Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Coco Back at it Again
At last year’s Wimbledon, Coco Gauff set the tennis world on fire, defeating Venus Williams in the first round and fighting her way to the round of 16 before being stopped by Simona Halep. It was almost too good to be true that we’d get another first-round matchup between Coco and Venus, and the 15-year-old didn’t disappoint with another straight-sets victory.
Now in the third round, she’s taken out world #4, Naomi Osaka, in a convincing 6-3, 6-4 defeat. It’s incredible what she’s accomplished, and we can’t wait for her next round.
Spoiler Alert: Serena Williams and Carolina Wozniacki have been knocked out of the tournament. The latter puts an end to Wozniacki’s impressive career.
2.) Nadal Hits Ball Girl in the Head
An unfortunate and accidental rogue first-serve return from Nadal fired down the line, hit a ball girl square in the head. Rafa ran to console the young girl and make sure she was ok and offered a kiss on the cheek as an apology.
Last year, Nadal hit a different young girl in the head off a backhand return, so you could tell he was extra sensitive to the mishap.
3.) NextGen Documentary
Ahead of and during the ATP NextGen Finals, the ATP filmed a behind the scenes documentary of the tournament.
It’s flown under the radar, but I thought it was an excellent opportunity to see the younger players in their element. If you can spare the hour to watch it, I think you’ll find it entertaining.
4.) #1 ATP Doubles Player Banned
Robert Farah tested positive for boldenone, a naturally occurring steroid, and has received a provisional suspension pending a hearing to resolve the case. Farah contends the substance is frequently found in Colombian meat and can distort test results.
Farah and his partner, Juan Sebastian Cabal, won back to back Grand Slam titles last year at Wimbledon and the US Open.