TennisCompanion Five Point Friday September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Wilson Blade 98 v8 [Review]

Now in its eighth generation, the Wilson Blade is one of the game’s most popular tennis racquets that’s well known for its excellent feel, control, and comfort. In my latest video, I dive deep to provide an overview of the racquet, including noteworthy changes and how it performs on the court to help players decide if it’s a good fit.

2.) Emma & Leylah

For the first time since 1999, we’ll have a US Open women’s final with two teenagers. 18-year-old Emma Raducanu of Great Britain and Leylah Fernandez of Canada, who turned 19 on Monday, has captured the imagination of fans with an impressive display of tennis that’s both refreshing and incredibly entertaining. Instead of going on about how impressive these two ladies have been, I’ll simply encourage you to check out their highlights and tune in for their matchup this Saturday.

3.) Untold: Breaking Point

Untold is a Netflix docuseries that goes behind the scenes to tell compelling stories from the world of sports. Breaking Point is one of five episodes that chronicle the rise of Mardy Fish and his crippling struggle with anxiety.

4.) Social Media Abuse

Anyone who’s spent even a little time on social media has likely been exposed to the negativity that’s often overwhelmingly pervasive on these platforms. Late last week, after her third-round loss, Sloane Steven’s shared that she received 2,000+ abusive and negative messages. It’s unfortunate, to say the least, but posts like hers help raise awareness and encourage change. A spokesperson from Facebook, which owns Instagram, addressed the issue publicly.

5.) Carlos Alcaraz’s Run

At only 18 years old, Carlos Alcaraz of Spain, who’s currently ranked No. 55, became the youngest man since 1963 to make the quarterfinals of the US Open. Perhaps his most memorable win came in the third round when he defeated world No. 3, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in five sets. Unfortunately, his run ended in the quarters due to a right adductor injury that forced him to retire in the second set.

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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