Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Federer’s Withdraw
Federer made it to the fourth round at the French Open but decided to withdraw from the tournament to protect his knee. Reactions were mixed with many, including Patrick McEnroe, expressing some level of disapproval for his decision. Of course, Roger had plenty of support, such as Andy Murray, who was inspired by his participation at age 39.
At 17 years old, Coco Gauff became the youngest woman to reach a Grand Slam quarterfinal in the past 15 years. Although Coco had a great run at Roland Garros and started strong in the first set of the quarters, unseeded Barbora Krejčíková denied her a spot in the semi-finals.
3.) Practice for Big Servers
Tsitsipas was spotted practicing to face John Isner with his hitting partner standing well into the court to serve. It’s a common tactic that seems obvious for prepping against a big server, but many players have never tried. If you’re looking for a new drill, you might consider giving it a shot.
How did Tsitsipas prepare to return Isner’s monster serve tonight? Had his practice partner serve from close to the service box. https://t.co/JiS8jMJQuT
After a prominent player on ATP tour suggested he enjoyed watching Iga play tennis, she followed up with a thank you and asked if he might be willing to help her practice on grass. Unsurprisingly, he was happy to make time. Can you guess which player she asked to practice?
Anytime🙂 just promise to go easy on me as I’m a bit old and fragile now!
Many things make Djokovic the player he is, including his fighting spirit and that he never gives up on a point. During his fourth-round match against Lorenzo Musetti, his fight was on full display when he slipped and still managed to win the point.