The tennis news (but not only) of the week: tears and Svitolina

Oct 30, 2018, 5:00:00 PM

The tennis news (but not only) of the week: tears and Svitolina
We Are Tennis by BNP Paribas sums up the tennis news of the past week, day after day, mixed with news from the real world. A week which was marked by the BNP Paribas WTA Finals and ATP 500 tournaments, of course, but also tragic news and health problems.

Monday, October 22nd

Some medical news to start the week : in Ethiopia, surgeons have discovered 122 10-centimeters long  nails in a patient’s stomach. Enough to feel a little stomach pain. On his side, Roger Federer is still dealing with a painful hand. Which would explain his bad patch this season. « I’ve been feeling the pain for about three months now. This is not an excuse, but it has had a bad impact on my forehand. Especially during the final in Halle, and later at Wimbledon as well », the Swiss complained. Nevertheless, he played at the Basel Open, where Marco Cecchinato lost against Henri Laaksonen (4-6, 2-6). Just like Milos Raonic against Jürgen Melzer (6-7, 5-7) in Vienna. It’s on guys !


Tuesday, October 23rd

The first tears of the week : Daniel Contet, the ex-French number 3 and youngest player to have represented France in the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas, has passed away at the age of 74. « Let’s keep in mind that it is important to enjoy life, even if you enjoy it dangerously. » That’s probably how this Spanish couple who was arrested by the police for having sexual intercourse in their car on the highway would react. On his side, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is still having a tough time on the courts, as he lost against Sam Querrey in Vienna (3-6, 6-3, 3-6). In women’s tennis, the BNP Paribas WTA Finals have started in Singapore, as Caroline Wozniacki defeated Petra Kvitova (7-5, 3-6, 6-2). It’s on girls !


Wednesday, October 24th

Banning the local population from falling ill. That’s the humorous solution imagined by the mayor of Ychoux (France) to warn the authorities about the lack of medical resources in his area. A town where we shouldn’t see Fabio Fognini, Grigor Dimitrov or Jack Sock, who all got migraines from respectively losing against Marton Fucsovics (6-4, 3-6, 2-6), Mikhail Kukushkin (4-6, 6-4, 4-6) and Ernests Gulbis (5-7, 4-6). Everything is going well however for Angelique Kerber, who defeated Naomi Osaka (6-4, 5-7, 6-4).


Thursday, October 25th

There are more bad news regarding health issues coming in. This Thursday, Caroline Wozniacki (who was knocked out after losing 7-5, 5-7, 3-6 against Elina Svitolina) announced that she was suffering from an autoimmune disease called rheumatoid arthritis which provokes tiredness and the swelling of articulations : “At the start, it was a shock. You feel like you’re the fittest athlete in the world (...), and all of a sudden, you have to live with this (…) Some days, you wake up and you can’t get out of bed.” As for Karolina Pliskova, it’s quite the opposite : the Czech, who is in great form, defeated Kvitová (6-3, 6-4) and qualified for the semi-finals. In other news, please know that a young 18-year old guy from Marseille who was meant to take his driving test failed as he arrived on site...driving a car. Of course, the examiners didn’t enjoy it. A true champion.


Friday, October 26th

Tears were shed again in the world of tennis as we learned about the passing of Todd Reid, the 2002 Wimbledon Junior champion, who qualified for the third round of the Australian Open in 2004, at only 34 years old. To try to forget, tennis fans can watch Kiki Bertens qualify for the semi-finals after Osaka’s withdrawal or watch Sloane Stephens crush Kerber (6-3, 6-3). The richest of these fans can also buy the new Elan skis, which are covered in Swarovski crystals. The cost ? 799 euros.

Saturday, October 27th

Svitolina reached the final of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals after knocking out Bertens  (7-5, 6-7, 6-4) ? Kei Nishikori did the same in Vienna after defeating Kukushkin (6-4, 6-3) ? Kevin Anderson as well after knocking out Fernando Verdasco (6-3, 3-6, 6-4) ? Marius Copil imitated them after defeating Alexander Zverev in Basel (6-3, 6-7, 6-4) ? And Federer as well after destroying  Daniil Medvedev (6-1, 6-4) ? All of this suddenly became anecdotal with the terrible news coming from Pennsylvania : eleven people were killed and six injured after a man opened fire in a synagogue in Pittsburgh. To make things worse, a helicopter carrying five people (including Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, the president of Leicester football club) crashed outside the stadium of the city. No one survived. Silence.

Sunday, October 26th

A day of (small) celebrations. The twentieth edition of the Potirons de Bazinghen (a pumpkin festival in France) ended with the display of a pumpkin weighing 132 kilograms. In other news, Anderson defeated Nishikori (6-3, 7-6) and qualified for the ATP Finals in London, Federer crushed Copil (7-6, 6-4) and won his 99th title (his ninth in Basel) and Svitolina won the ATP Finals after defeating Sloane Stephens Sloane Stephens. Images which can cheer us up (a little).