Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Photo collage from HERE.

While Damian and I were watching Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame, some low-key events were going on around the globe, including in Newport, R.I. We caught John Isner beat Bjorn Fratangelo (that surname reminds me of one of those tabloid names for a celebrity couple!) in the semis -- and Isner went on to win the event by defeating Matthew Ebden of Australia in the final, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Elsewhere, David Ferrer kept the AARP circuit alive and well, winning his first tournament in nearly two years with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine. Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands took home the crown at the Swiss Open, beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania won her home title in Romania, beating Julia Görges in the final, 6-3, 7-4. And lastly, 19-year-old Russian cutie Andrey Rublev won the Croatian Open, beating Pablo Lorenzi, 6-4, 6-2, and picking me up as an Instagram follower!

Also: Word on the street is that Novak Djokovic is unlikely to play this U.S. Open. The given reason is a "bone bruise," but we all know it's a head case.

Some highlights from inside the Hall of Fame Museum:

I stole a copy of "Tracy Austin: Powerhouse in Pinafore" from the Rhodes Junior High library. (The statute of limitations has to have run out by now, right?!)

Thought it was interesting that they chose Tracy's mixed doubles victory with brother John at Wimbledon for the interactive video on her Hall of Fame panel ...

And you know I can't resist a NYC - tennis connection, like Andy Warhol's treatment of Chris Evert!

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