Tennis Today: Rude awakening for Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic gives birth
In Tennis Today, a scary wake-up for Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic gives birth and the BBC’s gender pay gap.
What’s on the site
Serena and Venus Williams both received warm receptions at this year’s Indian Wells Masters, but things were different 17 years ago.
Tommy Haas announced his retirement from professional tennis on Friday and here are seven great facts about the German.
If you still have a couple of minutes to spare, then give our Tommy Haas quiz a go.
Juan Martin del Potro has won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title by claiming another big win over Roger Federer.
Meanwhile, Naomi Osaka has joined the WTA winners circle with victory at Indian Wells.
What’s in the news
The gender pay gap at the BBC is back in the news as tennis great Martina Navratilova has hit out at the “good old boy’s network” at the public broadcaster after it emerged that John McEnroe was paid 10 times more for his BBC role.
The Daily Mail’s Mike Dickson wrote a column on the gender pay gap and the subs went with the headline “Martina Navratilova may moan she’s paid 10 times less than John McEnroe by the BBC at Wimbledon… but he’s a far superior analyst”.
“While Navratilova can definitely boast a superior playing record by any measure — 18 Grand Slam titles to McEnroe’s seven, for example — few would consider her to be an equal draw as a broadcaster.”
There was a rude awakening for Andy Murray from Michael McIntyre as part of Sport Relief.
What’s on social media
It’s a baby boy for former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic and retired German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
— Ana Ivanovic (@AnaIvanovic) March 19, 2018
And here’s the tweet from Schweinsteiger.
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) March 19, 2018
Roger Federer was quick to congratulate Del Potro after his Indian Wells success.
Great recovery from Federer, but Del Potro wins the point.
And then there was this from Del Potro.
After seeing Express Sport’s latest headline “Eugenie Bouchard: Model reveals shock truth about her identity in ‘proud’ Instagram post” we obviously decided to go to her Instagram profile and, well, we don’t even know where to start with this one.
Here is the ATP’s tribute to Tommy Haas.
Some good stuff from the Indian Wells men’s doubles final.
WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW!
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 18, 2018
What’s on TV
The WTA Miami Open coverage only gets underway on Tuesday while the ATP action kicks off on Wednesday.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.
Serena Williams still believes she can win another Grand Slam and has no plans to retire just yet, says her coach
Serena Williams not ready to quit.
Novak Djokovic’s father hits out at Western media over their negative portrayal of his son
Srdjan Djokovic slams Western media.
Andy Murray’s Montpellier run shortlived as he suffers first-round in Open Sud de France
Andy Murray went down in straight sets.
Boris Becker ‘impressed’ by Nick Kyrgios, insists Australian has talent to ‘win Wimbledon at least once’
Boris Becker doffs his hat to Nick Kyrgios.
Fit-again Johanna Konta falls at the first hurdle in Adelaide as she loses against Shelby Rogers
The British No 1 has recovered from an abdominal injury.
Ashleigh Barty insists there is ‘extra pressure’ over world No 1 ranking battle with Naomi Osaka
“Extra pressure is non-existent for me,” says Barty.
Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble idea would be difficult to pull off in tennis
“That’s obviously very difficult,” says Jamie Murray.
Boris Becker hails Novak Djokovic’s ‘tactical masterclass’ and explains how Serb outwitted Daniil Medvedev
Novak Djokovic “messed up” Daniil Medvedev’s rhythm.
Spectators set to return for Wimbledon 2021 as Tim Henman outlines plans
Spectators look set to be in attendance at Wimbledon.