July 29, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

July 29, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Musetti’s First Title

Lorenzo Musetti claimed his first ATP title defeating Carlos Alcaraz in a highly-entertaining match at the Hamburg Open in Germany. The win propels the 20-year-old Italian to a world no. 31 ranking, breaking into the top 50 for the first time. Despite the loss, Carlos debuts in the top 5 after the tournament, making him the youngest player to achieve the feat since Rafa in 2005.

2.) Evert Win’s Enspire Award

Hall of Famer, Chris Evert, received the Stuart Scott Enspire Award at the annual ESPYS for her work to inspire and mentor the next generation of tennis players. Along with the award, the ESPYS published a short video showcasing some of her work, which I thought was enlightening for anyone curious about her efforts.

3.) Pro Strings & Tensions

Players and fans often enjoy learning about the different racquets, strings, and tensions players use on tour. At the Atlanta Open, a whiteboard showcased what all of the players were using for the tournament, which I thought you might find interesting.

A whiteboard displaying all Atlanta Open players and their racquets, strings, and tension

4.) Coco’s Signature Shoe

Partnering with New Balance, Coco Gauff is launching her debut signature tennis shoe, the Coco CG1. Basketball silhouettes and flashy ’90s aesthetics strongly influence the shoe’s design, which fits her style well. If interested, you can pick up a pair starting 8/26, right before the US Open kicks off.

5.) Zverev’s Return to Tennis

World no. 2, Alexander Zverev, who tore several ankle ligements while playing Nadal during the French Open semifinals, is making good progress after surgery. On Tuesday, the Rakuten Open in Tokyo confirmed his participation, which starts on October 3, and he hasn’t closed the door on the US Open, which kicks off on August 29.

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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