October 21, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Hall of Fame Fan Vote
For nine more days, fans can vote for players they feel deserve induction into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2023. If a player is on the brink of being elected, your vote can help make or break winning the vote. Seven players are on the ballot, including Juan Carlos Ferraro, Ana Ivanovic, and Carlos Moya.
2.) Gauff & Pegula in WTA Finals
At 18 years and 7 months, Coco Gauff will be the youngest player to compete in singles and doubles at the WTA Finals since Anna Kournikova did at 18 years and 5 months in 1999. Meanwhile, Coco’s partner, Jessica Pegula, also qualified in singles and doubles. The finals will run from Oct 31 – Nov 7 in Fort Worth, TX.
3.) Trouble in Naples
Awarded a single-year license, the Tennis Napoli Cup in Naples, Italy, had a rough start. The courts were so poorly constructed that players refused to play, and qualifying rounds were forced to move to a new location. Not to mention chaos over tickets with delays, ongoing player complaints about the conditions, and Nicolas Barrientos getting kicked out of his room without notice?!? Suffice it to say the ATP is unlikely to return next year.
— Stefano Berlincioni (@Carretero77) October 15, 2022
CRAZY 48 hours in Napoli, where the Central Court went from damaged to resurfaced with the surface used in Florence & the resin used in Bologna for the Davis Cup Finals a couple weeks ago.
Central Court is now ready for action and the same formula is being applied to Court 2. pic.twitter.com/XqRSeHk1B6
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) October 17, 2022
Esto llenó la taza! Como puede pasar esto en un ATP250, ni en un Challenger me había pasado, bueno creo que a mi partner le paso en un Challenger organizado por la misma empresa de este 250. Abro hilo pic.twitter.com/LuXQura3Kw
— Nicolas Barrientos (@nicobg15) October 18, 2022
4.) Swiatek Cracks 10,000
Coming off her first loss in a final since 2019 last week in Ostrava, Iga fought her way through the San Diego Open’s lineup. Eventually, she prevailed as champion, defeating a resurgent Donna Vekic 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 to claim her 64th victory and eighth title of the season. The win pushed her through the 10,000-point mark in the rankings, with world No. 2 Ons Jabeur trailing by 6,280 points.
5.) Seppi Denied Wildcard
Veteran Italian tennis player Andreas Seppi was denied a wildcard in Florence and Naples, where he hoped to retire. According to a post on Instagram, Andreas stated that the Italian Tennis Federation did not allow him to play because “giving a wild card to a retiring player would have been a waste.” Andrea achieved a career-high ranking of 18, won three titles, and competed for Italy at the Davis Cup and Olympics. Instead, he’ll retire next week at an ATP Challenger in Ortisei, Italy.
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