Tennis Today: Roger Federer’s kids selling lemonade, Pam Shriver’s ironing board
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer’s kids show off their business skills, Pam Shriver gets an ironing board and prepare for tennis in space.
What’s on the site
Is it time for the WTA to look at the rulebook when it comes to the rankings of players who return from maternity leave?
Who is better at football? Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko or Kristina Mladenovic? You be the judge.
There appears to be no stopping Roger Federer at Indian Wells.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka’s giant-killing continued at the BNP Paribas Open.
What’s in the news
Apparently there are plans to establish not one, but two World Cup of Tennis events. We were already aware that the ITF wants to introduce a new tournament to replace the Davis Cup from 2019, but the ATP is eager to bring back the ATP World Team Cup from 2020.
Jamie Murray, though, has told BBC Sport that “I think it’s kind of a race against time now to see who can officially announce it”.
India cricket captain Virat Kohli has declared “Roger Federer is my ultimate favourite. When he plays it’s so beautiful.”
Express Sport is on a roll again when it comes to Roger Federer news as the first 17 stories on their tennis page, excluding the right-hand sidebar, have Roger Federer in the headline. For the record, this was roughly 8am.
Mind you, we are not doing ourselves any favours as Federer is mentioned in six segments, seven including this one, in this story. But you’ll have some sympathy for us as Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka are not really giving us anything to work with.
What’s on social media
While Serena Williams gets billboards, Pam Shriver got an ironing board.
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) March 15, 2018
Pablo Carreno Busta playing some footie.
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) March 14, 2018
Astronaut Andrew Feustel will be taking his tennis racquet with him when he blasts off to the International Space Station on March 21.
Tennis In Space Summer 2018: @nasa #astronaut Andrew ‘Drew; Feustel @astro_feustel will blastoff to the International @Iss on Expedition 55 from Kazakhstan on March 21 and he’s bringing his racket ??! Hear from our 2017 #USOpen finalist @kandersonatp and @ATPworldtour stars @bigfoe1998, @johnrisner and @steviej345 wish him good luck. Leave us ?? if you’re excited to see this happen. _ #TminusNetGeneration Watch Drew’s launch live on NASA TV March 21 at 12:45 p.m. to 1:44 p.m. ET _ #nasa #tennis #netgeneration #andrewfeustel #instaspace #spacetravel #internationalspacestation #instatennis #instawow
Federer’s kids are budding entrepreneurs. Or maybe we should go with the old “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” saying.
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) March 13, 2018
Nicole Gibbs sums up why tennis players love rainy days.
Classic tennis player feels. Conditioned over years to like shitty weather. Rain = no practice ???? https://t.co/mh6yRhVMmw
— Nicole Gibbs (@Gibbsyyyy) March 14, 2018
Great scrambling from Jeremy Chardy against Federer.
What’s on TV
ATP Indian Wells
Top seed Roger Federer, Kevin Anderson and Hyeon Chung are among the seeds in quarter-final action.
LIVE – Sky Sports Mix / Sky Sports Arena – Red Button
LIVE – Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Arena
WTA Indian Wells
Angelique Kerber will face Daria Kasatkina while Venus Williams is up against Carla Suarez Navarro in the final two quarter-finals.
20:00-22:00 / 02:00-04:00
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Andy Murray not a fan of changes to Wimbledon mixed doubles schedule as he suggests further tweaks
Andy Murray believes changes will have a knock on-effect on quality of the field.
Flavia Pennetta on Emma Raducanu winning US Open as a qualifier: ‘In my day it would never have happened’
“In my opinion it is not good for tennis,” says Flavia Pennetta.
Cameron Norrie on Emma Raducanu’s ‘utterly incredible’ US Open win: ‘It will inspire the next generation’
“It’s huge for British tennis,” says Cameron Norrie.
Officials at odds over whether or not rules should be tweaked to allow Novak Djokovic to compete at Australian Open
Should rules change to allow Novak Djokovic to compete?
‘That’s why I play this game,’ says Frances Tiafoe as he also salutes ‘true inspiration’ Andy Murray
Frances Tiafoe is “still hurting” after Antwerp clash, but he took time out to pay tribute to Andy Murray.
Andrey Rublev set for vaccine U-turn after officials confirm players need to be vaccinated for Australian Open
“I’ll get vaccinated,” says Andrey Rublev.
Cameron Norrie reveals his parents were walking the dogs during Indian Wells final, but ‘were in tears’ after win
Cameron Norrie on his nervous parents and reaping the benefits.
‘It’s a matter of experience,’ says Aryna Sabalenka after nerves got the better of her at Wimbledon and US Open
“No psychologist will prepare me for these situations.”
Emma Raducanu’s former coach highlights her strengths and explains why she will ‘go through a lot coaches’
Mark Petchey on the Emma Raducanu coaching situation.
‘That was rare,’ says Andy Murray as he reveals in-depth chat with Frances Tiafoe after Antwerp epic
A day that will live long in the memory of Andy Murray.