Osaka over mental health and media struggles
“I can certainly understand how athletes do struggle with it,” says Andy Murray.
Wimbledon 2021: When does it take place, what’s new, who’s missing, TV channels, betting, prize money
All your Wimbledon 2021 info.
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“He is going to take a well-deserved rest,” says Carlos Moya.
No Wimbledon mixed doubles with Serena Williams for Andy Murray as he confirms ‘singles is enough for me’
Andy Murray will play singles for first time since 2017.
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Ten women to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon will look very different this year – here is what to expect at the 2021 Championships
Centre Court will host capacity crowds for the finals.
Contenders for the Wimbledon men’s title: From Novak Djokovic to Roger Federer and a dark horses
Ten players to watch at the All England Club.
Wimbledon’s home away from home regulation ‘will be very odd’ for British No 1 Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta is one of 14 British players in the singles main draws.
Five Wimbledon talking points: A potential last hurrah for Andy Murray while Serena Williams goes for history
The Championships are back after the 2020 break.