May 28, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Federer Misfires
Ahead of Rolland Garros, Federer was on the court messing around with Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina when he attempted a challenge that didn’t quite go as planned. If you’re in the mood for a good laugh, give it a quick watch.
2.) 2 Titles in One Day
Last weekend at the Emilia-Romagna Open in Parma, Italy, 17-year-old Coco Gauff claimed her first clay-court singles title and second overall. However, she took things a step further a few hours after when she teamed up with doubles partner Caty McNally to win the doubles championship as well. She became the youngest woman to sweep the singles and doubles titles at a WTA event since 2004.
3.) Indian Wells in October
It’s official, Indian Wells is now scheduled for October 2021. Typically, the tournament is hosted in March. However, as the pandemic hit, Indian Wells was one of the first dominos to fall with large sporting events canceling. As 2021 arrived, they felt it was too early to try and host the event with aspirations to have more fans attend. Luckily, they found a new slot in the calendar.
The wait is over. pic.twitter.com/i6C3w9vjBH
— BNP Paribas Open (@BNPPARIBASOPEN) May 20, 2021
4.) Osaka Won’t Do Press
In a message to fans, Naomi Osaka shared that she wouldn’t be doing any press at Roland Garros. According to Naomi, she feels that “people have no regard for athletes’ mental health, and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one.” As you might expect, she’ll receive fines for her lack of participation, and it will be interesting to see if this is a one-off statement she’s making or if she makes it a habit.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) May 26, 2021
5.) Rare Penalty Point Called
During a match in Belgrade on the Challenge Tour, Marko Topo received a rare hindrance penalty when he spoke during the point, thinking his ball was going out. It’s a rare call, but the umpire quickly recognized it and explained it clearly to the crowd in attendance.
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.