Weekly Reads – Ben Shelton Wins First ATP Title, Carlos Alcaraz Is The Most Searched Tennis Player IN 2023

Jenson Brooksby was suspended for 18 months after missing 3 doping tests. He will be eligible to play again in January 2025. (Reuters)

Gael Monfils won his first title in almost 2 years at Stockholm. This is Monfil’s 12th ATP title. (ESPN)

Ben Shelton won his first ATP title in Tokyo beating Aslan Karatsev. He will make his Top 15 debut in the rankings. (ATP)

Alexander Bublik beat Arthur Fils to win the Antwerp final. This is Bublik’s third ATP title. (France24)

WTA Finals will be held in Cancun starting next week. But the stadium is not fully built yet. (Twitter)

We know Carlos Alcaraz is a star. He is the most searched tennis player online in 2023 with more than 60 million searches, even beating out Novak Djokovic. Iga Swiatek, Coco Gauff, and Emma Raducanu were the top three searches among female tennis players. Raducanu has not played much in 2023 due to injuries and poor form. (Yardbarker)

Simona Halep will appeal her four-year doping ban that will keep her out of tennis until 2026 (BBC)

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Maria Sakkari Breaks Racquet With Her Hands

Maria Sakkari has strong arms and thighs that help her hit powerful shots. They also come in handy when she is angry.

Recently, she broke her racquet with her hands and thighs without much effort. After losing the game, she angrily hit the racket against the back of her shoes.  As she walked to her chair for a break between games, she tried to break the racquet with just her hands. When that failed, she held her racquet against her thigh and broke it into two with her hands.

Of course, Maria Sakkari is not the first to break a racquet with her hands. Stan Wawrinka broke a racquet in a similar fashion. Interestingly, not everyone is successful at breaking a racquet with their hands. Alex de Minaur tried and failed miserably.

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