Lucy and Eugene, joined by “friend of the pod” Tumaini Carayol, review the US Open – the first Slam we’ve analysed since inception – and look ahead to Rome
US Open Review The tournament belonged to Naomi Osaka who, from day one, showed she’s the real deal both on and off the court. Victory in the final was the icing on the cake. We break down the importance of her presence in the game.
– Serena’s run to the semis was far from straightforward, but the 38-year-old showed she still has the game and the desire to compete.
– So many black women in the singles draw, among them some exciting young American debutantes including Katrina Scott, 16, who really impressed, winning a round and taking a set off Amanda Anisimova.
– Felix Auger-Aliassime and Frances Tiafoe both made it to the second week in New York for the first time. Both put in notable performances.
– Novak Djokovic’s default opened the door for Dominic Thiem to secure his maiden Grand Slam title. Overall, women’s tennis outshone the men’s game in New York this year!
Roland Garros and PTPA Will the French Open still go ahead with fans in the grounds and would Tumaini feel comfortable if asked to go and cover it? Professional Tennis Players Association (PTPA), necessary or nah? Serena reportedly had words with Novak. Didn’t reveal what was discussed.
Rome Gael Monfils returns to action alongside the likes of Rafa Nadal and loads of other European-based players. Tricky openers for the women – Venus-Vika, Sloane-Muguruza, Gauff-Jabeur and Paolini overcomes Sevastova in straight sets.