February 3, 2023
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Australian Open Champs
Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are this year’s Australian Open champs! Doing so, Novak captures his 10th Australian Open and 22nd Grand Slam title. Meanwhile, Aryna claimed her maiden Grand Slam title, becoming the 29th woman to win the title and 58th to claim a Grand Slam in the Open Era.
2.) Alycia Parks’ Tweener
Playing Petra Martić in the round of 16 at the Lyon Open, Alycia Parks tracked down a lob to hit a tweener winner in the second set. She also managed to come away with the victory, defeating Petra 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-2. Do you think it’s a shot-of-the-year contender?
Tweener. Lob. Winner.
— wta (@WTA) February 1, 2023
3.) Djokovic’s 3 cm Tear
Djokovic shared that he suffered a hamstring injury throughout the Australian Open. He skipped practices, and his coach Goran Ivanisevic suggested that 97% of players would have withdrawn after seeing his MRI. Despite that, many still claimed Novak was faking it, leading him to share that he would publish details and photos. At the time of writing, that hasn’t happened yet, but the CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley, said that he saw the scans and Djokovic had a 3 cm tear when speaking on the SEN Sportsday podcast.
Craig shares the claim at 15:25.
4.) Sania Mirza Set to Retire
Indian trailblazer and former doubles No. 1 Sania Mirza ended her Slam career at the Australian Open after falling in the mixed doubles finals with partner Rohan Bopanna. She reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 27 in 2007 before transitioning to a full-time doubles player. After 20 years on tour and six Grand Slam titles, Sania plans to retire from professional tennis in Dubai later this month, a city where she’s lived for the past ten years and recently launched a tennis academy.
5.) Zverev Investigation
Following a 15-month independent investigation commissioned by the ATP, the association found insufficient evidence to substantiate the domestic abuse allegations made by Alexander Zverev’s former girlfriend, Olya Sharypova. As a result, no disciplinary action will occur, but that could change if new evidence surfaces.
Read the ATP’s Full Findings
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.