September 17, 2021
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Golden Slams x2
Djokovic received plenty of well-deserved attention at the US Open for his attempt at winning a Grand Slam in 2021. However, behind the scenes, Dylan Alcott of Australia and Diede de Groot of the Netherlands completed a Golden Slam in wheelchair tennis. That is, they won every single major AND Olympic Gold this year, which is thoroughly impressive.
2.) US Open Viewership
According to ESPN, US Open prime time viewership was up 33% over 2020 and 13% for the entire two weeks of the event. Furthermore, the women’s final averaged 2.44 million viewers while the men’s averaged 2.05 million. It’s excellent to see the numbers were strong and the ladies pulling huge interest.
3.) Unique US Open Tradition
On Sunday, Andy Roddick highlighted a US Open tradition that I hadn’t seen before where players leave behind a pair of their shoes for the attendants of the players. I thought it was a fun way for players to show their appreciation.
Just one row of the shoes that have been left behind in the US Open locker room for the attendants from the players … One of the cool traditions that never gets talked about pic.twitter.com/Tf8GDbwCkn
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) September 12, 2021
4.) Emma Speaking Mandarin
Although it’s not surprising, considering her mother is Chinese, many fans were intrigued to learn Emma Raducanu is fluent in Mandarin. Following her US Open title, she posted a message to the tournament’s Weibo account and has now opened one herself.
@EmmaRaducanu is building her Chinese social media presence by launching an account on Weibo with a video message. Viewed over 1M times in 7 hours. Very fluent and expressive Mandarin, thanked the support from the fans, and wished to come to China to play in 2022. pic.twitter.com/AJvdXGORMz
— mad_joe (@madjoechina) September 16, 2021
5.) 53 Shot Rally
Mulling over various highlights from his years US Open, I had to stop and replay Djokovic and Zverev’s 53 shot semi-final rally. If you didn’t catch it, it’s worth a view.
— ATP Tour (@atptour) September 11, 2021
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.