Tennis Today: ‘Worst rugby guy’ Roger Federer talks scrums and World Cup; Rafael Nadal to tie knot
In Tennis Today, Roger Federer reveals his rugby “knowledge” while we get a history lesson and a quote from a priest ahead of Rafael Nadal’s big wedding day.
What’s on the site
“I will play the French Open,” was the big revelation from Roger Federer this week and it will no doubt be music to his fans’ ears.
And in the world of Andy Murray, the former world No 1 has all but ruled out competing in the 2020 Olympics with his brother Jamie.
As for on-court action, Murray is into the quarter-finals of the European Open.
What’s in the news
If you are a fan of the oval ball sport, then you will no doubt be following the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and who better to ask who will win the tournament than “worst rugby guy” Roger Federer?
In an interview with CNN, Federer’s rugby knowledge was put to the test and he answered some questions right and some wrong.
As for who will be crowned champions?
“All Blacks? I hope South Africa or Australia.”
Go to CNN for the rest of the interview.
Gender equality remains a hot topic and tennis great Billie Jean King says we still have a long way to go in sport, according to Reuters.
The big celeb story of the week comes from Mallorca/Majorca as Rafael Nadal and Xisca Perello will tie the knot on Saturday and The Sun tells us it’s the same “British-owned fortress in Majorca where Gareth Bale wed earlier this year”.
They also have a quote from the priest there.
“I am just going to marry two people who love each other.”
And there is also a history lesson.
“The original fort was built in 1628 to defend Majorca against invaders.”
And now you know.
What’s on social media
Nick Kyrgios showing off his ball skills.
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Some good scrambling from Andy Murray during the European Open.
A rally to sum up @andy_murray 👍
— LTA (@the_LTA) October 17, 2019
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