September 22, 2023
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week in tennis.
1.) Battle of the Sexes 50 Years
Fifty years ago on Wednesday, Billie Jean King defeated Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, transforming sports and gender equality for the better.
The Battle of the Sexes was played 50 years ago today.
More than a tennis match, it was a catalyst for social change & one of the most important days of my life.
We have come a long way since 1973, but we are not done yet.
Let’s keep going for it.
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) September 20, 2023
2.) Rafa on Novak’s Numbers
In an interview with the AS, Rafael Nadal shared his opinion on Novak Djokovic’s numbers and titles. Can you guess his thoughts?
Rafa Nadal says Novak Djokovic is the best in history, with respect to numbers & titles:
“I believe that numbers are numbers & statistics are statistics. In that sense, I think he has better numbers than mine & that is indisputable. I don’t drop any rings nor do I have an ego… pic.twitter.com/ilzCUhKwg2
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 20, 2023
3.) Murry Dedicates Win
Playing Switzerland in the Davis Cup, Andy Murray defeated Leandro Riedi 6-7 (7-9) 6-4 6-4 before revealing post-match that he missed his gran’s funeral and dedicated the win to her. Later, Andy shared that his dad encouraged him to compete, saying she would have wanted him to play.
🇬🇧 Andy Murray emotionally reveals that he missed his Gran’s funeral to play the Davis Cup today. Dedicated the win to her.
— Olly 🎾🇬🇧 (@Olly_Tennis_) September 15, 2023
4.) Laver Cup Kicks Off
The sixth edition of the Laver Cup kicks off today at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada. Although Federer is in attendance, he won’t be playing, marking the second year without any of the big three. Last year, Team World won, upsetting Team Europe for the first time. Who do you expect to win?
— Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 21, 2023
5.) Monfils’ Slap Forehand
Playing Andrey Rublev at the Ultimate Tennis Showdown in Frankfurt, Germany, Gael Monfils hit a monster slap forehand return winner around the net post that you have to see to believe.
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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?
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