June 3, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Iga vs. Coco in Finals
Iga Swiatek claimed her 34th consecutive win to reach the finals, while 18-year-old Coco Gauff became the youngest Grand Slam finalist since Maria Sharapova claimed her 2004 Wimbledon title. There’s no doubt Iga heads into the match as the favorite, but she’ll be feeling pressure to keep her streak going. Meanwhile, Coco will undoubtedly feel the weight of her first major final. Hopefully, both can bring their best to the match.
2.) Men’s Semifinals
Today, Rafael Nadal faces Alexander Zverev, while Casper Ruud meets Marin Čilić in the semifinals of the French Open. All around a fun lineup, and it’s absolutely crazy to see Rafa still bring it as he attempts to claim his 14th French Open victory and 22nd Grand Slam overall.
3.) Ready to Play Dingles?
Jon Levey of Tennis.com caught up with Tommy Haas to discuss his new favorite game, Dingles. A cross between singles and doubles, the format is fun to play and entertaining to watch, and something you might want to give a shot.
4.) Mauresmo on Scheduling
The French Open is receiving some heat as only 1 out of 10 prime time night matches at Roland Garros featured a women’s event. On Wednesday, tournament director and former WTA No. 1, Amélie Mauresmo, was asked about the issue and suggested that the men’s game is more appealing right now, which surprised many and didn’t go over well. The tournament adopted night sessions in 2021 and featured the same ratio of men’s and women’s matches last year.
5.) Djokovic vs. Nadal
Last year, Novak Djokovic took out Rafael Nadal in the semifinals of the French Open and went on to win the tournament, so this week’s 59th matchup between the two in the quarterfinals was especially compelling. Rafa prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4), bringing his record against Djokovic to 29-30. Nadal now faces Alexander Zverev in the semis, who claimed his first top-10 win at a Grand Slam, defeating Carlos Alcaraz in the quarterfinals.
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.