September 9, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Serena Broke Another Record
During her last match at the US Open, Serena Williams broke yet another record, smashing ESPN’s previous viewership high with an average of 4.6 million people watching and a peak of 6.9 million around 10:15 pm. It’s the most in the network’s 34-year history for tennis, a record previously set in 2012 during the 2012 Wimbledon Championship between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
2.) Anxiety, Depression, Debt
As the creator of Behind the Racquet, Noah Rubin is no stranger to talking about life’s challenges as a professional tennis player. In a Sports Illustrated piece, titled Anxiety and Depression and Debt: When Tennis Doesn’t Love You Back, Matthew Boncosky details the challenges players like Noah face trying to make a living on tour. It’s a good read.
3.) Tiafoe’s Latest Result
With his 7-6 (3), 7-6 (0), 6-4 win over Andre Rublev, Frances Tiafoe became the first Black American man to reach the US Open semifinals since Arthur Ashe in 1972. Today, the 24-year-old looks to take things a step further with a semifinal clash against Carlos Alcaraz.
4.) McEnroe Doc Now On-Demand
In June, I shared that Showtime was planning to release McEnroe, a documentary where John rewinds the clock to give us a detailed account of his triumphs, struggles, friendships, and rivalries. You can catch it streaming periodically on the channel or start a trial to watch it on demand.
5.) ATP Cup Being Replaced
According to a piece published by Stu Fraser at The Times, the ATP Cup is being swapped out for a mixed-gender event, the United Cup. We’re awaiting full details, including dates, locations, participating nations, and format, but it’s something to look forward to in 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?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.