Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Tsitsipas New Series, Dear Fans
Stefanos Tsitsipas has a new digital series, Dear Fans, launching this week on the TennisChannel, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at his life on and of the court. In total, it will be 14 episodes that air over the next two years. In many ways, the show is an extension of the type of content he posts on his popular YouTube channel.
Watch the Trailer
2.) Mayar Sherif Makes History, Again
Last year, Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to reach the main draw of a Grand Slam at the French Open. This week, she took things one step further and became the first Egyptian woman to win a main draw match at a Grand Slam, defeating Chloe Paquet 7-5, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open. Unfortunately, her run ended in a competitive second-round match against Kaja Juvan, but I’d expect we’ll see more of her.
Replay Sherif’s Match Highlights
3.) Nadal Gets the Middle Finger?
There has been no shortage of weird fan interaction over the years, but this one was extra special. After yelling, “Hurry up, you OCD f*#k,” the fan proceeds to give Rafa the middle finger – his response was classic. Thankfully, she was eventually kicked out of the match.
4.) Venus’ Competitive Spirit
Down 5-1 in the second round against Sara Errani, Venus rolled her right ankle, which piled on to the left knee injury she was already dealing with. However, despite her very apparent discomfort, she wouldn’t quit, and she played out the rest of the match. Venus has always been a fierce competitor, but her gutsy performance was one for the books.
Watch Venus’ Match Highlights
5.) Dimitrov’s Unreal Forehand
It’s early, but Dimitrov’s making a case for the shot of the year with his impressive on the run forehand during his second-round match against Alex Bolt.
Play Dimitrov’s Forehand
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.