May 19, 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.) Rafa’s Injury Concerns
Sidelined with a hip injury since his second-round loss at the Australian Open, Nadal is fighting to return for Roland Garros but is still questionable. A recent video of him walking off the court in what appeared to be discomfort left many fans concerned. Since then, he’s been spotted practicing again, so all bets aren’t off yet.
2.) In The Arena [Docuseries]
Production has started on a new In The Arena docuseries featuring Serena Williams, which according to ESPN, will provide “the most complete, intimate, and compelling account of her legendary career, featuring firsthand perspective from Serena and key figures throughout her life.” As of now, ESPN hasn’t announced an official release date.
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3.) Raonic to Make a Return
Former world No. 3 Milos Raonic will return to the ATP Tour for the first time since 2021, having been absent due to a string of injuries that left many wondering if he retired. He’s currently on the ATP 250 Libeman Open grass court tournament’s entry list, scheduled to start June 12th, and will play under his protected ranking of No. 33.
4.) Star’s 3rd Surgery in Weeks
A few weeks ago, I shared that Emma Raducanu would undergo three surgeries, one on each of her hands and another on her ankle. All those surgeries are now complete, and she’ll begin the road to recovery. It’s unclear when a return will be, but it appears the earliest we’ll see her back on court is the fall.
opa. 3/3❤️???? :) pic.twitter.com/YbXQS5PZtX
— Emma Raducanu (@EmmaRaducanu) May 15, 2023
5.) Two BIG Upsets in Italy
Playing in the Italian Open, Carlos Alcaraz suffered a third-round shock loss to world No. 135 Fabian Marozsan in straight sets. Then, two days later, Holger Rune took down Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals, leaving the field wide open for the remaining four. The Masters 1000 tournament wraps up this weekend, with the semis and final for the ladies today and tomorrow, respectively, and the men’s on Saturday and Sunday.
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