June 10, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
Fun Fact: Nadal’s quarter-final French Open meeting against Djokovic logged the highest viewership in Tennis Channel’s 19-year history at 666,000.
1.) Zverev’s Injury Update
During his semi-final match at Roland Garros against Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev suffered a painful ankle injury. On Tuesday, he confirmed that he tore three lateral ligaments in his right ankle, so he underwent surgery to repair the damage and is now moving into rehab. On the heels of the injury, Zverev reached a career-high No. 2 ranking this week.
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2.) Appreciating Coco Gauff
Iga reigned supreme at the French Open, but Coco Gauff was also exceptional. She won every singles match leading up to the final in straight sets and made it to the doubles finals with partner Jessica Pegula. Coco didn’t come away with wins, but her performance was noteworthy and earned her a career-high ranking of No. 13 in singles and No. 5 in doubles – all at 18 years old.
3.) McEnroe Documentary
In his new documentary, McEnroe, John, along with Billie Jean King, Bjorn Borg, and Keith Richards, dive deep into his pro and personal life. The new film premieres today at the Tribeca Film Festival, will be available to stream on Showtime on 9/2, and makes its on-air debut on 9/4 at 8 pm ET.
4.) Raducanu Injury Woes
In 2022, nagging injuries have plagued US Open champ Emma Raducanu, with the latest coming at the Nottingham Open on Tuesday. A side strain forced Emma to retire, which she called a “freak” injury. According to reports, a scan that evening proved it wasn’t serious, so she’ll likely return in time for Wimbledon.
- Jan: Blister on her finger at Australian Open results in a loss
- Feb: Retires from Guadalajara due to a leg problem
- Mar: Suffers from a stiff back at Indian Wells
- Apr: Blister on her foot at the BJK Cup results in loss
- May: Withdraws from Italian Open with back pain
- Jun: Retires from Nottingham Open with side strain
5.) Wilson Rush Pro 4.0
Wilson might not be the first name you think of when you’re on the hunt for a new pair of tennis shoes, but their Rush Pro has proven a popular option for men and women. On Tuesday, Wilson announced the fourth generation, which promises stability and comfort in a surprisingly lightweight package.
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.