Tennis Today: Another Serena Williams-laden edition, including bra sponsor claims
In Tennis Today, the Serena Williams-US Open final debacle rumbles on and the name of a bra company has been dragged into the delayed airing of an interview.
What’s on the site
US Open statistics in New York Times reveal that Serena Williams was off the mark when she claimed women are punished more than men.
Then there is a report that Williams and Ramos are “likely to be kept apart” at next year’s Australian Open.
However, it is more than a week now since the US Open final and the absence of apology from Williams is even more damning than the US Open disgrace.
And then there is the coaching incident itself with Williams saying “I don’t understand what Patrick Mouratoglou was talking about”.
It’s Monday so ease into the new week with our quiz about American great Michael Chang.
What’s in the news
Serena Williams gave Australia’s “The Sunday Project” a scoop as she talked about the controversial US Open final, but they only gave the world a teaser (as you will have read above).
Daily Mail Australia says Channel Ten has now been forced to deny reports that “a sponsor has forced them to delay showing the full Serena Williams interview”.
Who is the sponsor in question, you ask?
“Bra company Berlei wanted the interview to coincide with the launch of a new range of bras.”
Telegraph Sport reports Carlos Ramos has issued his first code violation following the US Open final. It was a warning to Marin Cilic for smashing his racket during the Davis Cup semi-final against the United States.
In The Observer, Nosheen Iqbal says “Serena Williams has to rise above stereotypes whether she’s right or wrong”.
“Whatever you think of her actions during the US Open final the winner of 23 grand slams is a supreme athlete who has always faced obstacles because of her race and sex.”
Five-time snooker world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was asked for his opinion on the Williams-Ramos controversy and The Independent says he suggested “only female referees should be used in women’s sports, and vice-versa for male sports, because they understand how their own gender thinks”
What’s on social media
It feels like yesterday that Naomi Osaka won the Rising Star in Singapore…oh it probably was yesterday.
It was a good weekend of Davis Cup action and here are their Top 5 plays.
Andy Murray’s thank you message to Great Britain’s Davis Cup fans.
— British Tennis (@BritishTennis) September 16, 2018
What’s on TV
Sky is broadcasting the Laver Cup this week with coverage starting on Friday September 21.
WTA Pan Pacific Open
04:00-14:00 (Monday and Tuesday)
LIVE – BT Sport1
Andrey Rublev and Diego Schwartzman closing in on last two ATP Finals places
Schwartzman increased his points tally by reaching the final in Cologne.
Novak Djokovic praises ‘hard worker, great guy’ Dominic Thiem: ‘He deserves it more than anybody else’
Novak Djokovic impressed by Dominic Thiem.
Dominic Thiem hails ‘unreal’ Vienna Open field, saying defending title is ‘not mission impossible, but almost’
Dominic Thiem up against it in Vienna.
Another Cologne trophy for Alexander Zverev as he vows ‘to be on top of the game very soon’
Another week, another Cologne trophy for Zverev.
Aryna Sabalenka ends rollercoaster week by ‘playing more freely’ and beating Victoria Azarenka in Ostrava
Aryna Sabalenka is your 2020 Ostrava Open champion.
Novak Djokovic eyes Pete Sampras’ record, explains when he hopes to pass Roger Federer milestone
Novak Djokovic eyes two big ATP rankings records.
‘I had Roland Garros defeat in the back of my head. I was not going to lose today,’ says Alexander Zverev
Alexander Zverev pleased to get the monkey off his back.
‘I don’t have symptoms of coronavirus,’ says Iga Swiatek after contact with Poland president
Iga Swiatek to go into quarantine.
Novak Djokovic laments missing out on US Open and French Open titles, saying ‘there is a lingering regret’
Novak Djokovic feels like he missed out.
Vienna Open draw: Nightmare half for Dominic Thiem; Novak Djokovic could face Stefanos Tsitsipas in semis
A bit of a shocker of a draw for Dominic Thiem.