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.
Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic was ‘very unlucky’ with default, but insists players should have ‘self-control’
Rafael Nadal adds his two cents on Novak Djokovic’s disqualification.
Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros
Kim Clijsters not sure when she will play again.
‘Nice guy’ Dominic Thiem deserves US Open and ‘right behind Rafa’ to win French Open – Novak Djokovic
Djokovic welcomes Thiem to Grand Slam winners club.
‘I’m still not feeling 100% tennis-wise but I enjoyed it,’ says Kei Nishikori after first win in a year
Kei Nishikori gets a win under his belt in Rome.
Rafael Nadal double downs on Novak Djokovic-led PTPA criticism: ‘We should not pursue our own interests’
‘We are going through a world crisis,’ says Nadal.
Andy Murray and Eugenie Bouchard handed French Open wildcards
Murray set for first Roland Garros appearance since 2016.
‘I was in shock and I was shaken by the whole thing,’ says Novak Djokovic about US Open default
Djokovic was disqualified from the US Open.
‘I achieved a life goal,’ says US Open winner Dominic Thiem after lifting his maiden Grand Slam
Dominic Thiem is a Grand Slam champion.
US Open day 14: An exhausted Dominic Thiem, Jordanne Whiley’s home support, 2020 roll of honour
The story of the final day of action at Flushing Meadows.
Alexander Zverev: ‘I do believe that I will be a Grand Slam champion at some point’
Alexander Zverev confident his chance will come.