Tennis news (but not only) of the past week: The reappearance of Peng Shuai and a slow cycling record

Nov 23, 2021, 6:00:00 AM | by Florian Cadu

Peng Shuai
We Are Tennis by BNP Paribas brings you the best of the past week, on and off the courts, day after day. A week of Masters during which Peng Shuai finally made a reappearance and a record for slow cycling was broken.

Monday November 15th

Another GOAT debate to start the week, and it's Nick Kyrgios' turn to vote: "Today, I say Federer. The most influential player to ever play is Federer. His game is copied. There are guys like Dimitrov who have literally modelled their game on him. But man, find your own style! Nobody really plays like Novak, but people imitate Federer. Even I sometimes imitate his serve. In my eyes, Roger Federer is the Michael Jordan of tennis and it's his retirement that will hurt tennis the most." The Australian's arguments are not to be thrown away, unlike the mail of a temporary postman in Obies (North), who prefers to throw envelopes in the bin rather than deliver them. If anyone has ordered a racket, please wait.


Tuesday November 16th

Roger Federer again, or rather Rodger. This is the first name of the Swiss player in the hilarious series of comic strips by Hermann and Vincent, who recently published a second opus entitled Mirka et Rodger (Éditions Slatkine) following a first one called Rodger: L'enfance de l'art. These pages reinvent the life of the player as funny as the feat of the Italian Davide Formolo, author of the record for the shortest distance covered by bicycle in 60 minutes during the Slow Cycling Festival held in Ferrara. Namely: 918 metres. And to think that some people think that Roger Federer is running in slow motion...


Wednesday November 17th

Perhaps it is right, as the Swiss is not doing so well. "I would be incredibly surprised to be able to play Wimbledon, says the injured man, who is not expected to be back on the court until the summer of 2022. My ambition is to see what I can do one last time. My life won't fall apart if I don't play a Grand Slam final again, but it would be the ultimate dream to go back. I still believe in it." The news does, however, make some people want to kill, including a 30-year-old man who was arrested in Toulouse for shooting twice at a motorist's car he thought was too slow. What do you expect, some people go completely mad without their idol.


Thursday November 18th

There are those, like American billionaire Kenneth Griffin, who don't know what to do with their money and spend 43 million dollars to buy the US Constitution before lending it to a museum for public display. And then there's Garbine Muguruza, who wins the WTA Masters and becomes the first Spanish woman to win the tournament. To each his own, to each his own.


Friday November 19th

Did you know? The frog is not the female of the toad, as the scientist Françoise Serre Collet points out in her new book 50 idées fausses sur les amphibiens (Editions Quae). Did you know that? It is possible to stick a bubble in the first set and then struggle to finish the match as the winner, as shown by Daniil Medvedev, who saved two match points against Jannik Sinner and beat the Italian after 2 hours and 32 minutes of combat, even though there was nothing at stake in this Masters group match (the Russian had already qualified for the rest of the event, his opponent having already been eliminated). We learn something new every day.


Saturday November 20th

A huge shock in Turin, where Novak Djokovic was sent over the edge by Alexander Zverev in the Masters semi-finals. Result: a man living in the Jura region turns into a smurf, his skin permanently blue from silver particles ingested to boost his immune system. It doesn't matter, because the real news is the disappearance of Peng Shuai who, fortunately, at least gives a sign of life through a video published by a state journalist where she talks with her coach in a restaurant, quoting the date of the day. At last, something to be reassured about.


Sunday November 21th

Phew, a public appearance by Peng Shuai! The Chinese woman, who is obviously paying for her accusation of rape against a high dignitary, is spotted in Beijing at a junior tennis tournament. Meanwhile, Zverev takes the Masters at the expense of the unfortunate Daniil Medvedev. What if we gathered 12,000 musicians to celebrate, following the example of Venezuela, which set the world record for the largest orchestra in the world?