August 26, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Impressive Cincy Champs
With his 7-6(0), 6-2 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas, Borna Coric claimed his maiden Masters 1000 title in his first tour-level ATP final since 2020. Meanwhile, Caroline Garcia became the first qualifier to win a WTA 1000 title since the tier was created in 2009. The win pushes Coric’s rank up 123 spots to no. 29, while Caroline moves up 26 to no. 17.
2.) USTA on US Open Balls
After recent discussions about the different tennis balls used at the US Open for men and women, the USTA issued a response saying, “The USTA works closely with the WTA and ATP Tour, their player councils, and our brand partner on an annual basis to determine what type of balls they recommend playing with for the coming US Open.” The WTA’s Sr. VP of Global Communications also shared a statement with ESPN.
3.) Quintessential Medvedev
Playing Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final of the Cincinnati Masters, Daniil Medvedev showed off his trademark defensive skills in one of my favorite points of the year.
70% of the earth’s surface is covered by water.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 19, 2022
4.) US Open Exhibition
In a series of five doubles exhibition matches featuring 21 current and former players, the US Open raised $1.2 million for Ukrainian relief efforts. The Wednesday night matches featured Rafa, Iga, Coco, and many more for an evening of fun benefiting a good cause.
5.) The History of Tennis
In 7 minutes and 53 seconds, the International Tennis Federation recaps the history of tennis in an approachable and easy-to-digest video. It’s an excellent resource for anyone looking for a quick recap of the sport’s history.
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.