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.
Britain’s Joe Salisbury becomes French Open champion in mixed doubles
Salisbury and Krawczyk recovered from a set down to defeat Elena Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev.
Exclusive – Annabel Croft describes Novak Djokovic’s post match reaction as ‘concerning’
Djokovic screamed loudly in a stadium lacking fans and his outburst continued for a sustained period of time.
Rafael Nadal drops first set since 2019 final but eases past Diego Schwartzman
The story of the 11th day of action at the French Open.
Wild scenes in Paris as Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini amid a spectator revolt
Novak Djokovic battled past Matteo Berrettini in a match that saw spectators ejected from Roland Garros midway through.
Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini after fans boo their curfew ejection
The Serb roared at the end of a 6-3 6-2 6-7 (5) 7-5 victory over his Italian opponent.
Rafael Nadal drops a set but powers through to French Open semi-finals
Nadal won the final nine games against Diego Schwartzman in a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 victory.
Rafael Nadal’s verdict as he bounces back from dropped set to reach semi-finals
Nadal won the final nine games in a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 victory.
Maria Sakkari completes unlikely French Open semi-final line-up
Sakkari claimed a 6-4 6-4 victory and will face Barbora Krejcikova in the last four.
Katie Boulter delighted hard work is paying off as she continues comeback
The 24-year-old saw her rise halted by a spinal stress fracture and then the Covid-19 pandemic.
Dan Evans admits life in the tournament bubble is a struggle ahead of Wimbledon
The British number one is playing in the ATP Challenger event in Nottingham.