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February 5, 2021

Five Point Friday

Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.

1.) COVID Case Halts Tennis

A 26-year-old-man serving as a resident support officer at the Grand Hyatt for the Australian Open’s quarantine program tested positive for COVID-19. Roughly 500-600 players and personnel were housed at the hotel during that time, and as ‘casual contacts’ must test negative before returning outdoors. As a result, six tournaments being held at Melbourne Park were halted on Thursday, with play expected to restart today.

2.) ATP & WTA Governing Body

During a recent interview, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi suggested that the ATP and WTA should “work united and try and form a unique governing body for the entire sport because we can definitely deliver a better experience for our fans.” He didn’t go as far as to suggest a full merger but believes there are significant opportunities to maximize the sport’s growth and reduce pain points associated with broadcasting.

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3.) 4 Straight Double Faults?!

During his ATP Cup match against Fabio Fognini, Benoît Paire double-faulted a shocking 4 times, leaving commentators stunned and just about everyone else scratching their heads.

4.) Serena’s Dominant Start

Serena hasn’t competed since Roland Garros at the end of September where she had pulled out of her second-round match due to an Achilles tendon problem. Now, in Australia, she’s off to a compelling start logging her two first convincing wins.

5.) Exceptional ATP Cup Point

Alex De Minaur and Bautista Agut had an impressive 12 shot rally that quickly brought the crowd to their feet to celebrate their effort.

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.

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