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October 28, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Halep’s Positive Drug Test

The International Tennis Integrity Agency has handed world No. 10 Simona Halep a provisional suspension after a drug-control sample taken at the US Open in August tested positive for roxadustat. The banned substance helps prevent anemia by boosting red blood cell production. Simona has publically denied knowingly taking it and received support from players and her coach Patrick Moratoglou, who made a separate statement on the matter.

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2.) Rune Takes Out Tsitsipas

In a straight sets win, 19-year-old Holger Rune claimed his second title by defeating world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 6-4 at the Stockholm Open. Holger, who will participate in the Next Gen ATP Finals next month, saw his ranking jump to a career-high of 25 with the win.

3.) Serena “I’m Not Retired”

During a talk at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, CA, Serena Williams claimed, “I am not retired,” and that “The chances [of me returning] are very high. You can come to my house and [see] I have a court.” The remarks have left many fans questioning whether or not she’ll compete again. Especially after her August Vogue article suggested she’d be “evolving away from tennis” and her on-court comments at the US Open. We’ll have to wait and see.

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4.) Tennis Mag Stops Printing

After 57 years, TENNIS will issue the final print version of its magazine. From now on, they’ll publish all of their content exclusively on, which allows them to offer “more coverage, in a timelier fashion, with a global viewpoint.”

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5.) K-Swiss Speedtrac

Emphasizing a close-to-the-ground feel that minimizes layers between a player’s foot and the court, the K-Swiss is promoting the Speedtrac as a quick, light, and supportive new offering. The shoe features a bootie construction, a lightweight and comfortable Surge 7.0 midsole, and a new rubber outsole with a unique pattern that aims to improve traction while maintaining durability.

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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.

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