August 12, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Serena’s Retirement
In an exclusive article with Vogue, Serena Williams announced she would retire from tennis after the 2022 US Open. Rather than try to summarize, I’d encourage you to check out the full article – it’s well done. Looking for more Serena? Check out her video breaking down 22 looks from the US Open to the Met Gala, where she reminisces on more than just the outfits.
2.) Federer Plays Zizou
Five years ago, a young fan named Zizou asked Federer during a US Open press conference if he could continue playing tennis for eight or nine years to give him a chance to play him once he turned pro. Federer jokingly, “piny promised.” Now in 2022, he surprised Zizou with an opportunity to hit with him while in Switzerland.
3.) Babolat Pure Aero 2023
On August 25th, Babolat will release the eighth generation of its Pure Aero line of racquets, emphasizing power and spin. One of the more unique updates to the frame is NF² or flax fiber integrated into the frame. All frames except the 98 in² model have it integrated into the handle for an enhanced feel. The Pure Aero 98 and flagship Pure Aero get flax fiber inserts at 3 and 9 o’clock for vibration reduction and a cleaner sound.
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4.) Vika’s Visa Issues
Former world no. 1, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, was denied entry to play at the Toronto Open. According to Tennis Canada, they had done everything they could to help, but the processing turnaround time proved too challenging. Victoria will compete this month at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, starting on August 15th.
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) August 7, 2022
5.) Kyrgios Ousts World #1
Coming off his singles and doubles titles at the Citi Open, Nick Kyrgios took down world no. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who also had claimed a title in Los Cabos, Mexico, last week. He followed the result up with a win against friend and fellow countryman Alex de Minaur, pushing him into the quarterfinals of the Canadian Masters.
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.