Tennis Today: Roger Federer’s Uniqlo deal, a Boris Becker-esque dive, free manicures for stars

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In Tennis Today, Roger Federer’s Uniqlo deal apparently not worth as much as we all thought, a dive that Boris Becker would be proud of and male tennis stars snap up free manicures.

What’s on the site
Here’s your Wimbledon order of play for day five with Serena Williams and Roger Federer headlining Friday’s action.

Juan Martin del Potro spoke to Tennis365 about his “Del Boy” nickname, the “special” Wimbledon fans and his “second career in tennis”.

Ten years after Rafael Nadal’s epic victory over Roger Federer at Wimbledon, Kevin Palmer tells us why it was a landmark day for sport.

Then there is Federer on Switzerland’s meek World Cup exit.

Wimbledon results round-up:
Former champions Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are through
Kyle Edmund and Juan Martin del Potro stay in the hunt
Last year’s runner-up Marin Cilic is out
Simona Halep powers through
Difficult win for Angelique Kerber

Gallery: All the best snaps from an eventful day four

What’s in the news
Kyle Edmund is flying the British flag at Wimbledon 2018 and up next is Novak Djokovic. However, John McEnroe has told The Tennis Podcast that Djokovic will “expose Kyle’s weaknesses”.

Edmund, though, is not going to give up that easily and he hopes to emulate England’s World Cup success, reports Sportsmail.

Legendary tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, writing for The Independent, says Juan Martin del Potro is a threat to anyone. The Argentine could meet Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final.

Britain’s Katie Boulter lost her second-round Wimbledon encounter against Naomi Osaka, but Telegraph Sport’s Charlie Eccleshare believes she can take plenty of positives from her SW19 run.

We never thought we’d see a headline like this, but here you go “Male tennis aces snapping up free manicures at Wimbledon between matches”.

“The stars — who earn a fortune for just turning up — are flocking to the no-charge salon,” reports The Sun.

Staying with The Sun and they say “Rafael Nadal faces £15,000 fine after crossing Wimbledon umpire who showed him ‘disrespect’ in past”.

The Spaniard received two time violations during his second-round win against Mikhail Kukushkin and he could be fined up to £15,000.

Nadal and umpire Carlos Bernades had run in a couple of years ago, but the 17-time Grand Slam winner says: “I don’t have a problem with the umpire. What happened in Rio a couple of years ago was disrespectful.”

Then there is Tim Henman joining forces with the Champions Tennis to train ball dogs, via Express Sport.

Karen Crouse and Ben Rothenberg, for The New York Times, reports that Wimbledon is keeping with tradition and referred to Serena Williams as “Mrs Williams” after she tied the knot last year.

What’s on social media
Good point Mr Umpire.

Before the tournament, the official Wimbledon website reported “Stefanos Tsitsipas’ fondness for a dive volley is a little Becker-esque” and then he pulled off this.

Federer left Nike for Uniqlo and it was initially reported the new deal was worth more than $30 million-a-year, but sports business expert Daniel Kaplan says he will not be earning that much.

He explains why Nike didn’t match Uniqlo.

Upset of Wimbledon 2018 so far?

Bernard Tomic with some brilliant shots.

Laura Robson has undergone hip surgery.

What’s on TV
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