Monday, November 04, 2019

Weekend Tennis Roundup



I’m soaking in a tub in our anniversary suite in Buenos Aires, trying not to think about the online world too much. But while I’m here it only seemed right to document that Ash Barty capped a remarkable season by winning the season-ending WTA Finals in Shenzhen, China. The Australian, who had already locked up the year-end No.1 ranking, defeated 2018 champ Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-3 on Sunday night to cement her status as the world’s top female player. 



For her efforts, she pocketed the biggest paycheck in tennis history ($4.42 million), to become the first Aussie to win the Finals since Evonne Goolagong in 1976. It was an incredibly consistent year that saw her capture four titles (one on each surface, including Roland Garros), 55 wins and 12 top-10 wins.



Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic didn’t drop a set en route to capturing an unprecedented fifth crown in Paris, with a 6-3, 6-4 dismissal of Denis Shapovalov, who advanced to  title match when Rafael Nadal injured himself during their warmup. The yearend No. 1 ranking will now be decided at the Masters Cup in London. If the Serb ends up with it, he will surpass Roger Federer with six years, tying Pete Sampras. If the Spaniard recovers — and only has to perform reasonably well — he will tie the Big Three greats at five years. We shall see!



That Marko’s a cutie, especially when he’s not making you schmooze with cult leaders.



Pierre-Hugues Herbert/Nicolas Mahut won their seventh ATP Masters 1000 team doubles title on Sunday, beating Karen Khachanov/Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-1.



Although it was nice to see the Russians reach the final, it was small consolation for defending champ Khachanov, whose Jack Sock-like singles performance will see him plunge out of the Top 10, all the way down to No. 17.
And in Jizz -- I mean Challenger Land:



In the first (and likely last) all-Canadian men’s final in the 11 years of the Charlottesville Men’s Pro Challenger, Vasek Pospisil outlasted Brayden Schnur 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-2. The 29-year-old increasingly less blond hunk, who made it to the Wimbledon quarterfinals just four years ago, is on quite a tear since undergoing surgery on his back in January.



Please tell me he and “coach” Frank Dancevic are having an inappropriate relationship.

Around the net ...



Spotted last night in the Recoleta. Can you believe we’re going to miss THIS? 😩



As much as I don’t agree with the heterosexual lifestyle ...



Marriage seems to agree with trainer Martin Nosko.



Tommy Fabbiano is still adorable!



In this Halloween post, Tommy Haas gave sister-in-law Erin Foster a shoutout on her engagement.



And in other Tommy news, Mr. Paul was feeling frisky on Sunday, posting this Reilly Opelka selfie and tagging ...



cute friend Alex Rybakov. Was sad to see the big American’s beard go, but such is the life of Reilly.



Ass you like it ...



What Robert said. 😩

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