TennisCompanion Five Point Friday February 14, 2020

February 14, 2020

Five Point Friday

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.

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2.) Match in Africa Highlights

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.

4.) Naomi’s Docuseries

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.

5.) 182 kph Forehand + ESPN Top 10

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.

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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.