March 5, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Must-See 44 Shot Rally
During their round of 32 match in Rotterdam, Australians Alex de Minaur and John Millman gifted us a thoroughly entertaining 44 shot point, which ended with a fairly mind-boggling winner.
2.) Kokkinakis Talks Depression
In 2015, Thanasi Kokkinakis reached a career-high of 69 and in 2018 made a name for himself with a win over Roger Federer at the Miami Open. However, at only 24 years old, he’s struggled to stay healthy, which has kept him off the court and battling depression. Recently, he’s doing better, which included an action-packed match at the Australian Open vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas, and he joined the Orgineroli Speaking podcast to share his struggles with injuries and mental health.
3.) Swiatek’s Impressive Week
World #15 and last year’s French Open champion, Iga Świątek, had a highly efficient tournament at the Adelaide International. Going into the finals, she hadn’t dropped a set, and she kept up the momentum with a convincing straight-sets win over Belinda Bencic. At only 19 years old, she continues to deliver the goods.
4.) Who is Sumit Nagal?
ge 23 and currently ranked #150, Sumit Nagal is an Indian tennis player, and junior Grand Slam doubles champion. Earlier this week, he qualified for the Argentina Open and now finds himself in the quarter-finals after defeating world #22 Cristian Garin 6-4, 6-3. In his next match, he’ll challenge world #46 Albert Ramos-Vinolas for a spot in the semis.
5.) Gilles Simon Takes a Break
Tour veteran and world #68 Gilles Simon shared with fans that he’ll be taking a break to preserve his mental health. It remains unclear when he expects to return, but he shared he hopes his morale picks up as soon as possible.
Le cœur n’y étant plus du tout pour voyager et jouer dans ces conditions, je suis malheureusement obligé de faire une pause afin de me préserver mentalement. En espérant que le moral revienne le plus rapidement possible.
Merci à tous les fidèles pour votre soutien. À bientôt
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) February 26, 2021
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.