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Tennis

May 13, 2021
Source: Alessandra Tarantino/AP
Source: Alessandra Tarantino/AP

🎾Tennis: Serena Williams has hit a new high. Yesterday’s second round Italian Open appearance marked her 1,000th tour-level match, though the milestone didn’t come with a win as she unfortunately lost to Nadia Podoroska.

  • Naomi Osaka also lost her second-round match, and defending champ Simona Halep retired in the second set of hers with an injury. Time for some gelato.

🏇Horse racing: Medina Spirit will run once more. The Kentucky Derby-winning, drug test-failing horse was given the all-clear to race in this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes, the second race of the Triple Crown, but will undergo additional testing and monitoring throughout the weekend.

  • Meanwhile, trainer Bob Baffert has claimed that Medina Spirit’s failed test was due to a steroid found in an antifungal cream used to treat the horse’s dermatitis. We sincerely hope we never have to write that combination of words ever again.

💸Money: Forbes released their annual top 10 highest-paid athletes list, and unsurprisingly but still immensely frustratingly, there were no women included. At a heartstopping $180 million, MMA fighter Conor McGregor topped the list, which also included NBA star LeBron James, NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Dak Prescott and F1 driver Sir Lewis Hamilton.

  • The most interesting inclusion on the list is tennis star Roger Federer, who made less than $30,000 from playing tennis last year (he’s been injured since early 2020), but around $90 million in endorsements. Money pwease.