Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Spaghetti Racquet Revisited
In 1971, Werner Fischer, a gardener from Germany, invented a new stringing system. With a double-strung weave and a unique mix of cement and nylon tubes, the Spaghetti racquet generated unexpected spin and bounce. However, it was banned in the late 70s when the ITF introduced rules to define what constitutes a tennis racquet. Filmmaker, Hassan Amini, looks to tell the story via a documentary but has struggled to get the project to the finish line due to unexpected costs. He’s launched a Kickstarter to raise funds.
Watch the Trailer
2.) Australian Open Start Date
The start of the 2021 Australian Open, which at the time of writing is scheduled to begin January 18th, has remained a question mark. However, new reports suggest that the date will be pushed three weeks to February 8th due to COVID-19 to ensure a safe tournament. It turns out getting the event off the ground will come at a huge cost to Tennis Australia.
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3.) WTA Rebrands Ahead of 2021
As 2020 comes to a close, the WTA is making a few changes, including a new logo that includes a silhouette of a female tennis player, a fresh marketing campaign, and revamped tournament categories for consistency and alignment across professional tennis.
Learn About the Changes
4.) Simona Halep Documentary
In February, Simona teased an extended trailer for a new documentary filmed by Romanian New Wave director Radu Muntean. The film looks behind the scenes at her daily life, training, and relationship with coach Darren Cahill. In her words, it’s “all about my work ethic.”
Watch Her Documentary
5.) Vandeweghe’s Freak Accident
In a recent podcast, CoCo Vandeweghe shares why she’s been on the sidelines since July when she had competed in World TeamTennis at the Greenbrier in West Virginia. It turns out she had a freak accident where she warmed soup in a bowl that wasn’t microwave-safe. It exploded in her hand, cut her pinky, and severed two ligaments and a nerve. She hopes to be back on tour no sooner than March of next year.
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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.