Tennis Today: Roger Federer told to ‘wake up’ by Greta Thunberg while Serena Williams coy over ‘Megxit’
In Tennis Today, relentless teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has taken aim at Roger Federer, while Serena Williams wisely wants nothing to do with the royal controversy surrounding friend Meghan Markle,
What’s on the site
The ATP Cup has certainly delivered drama, and also one of the best team tennis ties we can remember when Australia beat Great Britain.
For Britain, they were left to wonder how different things might have been had Andy Murray been fit, and Tim Henman has delivered some potentially worrying news on that front.
And things didn’t go all that well for Coco Gauff, either, but she’s looking to the future (which is probably easy to do as a precociously talented teenager…)
What’s in the news
Roger Federer has come under fire from teenage activist Greta Thunberg over his sponsorship deal with Credit Suisse.
Some background to the story, Swiss financial giant Credit Suisse have invested millions in fossil fuel and environmentalists were not happy.
They decided to protest inside a Lausanne branch of the bank in 2018 dressed as tennis players (taking aim at Federer) and disrupted daily service.
They were arrested and recently appeared in court again, but refused to pay a fine.
However, Thunberg is not happy with Credit Suisse ambassador Federer’s lack of response.
Since 2016 @CreditSuisse has provided $57 BILLION to companies looking for new fossil fuel deposits – something that is utterly incompatible with #ClimateAction @RogerFederer do you endorse this? #RogerWakeUpNow pic.twitter.com/ED1fIvb4Cr
— 350.org Europe (@350Europe) January 8, 2020
Unless you have been living under a rock, then you will know about Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s shock decision to quit as senior royals.
Serena Williams is, of course, close friends with Meghan Markle as she attended the wedding.
And of course every man and his dog have an opinion about it, except for Serena.
When asked for her views on the matter, the American is quoted by the New Zealand Herald as saying: “Oh, I am not touching that – so thank you.”
What’s on social media
Coco Gauff enjoyed some role reversal with her Dad and gave him a good telling off…
— WTA (@WTA) January 9, 2020
TennisTV invited us to enjoy the majesty that is a motivated Nick Kyrgios…
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) January 9, 2020
We were reminded of the most honest victory speech on record…
And Stefanos Tsitsipas hits the beach…
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