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.

1 comment:

Rick Schoen said...

Kenneth,

Just saw an article this morning in the Chicago tribune that the Laver Cup will be played here in 2018 (Sept. 21-23):
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-laver-cup-tennis-chicago-2018-20170924-story.html

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