Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) New Energy Drink… Syrup?!
In his first ATP final since 2014, world #104 Vasek Pospisil, went full Canadian when he broke out a bottle of maple syrup to help refuel. Although it wouldn’t be enough to defeat Gaël Monfils, it was a unique surprise that would overshadow the match.
In Cape Town, South Africa, Federer and Nadal played an exhibition match that raised $3.5M to support early childhood education in six South African countries. In the process, they broke the world record for attendance with a crowd of 51,954, smashing the previous record set 3 months ago by Federer and Zverev in Mexico City.
Here’s the doubles match highlights with Bill Gates and The Daily Show host, Trevor Noah.
3.) Kim Clijster’s Return in Dubai
Back in September, former world #1 Kim Clijster, announced her second comeback to the sport at 36 years old. She’s had a few setbacks in her return but accepted one of three wild cards at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open. Qualifying rounds start Saturday, but things officially kick off Monday.
I’m accepting a wild card to play the @DDFTennis. Since announcing my return, there have been a few bumps but looking forward to returning to the match court and what this next chapter brings … Thanks to all my fans for their encouragement these past weeks. See you in Dubai! pic.twitter.com/XOwIeEujyk
Netflix has officially picked up an untitled docuseries starring Naomi Osaka, which will chronicle her 2019 US Open through preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be a while before we get to enjoy it, but it will be fun to watch when the time comes.
Frenchman, Benoît Paire fired off a 182 kph (113 mph) forehand return during his first-round loss in Rotterdam. Meanwhile, Tennys Sandgren hit an outrageous tweener at the New York Open, which hit the number one spot for ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 – both are worth a quick replay.