March 19, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) 10 Things Rafa Can’t Live Without
In a recent GQ interview, Rafa digs through his bag and shares some things he can’t live without. From his laptop to pain relievers, and orthotics, find out what he always carries with him.
2.) Muguruza’s 8th Career Title
Two-time Grand Slam champion and current world number 13, Garbiñe Muguruza, picked up her 8th career title in Dubai defeating Barbora Krejcikova in a hard-fought match. The win comes after a tough loss in the finals of the Qatar Open last week and marks her first title since 2019.
3.) Dzumhur’s Picks Up Fine
World #125, Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia, let his emotions get the best of himself during his second-round qualifying match at the Mexican Open. After a code violation and heated debate with the chair umpire, he eventually decided to walk-out and not complete the match. As a result, he was fined $6,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct he forfeits his second-round price money of $5,280.
Here is footage of Damir Dzumhur getting disqualified in Acapulco. He threw a tantrum after a call, got a point penalty, retired in anger and then physically intimidated the umpire. One of the few audible comments doesn’t sound great. (via @Sarayatennis) https://t.co/jr97WzpDs3
— Tumaini Carayol (@tumcarayol) March 15, 2021
4.) Venus’ Privilege Tax Initiative
In an effort to highlight the gender pay gap, Venus Williams company, Eleven by Venus, launched the Privilege Tax initiative during Women’s History Month. According to their website, women make 81 cents to the $1 that men make, so participating retailers will allow customers to donate 19 cents at checkout with 100% of proceeds going to Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, a charity committed to inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold.
5.) Musetti’s Impressive Win
Lorenzo Musetti, who’s ranked #120, has only played 10 ATP main draw matches in his career, but he’s made the most of his opportunities. Last year in Rome, he logged wins over Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori, and on Tuesday of this week, he claimed his first win over a top 10 player defeating Diego Schwartzman at the Mexican Open.
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.