December 2, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

December 2, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Canada’s Davis Cup Win

Contesting their second Davis Cup Final, Canada defeated Australia for their first-ever crown. Previously, they lost against Spain in 2019. Felix Auger-Aliassime sealed the victory with a hard-fought 6-3, 6-4 win over Alex de Minaur.

2.) Kerber to Return in 2023

In August, former world No. 1 and 3x Grand Slam champ Angelique Kerber announced her pregnancy, ending her 2022 season, but she’s far from done with tennis. According to the WTA, she’ll take her time coming back but plans a 2023 return.

3.) Verdasco Accepts Ban

At 38 years old, Fernando Verdasco of Spain accepted a two-month voluntary provisional suspension for testing positive for an ADHD medication. It turns out he’s medically diagnosed with ADHD, so it’s a legitimate use, but he forgot to renew his Therapeutic Use Exemption. The International Tennis Integrity Agency has accepted that he didn’t intend to cheat, issuing a two-month ban vs. two years, which would have almost certainly pushed him into retirement.

4.) 97 Prize Money Millionaires

In 2022, 97 players on the ATP and WTA tours surpassed $1M in earnings – 58 men and 39 women. Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek topped the lists, with Djokovic now leading Nadal and Federer by more than $30M. On the other hand, Swiatek earned nearly double any other woman on tour.

5.) WTL Dubai in December

The World Tennis League kicks off its inaugural event in Dubai on December 19 with four mixed-gender teams and some of the game’s top players, including the return of Alexander Zverev. It’s a round-robin style event with one men’s and women’s singles match and a mixed doubles match per round. The top two teams will face off in the final on December 24, 2022.

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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