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June 11, 2021

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Alex de Minaur’s Dive

During his first-round doubles match with partner Matt Reid, Alex dove for a forehand, hitting a winner around the net post. Everyone (including his partner) could barely believe what they just witnessed.

2.) Osaka Opens Up via TIME

Naomi Osaka penned a thoughtful essay titled, “It’s O.K. to Not Be O.K.” for TIME. It’s a quick read that touches on lessons learned over the past few weeks, prioritizing mental health, and thoughts and opinions on how the press might evolve to serve athletes better.

Read Naomi’s Essay

3.) Andy’s Twitter Questions

Earlier this week, Andy Murray posed two questions to his followers. What’s the best tennis ball machine, and does a racquet strung at a looser tension give it more power? I’ve written on both these topics in the past if you’re curious to hear my thoughts. Here’s my guide to tension and ball machines.

4.) Emma Raducanu at Wimbledon

One of my favorite stories from this year’s Wimbledon was Emma Raducanu’s breakout success as a teenage wildcard. Unfortunately, she had a surprise retirement, which left many fans wondering what happened and if she was okay. The day after her last match, she had the opportunity to reflect on what happened in an interview with BBC Sport’s Sue Barker.

5.) Nick Kyrgios on Cameo

Cameo is a website that allows fans to hire actors, athletes, celebrities, and other high-profile individuals to create personalized videos for friends and family. Nick committed to a limited run of videos and has received rave reviews for those he’s created. As of right now, he only has six Cameos left.

Check Out Nick on Cameo

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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