October 13, 2023
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week in tennis.
1.) Swiatek’s Clean Run
Iga Swiatek found her form again at the China Open, where she claimed the trophy, only dropping one set, including a clean semifinal 6-2, 6-3 victory over US Open champ Coco Gauff. Titles haven’t come as easy for Iga this year, with the depth of field seemingly as strong as ever, but she’s still ranked No. 2 and posting solid results at nearly every tournament.
2.) 40 Shot Rally… Tough End
Facing off in the Shanghai Master’s quarterfinals, Hubert Hurkacz and Fabian Marozsan entertained the crowd, pummeling the ball for an intense 40-shot rally with an unfortunate end for one player.
Shanghai madness 😳
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) October 12, 2023
3.) Trash Can Drop Shot Drill
Carlos Alcaraz put on a show at the Shanghai Masters, showing fans how accurate he can be hitting his trademark drop shot during practice. Can you guess how many tries it took to hit the target?
4.) Naomi Back on the Court
Naomi Osaka posted one of her first official practice videos as she targets a return for the 2024 Australian Open. However, keeping it real, she also shared a blooper showing she’s shaking off a bit of rust.
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5.) New Signature Tactic?
Asking pros for their signature after a match is nothing new, but how these fans tossed their swag at Liudmila Samsonova after her match was pretty darn unique. Hopefully, it worked!
how 𝙣𝙤𝙩 to get something signed by a tennis player 😅 pic.twitter.com/zVhRRGSMLp
— wta (@WTA) October 12, 2023
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?
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