November 19, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) King Richard In Theaters Today
The highly anticipated movie King Richard, starring Will Smith as Richard Williams, releases today in theaters worldwide and on HBO Max. The film chronicles the life of Richard and the story behind the upbringing of Serena and Venus.
2.) Peng Shuai’s Disappearance
On November 2, Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai detailed allegations of sexual assault by Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier and powerful government official in China. Since then, she hasn’t been seen publicly nor contacted directly. Although the WTA has received confirmation that she’s safe and not under any physical threat, they’re calling for a full, fair, and transparent investigation. If not, Steve Simon, WTA CEO, has threatened to pull all tour events out of China.
Statement from Steve Simon, Chairman & CEO, WTA
WTA seeks full, fair and transparent investigation into sexual assault allegations against former Chinese leader and also calls for end of censorship against Peng Shuai.
— wta (@WTA) November 14, 2021
3.) Nick Kyrgios’ New Podcast
Along with two of his best friends Alex Babanine and James Frawley, Nick Kyrigios has launched “No Boundaries.” The new podcast will cover wide-ranging topics that extend far beyond tennis with “witty banter, out-of-the-box-unfiltered opinions, and late-night vibey chats between three best friends.” As of today, they’ve released two episodes.
4.) Muguruza WTA Finals Champ
Garbiñe Muguruza defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-3 7-5 at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico, to claim her 10th WTA title and become the first Spanish player to win the season-ending event. As a result, she’ll return to world No. 3 in the rankings after winning three titles this year – the most she’s won in a single season.
5.) Head Prestige 2021
Earlier this month, Head announced the 2021 version of their Prestige lineup, which includes four frames: Pro, Tour, MP, and MP L. Although the specs of the frames remain mostly unchanged, Head has introduced name changes. The MP, Pro, and Tour models are now Pro, Tour, and MP, respectively. Also, MP, traditionally known as ‘midplus’ for tennis racquets, will now refer to ‘main performance.’
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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.