Monday, September 25, 2017

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina won in St. Petersburg, claiming his first ATP title with a come-from-behind victory over Fabio Fognini, 3-6 6-4 6-2. As sexy as the fiery Italian is in skimpy briefs and Speedos, I'm glad he lost. His misogynistic ways are just not cute.

Plus Damir's got legs of his own ...

German ginger Peter Gojowczyk also popped his ATP cherry ...

embarrassing Frenchman BenoƮt Paire 7-5 6-2 for the crown in Metz, France, in what might have been one of the hottest -- and high-haired -- finals of 2017!

At least the French team of  Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin -- the son of 1983 Roland Garros semifinalist Christophe Roger-Vasselin -- delighted the home crowd by capturing the doubles title 7-5, 6-3 over Wesley Koolhof and Artem Sitak.

If the depth in the tournaments seemed nonexistent, it's partly because everyone and his brother was in Prague competing in the Laver Cup, a newfangled exhibition pitting Europe vs. the rest of the world. 

In what was a surprise to no one, Team Europe (whose players have a combined 36 majors) beat Team World (who have a combined zero -- and not even one major finalist) 15-9 to win the inaugural outing, capped by Roger Federer’s 4-6, 7-6, (11-9) victory over Nick Kyrgios.

I have a lot of issues with these types of events because the top players are always whining about the season being too long, but have no problem traveling halfway around the world for big cash.

 But I'm not going to complain too much about seeing Bjorn Borg "compete" against John McEnroe (as respective captains), seeing what Thomas Enqvist looks like these days (hot as ever!) or adorable moments like this one, above!

In women's action: The seventh time was the charm for Caroline Wozniacki, who won her first title of 2017 in Tokyo after losing in six straight finals. Her 6-0, 7-5 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was an empathic way to end the Danish drought. 

Jelena Ostapenko beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-4 to win the Korean Open. Although it was a rinky-dink tournament, I'm heartened to see the reigning French Open finally won her SECOND career title.

And finally, Shuai Zhang beats Aleksandra Krunic to win the Guangzhou title. It was the first meeting between the two players, with the No. 2 seed coming out on top with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory over the unseeded Serb to reclaim the crown she previously won in 2013.

Ah, Shucks!

If you've heard that corn-fed Midwestern boys are the hottest, you're right. More proof from Alan Light HERE.

The Wedding Crasher

Local cat found a comfy spot in a church he frequents. 
From my Instagram HERE.

Mug Shot Monday

Granted, he's not going to win father of the year. But making another baby might be fun.
The Arizona dad who allegedly stranded his 10-year-old daughter in the desert had lost his temper over a pen, according to reports. Christopher Charles Watson, 28, of Kingman, was arrested Saturday after the girl was found crying alongside the road in the Mojave Desert, according to the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office. Watson had reportedly forced her out of his truck and left the girl in 91-degree heat without shoes or water. The two had been apparently feuding over a pen that was in the vehicle, authorities said.
Your move, Florida.

Go-Go's, Grateful Dead and Jimmy Buffet Musicals Headed to Broadway

Rolling Stone looks at three new musicals headed to the Great White Way, including "Head Over Heels," which (for better or worse) does not tell the rise and fall of the first all-girl band to top the Billboard albums chart:
Christine Russell, one of the producers of the hit Carole King Broadway musical "Beautiful," remembers her first reaction when she was pitched on a new pop-oriented production. The show is based on "The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia," a 16th-century tale of mistaken identity and jealous lovers that was later turned into a play, "The Arcadia." The twist of the show, starting with its name, "Head Over Heels," is its score: It's entirely set to songs by the Go-Go's.  
"I thought, 'Huh, really?'" Russell says. "I asked [Go-Go's guitarist] Charlotte Caffey about it and that it seemed so left field, and she said, 'That's why we like it – it's weird and off the wall, just like our band.'"

Read what Kathy Valentine, who penned many of the songs used in the production including the title track, had to say about it HERE.

Song of the Day: 'C'est La Vie' by Robbie Nevil

Thank you to San Junipero for reminding me that '80s music wasn't all good!

Morning Wood

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