TennisCompanion Five Point Friday August 6, 2021

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.

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.

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.

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.

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