Tennis Today: Tennis put on a hiatus, Justin Rose a big Roger Federer fan, Serena Williams hits Project Runway
In Tennis Today, we have all the news about the cancelled ATP Tour and WTA Tour events due to COVID-19 while away from the coronavirus, Justin Rose expresses his admiration for Roger Federer, and Serena Williams guest stars on Project Runway.
What’s on the site
It’s been a surreal couple of days not just in the world of tennis, but in all walks of life as the coronavirus takes its toll across the globe.
The ATP Tour is on a six-week hiatus after several tournaments were suspended due to COVID-19 with ATP boss Andrea Gaudenzi saying “we believe this is the responsible action needed at this time”
The WTA Tour has not gone as far as their ATP counterparts in announcing a six-week break, but they have also cancelled a couple of events.
As things stand, Wimbledon is still going ahead, but the All England Club is bracing itself to cancel this year’s The Championships as they are reluctant to play behind closed doors.
Away from COVID-19, tennis super-agent Patricio Apey talked exclusively to Tennis365 about his rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Davis Cup Finals draw took place on Thursday and holders Spain as well as Great Britain are in difficult groups.
What’s in the news
The Lawn Tennis Association has lost performance director Simon Timson to English Premier League giants Manchester City, reports the Daily Mail.
“It’s a significant loss, always hard to lose great people,. I’m very proud that Simon has attracted interest from Man City to work alongside Guardiola and others, it’s a unique opportunity,” Chief Executive Scott Lloyd said.
Roger Federer has been noted as a source of inspiration for many athletes and English golfer and 2003 US Open winner Justin Rose is the latest to reveal to Forbes.com that he “loves to watch Federer play tennis”.
Serena Williams made her Project Runway debut as she was a guest judge on the season finale.
In People.com, she spoke about the need for sustainable fashion.
“I think it kind of has to stay,” the 23-time Grand Slam winner said. “We have to somehow figure out how to live on this planet and not destroy it and so this really speaks to me personally. It has to be incorporated into design as well because fashion is a really big part of a lot of bad things that are happening and it’s just the honest truth, so it’s about how do you create those collections that are more sustainable and takes less pressure from what we do.”
Staying with the Williams family and we know this is a bit late (!), but Venus Williams spoke to Forbes.com about equal prize money, her visions, goals and support for other women who wish to make an impact.
What’s on social media
And here is Serena Williams on Extra TV talking more about her guest role on Project Runway.
Team Djokovic heads home.
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Juan Martin del Potro on the road to recovery.
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Serena Williams and daughter Olympia :).
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What’s on TV
ATP and WTA
Tennis is on an enforced break, unfortunately.
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Naomi Osaka leaves IMG to start her own agency EVOLVE
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