TennisCompanion Five Point Friday December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Five Point Friday

Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.

1.) Wozniacki’s Retirement

At 29 years old, Caroline Wozniacki has announced she’ll be retiring after nearly 15 years as a pro. With 30 titles to her name, including the 2018 Australian Open, and a 71-week stint at world #1, she’s had an incredible career.

Her retirement will come after the 2020 Australian Open and will close with an exhibition match against Serena Williams at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen on May 18, 2020.

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I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!

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2.) 2019’s Best Trick Shots

Relive some of the year’s best trick shots from players like Gaël Monfils, Roger Federer, Nick Kyrigos, Benoît Paire, Dominic Thiem, Frances Tiafoe, and more!

3.) Players of the Decade

As we close out the year, Tennis Channel has selected Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic as the two players that have defined a decade worth of tennis. Check out the full write-ups to back up their picks.

Serena WilliamsNovak Djokovic

4.) Advice from Sampras’ Coach

Former ATP pro and coach, Paul Annacone, has been lucky enough to work with some of the world’s top players including, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Sloane Stephens, and most recently, Taylor Fritz.

In Tennis.com’s podcast with Paul, he talks about his experiences coaching and how belief sets the best players apart from the rest. It’s well worth a listen.

Apple PodcastSpotify Podcast

5.) Rare Golden Match in Doha

There’s a reason golden matches, where a player wins 48 straight points, don’t happen very often in professional tennis. However, Thailand’s Kritten Koaykul did just that when he defeated Artem Bahmen 6-0, 6-0, in the first round of qualifying in Doha, Qatar.

The match went viral because of how painfully inadequate Bahmen’s skills were for a professional setting. You’ll have to see it to believe it.

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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