• Photo: John McEnroe was at Madison Square Garden on Monday to cheer on the New York Rangers as they beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal.
• What is John Tomic’s future? The calls for a lifetime ban have come quickly, and it’s clear that no one is giving him the benefit of the doubt.
Tomic senior won a virtual lottery 20 years ago when his son Bernard was born in Germany.
That windfall ballooned to multi-million dimensions as Bernard climbed to international tennis prominence.
Hefty sponsorship deals, Tennis Australia’s monetary largesse and prizemoney – all earned by his son – have seen John Tomic, a former taxi driver, taken for the ride of his life.
Yet, at almost every turn, he has marked himself as a bully and an ingrate.
• Peter Bodo and Steve Tignor discuss the life and legacy of the ATP’s Brad Drewett.
• Catching up with British player Ross Hutchins, who sheds some light on his grueling chemotherapy process. Hutchins was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December.
“The toughest thing is that 24 hours after chemo you self-inject a white-blood-cell fluid into your stomach. Within an hour your body aches like you’ve got the flu – but far worse. The injection boosts your white blood cells by putting in fresh ones. It’s saying: ‘OK white blood cells, let’s build, let’s get healthy.’ Saturday will be the fifth set – that’s when you’re battling.”
He and [Andy] Murray are contesting a private duel over who will lose their hair first. “Andy struggles,” Hutchins laughs. “He’s thinner on the crown but I’m low on hair now. The nurses are surprised I haven’t lost all my hair but it hasn’t gone completely. If I wake up and Lindsay [his fiancee] suddenly has a face like this [Hutchins imitates The Scream] I’ll know my hair has finally gone.”
• WTA CEO Stacey Allaster continues to speak out against “excessive grunting.”
“We are going to be working with the governing bodies to drive excessive grunting out of the game,” says Allaster. “The plan is about focusing on educating the next generation. My team has been out to international academies and events, and shown the players a video about what the fans think of grunting.”
On a parallel path, technicians are looking to a possible alternative that might monitor the volume of grunting, with an acoustic threshold being set.
• Why are the U.S. men once again “bailing” on the European clay tournaments? Rankings are a big part of it.
• A Jerzy Janowicz photo shoot? Yup.
• Non-tennis: Why do NPR reporters have such great names?
• Bonus photo: Andy Roddick’s wife, Brooklyn Decker, attended the the Met Gala in New York on Monday night.