November 11, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Rune Tops Djokovic in Paris
In his fourth consecutive ATP final, 19-year-old Holger Rune defeated Novak Djokovic 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 to win his first Masters 1000 trophy and third career title. Perhaps most impressive is that en route to the title, he defeated a top 10 player in every match, including Hubert Hurkacz, Andre Rublev, Carlos Alcaraz, and Felix Auger-Aliassime. Fittingly, on Monday, he debuted as world No. 10.
2.) Garcia: WTA Finals Champ
Defeating Aryna Sabalenka 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the championship match at the WTA Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, Caroline Garcia reclaimed a career-high ranking of No. 4 in the world. Only six months ago, she ranked outside the top 70, but since the start of June, won more matches than any other player, including four titles and a semifinal appearance at the US Open.
3.) Djokovic’s Mystery Drink
During Novak’s semifinal win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Paris Masters, a journalist caught his physio Ulises Badio mixing up a drink for him in the stands, which, to be clear, isn’t illegal or entirely uncommon. However, fans raised suspicions when Djokovic’s team did their best to block cameras from the view of the concoction. Djokovic or his team has yet to comment on the situation.
Can anyone who knows tennis explain what is going on here, and why it’s being done this way? It looks amazingly dodgy. pic.twitter.com/xoJHBLmTzA
— Damian Reilly (@DamianReilly) November 6, 2022
4.) Geau Sport’s New Bags
Geau Sport has released the second generation of their popular Axiom backpack and racquet bag, offering some of the best organizational features of any on the market. Rather than reimagining the bags, which were already excellent, founder Chris Pageau opted for subtle yet practical refinements that enhance usability for a genuinely better bag. Check out the product videos on their website to learn about the changes.
Axiom Backpack v2
Axiom Racquet Bag 9-Pack v2
Axiom Racquet Bag 12-Pack v2
5.) Gilles Simon Retires
After 20 years on the ATP tour, Frenchman Gilles Simon is hanging up the racquets. Gilles reached a career-high ranking of No. 6 in 2009, won 14 titles, and played in 898 tour matches, winning 56% of them. He played his last tournament at the Paris Masters, where he defeated Andy Murray and Taylor Fritz before falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Ce fut une aventure magique, merveilleuse et extraordinaire. Elle s’arrêtera à la fin de l’année. Un énorme MERCI à tous ceux qui l’ont rendue possible.
Il n’y a aucune tristesse, aucun regret. Juste la volonté de mettre tout ce qu’il me reste. Sur chaque match, jusqu’à la fin.
— Gilles SIMON (@GillesSimon84) May 7, 2022
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.