Tennis

Roger Federer surprises rooftop tennis players during lockdown

It began with a game of lockdown rooftop tennis between two Italian youngsters and ended with global fame and a surprise visit from their idol Roger Federer. When 13-year-old Vittoria and Carola, 11, found they could not visit their local courts this year because of the coronavirus pandemic they opted for the next best thing and started playing tennis between two rooftops in their home town of Finale Ligure in

Project host slams ‘brat’ Kyrgios

The Project co-host Peter van Onselen has slammed Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios after Sunday morning’s announcement he would not compete at this year’s US Open. Kyrgios read out a letter on his social media channels where he slammed tennis players and officials for pushing through with the New York tournament in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old branded the sport “selfish” as he called on players to

Andy Murray 'willing to take risk' with US Open after years of injury hell

The precarious nature of tennis’ return was brought to the fore this weekend, with a player testing positive for coronavirus during the WTA’s restart in Palermo and serious doubts being raised over the Madrid Open. There’s an element of risk that comes with travelling to any international tennis tournament in the present climate – something Andy Murray acknowledges as he prepares to head to New York later this month. With

Women's Palermo Open predicted safe for players and fans

All systems go for Palermo as women’s open predicted safe for players and fans as 350 prepare to attend despite likes of Jo Konta withdrawing Official ranking tennis is set to resume with the women’s Palermo Open  The event has been predicted safe for both fans and the players attending  It has been agreed that 350 fans will be allowed in on each of the next nine days Official international

Evans and Edmund bury feud over dinner after aggressive racket touch

Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund bury feud over dinner after British No 1 had accused rival of aggressively hitting his racket following a Battle of the Brits team event Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund clashed at the net following a Tuesday night match A post-match touch of rackets was seen as an aggressive swipe by Evans But the players quickly buried the hatchet over dinner in the aftermath Evans was in

Stan Wawrinka is 'underestimated', says coach Magnus Norman

Long-time coach Magnus Norman says Stan Wawrinka is one of the best to have ever played the game but the three-time Grand Slam champion is a “little bit underestimated”. Wawrinka, 35, was the last man to win a Grand Slam singles title outside the trio of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic when he won the 2016 US Open. He is also one only one of three players to

Jamie Murray latest name to voice concern about the US Open next month

‘You cannot even book a flight direct to New York just now’: Jamie Murray is the latest name to voice concern about the staging of the US Open next month and admits he is considering skipping the Grand Slam Jamie Murray criticised the communication regarding next month’s US Open The Grand Slam is scheduled to be held in New York without any spectators But some players may opt to restart

Djokovic accuses critics of embarking on a 'witch-hunt' against him

‘Someone has to fall and be the main culprit for everything’: Novak Djokovic accuses critics of embarking on a ‘witch-hunt’ against him in wake of his disastrous Adria Tour that saw several people test positive for coronavirus Novak Djokovic has accused his critics of embarking on a witch-hunt against him It comes in the wake of the disastrous Adria Tour that he organised last month The world No 1, along with

French Open hoping for big crowds

French Open hoping for big crowds as they announce plans to operate at more than 50 per cent capacity The main draw of the French Open is due to start on September 27 There will be crowds of around 20,000 per day in the early stages of tournament There will be strict restrictions in place, including one-way spectator routes  While fears grow over the feasibility of next month’s US Open,

Rafael Nadal reveals his uncertainty over return - 'I don't know what's going to happen'

Rafael Nadal says he is unsure over what his physical condition will be when tennis resumes next month. The tennis season is braced to get back underway at the start of August after what will have been a five-break suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. The revised calendar is packed with tournaments including the US Open, the rescheduled French Open and Masters 1000 events in Cincinnati, Rome and Madrid. After