Tennis Today: World Cup meets Wimbledon, and Johanna Konta’s musical aspirations revealed
Just another bonkers day in tennis…
What’s on the site
Basically, Tennis365 is packed full today with simple appreciation for being alive.
With good reason, too. I mean, what a time to be alive! The sun is shining, Wimbledon is on, the best ever World Cup is on, and Diego Maradona is grief-stricken with a deep sense of sporting injustice. We are literally living the dream, people. Living. The. DREAM.
But anyway, did you know that the World Cup and Wimbledon have many weird and wonderful connections to each other? No? Well feast your eyes on these seven reasons why.
However, before you go ahead and reach the conclusion that, essentially, and for all intents and purposes, Wimbledon and the World Cup are basically the exact same thing, here is John Nicholson to tell you that they definitely are not the same thing and it’s deeply annoying when people pretend they are.
You may have noticed the small matter of England actually winning a World Cup penalty shoot-out, and you’re not alone. Kyle Edmund was struck down with a serious case of World Cup fever too, and he chronicled it all on his Instagram account.
Away from other sporting events, yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of Pete Sampras’ maiden Wimbledon title, so we have recalled you for it here.
Wimbledon day three results
Venus Williams avoids upset, but Victoria Azarenka crashes out
Milos Raonic battles through, Lucas Pouille out
No problems for Roger Federer as he eases past Lukas Lacko
Serena Williams powers on, Caroline Wozniacki falls
And don’t forget to check out our gallery from day three either.
What’s in the news
Johanna Konta tends to attract much greater attention at Wimbledon than anywhere else due to the partisan hopes of the home crowd, but she says she rather likes it.
In fact, in discussing her spell in the spotlight, she revealed her musical aspirations.
“I always thought I’d be such an unbelievable performer on stage,” she said.
“Except for the fact that I have an absolutely horrendous singing voice. But I just really like the idea of being on a stage in front of tens of thousands of fans.
“I want to be a singer, a superstar like Taylor Swift.”
Meanwhile, Eugenie Bouchard’s coach has lifted the lid on their relationship, insisting that she still has the talent to get back to the heights she reached in 2014 when she was in the final at Wimbledon.
“I think that’s why she liked me when she came to me about three months ago,” said Robert Lansdorp, who has previously worked with Lindsay Davenport and Maria Sharapova.
“She liked that I could see things in her that I could improve on. I know what to do to get her to hit the ball better and more consistently. She hadn’t been able to do that before.
“I was excited about it because I figured, ‘Hey, I can really help this girl.’ And that’s the only reason I’m here.
“I don’t do the travelling just for the glory. I feel that I can help her to get better. If I can’t, then I’ll stop this, and if she gets to be number one, I’ll stop this. Then my job will be done.”
What’s on social media
England’s impending World Cup quarter-final against Sweden is causing issues in the Edmund camp…
Laura Robson is feeling traditional. Kind of.
There was some Wednesday Wisdom laid down by Serena Williams.
The Australian Open pointed out a pretty imperious Roger Federer stat.
Sloane Stephens shared her resolve to put her Wimbledon disappointment behind her.
And Gerard Pique found the bright side in Spain’s World Cup elimination.
What’s on TV
ATP and WTA Wimbledon
LIVE – BBC One/BBC Two/BBC Red Button/Connected TV, BBC Sport website & app
LIVE – BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
Novak Djokovic wins first match since US Open disqualification; Rafael Nadal back with a bang
Rafael Nadal also back with a win.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga withdraws from French Open and ends his 2020 season as injury nightmare persists
Frenchman goes back to drawing board.
Coco Gauff reveals she ‘feels quite comfortable on clay’ after recording her first ever red dirt win
Gauff up and running in Rome.
Dominic Thiem says he ‘expects’ to find Grand Slams easier after winning US Open title
Thiem has monkey off his back.
‘I don’t feel comfortable to go there and play Roland Garros’ – Nick Kyrgios goes on offensive again
Nick Kyrgios makes French Open decision.
Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic was ‘very unlucky’, but insists players should have ‘self-control’
Rafael Nadal adds his two cents on rival.
Two-time French Open runner-up Kim Clijsters explains why she won’t be playing at Roland Garros
Kim Clijsters not sure when she will play again.
‘Nice guy’ Dominic Thiem deserves US Open and ‘right behind Rafa’ to win French Open – Novak Djokovic
Djokovic welcomes Thiem to Grand Slam winners club.
‘I’m still not feeling 100% tennis-wise but I enjoyed it,’ says Kei Nishikori after first win in a year
Kei Nishikori gets a win under his belt in Rome.
Rafael Nadal double downs on Novak Djokovic-led PTPA criticism: ‘We should not pursue our own interests’
‘We are going through a world crisis,’ says Nadal.