June 25, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Picking the Right Tennis Ball
Have you ever wondered what players are thinking when they analyze tennis balls before serving? A recent video from Vox digs into the details and interviews players and coaches to provide insight into the ritual.
2.) Intriguing Wimby Data
Data shared from The Tennis Nerds Blog shows how wear and tear on the grass at Wimbledon impacts average rally length and ace rates. Andy Murray replied that his feeling has always been the opposite of what the data suggests and shares a theory for why the discrepancy might exist.
This is interesting data but my feeling has always the been the opposite. Courts slower at beginning of event and speeding up as grass wears out and becomes shorter. Possibly the better players at end of event are better able to extend rallies?
— Andy Murray (@andy_murray) June 23, 2021
3.) Avoid These 6 Mistakes
Former tennis pros Tracy Austin, Leif Shiras, and Paul Annacone share six mistakes players make too often with tips on fixing them.
4.) White Isn’t White Enough
After her Wimbledon qualifying match, Dutch world #206 Indy de Vroome was told by the ref that the inside of her visor wasn’t white enough. The tournament is well known for the strict enforcement of its dress code.
5.) Where’s Wawrinka?
Fan-favorite Stan Wawrinka last competed in March and has only played four tournaments this year due to a nagging left foot injury. This week, he had a second surgery on his foot. Despite the circumstances, he showed a bit of optimism in his latest post to fans.
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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.