Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) 10-Year-Old with 2 Forehands
Competing at the adidas Easter Bowl in the under-12s division, 10-year-old Teodor Davidov was filmed hitting two forehands and alternating left-handed and right-handed serves. It’s impressive to watch, and safe to say he’s proficient from both wings.
In her quarter-final match against Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Miami Open, Bianca Andreescue was pulled out wide on her forehand side and went for broke on a passing shot that even she was surprised she made. If you have a few extra minutes, their match highlights are worth a replay too.
After taking a straight-set loss to 19-year old Jannik Sinner, Alexander Bublik was quick to offer praise to the Italian teenager with a light-hearted comment suggesting he’s “not-human.” No doubt, Sinner’s hugely talented as the second-youngest player in the ATP’s top 100.
“You’re like 15 years old, and you’re playing like this?!”
Writing for the US Open, Victoria Chiesa profiles the exclusive club of four women umpires who have officiated men’s singles championship matches at a Grand Slam and how they’re looking to inspire other women to get involved. Today, only 20% of internationally-certified officials worldwide are women, and they’re hoping to attract and retain more talent to the profession.
Early in March, Andre Rublev defeated Márton Fucsovics at the finals in Rotterdam. A few weeks later, they met again in the quarter-finals of the Dubai Championships. Once again, Rublev prevailed, at which time Fucsovics was caught joking that he hoped he wouldn’t play him again this year. Apparently, he spoke too soon as they met at the very next tournament, and I’m sure you could predict the outcome. Safe to say, Rublev has his number.