April 21, 2023
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week in tennis.
1.) Rublev’s 1st Masters 1000
Returning from a set down to defeat Holder Rune 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in Monte-Carlo, Andre Rublev claimed his first Masters 1000 title for the biggest win of his career. Until now, Andre had won seven ATP 250 and five ATP 500 level trophies, so it’s likely a weight off his shoulders, having made it to two previous Masters 1000 titles where he didn’t come away with a win.
2.) Jabeur Regaining Form
After a banner 2022, reaching back-to-back finals at Wimbledon and the US Open, Ons Jaber had a slow start to the year. In January, she suffered an injury during her second-round loss at the Australian Open, then returned with lackluster performances at Indian Wells and Miami by her standards. However, she quickly turned that around in Charleston, winning the title without dropping a set. Now, she’s off to a strong start in Stuttgart, fighting off Jeļena Ostapenko in three sets, and looks to be finding her form on clay.
3.) RecoveryPulse Arm Sleeve
Tennis players who’ve suffered from arm injuries or discomfort like tennis elbow now have another tool for relief. The Therabody RecoveryPulse Arm Sleeve delivers compression and targeted pulsing vibration, ideal for pain relief and boosting circulation before and after playing tennis. I haven’t tested the device, but the $149 price point seems relatively accessible, especially compared to other products they sell.
4.) 50 Years of the WTA
The Tennis Hall of Fame celebrates 50 years of the WTA by highlighting the significant accomplishments, milestones, and lasting impact of women’s professional tennis. They’ll run a six-month exhibit opening later this month in Newport, RI, and have dedicated a page on their website to showcase a series of content they’ll be sharing on the topic through September.
5.) Time Travel Challenge
Grigor Dimitrov and Andrey Rublev teamed up in Monte Carlo for a friendly tiebreak playing with vintage racquets. Guess who wins?
If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your feedback. Which topic is your favorite? What would you like to see more or less of each week?
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