September 8, 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.) ATP & WTA Merge Talks
According to The Telegraph, ATP Chairman Andrea Gaudenzi and WTA CEO Steve Simon are set to meet later this month to discuss a merger that would prevent the possibility of a LIV Golf-style takeover. The planned discussion follows news that the ATP Next-Gen Finals will be hosted in Saudi Arabia, and they bid for the WTA finals.
2.) Shelton’s 149 mph Serve
During the third set of his round of 16 match against Tommy Paul, Ben Shelton cracked a screaming 149 mph serve, tying Greg Rusedski for the 14th fastest on record. At 6’4″, he’s been dishing out big serves all summer. Ben will face off against Novak Djokovic for the first time tomorrow at 3 p.m. EST.
Ben Shelton just hit at 149 MPH serve. 🤯
That’s the fastest at the US Open! pic.twitter.com/TtRxzJvwJB
— US Open Tennis (@usopen) September 3, 2023
3.) Nike Vapor 9.5 Tour
Nike has released a new limited-edition version of their popular Nike Vapor 9.5 Tour shoe with a colorway and design inspired by the US Open and their signature cocktail. You can find the shoes on Nike.com and popular online retailers, and there’s also a white and blue colorway. If you’re a fan of the model and interested in grabbing a pair, you’ll want to act fast before the sellout.
4.) Naomi’s 2024 Return
Two-time US Open champ Naomi Osaka appeared at a US Open Mental Health Forum alongside Michael Phelps and US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. During her visit, she also sat with Chris McKendry to talk about her time away from tennis and her plans to return to the sport, starting in Australia next year.
5.) Brutal Heat Conditions
Players and fans at the US Open are familiar with the intense heat and humidity that often plagues the tournament. Still, Medvedev’s quarterfinal match against Rublev was one for the books. With the feels-like temperature sitting at 99 F (37 C) and the humidity topping out at 50%, the conditions were brutal despite a partially closed roof. Medvedev won in straight sets but wasn’t a fan, expressing his displeasure with the camera during the match.
Daniil Medvedev on the conditions in his match against Andrey Rublev:
“One player is gonna die. And they’re gonna see.” pic.twitter.com/zQhXWmdGQU
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) September 6, 2023
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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