TennisCompanion Five Point Friday October 1, 2021

October 1, 2021

Five Point Friday

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

1.) 6,000 Days for Nadal

On Wednesday, the ATP shared that Rafael Nadal has been a top 10 player for 6,000 consecutive days. That brings us all the way back to April 25, 2005.

2.) Kim Clijsters Back Again

Kim Clijsters made a comeback in 2020, but her last match was at the US Open that year, with her progress being interrupted by knee surgery in October. However, she never let the dream die, and Monday stepped back on the court for her first WTA match this year, facing world No. 97, Su-Wei Hsieh. Kim lost 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 but was happy with her progress and will compete again.

3.) Indian Wells in the Fall

On Monday, the 47th edition of the BNP Paribas Open will kick off in Indian Wells. It’s the first time the tournament will run in over two years after being canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic. The event is usually held in March, but for 2021 it was moved to give the tournament the best shot at running. Emma Raduccanu, who did not receive direct entry due to the timing of her US Open victory, has been awarded a wildcard along with Kim Clijsters and Andy Murray. Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic and Ash Barty have withdrawn.

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4.) Wozniacki’s Last Match

At the end of 2019, Caroline Wozniacki announced she’d retire from tennis after the 2020 Australian Open with a final exhibition match against Serena Williams at the Royal Arena in Copenhagen in May. Of course, due to the pandemic, this didn’t pan out, but she recently announced she’d still play her final match. On February 9, 2020, it will take place at the Royal Arena, but she’ll be playing Angelique Kerber instead.

5.) Medvedev’s Response

After the Laver Cup concluded, with Team Europe defeating Team World for the fourth time, Diego Schwartzman and Felix Auger Aliassime faced off against Daniil Medvedev and Casper Ruud for an entertaining doubles match. During the match, Medvedev made an aggressive approach of a second serve from Felix, which came in response to a previous point where Felix tried an underarm serve.

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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