April 7, 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.) Match of the Miami Open
The Miami Open has come and gone, with Daniil Medvedev and Petra Kvitová capturing the titles. Looking back, one match stands out from the crowd as a highly electric and entertaining match: Sinner vs. Alcaraz. If you didn’t catch it, the highlights are worth a few minutes, as both players were excellent. Short on time? Jump to 1:16 in the video for the point of the tournament.
2.) Boris Beckers Docuseries
Premiering today on Apple TV+, Boom! Boom! The World vs. Boris Becker is a two-part docuseries that takes a look at the life and career of Boris Becker up until his recent stint in prison for illegally transferring money and hiding assets after declaring bankruptcy. The series includes interviews with McEnroe, Djokovic, Borg, and other icons.
3.) Luxilon Eco Power
Made from 100% recycled PET bottles, Luxilon Eco Power is the string giant’s latest addition to its polyester lineup. It’s a shaped poly for added spin and is currently available in a unique teal color with a 17 gauge thickness. You can pick up a set directly on Wilson’s website.
Play for the planet ????
Luxilon Eco Power is thoughtfully crafted using 100% recycled PET bottles without compromising the integrity of the string, or the performance of players. Available in sets and reels. https://t.co/vnSWpI76ZB pic.twitter.com/Kep5tWBS92
— Wilson Tennis (@WilsonTennis) April 4, 2023
4.) Carrie Soto is Back [Film]
Critically-acclaimed novelist Taylor Jenkins Reid will see her fictional tennis book, Carrie Soto is Back, which reached the top of The New York Times bestseller list and has a 4.4 rating and 21k reviews on Amazon, come to the big screen. The book chronicles a player who becomes the world’s best, retires, and returns to the game six years later when a younger player threatens her records.
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5.) Monte Carlo Loses Stars
Rafael Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz, and Felix Auger-Aliassime are three of six players that have withdrawn from the Monte Carlo Masters, which kicks off next week. Although Rafa was expected to return, he shared that he wasn’t prepared to compete at his highest level. Carlos cited post-traumatic arthritis in his left hand and muscular discomfort in his spine that needs rest, while Felix has struggled with pain in his left knee. For those wondering, Novak Djokovic will be present, setting up what appears to be a golden opportunity for him.
- Rafael Nadal
- Carlos Alcaraz
- Felix Auger Aliassime
- Pablo Carreño Busta
- Denis Shapovalov
- Yoshihito Nishioka
- Stefanos Tsitsipas
- Jack Draper
- Stan Wawrinka
- Gael Monfils
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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