Tennis news of the week (and more): Belinda Bencic in gold and Chips at 170 euros

Aug 3, 2021, 6:00:00 AM | by Florian Cadu

Tennis news of the week (and more): Belinda Bencic in gold and Chips at 170 euros
Belinda Bencic
We Are Tennis by BNP Paribas brings you the best of the past week, on and off the courts, day after day. A week that saw Belinda Bencic won two Olympic gold medals and a punnet of Chips sold for 170 euros.

Monday July 26th

The week starts with some grumpy players, as the Olympic Games matches are played too early in the day for the temperatures not to heat up the skulls of the tennis players. If Arnaud Klein, a guy from Reims, doesn't have time to follow the games anyway, as he has set himself a crazy world record by aiming for 200 views of the same film in the cinema (Kaamelott), Novak Djokovic still has a word with the competition organisers about the timetable. After winning his second round match, of course.

 

Tuesday July 27th

What a slap! Naomi Osaka, who had been a great hope for a medal in these home Olympics, was slapped in the round of 16 by Markéta Vondroušová. With this victory, the Czech woman achieved an even greater feat than the world record of the robot of engineer/youtuber Mark Rober, who laid 100,000 dominoes in the space of 24 hours. To each his own.

 

Wednesday July 28th

"I can finish the game, but I can die. If I die, who will take the responsibility?" Such was Daniil Medvedev's response as the chair umpire asked about him in the middle of his duel with Fabio Fognini. The Russian had won, but the conditions were such that he was literally staggering. It was enough to confuse the senses, like that Tesla automatic car that mistook the moon for an orange light in the United States. Red alert!

 

Thursday July 29th

Two countries with two medals already secured. Croatia, first: both qualifying for the men's doubles final, the pairs Ivan Dodig-Marin Čilić and Mate Pavić-Nikola Mektić are set for a 100% checkered duel. Switzerland, next: on all fronts, Belinda Bencic reaches the ultimate step in women's singles and doubles. Next to her, Günter Schachermayr's descent of the Pezinok chimney (110 metres, Slovakia) on a Vespa is anecdotal. Or almost.

 

Friday July 30th

Cinema, episode 2. As the careers of Venus and Serena Williams inevitably come to an end, a biopic entitled King Richard, dedicated to the father of the two sisters, has been announced in theatres. With a certain Will Smith in the lead role. Tip: instead of the noisy popcorn during the film, opt for the fries from New York's Serendipity 3 restaurant at 170 euros a tub. No one costs more, so jump on it!

 

Saturday July 31th

He came to pick up gold, he leaves on a scooter. We're not talking about Djokovic, the Serbian who was knocked out of the title race by Alexander Zverev in the semi-finals before also slipping past the bronze, but about a robber who rode off on two wheels with his loot in his pocket after robbing a jewellery store in Paris. A misdeed that is more talked about than Casper Ruud's trophy in Kitzbühel, at the expense of Pedro Martínez. The weight of medals, that scourge.

 

Sunday August 1st

After Ms. Bencic the day before, Mr. Zverev won the Olympics! They don't need a $24 million diamond in front of them to shine. And they don't need to buy the whole world to be crowned king of the world either. Isn't that right, dear Lil Uzi Vert, soon to be the first human owner of a planet?