TennisCompanion Five Point Friday November 13, 2020

November 13, 2020

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Ball Machine Buyer’s Guide

As COVID-19 restrictions eased a bit over the summer, I received quite a few questions about ball machines, so I thought I’d share everything players need to know about buying one. I cover it all from top brands to features, buying new vs. used, balls and warranties.

Read the Guide

2.) Champions Chat [New Series]

Celebrating the 50th edition of the ATP Finals, the ATP launched Champions Chat, a new series that brings together top players from different eras to discuss their experiences at the end-of-year event. With host Tim Henman, Pete Sampras, and Novak Djokovic kick off the new series.

3.) Sabine Lisicki Tears ACL

Earlier this week, Sabine Lisicki had to retire from her first-round doubles match at the Linz Open, and a few days later, on social media, she shared that she had surgery to repair a torn ACL. Wishing her the best of luck on her road to recovery!

4.) Coin Toss: Serve or Recieve?

When you win the coin toss, should you elect to serve or receive? Craig O’Shannessy, strategy coach for the ATP Tour, explores the topic with data from the 127 main draw matches at Roland Garros this year.

See What Craig Says

5.) WTA Coach Talks Patterns

Marc Lucero, who currently coaches world #170, Nicole Gibbs, takes a few minutes to discuss the importance of patterns. In this quick video, he shares why he likes to use them and how they benefit his players.

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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