Tennis Today: Wheelchair-bound Serena Williams sparks French Open injury concerns
In tennis today, a social media photo has sent the tennis world into an absolute frenzy over Serena Williams’ health ahead of the French Open.
What’s on the site
Let’s get this one out of the way early, because Roger Federer seems very keen to dismiss it. Is the Swiss star returning to Roland Garros this year as a prelude to retirement?
He says it’s absolutely not the case. Do you believe him?
Federer has, though, offered a very comprehensive explanation for why he didn’t play the French Open for the last three years. It does seem to stand up to reason, to be fair.
In other news, Novak Djokovic has been playing down his chances of winning the French Open and subsequently the ‘Novak Slam’. Why? Because Rafael Nadal is too good, apparently.
And Nick Kyrgios has had a bit of a telling off from Tim Henman, who is not happy with him for wasting his talent on shenanigans.
What’s in the news
Serena Williams has had a tough 2019 with injury after pulling out of the Miami Open, Indian Wells, and the Italian Open in recent months, but we didn’t know it was this bad.
The 23-time Grand Slam winner is in France preparing for the tournament, and has been seen hitting a few groundstrokes at Roland Garros.
However, a photo posted on social media from a seemingly innocent family trip to Euro Disney has left the tennis world wondering just what exactly is the severity of Williams’ injury.
Take a look for yourself. Is it precaution or pain? We won’t have long to find out!
Meanwhile, the New York Times has asked a very interesting question regarding another American WTA star: Just which Sloane Stephens will turn up for the French Open?
What’s on social media
There is always something exciting about the biggest stars practicing on show-courts before a Grand Slam, and the French Open is no different. And look… Rafael Nadal is in the house…
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 23, 2019
Also on-court at Roland Garros, Fernando Verdasco’s baby tour adds Nadal to the collection.
Meanwhile… in Geneva…
And Chris Evert is feeling nostalgic.
What’s on TV
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