Tennis Today: The bumper Serena Williams edition featuring royal news
In Tennis Today, it’s all about Serena Williams and the match-fixing report.
What’s on the site
Tennis365.com was invited to try out Padel Tennis, which combines many of elements of lawn tennis, squash and badminton, and it really sets our tennis pulse ticking.
On a more serious note The Independent Review Panel’s Interim Report into match-fixing in tennis has at long last been released and it found that the sport is “a fertile breeding ground for corruption”, especially at lower levels.
What’s in the news
Back to the IRP report and interesting stuff from The Daily Telegraph as they have dug a little deeper.
Adam Lewis QC, a member of the three-lawyer review panel, revealed during Wednesday’s press conference that a player who retired in 2003 might have agreed to do so “in return for the investigation being dropped”.
The paper tracked down several players who retired that year and most of them didn’t really say much except for former Grand Slam winner Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
Asked if he was investigated, he replied: “Maybe I was, maybe I wasn’t. You have to ask the people who were in charge. I don’t remember.”
Staying with The Daily Telegraph, Chris Eaton says the “report has admirable recommendations but will have little impact on gambling industry”.
Here is Kevin Mitchell’s take in The Guardian.
Andy Murray has opted against making his comeback at the ATP Challenger event in tournament, reports BBC Sport.
And now for your first bit about Serena Williams.
First she called Princess Kate “one heck of a woman” after the Duchess of Cambridge wore high heels just hours after giving birth, according the Daily Mail.
In an interview with Popsugar, Serena added: “Let me tell you: I was not in heels [after I gave birth]. I thought she gave birth maybe two days before! Wow.'”
Then she told Entertainment Tonight she is “obviously super happy” for Meghan Markle, who – in case you have been living under a rock – is set to tie the knot with Prince Harry.
In case you were worried, it was an “exclusive” as “Serena stopped to talk with ET”.
Of course the above “exclusive” happened on the red carpet for the premiere of the HBO documentary Being Serena.
Venus Williams, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and designer Vera Wang all attended the event in New York.
And now for the important part from the Daily Mail, “Serena went bare-legged in sandal heels that revealed her white pedicure”.
What’s on social media
It takes a while to get going, but the ending is spectacular from Grigor Dimitrov.
And another insert from Serena.
Roger Federer’s Zambia trip has come to an end.
Genie Bouchard posted an innocent pic on Instagram and naturally the Daily Star did a piece about it.
What’s on TV
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Novak Djokovic and Emma Raducanu facing huge rankings drop after Wimbledon decision
Djokovic is almost certain to lose his No.1 ranking.
Comment – Why the removal Wimbledon’s ranking points could backfire on the ATP and WTA
Wimbledon has been stripped of its ATP ranking points following the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players.
Wimbledon didn’t want to ‘risk safety of players’ or ‘success being used as propaganda by Russian regime’
Wimbledon has hit back at the ATP and WTA with a statement of their own.
WTA statement as women’s body also strips Wimbledon of ranking points over Russian player ban
WTA also has harsh words for Wimbledon after stripping grass-court major of ranking points.
ATP statement: Wimbledon slammed for ‘undermining integrity of the ATP Ranking system’
ATP unimpressed by Wimbledon.
Wimbledon thrown into chaos as ATP strips Slam of ranking points over Russian and Belarusian player ban
Big, big news as players won’t earn points for competing at Wimbledon.
Iga Swiatek made French Open favourite by former British No 1 Tim Henman
Tim Henman has been impressed by the progress in Iga Swiatek’s game.
Naomi Osaka admits trepidation ahead of return to Roland Garros
Naomi Osaka took questions at Roland Garros for the first time since her 2021 walkout.
Iga Swiatek prepared to handle the heat of being French Open favourite
The world number one has won five successive tournaments and 28 straight matches.
Rafael Nadal praying the pain stays away in bid to win 14th French Open
The 35-year-old was troubled by the issue in Rome last week.