Monday, May 17, 2021

Weekend Tennis Diary

Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek won in Rome, further solidifying my growing disinterest in professional tennis their statuses as the ones to beat (again) at Roland Garros. Plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Reilly Opelka fights to return an American to the Top 30

Back in my tennis heyday, with three of my favorite players -- Bjorn Borg, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf -- being masters of the surface, I really used to look forward to the clay-court season. But it dawned on me yesterday as Rafael Nadal won his 10th Italian Open that it's not been fun for a really long time. 

Meanwhile, Karolina Pliskova made a mockery of the women's game, getting double-bageled by French Open champ Iga Swiatek. Dear ATP and WTA: Can there be no middle grown between complete domination and utter disarray?

All was not lost on this Roman holiday, though: Croatians Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic secured their place as French Open favorites, powering their way past Rajeev Ram of the United States and Briton Joe Salisbury 6-4, 7-6(4) to claim their sixth trophy -- and third ATP Masters 1000 crown -- of the season.  

Elsewhere around the net ...

Illya Marchenko reminded us how awful some male players can be

Karen Khachanov shared a moment with Russian soccer player Fedor Smolov

Diego Schwartzman needed to be soothed after taking a pounding from Felix Auger Aliassime

Roger Federer knew where to find the boys and the brawn in Geneva as he prepares for Return 2.0

Neal Skupski did some sightseeing after getting knocked out of the doubles in Rome

I still can't get enough of Tommy Fabbiano

Dominik Koepfer takes on Benoit Paire in Geneva today

It just dawned on me that I don't understand how Cameron Henricy can be a "professional tennis player" and play for a college team in Georgia. Anyone know the answer?

Benjamin un-Locked his hair's potential

J.J. Wolf and his hot friend's ass on the links

Jan-Michael Gambill has a goal

Borna Coric announced that he's out for the remainder of the clay season, so what better time to step into Daniel Craig's shoes, or at least hawk gin?

Reilly Opelka served his way into the semis in Rome 

While fellow American Tommy Paul focused on his favorite influencer

Is Karolina really this bad, or is she just too distracted by her hot hubby, Michal Hrdlicka? 

Like everyone else, Jannik Sinner came up short in Rome against Nadal

John Millman has legs, knows how to use them ...

So she's the woman we have to thank for this

I think Filip Krajinovic just needs to be liquored up and anything's possible

Dominic Thiem was no match for Lorenzo Sonego, but had no problem putting away the pasta

Tommy Haas goes Fila retro

Daddy-to-be Damir Dzumhur turns to influencing 

Andy Murray got in some practice time with Novak in Rome, but then he and partner Liam Broady came up short against Krawietz and Tecau ...

who then lost to Michael Venus (above) and John Peers

And speaking of Krawietz: His regular doubles partner, Andreas Mies, finally returned to the court after undergoing knee surgery several months ago. I wonder if he will be in shape for the German duo to defend their French Open crown?

Albano Olivetti and his hot friends in Zagreb ...

David Vega Hernandez assumes the position

Matteo Berrettini came up short on his home turf against Stefanos Tsitsipas

Stan the Man is still plugging away

Guido Andreozzi flaunts it

Vasek and his posse

And last but certainly not least, Nikola Cacic reminds me of Novak, if Novak didn't look like Woody in "Toy Story" 

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