May 6, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

May 6, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Kevin Anderson Retires

Former world No. 5, Kevin Anderson, announced his retirement at 35 years old this week. Kevin is a two-time Grand Slam finalist and has won seven titles since turning pro in 2007. In his message to fans, he shared a big thanks to all those who have been part of his tennis journey.

2.) Sofia Kenin’s Progress

Early this week, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin shared her recovery progress following an ankle injury she suffered in March at the Miami Open. Although she hasn’t announced a date for her return, she has withdrawn from Rome and Roland Garros, meaning her earliest start would be on grass.

3.) Murray’s Bad Luck

Andy Murray claimed his first clay victories since 2017 at the Madrid Open, defeating Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov, which set him up for a highly anticipated match against Djokovic in the round of 16. It would have been the 37th time the two had met and the first time in five years. Unfortunately, food poisoning forced him to withdraw.

In the video below, Murray’s highlights start at 3:53.

4.) Osaka & Kyrgios Doubles?

After her second-round defeat to Sara Sorribes Tormo at the Madrid Open, Osaka shared in her post-match press conference that she committed to playing mixed doubles at Wimbledon but wouldn’t say with whom. She shared, “I’m pretty sure if you wanted to guess, you could guess who it is.” All signs point to teaming up with her friend Nick Kyrgios who she was spotted practicing with as recently as March in LA ahead of Indian Wells.

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5.) Nadal’s Backhand Winner

During his first match back since Indian Wells at the Madrid Open, Rafael Nadal’s incredible clay-court skills were on full display when he battled during a point against Mimoir Kecmanovic. At 3-all in the second, Rafa tracked down a handful of defensive shots before setting himself up to end the point with a huge backhand winner.

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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