Tennis Today: Wimbledon set for ticketing overhaul, and tennis players’ ages ‘exclusively’ revealed
In Tennis Today, Wimbledon may finally be ready to accept the internet is not simply a fad, and the Express really raise the bar on stating the obvious and expecting credit for it.
What’s on the site
Why not start your Monday reading by checking out our exclusive with BT Sport presenter Clare Balding, who has told us all about her hopes for the future of women’s tennis in Great Britain.
Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, has admitted his injury troubles are seriously affecting his confidence following his shock Monte-Carlo struggles.
Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, is physically fine, but ‘lacking consistency’.
Fabio Fognini doesn’t care about either, because he’s a Masters champion now and a very welcome addition to the circle he is too.
Anyway, you can see how it all develops this week in a very strong Barcelona field. Check out the draw here.
What’s in the news
Wimbledon has never been one to be easily beckoned into the 21st century, but it is considering actually embracing the internet.
Tradition has always been the All England Club’s master, and that has included their ballot system.
Currently, fans who wish to apply for tickets must fill in a paper form and mail it to the club with a stamped self-addressed envelope before crossing their fingers and waiting for months for a reply.
However, The Financial Times report that it could all change for next year’s event, with an online ballot being available instead.
Of course, if you’re looking for something more hard-hitting and cutting edge in your journalism this morning, the Express has an essential ‘EXCLUSIVE’ for you.
I hate to be that ‘spoilers’ person, but they have exclusively revealed that Novak Djokovic is younger than Roger Federer.
Thanks, Express! Thanks for tackling the big issues.
What’s on social media
Naomi Osaka was getting some valuable time on the red dirt.
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Daniil Medvedev rued missed opportunities.
Chris Evert had the kind of problems all dog-owners can relate to.
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And TennisTV offered us five incredible shots from Monte-Carlo to enjoy.
What’s on TV
Both Istanbul and Stuttgart can be watched live on BT Sport and the Tennis Channel.
Barcelona and Budapest is live o the Tennis Channel and Amazon Prime.
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Madison Keys latest player to miss Australian Open charter flight after testing positive for coronavirus
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Andy Murray in race against time to play at Australian Open after testing positive for COVID-19
Andy Murray tests positive for coronavirus – report.
Andy Murray Australian Open appearance in doubt after positive test for Covid
Murray is hoping to be able to arrive in Australia at a later date.
Dominic Thiem’s coach tests positive for COVID-19, but hopes to link up with Austrian ‘soon’
Nicolas Massu hopes to fly Down Under in a few weeks.