March 18, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

March 18, 2022

Five Point Friday

Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.

1.) Grand Slam Rule Change

All Grand Slam tennis tournaments will use a 10-point tiebreaker when matches reach 6-6 in the final set moving forward. The change brings consistency in the rules across these events, but it’s not yet permanent. The Grand Slam Board will review the trial results for an entire year before making a final decision.

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2.) Świątek vs. Halep

On Wednesday, Iga Świątek took out Madison Keys 6-1, 6-0, and Simona Halep defeated Petra Martić 6-1, 6-1. Now the two will face off in the semi-finals today, which is a match I’m looking forward to watching.

3.) 26 MPH Ace

Facing off against Chris Eubanks at the BNP Paribas Open, Maxime Cressy shanked a serve for a 26 MPH ace. I could explain further, but it’s way more fun to watch.

4.) Wimbledon & Russia

According to British Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston, Russian tennis players, including current world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, may have to provide assurances that they’re not supporters of Vladimir Putin if they want to compete in Wimbledon. Currently, Russian and Belarusian players are allowed to play on the ATP and WTA tours, but not under the name or flag of their countries.

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5.) BNP Paribas Open Finals

A friendly reminder that the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells will be wrapping up this weekend. The women’s final is scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm, while the men’s final will follow as early as 3 pm. You can find it broadcast on the Tennis Channel if you’re in the US. Otherwise, you can check here for international broadcast coverage.

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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.

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