Tennis Today: Serena Williams retirement plans revealed by coach Patrick Mouratoglou on her birthday

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In Tennis Today, we get an insight into Serena Williams’ retirement plans on her 38th birthday, and Wimbledon are already preparing for next year’s Championships.

What’s on the site
The big news really is that Nick Kyrgios has finally discovered his fate after his remarkable Cincinnati outbursts (yes, plural), and he has probably come out of it just about okay all things considering.

Andy Murray is back in Zhuhai action today, but he has been reflecting on his first round win.

His defeat of Tennys Sandgren on Tuesday was his first singles success at ATP level, and he admits that is was one of the toughest of his career.

And Roger Federer has been discussing his relationship with Rafael Nadal, again, and especially how it has changed over the years.

What’s in the news
It is Serena Williams’s birthday today, with the 23-time Grand Slam champion 38 years young.

That means there is no shortage of Williams content around the news wires to enjoy, but one particular Daily Mirror piece catches the eye.

The have spoken exclusively to her coach Patrick Mouratoglu, who offered an insight into her retirement plans.

“If she wants, she can,” he said when asked if Williams can play into her 40s.

“If she feels she can still win Grand Slams I think she will keep playing.

“She’s in better condition than she was a couple of years ago. She’s still an unbelievable athlete and can still compete – she reached the final of her last four Grand Slams – so she doesn’t need to prove anything.

“She doesn’t play to be there, she plays to win. If she doesn’t feel she can win Grand Slams, she’s out of tennis.

“She’s still hungry. She hasn’t changed. She’s an incredible competitor and when she plays a tournament she wants to win.”

And today’s award for most shamelessly misleading clickbait headline goes to Yahoo Sport.

Headline: Australian Open champion in shocking racism scandal

Story: A Japanese comedy duo have made a joke (albeit a bad one) about Naomi Osaka.

What’s on social media
Monte Carlo reminded us that it’s THE tennis tournament for stunning backdrops.

Happy birthday Serena…

 

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Happy birthday to the youngest 38 years old in the world.

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Nick Kyrgios has a well-timed injury…

And Wimbledon is already preparing for next summer…

 

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Growing towards The Championships 2020…⏱ . 📸: @paul_gregory #wimbledon #tennis #sport #instasport

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