August 6, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Nadal vs. Sock at Citi Open
For his first match back in nearly two months, Nadal faced former world No. 8, Jack Sock, at the Citi Open, and the match didn’t disappoint. They went three sets, with Rafa prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (1). One of the match’s highlights included a tweener from Nadal during a point he won.
Excuse me, @RafaelNadal? 😲
— ATP Tour (@atptour) August 4, 2021
2.) Bencic Wins Gold & Silver
Belinda Bencic of Switzerland had an impressive showing at the Olympics and went home with a gold medal in singles and silver in women’s doubles. At 24 years old, she’s currently ranked No. 12 and achieved a career-high of No. 4 in February of last year.
3.) Racquets Thrown Into Stands?!
Medvedev and Djokovic have let their emotions get the better of them in the past, but during the Olympics, both surprised fans when they threw racquets into the stands. There weren’t any fans present, but it was an odd display of frustration that we thankfully don’t see often.
Video of the Daniil Medvedev Racquet smash obliteration after his 2-6 6-7(5) QF loss to Pablo Carreno Busta in Tokyo Olympics. He also chucked it violently into the empty stands
Source: Eurosport Instagram pic.twitter.com/htJOx4Qg5F
— Vansh! (@vanshv2k) July 29, 2021
Djokovic just tossed his racquet into the stand. No warning. pic.twitter.com/TMCv29dCnQ
— . (@Ashish__TV) July 31, 2021
4.) New Tennis Channel Analyst
On Monday, Eugenie Bouchard made her debut appearance to cover the Citi Open as a Studio Analyst at the Tennis Channel. Since undergoing arthroscopic surgery in June, she’s been on the mend to repair a torn subscapularis from earlier this year. Genie plans to return to tennis, but she’ll appear on-air throughout the summer during her recovery.
Who’s taking meeting #7: the head-to-head leader or the former champion? 👀@BrettHaber and @geniebouchard will be calling it tonight on Tennis Channel → https://t.co/tPoe44TDv0@zhangshuai121 | @Madison_Keys | #MubadalaSVC pic.twitter.com/ySZfxC3WjW
— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) August 5, 2021
5.) Casper Rudd’s Hat-Trick
Casper Rudd of Norway became the first player since Andy Murray in October 2001 to claim three titles in three weeks when he won the Generali Open in Kitzbühel, Austria, last Saturday. The previous two were in Gstaad, Switzerland, and Båstad, Sweden, and all on clay. At 22 years old, he’s now ranked No. 12.
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.