Monday, March 01, 2021

Weekend Tennis Diary


Nice wins over the weekend for David Goffin, Alexei Popyrin, Iga Swiatek and first-timer Juan Manuel Cerundolo, plus Belgian doubles cuties and the endless sex appeal of Filip Krajinovic & Co. Full report HERE.

David Goffin captured his first ATP Tour title in more than three years on Sunday, when he rallied from a set down to defeat Roberto Bautista Agut 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. The cute Belgian deserves a bonus for stopping the Spaniard, who has become a menace to the tour by being just boring enough to not love but just nice enough to make you feel guilty to root against him!

#NextGen Argentine and World No 335 Juan Manuel Cerundolo defeated Carlos Ramos-Vinolas 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 to win the Cordoba Open in his ATP Tour main draw debut. What a feat! 

21-year-old Aussie Alexei Popyrin capped dream week with 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over Alexander Bublik in Singapore Tennis Open final.

Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen extended their unbeaten record in ATP Tour finals on Sunday with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Matthew Ebden and John-Patrick Smith at the Singapore Tennis Open. It was the cute Belgian duo's fifth ATP title. 

Don't worry, Matty: You're still pretty

On the women's side, Iga Swiatek reverted to her Parisian self in the final of the Adelaide International on Saturday, losing just six points in eight service games to beat Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-2, and win her second WTA title. She has now won 16 of her last 18 matches, starting with her run to the French Open title last fall. The 19-year-old French Open then joined a growing list of top players pulling out of the Qatar Open, with the Pole saying she wanted to avoid injury after a busy week Down Under. Ash Barty on Wednesday withdrew from the March 1-6 tournament in Doha with a left leg injury, while world number three Simona Halep and 2019 U.S. Open winner Bianca Andreescu are also skipping the event.

Elsewhere around the net ...

Danish teen Holger Rune got in some practice before his first ATP event -- he's a wild card in the Argentina Open and drew Albert Ramos Vinolas -- with none other than Big T

And Simone Bolelli

Filip Krajinovic has a new "friend" ... 

Djordje Kuljic is apparently is famous for dating the daughter of a Serbian singer and/or playing minor league basketball. (I'd tell you more, but my Serbo-Croatian is rusty.)

Quentin Halys didn't make it out of the qualifying rounds at the Open Sud de France, but he did look assez bon pour manger

Enzo Couacaud returns to the winners' circle, taking his second ATP Challenger title, this time in Gran Canaria

The addition of David Nalbandian didn't help Miomir Kecmanovic much in Cordoba, where he lost in his opening match

You know the old saying, two Zverevs are better than one

Yannick Penkner got some, um, pointers from Austrian daddy Jurgen Melzer

Austrian Alexander Erler is the Tom Daley of ITF tennis

I think the correct answer to this poll is ...


And speaking of Matteo ...

It's nice to see that Reilly Opelka knows what's really important

The 7-foot American faces Marton Fucsovics in the first round in Rotterdam 

The hot Hungarian en route to the Netherlands

Liam Broady and his hot friends

Christian Harrison, 26, followed up last week's finalist performance with a win in this week's Futures event.

Andreas Mies got a little TLC -- and mockery -- from doubles partner Kevin Krawietz after undergoing knee surgery. Get well soon! 

Borna Coric pumping iron ...

The cutie Croat is in Rotterdam this week

Benoit Paire was in strangely good spirits Down South American way ... 

reaching the quarters in Cordoba before falling to Federico Coria. He downright giddy HERE.

French Connection: Stan Wawrinka and Felix Auger Aliassime

After losing in 10 doubles finals, Lloyd Glasspool finally came home a winner in Spain

 with Harri Heliövaara of Finland 

Jan-Michael Gambill is always ready for summer, but OK!

Tommy Haas -- whose Instagram belies the fact that there's an international health crisis going on -- won the the SoCal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup in Thousand Oaks, Calif., beating Bob Bryan, half of the greatest men’s doubles team of all time, in his debut on the Champions Series Tennis circuit  

Illya Marchenko is still basking in his win over Andy Murray two weeks ago 

Ice cream man Denis Shapovalov

Working out with Nikola Mektic

Karen Khachanov claims to be ready for Rotterdam, but I have my doubts 

A Christian-free Cesar Ramirez

Mackenzie McDonald backed up his strong performance Down Under by winning the Challenger event in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, over Austrian Jurij Rodionov 6-1, 6-2.

In case you're wondering, personal trainer Luka Rozajac is still driving me nuts

Tommy Haas makes Covid-19 look easy ...

And last but not least, hard to resist a shirtless practice session with Thanasi Kokkinakis

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