Tennis Today: Wimbledon expansion plans, Serena Williams docuseries deal, Andre Agassi-Steffi Graf ski news
In Tennis Today, the Wimbledon expansion plans have been revealed, Serena Williams has inked a docuseries deal while Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf are trying to figure out life.
What’s on the site
World No 3 Rafael Nadal downplayed fears that he was concerned about a possible Covid-19 infection after Daniil Medvedev’s positive result.
Staying with coronavirus matters, British No 1 Dan Evans says he won’t hesitate to get vaccinated once he becomes eligible to have a shot.
And then there is Victoria Azarenka who is now in line to get her shot and as a result she will miss next week’s Stuttgart event.
The tension continues to boil on the ATP with Steve Johnson accusing ATP bosses of putting their own interests ahead of the sport. However, Australian John Millman has hit back at the American.
And in case you missed it, mixed doubles will be back on the Roland Garros agenda this year after being dropped last year while Parma has been added to the ATP calendar following the French Open delay.
What’s in the news
In case you had forgotten, the All England Club purchased the neighbouring Wimbledon Park golf course £65 million in 2018 and plans are going full steam ahead to expand Wimbledon.
The Daily Mail reports 39 extra grass courts and a new 8,000-seater Parkland show court with a retractable roof will be added during construction, which will start in 2022 and be completed by 2026.
Serena Williams has inked a “first-look TV deal with Amazon, which includes a docuseries about her personal and professional life”, reports Variety.
“I’m very excited to be partnering with Amazon Studios – they are developing some of the most inspiring and important content for a global audience,” the tennis great said. “I have a lot of stories I’m eager to tell, including a continuation of my own, and I look forward to sharing those with the world.”
In case you missed it, Reem Abulleil interviewed Kalin Davidov, the father of ambidextrous young tennis star Teo Davidov who has become an internet sensation after a clip of him went viral. The Guardian has the story.
What’s on social media
Just Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf having fun in the snow.
Empty nesters trying to figure out this thing called life ❤️ pic.twitter.com/RMUJQJsEWM
— Andre Agassi (@AndreAgassi) April 14, 2021
A look at Rafael Nadal’s incredible record at the Monte-Carlo Masters and other surfaces.
🇪🇸 Rafael Nadal has won 72/77 (93.5%) at @ROLEXMCMASTERS.
— TennisMyLife (@TennisMyLife68) April 14, 2021
Your Tennis TV highlights from day four at the Monte-Carlo Masters.
Meanwhile, in the world of Naomi Osaka…
What’s on TV
ATP Monte-Carlo Masters
LIVE – Amazon Prime Video / Tennis TV
LIVE – Amazon Prime Video
Andy Murray gives positive assessment of week in Rome, saying ‘I’m happy I came over here’
Murray has been practising with top players.
Rafael Nadal saves two match points as he battles back from the brink against Denis Shapovalov
The Spaniard was far from his best against Shapovalov.
Coco Gauff savours Aryna Sabalenka victory, insists ‘I have no pressure’ ahead of Ashleigh Barty clash
“It will be great to see where my level is,” says Gauff.
‘It wasn’t fun. It was kind of brutal for me,’ admits Iga Swiatek after tough win over Barbora Krejcikova
Iga Swiatek saved two match points in Rome.
Major coup for Emilia-Romagna Open as Serena Williams changes plans and adds event to her schedule
Serena Williams off to Parma next week.
‘It was nice to see them back,’ says Novak Djokovic as fans return to watch him win at Italian Open
Another win for Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open.
Matteo Berrettini’s improvement paying off as Italian recaptures good form in 2021
Oli Jefford explains why Matteo Berrittini has the potential become one of the biggest names in tennis.
‘It’s just a matter of time’ before she will be ‘raring to go’ on clay, says Serena Williams
“It is what it is,” says Serena Williams.
Rafael Nadal gives his verdict on ‘complete player’ Jannik Sinner after Italian Open victory
“He’s still improving all the time,” says Nadal about Sinner.
‘It’s a special win,’ says Nadia Podoroska after upsetting Serena Williams at Italian Open
Williams was playing the 1,000 match of her career.