April 28, 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.) Ukranians & Wimbledon
Wimbledon will cover accommodation costs for Ukrainian players competing in qualifiers and the main draw this year for the whole grass court season. They’ll also donate one pound for every ticketholder, expected to reach £500,000, and will invite 1,000 Ukrainian refugees to the championships for a day. This news comes on the heels of Wimbledon announcing last month that Russian and Belarusian players will be able to compete as “neutrals,” a flip on the ban from last year. Play the presser from 11 minutes to hear all about it.
2.) Jabeur’s Latest Injury
Last week, I shared Ons Jabeur’s return to form after suffering an injury earlier this year, with a title in Charleston and a positive start at the Stuttgart Open. Unfortunately, while playing Iga Swiatek in the semifinals, she suffered a calf injury forcing her to retire and preventing her from playing in Madrid. At this point, she hasn’t provided a return timeline, but most would expect she’ll do everything to ensure she’s in good shape for Roland Garros at the end of May.
— Ons Jabeur (@Ons_Jabeur) April 24, 2023
3.) Chasing a Duck on Court
Ever wonder how to chase a duck off a tennis court? Yesterday, a ball boy at the Madrid Open showed off his skills with a spirited chase.
What the duck…
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) April 27, 2023
4.) 15-year-old’s Record
This week, 15-year-old Mirra Andreeva earned her first main draw appearance at the Madrid Open and followed it up with two straight-set victories, the first over Leylah Fernandez and the second over 13th seed Beatriz Haddad Maia. With her first win, she became the third youngest player to win a main-draw match at a WTA 1000, behind Coco Gauff and Cici Bellis. In her following triumph, she became the second 15-year-old to defeat a top 50 opponent at a WTA 1000. Her third-round match will be Saturday.
5.) RF Sunglass Line
Launching this spring, Roger Federer will debut an RF eyewear collection in partnership with the high-end eyewear company Oliver Peoples. Fans should expect a premium price as there isn’t a pair on their website for less than $330.
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