May 27, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

May 27, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Wimbledon Ranking Points

In response to Wimbledon’s decision to deny automatic entry for Russian and Belarusian tennis players, the WTA and ATP will remove ranking points at The Championships for 2022. Wimbledon responded quickly, holding firm on their position but leaving the door open for them to reverse their decision. As expected, opinions on the issue are mixed. Djokovic called it a ‘lose-lose situation,’ while Murray asserted that Wimbledon ‘will never be an exhibition.’

Read the WTA, ATP, & Wimbledon Statements

2.) Who is Diane Parry?

In a huge upset, 19-year-old French tennis player Diane Parry took out defending champion and current world #2, Barbora Krejcikova, at Roland Garros in three sets. She followed it up with a straight-set second-round win and will face Sloane Stephens next. Currently ranked No. 97, it’s her best result at a Grand Slam and an exciting one to watch.

3.) Tsonga’s Last Match

Planning to retire after this year’s French Open, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga met world No. 8 Casper Ruud in the first round and gave his home crowd an entertaining four-set match that featured three tiebreaks. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury leading up to the final tiebreaker allowed Casper to consolidate the win, with Jo clearly in pain. The crowd showed plenty of love, and the big four wished him well.

4.) Kerber’s Title & Streak

Last Saturday, world No. 17 Angelique Kerber claimed her first clay-court title in over six years in a tight 7-6(5), 6-7(0), 7-6(5) win over Kaja Juvan. Days later, at the French Open, she narrowly fought off Magdalena Frech saving two match points, which she followed up with a straight-set win in the second round. Today Kerber faces world No. 47, Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Angelique is a three-time Grand Slam champ, and Roland Garros is the only major title she hasn’t won.

5.) Alcaraz Court Coverage

Teen sensation Carlos Alcaraz fought off world No. 44 Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a highly entertaining five-set match. Down a break at 1-3 in the final set, Carlos broke back with some stellar defense and serious court coverage that allowed him to fight his way to a 6-1, 6-7 (7), 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-4 win, the longest match of his career.

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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