Tennis news today: Emma Raducanu makes a winning debut on Clay, Justine Henin criticizes ATP for failing to pay for players

US Open champion Emma Raducanu made a winning debut at the Billie Jean King Cup on Friday. Raducanu looked comfortable in her first professional match and helped Great Britain level their tie against the Czech Republic.

Former World No. 1 Justine Henin has hit out at ATP for failing to reinvent its stars.

Elsewhere, Naomi Osaka interacted with The Recipients of the Play Academy, an initiative launched by her to improve the lives of girls through sports. Venus Williams, meanwhile, took to Instagram some coaching tips.

Here’s a round-up of the day’s biggest headlines:


Emma Raducanu kicks off with a clay campaign

Making her debut at the Billie Jean King Cup and playing her first match, Emma Raducanu defeated Tereza Martincova in straight sets. The teenager won 7-5, 7-5 to level tie for Great Britain after the Czech Republic had taken the lead through Marketa Vondrousouva.

Raducanu will take on her next match in Vondrousova.


“He Shouldn’t Be on the Court Today, Alexander Zverev” – ATP’s Inaction on Justine Henin

The last few months have witnessed a number of high-profile players from untold prospects. Alexander Zverev verbally abused an umpire and attacked his chair at the Mexican Open. He was later fined and given a suspended ban.

Nick Kyrgios and Jenson Brooksby, among others, behaved in an unruly manner while on court. Former World No. 1 Justine Henin says that the ATP dealt with the matter in a proper manner and that the players should have been punished.

“We hope concrete action will be taken so that these extremes stop. You can’t yell at an umpire. Even if there is no intention, it’s a problem. Alexander Zverev is tired, but we can’t see the images of Alexander Zverev again. , ”Henin told Eurosport.


Naomi Osaka plays mentor to Play Academy inductees

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka was responsible for launching the Play Academy, an initiative aimed at empowering girls through sport. She interacted with the inductees yesterday, playing tennis and advising them.

“Had such a great time with @playacademynaomi grantees yesterday! Thank you to @laureussport for working with me to help bring change to the girls’ lives through play and sport. Also a big thank you to @godaddy for supporting this initiative and helping the new @playacademynaomi website. Visit my IG Story to check it out! “

Osaka’s plans for the clay season include competing at the Italian Open and Roland Garros.


Venus Williams plays coach on Instagram

While Venus Williams competed in a tournament since August 2021, she has remained involved with tennis in some way or another. She took to Instagram to announce that she’s starting a weekly tennis tutorial to improve people’s games.

“This week we look into how to hit forehand tips and tricks. I will begin with a series of tennis tutorials that will hopefully help you improve your game. Let me know in the comments what kind of tennis tips you’d like to see. Thanks for watching, ”she said.


Monte-Carlo Masters at Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina seal semi-final spots

Defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Monte-Carlo Masters and will face World No. 3 Alexander Zverev next. The German defeated Jannik Sinner 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

Grigor Dimitrov and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina will compete in the other semifinal. The Spaniard won 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 against Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz while Dimitrov defeated Hubert Hurkacz 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2).


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