Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) 3 Retirement Announcements
This week we found out that Dominic Cibulkova and Thomas Berdych, both of which reached a career-high world #4 rankings, are retiring.
At age 30, Dominic has struggled with a recurring Achilles injury, and while Berdych’s announcement isn’t quite official yet, he seemed to confirm reports from Czech news outlets.
Last but not least, the highly successful fan favorite Bryan brothers announced that 2020 would be their last year on tour, and they plan to retire after the US Open.
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Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in my life – deciding on what to do with my tennis career. After a lot of thinking, talks, and support from my family, friends, and my team, I have finally decided that I will not be returning to the courts as a competitive player. It is a moment filled with so many feelings – saddness, fear of the unknown, but also excitement of what life will bring in the future. I was one of the luckiest kids to stumble upon the road of a tennis player thanks to my wonderful parents and I will be forever grateful for their unconditional support. They did everything possible to keep me moving forward no matter how big the obstacles that stood in the way. I was also very fortunate to have a whole « village » of wonderful people around me who helped shape my career and help me achieve goals and dreams that children dream about. I am chosing today as the day I announce my retirement from tennis because this is also a day on which my biography is being launched with all of the details about my career. Writing the book was a journey on its own because it also brought lots of emotions and took a significant effort to open up about my personal life. I am honored to share this special book with all my fans. I am looking forward to step into the next part of my life and take on new challenges, spend happy times with my family, friends, making new friends, visiting new places, and making new memories. I will miss the support of my fans on the tennis court but will never forget you because tennis will always be a part of me. Pomeeee ;) New chapter begins now…. ❤️ 2.) Roger’s Revenge
In July, Djokovic handed Federer a heartbreaking loss in a 5th set tiebreak of the Wimbledon finals after having two match points – it was his fourth consecutive loss against Novak. Roger has been open about how difficult it was to recover from that defeat.
Last night, Roger prevailed at the ATP Finals, defeating Djokovic 6-4, 6-3. When asked what he did differently this time, his response was simple, “I won the match point.” By winning this match, Federer also stripped Djokovic of his year-end #1 ranking, which now goes to Nadal.
VIDEO 3.) Point of the Week [Doubles]
Great doubles points are easily some of the most entertaining, and this one from German players Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz at the ATP Finals doesn’t disappoint.
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4.) ATP Cup Locked & Loaded
The inaugural 2020 ATP Cup will be held in Australia to kick off the 2020 year with 24 nations competing. Each team features two players – check out who’ll be participating.
Check Out the Field 5.) Pass x2 – Nadal vs. Zverve
During their ATP finals match, Nadal and Zverve traded massive winners. Who do you think did it better?
Zverve defeated Nadal 6-2, 6-4.
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.