August 13, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) An Unexpected Hindrance
During their match at the National Bank Open, Daniil Medvedev apologized for hitting a ball at Alexander Bublik, which he had to dive out of the way to return. However, because his apology came before the point finished, the umpire called it a hindrance.
2.) Danielle Collins’ 12-Match Streak
On the heels of back-to-back titles in Palermo, Italy, and San Jose, CA, world #28, Danielle Collins, spoiled Simona Halep’s first match back since May after suffering a calf tear. It was a tough two-hour and 55-minute victory for Collins at the National Bank Open, which ended 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
3.) adidas Barricade is Back
After discontinuing the Barricade in 2018 and replacing it with the SoleCourt Boost, adidas has received non-stop feedback from players to bring the shoe back into production, which first debuted in 2000. Known for its stability and durability, adidas has launched the twelfth generation of the shoe ahead of the US Open to the excitement of many enthusiasts.
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4.) Jabeur & Kasatkina’s Point
Ons Jabeur and Daria Kasatkina played a tough three-set match at the National Bank Open and showcased some excellent tennis. At 3-2 in the third set, they delivered some of their best with a stellar point.
— wta (@WTA) August 12, 2021
5.) Tennis Balls in Short Supply?
Some of the industry’s biggest tennis ball manufacturers struggle to keep up with demand as shipping delays and reduced staff at manufacturing facilities continue due to COVID. Have you noticed the shortage?
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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.