September 16, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) US Open Champions
At 19 years, 4 months, and 7 days old, Carlos Alcaraz became the youngest ATP world No. 1 in history by defeating Casper Ruud in the US Open finals, simultaneously claiming his first Grand Slam victory. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Iga Swiatek defeated Ons Jabeur to become the youngest woman to win her third major title since Maria Sharapova accomplished the feat in 2008 at 20. Exceptional results for both!
2.) Serena Teases Comeback
During a post-US Open interview on Good Morning America, Serena Williams teased that while she’s officially retired, a return isn’t totally out of the question, saying, “I mean, you never know. I’ve just been saying that Tom Brady started a really cool trend…”
.@serenawilliams doesn’t rule out one day returning to the world of professional tennis: “I mean, you never know. I’ve just been saying that Tom Brady started a really cool trend…” ????????https://t.co/kWY5S6eOU4 pic.twitter.com/B9RwfOK7he
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 14, 2022
3.) Career Golden Slam in Dubs
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova narrowly avoided defeat in the US Open women’s doubles final against Caty McNally and Taylor Townsend to claim a career Golden Slam, which means they’ve won all Grand Slams and the Olympics in the event. By doing so, they became the second women’s doubles team to complete the feat after the Williams Sisters.
4.) Halep’s Surgery
After a successful year that saw her return to the top 10 on tour with the help of her new coach Patrick Mouratoglou, Simona Halep underwent surgery to correct a breathing issue she’s had for years. During the surgery, she also took the opportunity to address the aesthetics of her nose with plastic surgery, suggesting she’s never liked it.
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— Simona Halep (@Simona_Halep) September 15, 2022
5.) US Open Attendance
During an exciting few weeks, the US Open broke its attendance record with 776,120 fans, eclipsing the previous total of 737,872 set in 2019. Helping the cause, Arthur Ashe Stadium was sold out every session for the first time in its 25-year history. Post-pandemic, it’s a breath of fresh air to see that fans are back to enjoying competitive tennis in person.
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.