Tennis Today: Wimbledon looking to expand and a game of where is Rafael Nadal
In Tennis Today, Wimbledon could be set for its biggest-ever expansion and good luck finding Rafael Nadal in the crowd.
What’s on the site
Rafael Nadal officially kicks off the defence of his Monte Carlo Masters title today and what better way to celebrate than by remembering when the pirate-pants, headband-wearing Spaniard came of age on clay in 2005.
FYI, this is not the bit about ‘where is Nadal’.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga turned 33 yesterday and here is a little video tribute to the Frenchman.
And here is another video, but this is not something that American Jared Donaldson will want to be remembered for.
What’s in the news
Another brilliant exclusive interview by Charlie Eccleshare for Telegraph Sport. This time he talks with Rebecca Marino about how she battled back from depression to make a successful comeback.
“It was probably the worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life,” Marino said. “It was a really dark place.”
Give the full story a read on the Telegraph.
There is also a look at the Independent Review Panel’s latest report into corruption in tennis by Simon Briggs, but this one is paid content on Telegraph Sport.
Onto another exclusive, this time by Sportsmail with Matt Dickson reporting that “Wimbledon could TREBLE in size: Home of tennis is in £50m bid to gobble up the 73-acre golf course across the road”.
According to Dickson, they have a made renewed offer just shy of £50m to buy out the lease of the Wimbledon Park Golf Club, but members will have to vote. In case you were wondering, the members include Piers Morgan and television duo Ant and Dec.
Not the start to the clay-court season that Thanasi Kokkinakis had in mind as he is now in crutches after his fall at the Monte Carlo Masters.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports he is “in a race against time” to be fit for the French Open.
In case you missed it, this is how he got injured.
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“Rafael Nadal: Why Spanish star loves playing on clay – Justin Gimelstob” is the headline in Express Sport.
You are probably thinking that he likes playing on clay because he is good at it.
The Tennis Channel analyst says it’s because he is “able to play the way he wants to play” and “he loves the fact that he is such an alpha during this period of the year”.
What’s on social media
Here you go, find Nadal in the crowd.
Benoit Paire getting a little help.
Richard Gasquet with a ripper.
A bop it skills challenge featuring Stevie Johnson, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Taylor Fritz.
What’s on TV
ATP Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
The first clay Masters tournament of the year is underway in Monte Carlo.
10:00-18:00 / 10:00-15:00
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Main Event
It’s Fed Cup week and the action will only kick off on Friday.
French Open: Dominic Thiem feels ‘pretty far away from a win’ after exit
The former world number three, a finalist at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, bowed out in straight sets.
Carlos Alcaraz proofs French Open title credentials with dominant first-round victory
Carlos Alcaraz powers into the second round at Roland Garros.
Alexander Zverev keeps French Open match short and sweet, but hopes to go from stable to winning titles
“I’m always somebody that likes to win, rather than be stable,” says Zverev.
Cameron Norrie says Wimbledon will be ‘like an exhibition’ as he warns a few top players might not play
British No 1 has his say on consequences following decision to strip Wimbledon of ranking points.
Wimbledon news: Former US Open champion says decision to strip major of ranking points ‘the correct one’
Sloane Stephens shares views on controversial move.
Carlos Alcaraz news: Top players to suffer if they’re to beat Spaniard at Roland Garros
He’s been unstoppable this season.
Red-hot Ons Jabeur stunned in opener at Roland Garros by world No 52 Magda Linette
Ons Jabeur stunned in Roland Garros opener.
Birthday boy Novak Djokovic looking to reset in the summer of ’22
Novak Djokovic is 35 today. This summer might just see him return to the top of his game after losing himself at the turn of the year.
Rafael Nadal plays down Roland Garros favourite tag as ‘there are players that are in better shape’
Rafael Nadal cautiously optimistic ahead of Roland Garros.
Emma Raducanu news: John McEnroe doubtful Brit can go far in French Open
She has had a lot of injuries so far this season.