September 2, 2022 TennisCompanion Five Point Friday

September 2, 2022

Five Point Friday

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

1.) Serena Downs World No. 2

In her second-round match against world no. 2, Anett Kontaveit, Serena raised her level to earn an impressive 7-6(4) 2-6, 6-2 win. In some ways, it was equally impressive that Anett held her composure playing in front of a crowd that was overwhelmingly in favor of her opponent. In the third round, Serena will play world no. 46 Ajla Tomljanovic, scheduled for today.

2.) Murray vs. Berrettini

I’m looking forward to the clash between Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini, who will face off today in the third round of the US Open. Both had similar score lines in their first two matches, so I’m hoping for an entertaining meeting between the two. Who do you think will win?

3.) Tracy Austin’s Son

Brandon Holt, the son of former world No. 1 and two-time US Open champ, Tracy Austin, earned his ATP tour-level debut as a US Open qualifier and took out No. 24, Taylor Fritz, in the first round. He suffered a tough five-set loss in the second round losing 6-1, 6-2, 1-6, 6-7 (1), 6-7(6), but it was a productive week for the 24-year-old who’s ranked No. 303.

4.) Andre Petkovic Retires

Andrea Petkovic played her last official WTA match in the first round of the US Open, losing to Belinda Bencic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Andrea earned a career-high ranking of No. 9 with seven titles, and her best result at a Grand Slam came in 2014 as a semi-finalist at Roland Garros. At 34 years old, she sighted her body, unable to keep up with the demands of the sport, as the main reason for retiring.

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5.) Federer Tops Money List

Despite not having played a competitive match in nearly 14 months, Roger Federer tops Forbes list of highest paid tennis players for the 17th consecutive year, earning $90 million over the last 12 months. Top sponsors include Uniqlo, Credit Suisse, and Rolex, but he also owns significant equity in On, the popular Swiss running shoe brand.

See Forbe’s Top-10 List

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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