Tennis Today: Tributes to Rafael Nadal after latest milestone
In Tennis Today, plenty about Rafael Nadal joining the 900-match win club, a few stories about Serena Williams and something about Daria Kasatkina being left “homeless”.
What’s on the site
We brought you an exclusive on Monday and it’s the news that Andy Murray fans have been waiting for as he is set to hit the Wimbledon practise courts this week.
The big news from the French Open on Monday was Serena Williams’ withdrawal ahead of her clash with Maria Sharapova.
Russian Sharapova has taken time out to wish Williams well.
Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev just cannot get enough of the Yorkshire accent.
Finally, here’s our gallery from day eight at the 2018 French Open.
What’s in the news
This is a little bit late, but the Daily Mail has the story on Inside Tennis journalist Bill Simons apologising after he asked Serena Williams if she was “intimidated by Maria Sharapova’s supermodel good looks”, which was something that Donald Trump suggested back in 2004.
Daria Kasatkina’s longer than expected stay in Paris has left her homeless, reports Reuters.
She had to vacate the place she was renting on Monday, the same day she was playing Caroline Wozniacki. And after beating the Dane, she was forced to book herself into a hotel.
The Daily Mail with some other “important” stories as they report “Alexis Ohanian takes daughter Olympia out grocery shopping in Paris hours after Serena Williams pulls out of French Open”.
You know it’s important for The Mail to tell you what people wear and “Ohanian was dressed down for running errands”. He was “sporting sweats, sneakers, and a bright blue tank top, Ohanian carried a paper bag from the grocery store Carrefour while holding a protective hand over Olympia”.
Alexis Ohanian seems to be the man of the moment as The Sun goes with “ACE NEWS Who is Alexis Ohanian, what is Serena Williams’ husband’s net worth and when did he co-found Reddit?”
Interesting stuff from ITV with Express Sport reporting that they have opted to use host John Inverdale on the Sky Go app instead of, you know, Rafael Nadal or one of the other top players.
What’s on social media
Rafael Nadal joined the 900-match win club and ATP Tour paid tribute to the tennis legend.
Here’s Tennis TV’s tribute to the great man.
Just French football star Kylian Mbappe and Mike Tyson hanging out at the French Open watching Sloane Stephens and Anett Kontaveit.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 3, 2018
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) June 3, 2018
It doesn’t have to be Thursday to do a throwback, just ask Hyeon Chung.
— Hyeon Chung (@HyeonChung) June 4, 2018
Kim Clijsters went supping in Norway.
Karolina Pliskova starting her Wimbledon build-up.
What’s on TV
ATP & WTA French Open
LIVE – Eurosport 1/2 and ITV4
Naomi Osaka withdraws from French Open due to lingering injury
The world number three said her “hamstring is still sore so I won’t have enough time to prepare for the clay”.
Coronavirus surge forces further restrictions on Roland Garros spectator numbers for French Open
Only 5,000 fans a day permitted.
Johanna Konta bagels Begu to march impressively into third round at Italian Open
The British number into round three.
‘I feel comfortable on clay, I always have,’ says Simona Halep as she targets Roland Garros repeat
Romanian happy to be back.
Novak Djokovic confirms he has spoken to ATP as he pushes ahead with Players Association plans
Serb says PTPA is misunderstood.
‘It was a great match – I am thrilled,’ says Jannik Sinner after youngster downs Stefanos Tsitsipas
Youngster making inroads.
Fed Cup rebranded as the Billie Jean King Cup to recognise legend’s trailblazing role in tennis
The historic competition has a new name.