Tennis Today: Winners head this way
The 2018 season is in full swing now and in Tennis Today we have the latest on the weekend’s winners, the future of the men’s game and more.
What’s On The Site
First things first, there has been another high-profile withdrawal from the Australian Open as former champion Victoria Azarenka won’t travel Down Under.
Then if you were busy over the weekend and didn’t have time to catch up on who won what, here you go:
ATP & WTA Tour
What’s In The Media
In The Guardian, Tim Lewis writes that the “Infirmity and age pose threat to quality at Australian Open trainwreck”.
That’s a bit harsh as it will still be a quality field in both the men’s and women’s draw as Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber will feature.
Just because Andy Murray and Serena Williams won’t make it, it doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom.
The Telegraph (subscription) looks at how men’s tennis will survive after Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray call it a day.
It remains to be seen if Australian bad boy Bernard Tomic will take part in the season-opening Grand Slam of 2018. Remember we told you last week that he could be taking part in “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here” after failing to get a wildcard entry.
The Herald Sun followed it up with a story (subscription) that he allegedly bragged to fellow players that he was offered A$1m to appear in the show.
Tomic, though, has now decided to take part in the final Australian Open warm-up event, the Kooyong Classic. However, it the Sydney Morning Herald reports that it is still a case of ‘will he or won’t he’ take part in the Aussie Open qualifers.
What’s On Social
In case you missed Grigor Dimitrov’s brilliant sportsmanship last week, here it is again.
What’s On TV
Top seed Albert Ramos-Viñolas, Gilles Müller, Fabio Fognini and Gilles Simon will all be in action in the men’s side of the draw while Johanna Konta will take on Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s tournament. Dominika Cibulkova and Auckland Classic winner Julia Goerges also have games.
04:00-06:00 (Tuesday morning)
LIVE – Eurosport 1
04:00-11:00 (Tuesday morning)
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Second seed Elise Mertens, Katerina Siniakova, Alison Riske and Irina-Camelia Begu all feature in the Australian Open warm-up event.
03:00-11:00 (Tuesday morning)
LIVE – BT Sport 3
Novak Djokovic ‘met the goal he set out at the beginning of the season’, says his coach
A good season for Novak Djokovic.
Tennis Top 10
ATP top 10 prize-money earners in 2020: Novak Djokovic at No 1 with two surprise names on the list
Novak Djokovic sitting pretty at No 1.
WTA to adopt ATP-style categories with events changed to WTA Masters, WTA 500, WTA 250?
Changes in line for WTA categories, according to a report.
Dominic Thiem hopes to emulate his coach and experience ‘incredible’ medal winning emotions at Olympics
Dominic Thiem sets sights on Tokyo Olympics.
British tennis given a boost as the LTA agrees a new partnership with Dunlop
LTA ends challenging year on a high with Dunlop deal.
EXCLUSIVE – Davis Cup captain Leon Smith echoes Andy Murray views as he outlines his vision for tennis in 2021
Leon Smith hopes tennis can return to normal in 2021.
Daniil Medvedev: ‘Inside of me there is a winner that maybe sometimes is a bit childish’
Daniil Medvedev determined to drop the antics.
‘We have so much fun together,’ says Dominic Thiem as he joins Roger Federer at 2021 Laver Cup
“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Europe.”
How ‘skinny guy’ Juan Martin del Potro ‘won’ Diego Maradona’s heart and made football icon ‘very happy’
Maradona shared a special relationship with ‘Martin’.
Big changes confirmed for 2021 Madrid Open as tournament announces ‘well-deserved’ expansion
Madrid Open set for a revamp.