July 22, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) US Open Djokovic Petition
On Wednesday, the US Open released a statement confirming they’ll respect the US government’s position regarding travel into the country for unvaccinated non-US citizens,” which means Djokovic won’t be able to the country. Despite that, fans have started a Change.org petition to encourage the US government and USTA to work together and allow him to play.
2.) Serena & Venus Plans
After her Wimbledon appearance, it was unclear if or when Serena would play again, while Venus hasn’t played a singles event since August of last year. However, tournament organizers at the Toronto Open confirmed Serena’s participation, followed by an announcement that Venus accepted wildcards for the Citi Open (8/1 – 8/7) and the Toronto Open (8/8 – 8/14).
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has a really good record in Canada. Will she add to her legacy this year? Read more about her history at the National Bank Open: ????https://t.co/0wPnqfQdbn
— National Bank Open (@NBOtoronto) July 18, 2022
— Citi Open (@CitiOpen) July 21, 2022
3.) Ball Crew Director Q&A
Tiahnne Noble, US Open Ball Crew Director, took part in a Q&A, answering a flurry of questions fans have about her role, experiences as a ball person, and everything in between. You’ll have to do some scrolling, but I thought she did a great job picking up as many questions as she could this week.
4.) Daria Kasatkina Comes Out
Russian tennis player and world No. 12, Daria Kasatkina, came out in a YouTube video and addressed the rising homophobic attitudes in her country while also speaking out against the war. The ILGA-Europe ranks Russia as one of the worst countries in Europe for LGBTQ people, and a 2013 “gay propaganda” law targets the LGBTQ community, so there is a strong concern of backlash that could prevent her from returning home anytime soon.
5.) Mardy Fish PGA Tour Event
Former American tennis player, Mardy Fish, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in 2011, became the first ATP player to cross over and play a PGA Tour event at the 3M Open in Minnesota this week. Mardy is guaranteed two rounds, with the goal of earning a tee time on the weekend.
View 3M Open Leaderboard
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.