April 24, 2020
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Federer On Merging ATP & WTA
During his recent downtime, Roger posted on Twitter, suggesting right now might be an ideal time for the ATP & WTA to merge, which led to some interesting conversation. What are your thoughts?
Just wondering…..am I the only one thinking that now is the time for men’s and women’s tennis to be united and come together as one?
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) April 22, 2020
2.) Rooftop Tennis in Italy
Recently, the world of social media has treated us to tennis players finding unique ways to hit without being able to access courts. Two individuals from Liguria, Italy, give us yet another idea when they shared hitting to each other from the rooftop of separate buildings.
Just incredible to see ????
— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 18, 2020
3.) Rafa & Roger Go Live
Throughout the pandemic, there has been no shortage of Instagram Live sessions with the world’s top pros. This week, Rafa and Roger spent time catching up for all of us to enjoy.
4.) Djokovic and COVID-19 Vaccine
In a Facebook Live session, Djokovic claimed he’d have a difficult decision to make on whether to receive a vaccine for coronavirus if it was required to compete on tour. He didn’t outright shun the idea, and it’s unclear if he entirely opposes vaccines, but his comments certainly caused a stir.
5.) Ultimate Tennis Showdown
Serena William’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has been hard at work to bring tennis back sooner than later while the tours are on pause with the Ultimate Tennis Showdown. He’s planning a live stream of ten tennis matches every weekend over five weeks at his facilities starting May 16th and 17th. He already has a few players committing to play.
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The last few weeks, I worked hard with my business partner on a way to provide the fans with their “tennis fix” whilst the tours are on pause indefinitely. Why not offer live tennis — like NEVER before? A revolutionary way to consume tennis, for more entertainment; a player-centric league, redistributing most of the income to its players; no “physical” spectators, but thousands of viewers around the world. Welcome to @ultimate_tennis_showdown. Coming May 16.
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?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.