Tennis news today: Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic cheer on Real Madrid, Jannik Sinner scores 100th Madrid Open win
Tennis isn’t the only thing that worries Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic. The trio, currently competing at the Madrid Open, showed up to support Real Madrid at the Bernabeu Stadium in their UEFA Champions League semi-final clash against Manchester City.
Jannik Sinner, meanwhile, picked up his 100th ATP Tour victory after defeating Alex de Minaur in the second round of the Madrid Open. The tournament’s women’s semi-finalists are also locked in, with Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Jil Teichmann the last four standing.
Off the court, Venus Williams was included in Variety magazine’s “Power of Women” list to raise awareness about the gender pay gap. Emma Raducanu, meanwhile, looked fondly on her time in the Spanish capital following a third-round exit from the Madrid Open.
Here is a summary of the day’s headlines:
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic show up to support Real Madrid
Tennis pros Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic were at the Santiago Bernabeu to support Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City. Note that Nadal is a big fan of the club from the Spanish capital.
Real Madrid advanced to the final in spectacular fashion, scoring twice in the last minute of regulation time and once in extra time to tie the game 6-5 on aggregate.
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Nadal recently made a winning return to the circuit after an injury layoff, beating Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 7-6(4) in the second round of the Madrid Open. The former world number 1 rushed to watch his favorite team in action after their win.
Nadal will face David Goffin in the round of 16.
Jannik Sinner wins his 100th match on the ATP Tour
Jannik Sinner beat Alex de Minaur 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the Madrid Open to claim his 100th ATP Tour victory. Considering he’s only 20, that’s a remarkable feat.
The Italian came close to losing in the first round in Madrid, saving three match points en route to a 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Tommy Paul. Sinner will face Felix Auger-Aliassime in the third round.
The Madrid Open women’s semi-finals have been decided
Ons Jabeur beat former world number one Simona Halep 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the last four at the Madrid Open. She will face qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, who beat Amanda Anisimova 6-4, 6-3, for a place in the final.
Meanwhile, Jessica Pegula knocked out home favorite Sara Sorribes Tormo to set up a semi-final showdown against Jil Teichmann. The American won 6-4, 6-2, while Teichmann beat Anhelina Kalinina 6-3, 6-4.
Venus Williams Featured in Variety Magazine’s “Power of Women” Issue
A seven-time Grand Slam champion, Venus Williams has always championed various social justice causes. She has used her platform to make visible changes, especially when it comes to equal prize money in tennis.
Variety magazine gave her a platform to raise awareness about the gender pay gap by including her in their “Power of Women” issue. Williams took to social media to thank Variety. She also highlighted the work done by the Yetunde Price Resource Center, a community center opened in memory of her late sister.
Williams wrote on Instagram:
“Honored to be included in Variety’s Power of Women ✨ Thank you @variety for giving me a platform to raise awareness about the issue of pay inequality and for highlighting the amazing work of @yprcla 💕 #powerofwomen”
Emma Raducanu leaves Madrid with fond memories
Reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu had a pretty decent run at the Madrid Open. She defeated Tereza Martincova and Marta Kostyuk in straight sets before falling to Anhelina Kalinina in the third round. She also took the time to soak up the sights and explore the Spanish capital.
Raducanu recently wrote on Instagram:
“graciasss Madrid. You are a cool city, I had fun. A good week to build 😊👧🏻”
Raducanu will now take part in the Italian Open, which is due to start next week.
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