Tennis Today: Roger Federer ready for Rafael Nadal reunion and a special request from Venus
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer gears up for round two of his Laver Cup adventures with Rafael Nadal while Venus Williams has made a special request to ASB Classic organisers.
What’s on the site
It wasn’t a vintage year for Rafael Nadal, but the Spaniard rates his 2018 campaign as a “very successful season”.
Here’s a question you never thought we’d ask, but who do you think would come out on top of a hula hoop battle between Andy Murray and his mother Judy?
The Independent Review Panel has published its final report into corruption in tennis and believes no live score data of the lowest-tier events is the best way to combat match-fixing.
We look at some Orange Bowl winners who went on to win bigger and better things.
What’s in the news
The Guardian has a nice piece on how “‘Mini Hewitt’ Alex De Minaur continues to thrill mentor and idol”.
New Zealand’s Stuff reports that Venus Williams has requested to play on New Year’s Day at the ASB Classic with tournament director Karl Budge saying “we will try to work in with Venus’s team wherever we can”.
What’s on social media
Roger Federer ready for his latest Laver Cup adventure with Rafael Nadal. Bring on round two.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) December 19, 2018
And here is a video on social media of Federer on court in Dubai.
Más de Roger Federer en Dubai. pic.twitter.com/22EXzTHuzb
— BATennis (@BATennisCom) December 13, 2018
Serena Williams and Olympia at the beach.
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Nick Kyrgios pushing hard.
Andy Murray was at the Orange Bowl recently.
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??Termina la gira del #OrangeBowl? ?para los Sub 12 y 14 y el balance es ????. Agradecemos especialmente a la @canastennis y al profe Nico Maidana por la hospitalidad y asistencia permanentes. • Ayer los chicos se entrenaron en Crandon Park y presenciaron la práctica de @andymurray. • La delegación -Lauti Midón, Romeo Arcuschín, Juani Morresi, Nico Eli, Francesca Mattioli, Lucca Guercio, Juani Centurión, Teo Gamondi y el capitán Gonzalo Pressón- retornará a la Argentina este miércoles, con una mochila cargada de experiencias que le servirá para el futuro ?? • #tenisargentino #tennisfan #tenniscoaching #tennis #tenis #aat #haypresente #hayfuturo
Tennis TV’s gifs of 2018.
Hump Day feels ?? pic.twitter.com/T9Ne5Hl9ij
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) December 19, 2018
What’s on TV
It’s almost time to report something, almost.
WTA Rankings: Simona Halep soars up to World No 6, Coco Gauff tops doubles ladder
Simona Halep is well placed to make a run on the top five, while Coco Gauff tops the doubles rankings.
Serena Williams gains lavish praise from Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal has nothing but well-wishes for Serena Williams.
ATP Rankings: What needs to happen for Rafael Nadal to snatch No 1 in Cincy
Here’s how Rafael Nadal can return to World No 1 in Cincinnati
Andy Murray vs Stan Wawrinka in Cincinnati: What time is the big match and where to watch it…
Three-time Grand Slam winners Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka meeting early in Cincy.
Rafael Nadal on having an opportunity to become world No 1 again: ‘I didn’t expect it’
Rafael Nadal could return to world No 1 next week.
Emma Raducanu teams up with Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina in Cincinnati doubles
Nicknames for team Raducanu-Rybakina? Radukina? Rybacanu? Emlena? Elemma?
Andy Murray makes Davis Cup return and hopes to ‘create even more history’ with Great Britain in Glasgow
Great Britain will face United States, Kazakhstan and the Netherlands in the group stage in Glasgow.
Coco Gauff after becoming world No 1 in doubles: ‘Being No 1 is pretty cool. Who wouldn’t want to be No 1?’
Another big milestone for youngster Coco Gauff.
Simona Halep on returning to the WTA top 10: ‘I feel like it’s a big deal, but I am dreaming for more’
Simona Halep on the rise once again.