Sky Sports activities Tennis has formally launched and never even thunder and lightening might cease us getting on air – and staying on air!
That was, till Laura and Marion’s eyes widened with concern because the sky lit up behind me and never lengthy after that, with many of the matches completed, play was cancelled for the day!
Talking to a good friend of mine, it rains six instances a yr in Doha and Sunday was very a lot a type of days!
It meant the motion was a bit stop-start on the WTA 1000 occasion within the capital of Qatar, which is our base for the week, nevertheless it was additionally media day which gave us the prospect to talk to a lot of the gamers together with Emma Raducanu who was our very first visitor and is making her debut in Doha having being given a wildcard.
We additionally spoke to Naomi Osaka, who opened up about having fun with being again on tour, defending champion and Polish Lego ambassador Iga Swiatek and Victoria Azarenka who revealed that watching Yellowstone has unleashed her ardour for horses!
Ons Jabeur returns after lacking the Center East swing final yr because of surgical procedure which we solely came upon pretty not too long ago was on an enlarged nodule that was blocking oxygen from attending to her lungs, which acquired so dangerous that at one level her coach Issam Jellali thought she was going to die.
She is at the moment battling a flare up of a longstanding knee harm that left her in tears not too long ago in Abu Dhabi.
That is such an essential a part of the yr for her and when she sat down with us to speak about attempting to handle her knee, Ons additionally reiterated that her massive objective for 2024 is to lastly get her arms on that Wimbledon trophy.
Murray’s legacy: He has earned the fitting to be left in peace
Somebody who can be arriving in Doha later this week is Andy Murray forward of subsequent week’s ATP 250 match.
Now so much has been written and stated about Murray in current weeks after he replied on social media to an article written about him which posed the query as as to whether his legacy could possibly be tarnished if he continues to play and would not win.
The very first thing to say is that whereas it has been robust to observe in current instances, after every little thing that Murray has finished for the game, it’s as much as him and solely him when he decides to name it a day.
It was summed up completely after I was on the touchline of my son’s U9s soccer match final weekend when one of many Dad’s got here as much as me, understanding that I work in tennis, and stated considerably out of the blue, ‘I’ll always remember the enjoyment Andy Murray delivered to British sport and me in 2016, what he has achieved has earned him the fitting to be left in peace!’
Sadly it wasn’t to be for the U9s who misplaced 2-0, however went down preventing with the odd two-footed deal with proper till the ultimate whistle!
Working and tennis mix!
Now, after my short-lived teaching expertise in Australia I hoped for a quieter time in Doha, so I am nonetheless unsure how I used to be persuaded to join the Doha 10k that is happening on the finish of the week.
I believe it was the lesser of the evils on provide when my good friend rang and requested if I fancied doing a marathon or a half marathon, to which I stated – pondering I used to be being intelligent – that sadly because of work commitments I’d solely handle one thing shorter. Who knew there was a 10k too!
It seems there’s additionally a 1k however after I pressed the ‘enroll’ button it stated I used to be too outdated! Laura can also be signed up however reasonably worryingly she requested me what tempo I used to be going to do to, which I replied sluggish!
So loads of working and tennis to come back over the following week. We hope you possibly can be a part of us and revel in it with us and whereas as I write this the rain continues to thunder down outdoors, the forecast for the remainder of the match is sweet.
Tennis is again on Sky Sports activities, you’ll have a number of matches at your fingertips all day, day by day and as you already know tennis by no means stops, it by no means will get boring. In actual fact it’s the reward that retains on giving!
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