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.
Naomi Osaka has ‘that itch again’ as she hints at return and explains why she needed a break
“I wasn’t playing to make myself happy,” admits Naomi Osaka.
Team Europe thump World rivals to claim a fourth consecutive Laver Cup title
Alexander Zverev and Andrey Rublev gave Europe an unassailable lead.
‘I think the worst is behind me,’ says Roger Federer as he gives update after latest knee surgery
The 40-year-old opted for more surgery after losing in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.
‘Serena Williams changed tennis as she opened doors, invented tennis intimidation, brought business to women’s tennis’
Patrick Mouratoglou on Serena Williams’ impact.
‘My goal is not to get in the top 100,’ says Andy Murray as he reveals his ambitions and what motivates him
“Winning tournaments and getting up towards the top of the rankings is motivating to me.”
Nick Kyrgios confirms Laver Cup is his last event of the year and again gives early retirement hint
“I’m not going to lie and say I plan to play for four or five more years,” says Kyrgios.
Serena Williams turns 40: Ten facts about tennis icon, featuring Mmmbop and a scene with Peter Dinklage
Serena Williams hits the big 4.0.
Team Europe edge closer to Laver Cup glory after sweeping Saturday matches to open commanding lead
Bjorn Borg’s men were again dominant at the TD Garden in Boston.
Emma Raducanu turning her attention to Australian Open after US Open glory
Raducanu has insisted she is happy to comply with any demands made by the Melbourne authorities at the Australian Open
Roger Federer makes a surprise appearance as Laver Cup gets underway
Roger Federer added some stardust to Laver Cup in Boston.