Daily Dose of Social Media featuring Kontaveit's pregnancy, Murray takes on Most Asked and Dimitrov turns 33

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Thursday, 16 May 2024 at 18:00
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In our Daily Dose of Social Media, we summarise events you may have missed from Thursday 16 May including Anett Kontaveit, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov and also events surrounding the WTA Calendar.
From the Rome Open to the Bordeaux Challenger to off court, we've got you covered the latest Daily Dose of what you might have missed.

Major changes to WTA Calendar

The WTA Calendar has been confirmed for 2025 in full....in May 2024 which has surprised many given the slow nature previously of such a release. But it has mooted several moves.
The Queen's Club Championships will move into the slot held by Eastbourne International previously. It will take place the first week of the grass season. The Nottingham WTA 250 event will move one week later to the second week of the grass court season which is the week of June 16.
A WTA 250 tournament will run in Eastbourne during the week of June 23 which is the third week of the grass court season. This is combined with an ATP 250. The WTA 500 in Bad Homburg, Germany remains in the third week of the grass season alongside Eastbourne. Surbiton will go off the calendar. While Birmingham gets a downgrade off the tour. In a controversial move, the Canadian and Cincinnati Open will be played over basically two weeks. After player complaints surrounding the two week iterations of tournaments, this will do this idea no favours at all. Top names including Elena Rybakina have discussed their resolution to the extended tournaments as well as a certain Iga Swiatek, the current World No.1.

Anett Kontaveit announces pregnancy

Former World No.2 may not have found happiness on the court in the end as she had to retire due to a crippling back injury. But she will be off the court as she has confirmed that she is pregnant and has a 'new family member on the way'.
Kontaveit announced the news in a picture with her and boyfriend, Brent. This time last year saw Kontaveit's farewell from the sport which saw her play at Wimbledon before packing it in with a farewell back home in Tallinn in the form of an exhibition.
Her farewell though was fraught with poor scheduling on the part of the organisers of the grass court major with many believing that Kontaveit had been short changed after such a good career where she shone so bright but only briefly. Fans struggled to get on the outer court she played and with rain playing its part, it was like musical chairs as she kept getting shifted.
But now away from tennis, she will hope to achieve some semblance of solace after suddenly having to pack in the sport with the arrival of a newborn. She joins Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic among others who will become mothers in 2024.

Collins v Azarenka provides real entertainment

Albeit a Wednesday moment, the match between Danielle Collins and Victoria Azarenka provided real entertainment as the American came out on top. She won through 6-4, 6-3 and will now face off against Aryna Sabalenka for a spot in the final.
It was the moments of the match though that provided some entertainment with Collins lifting her arms aloft at the crowd and sarcastically telling them to bring it in a sassy manner befitting of the iconic American. She also blew a kiss aggressively towards the crowd after winning in a silencing the haters move who jeered her throughout the tie.
In reality, Victoria Azarenka's coach got it the worst off her side as the former World No.1 looked him dead in the eyes and said what do you want me to come on. This also prompted Sascha Bajin, her former hitting partner to spill the tea of sorts about how she isn't a nice person in his view. So both entertainment on and off the court in a match that was always set to deliver on paper.

Murray turns 37 and answers most asked

It has been an interesting few days for Sir Andy Murray with the Brit turning 37 and also making his return to the court after an absence since Miami due to an ankle ligament injury. But he made a successful start.
He saw off Kyrian Jacquet in the first round through a walkover. The Frenchman decided to retire after the opening set. Murray also received a cake from tournament organisers and also answered most asked including if he’s English. Certainly not in the case of Murray. Watch the video below.

Dimitrov celebrates birthday

From one 30+ tennis player celebrating their birthday to another today in the form of Grigor Dimitrov with the Bulgarian who has had a resurgence as of late from the Paris Masters last year onwards.
He turns 33 today as he approaches a second wind in his fantastic career. He has won nine career titles, is a former World No.3, an ATP Finals champion and three time Grand Slam semi-finalist. Many happy returns to Grigor today.

Happy Birthday to Grigor Dimitrov 🎈🎂 🔹9 career titles 🔹2017 ATP Finals Champion 🔹1 Masters title 🔹Former world #3 🔹3-time Grand Slam semifinalist At 33 years old, he’s found some of his best tennis once again. His resurgence has been one of the best stories in…

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