April 8, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

April 8, 2022

Five Point Friday

Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.

1.) Tsonga’s Retirement Plans

On Wednesday, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga announced his plans to retire from tennis after the French Open, which begins at the end of May. Tsonga sighted the ability of his body to keep up with his desire, which hasn’t gone too well in recent years as he’s struggled with injuries.

2.) Halep’s New Coach

Patrick Mouratoglou is long known as Serena Williams’ coach, but that’s about to change. Although he’s mentored players including Stefanos Tsitsipas and Coco Gauff on the side, he’s ready to take on another full-time position with former No. 1 Simona Halep. Patrick discussed the opportunity with Serena and, based on her current priorities and time away from the court, decided he could begin a new chapter.

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3.) Sportsmanship x2

Carlos Alcaraz gifted Hubert Hurkacz a replayed point during his semi-final match when the umpire called a double bounce. Then, Casper Ruud offered Carlos a free first serve during their final matchup when he realized the ball for his second serve was flat and handed it to the umpire, disrupting his flow. There was no requirement from Carlos or Casper to give the other player a break, but kind gestures from the two young players.

4.) April Fools Jokes in Tennis

Last Friday was April fools, and a handful of surprise jokes were doled out to fans to celebrate the day. A few participants I stumbled upon included Babolat, the USTA, US Open, and TennisWorld.

5.) Medvedev Out for 2 Months

Last Saturday, Daniil Medvedev shared with fans that he’s been playing with a small hernia for the past few months and decided to have a procedure to fix it. The move will put him for the next 1-2 months, so assuming all goes well for him, he should be back right in time for the grass-court swing following the French Open.

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.

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