Monday, April 19, 2021

Weekend Tennis Diary


A huge win for Stefanos Tsitsipas in Monte Carlo, and a breakthrough for Astra Sharma in Charleston. Plus all the other action on and off the court HERE.

Briefly: Niko Basilashvili

Stefanos Tsitsipas won his first Masters 1000 event yesterday, defeating Andrey Rublev at the Monte Carlo Open. After both World No.1 Novak Djokovic and King of Clay Rafael Nadal fell in the earlier rounds, fourth-seed Tsitsipas was dominant on Sunday, hailing his 6-3, 6-3 win as the perfect end to the best week of his life.

On the women's side, unseeded Astra Sharma staged an impressive comeback Sunday to win her first WTA singles title, upsetting No.1 seed Ons Jabeur 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the Charleston 2 final. It wasn't the outcome I was hoping for -- I love Jabeur and HER HUBBY -- but I was happy for Australian nonetheless.

In men's doubles, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic beat the British duo of Neil Skupski and Dan Evans 6-3, 4-6, 10-7 in the final to claim the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday.

The Croatian cuties already lifted trophies at the Antalya Open, the Murray River Open, the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and the Miami Open this year. Mektic and Pavic now have a 29-3 record in 2021.

If it's any consolation to the runners up, Neil still looks like this and Dan beat Novak for the first time in the singles. 

Elsewhere around the net ...

Gregoire Barrere and Albano Olivetti reached the Split doubles final ... 

I'm guessing they came up short became Barrere was distracted by his partner's ass ...

Damir Dzumhur had to retire in the qualllies for the Serbian Open, but still looked like a champ

Lorenzo Claverie is mask for masc

If Grigor Dimitrov played even half as good as he looks he would be unbeatable

Filip Krajinovic and Dusan Lajovic en route to their homeland for this week's tourney 

Lajovic and his pretty hair at the Serbian Open draw ceremony 

Speaking of hot Serbs: Janko Tipsarevic on the beach

Sam Groth and his expanding family

Everybody loves Tommy (Paul)

Denis Shapovalov ‘en’ the go ...

The delicate Canadian plays his first match in Barcelona on Tuesday

It's anybody's guess if Benoit Paire will try in his first-round match today in Barcelona against Federico Gaio

John Millman took out Ugo Humbert in Monte Carlo before losing to Cristian Garin ...

... in what could only be described as the Battle of the Lower Bodies

Jan-Michael Gambill has influencer potential 

Robert Farah came up short in the semis in Monte Carlo, but seemed to rebound nicely

At least Filip gave us a peep show while flopping against Fognini in the Monte Carlo round of 16

As it would happen, all the action seemed to be back in Filip's room ...

Poor Juan Martin del Potro still hasn't accepted reality

Feliciano Lopez's Q rating must be high

If he keeps this up, Tommy Haas is going to live to be as old as coach Nick Bollettieri

Has Borna Coric retired to become a manny?

Lorenzo Musetti picked a good hitting partner in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Matt Ebden is more than a pretty face

Here he is getting ready for his final presentation for the semester at Harvard Business School

Matteo Berrettini is ready for action in Belgrade

Not too much news on J.J. Wolf's tennis. Luckily, we get to see him and his beautiful mullet plenty on social media

Liam Broady looked like a winner losing in the Belgrade Challenger semis

Thomas Fabbiano let out his tennis frustrations on IG, after losing in the Barcelona quallies

I don't know how accurate the translation feature on Instagram is, but Kevin Krawietz didn't sound very happy about that bizarre first-round loss he and Horia Tecău suffered against the Tsitipas brothers, who carried on as dramatically as they saved match points. Kevin and the hot Romanian are trying again this week in Barcelona

Guido Andreozzi got a little R&R in Buenos Aires 

Roberto Carballes Baena picked up the title at the Belgrade Challenger

Kacper Zuk, who looks 12, claimed his first ATP Challenger, winning seven matches in eight days as a qualifier to capture the crown in Split

ATP Challenger doubles champs: 

Orland: Krueger & Sock (remember him?)
Split: Zielinski & Wallow
Belgrade: Duran & Molteni 

And last but not least ...

If you find photos of Niko Basilashvili -- with his big ass and brief lines -- as erotic as I do, may I suggest following ATP Dudes on Instagram HERE?

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