March 10, 2023
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week in tennis.
1.) Medvedev Goes 3 for 3
In the past three weeks, Daniil Medvedev has revived some of his best tennis, winning in Rotterdam, Qatar, and finally in Dubai, where he didn’t drop a single set. Perhaps most impressively, he capped off his latest run with wins against the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev. This week, he’ll pursue the Indian Wells Masters title, where he’ll be a favorite.
2.) Shapovalov on Gender Pay Gap
Denis Shapovalov’s eyes were opened to the inequities in pay between the ATP and WTA through his girlfriend Mirjam Bjorklund, current world No. 125. In a recent essay and video via The Player’s Tribune, he shares his revelations and beliefs about why pay should be equal for men and women.
3.) Break Point Season 2
Ahead of the Australian Open, Netflix released Part 1 of Break Point’s first season, with Part 2 to be released in June ahead of Wimbledon. We’ve now learned that Netflix has officially renewed the docuseries for season two.
Full Swing Break Point
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coming back for Season 2 pic.twitter.com/pykVQzoFWK
— Netflix (@netflix) March 7, 2023
4.) Nadal Out of the Top 10
According to tennis journalist Jose Morgado, Rafael Nadal is mathematically confirmed to leave the top 10 rankings after Indian Wells for the first time since April 25, 2005. That’s a staggering 17 years, 10 months, and 9 days. Where were you 17 years ago when he first entered the top 10?
With Taylor Fritz into the semifinals in Acapulco, it’s *mathematically* confirmed that Rafael Nadal will leave the top 10 after Indian Wells.
For the first time since 25/04/2005.
912 consecutive weeks. Ridiculous.
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 3, 2023
5.) Djokovic Out for Indian Wells
Leading up to the Indian Wells Masters, Novak Djokovic applied for an exemption to enter the US. However, he couldn’t obtain a waiver, so he’ll miss the tournament. It’s also expected that he’ll be unable to play in the Miami Masters following Indian Wells, but his team hasn’t given up hope on that event.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 2, 2023
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?
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