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
Harry Kane still wants out at Tottenham but Manchester City hopes fading
Harry Kane remains determined to leave Tottenham Hotspur.
Full ATP statement on PTPA as tennis body vows ‘to do everything in its powers to protect its interests’
ATP warns that PTPA is causing division.
T365 Recall: Andre Agassi announces plans to retire on the eve of Wimbledon after ‘a lot of sacrifices’
The American won a Career Grand Slam.
Johanna Konta needs to manage knee problem for the rest of her career, but vows not to ‘fret about it’
Konta recently pulled out of two Wimbledon warm-up events.
Boost for Tokyo Olympics tennis event as Novak Djokovic ‘has confirmed his desire’ to compete
Novak Djokovic all but confirmed for Tokyo Games.
‘Nick Kyrgios underdone, but he is going to be very hard to beat at Wimbledon’
Nick Kyrgios to cause an upset at Wimbledon?
‘I heard it crack’ – Dominic Thiem’s Wimbledon participation in doubt after picking up wrist injury
Dominic Thiem nursing a wrist injury.
Pundits raise concern about Roger Federer’s body language and ‘alarming’ attitude
“Usually you don’t see that on Roger Federer.”
Andy Murray explains why he sympathises with Naomi Osaka over mental health and media struggles
“I can certainly understand how athletes do struggle with it,” says Andy Murray.
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All your Wimbledon 2021 info.