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
British hopes dented after three first-round exits in Paris
Murray was beaten by Stan Wawrinka, Konta lost to Coco Gauff and Evans fell narrowly to Kei Nishikori.
Alexander Zverev makes strong start as he bids to bounce back from US Open agony
Zverev was playing his first match since losing to Dominic Thiem in New York.
French Open day one: British trio fall at first hurdle in Paris
The story of the opening day of play at Roland Garros.
Johanna Konta laments ‘unfortunate’ off day after French Open exit to Coco Gauff
Konta joined Dan Evans and Andy Murray in going out of the tournament on the opening day.
‘I’ll need to have a long, hard think,’ admits Andy Murray after French Open disaster
The Briton won just six games in a chastening evening at Roland Garros.
Mats Wilander questions why Andy Murray is still playing on what feels like his farewell tour
This increasingly feels like the Andy Murray farewell tour.
Teenage sensation Coco Gauff dumps ninth seed Johanna Konta out of French Open
Coco Gauff starts with a bang at Roland Garros.
Misery for Andy Murray as Stan Wawrinka catches him cold at the French Open
The Briton won only six games in a straight-sets defeat.
Dan Evans falls at first hurdle at Roland Garros as he goes down in five sets against Kei Nishikori
Evans still searching for his first win at Roland Garros.
Victoria Azarenka eventually gets the win at chilly Roland Garros after refusing to be get ‘frozen’
Azarenka walked off court after three games.