January 5, 2024
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week in tennis.
1.) Rafa & Osaka Return With Wins
After a year away from the sport due to injury, Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-5 6-1 in Brisbane. Naomi Osaka also won her first match since September 2022, ousting Tamara Korpatsch 6-3, 7-6 (9) in the same tournament.
2.) Zheng Hit With Warmup Serve
In a rare occurrence, Iga Swaitek struck Zeng Qinwen with a fast-paced warmup serve ahead of their quarterfinal United Cup match. The oddest part of the incident was Iga’s lack of an apology for the mishap, which irked many fans.
3.) De Minaur Defeats Djokovic
Playing in the quarterfinals of the United Cup, Alex De Minaur took down Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4, leveling their head-to-head at one apiece. Ajla Tomljanovic followed his win up with a victory, booking the Australian team’s first semifinal at the tournament.
4.) Mannarino Headbutts Racquet
Reminiscent of Mikhail Youzhny’s infamous racquet headbutt, Adrian Mannarino smacked his head with the butt end of his racquet, resulting in a bleeding forehead and a medical timeout to tend to the cut. The momentary lapse in judgment happened after he lost the first two points of his opening service game in the second set of his United Cup match against Lorenzo Sonego.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) January 3, 2024
5.) United Cup Final Stages
The United Cup enters its final stages this weekend, with the semifinals on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. Poland will play France to kick things off tomorrow, and Australia will face off against Germany.
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?
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