Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Serbia Takes Inaugural ATP Cup
The ATP Cup had everything we could have asked for from a first-time tournament, and the final between Serbia and Spain didn’t disappoint. Djokovic kept his team alive when he took down Nadal in singles, whose win would have sealed it for Spain. Ultimately, the cup was decided in tight doubles with Serbia taking the win.
Tennis Australia announced plans for a WTA Cup amid criticism over contrasting lead-ups to the Australian Open.
2.) Serena’s First Title in 3 Years
At the Auckland Open, Serena came out to play. Not only did she take the doubles trophy with close friend Caroline Wozniacki, but she wrapped up with a singles title too. Her win marks her 73 titles and the first in three years. Not a bad way to lead into the Australian Open.
3.) AO Air Quality Issues Persist
The qualifiers kicked off at the Australian Open, but air quality has overshadowed the tennis. One of the players, Dalila Jakupovic of Slovenian, had to quit her qualifying match due to an uncontrollable coughing fit.
Perhaps the most outspoken is British player Liam Broady who posted a note on Twitter that included this comment. “Citizens of Melbourne were warned to keep their animals indoors the day I played qualifying.” At this point, the tournament is still on track.
Sports journalist, Jon Wertheim, has covered Nadal for 15 years on the pro tour, but this was his first extended interview. It’s a excellent piece, and at just under 14-minutes in length, well worth checking out.