Monday, June 21, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Great wins for Matteo Berrettini, Ugo Humbert, Liudmila Samsonova and Ons Jabeur heading into Wimbledon, plus all the ATP beef that's fit to publish BELOW.

Rubbing Serbian Peđa Krstin the right way, plus Juan Martin del Potro's leggy comeback

Which one is the trophy?

Matteo Berrettini won big at Queen's Club, outlasting home favorite Cameron Norrie 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 on Sunday in the ATP 500 Battle of the Pretty Boys. The Italian Stallion had previously claimed four ATP Tour trophies, but none had come above the ATP 250-level. 


With hair like this, it was hard to call Norrie a loser.

Ugo Humbert overcame Andrey Rublev 6-3, 7-6(4) on Sunday to claim his first ATP 500 title in Halle. The World No. 31 is now 3-0 in ATP Tour finals. The Frenchman also lifted trophies at the European Open in Antwerp and the ASB Classic in Auckland, both ATP 250 events, last year.

In doubles, third seeds Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau overcame Felix Auger-Aliassime and Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(4), 6-4 to claim the crown in Halle on Sunday. It is the first time they won a title as a team. This year, they have reached the final in in Rotterdam (l. to Mektic and Pavic) and the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell (l. to Cabal and Farah). 

The German-Romanian tandem, currently No. 11 in the FedEx ATP Doubles Team Rankings, did not drop a set en route to the title and are now 23-11 on the season.

Liudmila Samsonova capped off a ground-breaking week by winning her first WTA singles title, powering past No.5 seed Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3, to claim the bett1open crown. The Russian qualifier also knocked off Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys, Ana Konjuh and Marketa Vondrousova en route to the crown.

Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur made history on Sunday when she became the first Arab woman to win a WTA title, beating Russian Daria Kasatkina in the final of the grasscourt event in Birmingham. Jabeur, a trailblazer for North African women’s tennis, won 7-5 6-4 to finally claim a title after losing two previous finals.

“I’m so proud. I’ve struggled a lot and it was tough for me to win a WTA title,” Jabeur told the crowd on the Ann Jones Centre Court. “I had to go for it. I had to win this title just to breathe out a little bit and also to be the example. “There are not a lot of Arabic or Tunisian players playing and I hope this inspires them to go on and do more. I want to see more of them playing alongside me.”

Around the Net ...

The return of the Wormanator ...

Benjamin has a Lock on me

28-year-old German Mats Moraing won the Challenger Battle of the Pretty Boys in Forli, Italy, rallying past No. 8 seed Quentin Halys from France 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in Saturday’s singles final.

Quentin now plays Bosnian Damir Dzumhur in a hunky qualification matchup at Wimbledon

Spaniard Dani Rincon got in some practice time with Jan-Lennard Struff

Argentine Beef: Renzo Olivo and Guido Andreozzi

Liam Broady looks ready for Eastbourne

Jurgen Melzer celebrating "Father's" Day ...

Matteo and his team

Sexpot Jack Draper had a nice run before coming up against a bigger one

Cam he am

Christian Harrison: The grass is always greener when hitting with Vasek Pospisil. (The American lost to Andreas Seppi in Eastbourne quallies.)

I'll help

Tommy Fabbiano and his crew

Robert Farah: "A little higher."

Michal Hrdlicka -- aka Mr. Karolina Pliskova -- took a wildcard and won a small event in Prague!

Hilbilly with a gym membership alert

Speaking of whom ...

Who could blame Tennys Sandrgen for getting fliry with J.J. Wolf

John Millman and his winning smile reached the round of 16 at Queen's Club, knocking out Reilly Opelka on the way

Robert Farah is the best a man can get

Mikhail Youzhny's physio again seems self-concious about what he's doing with his client

Marcos Giron's lower body got him to the quarters in Halle

Splendor on the Grass: James Duckworth

Borna Coric and the never-ending recovery

Robert Farah in motion

Something is coming between Filip Krajinovic and hero Novak Djokovic 

Still say he could fit a lot in that mouth

Mario Vilella, self-described as "some chaos and a bit of magic" 🌙

Grigor Dimitrov and Matteo Arnaldi

Hot pants explosion

Probing Laslo Djere

Reilly Opelka

Kudos to Nicholas Monroe for being brave enough to be photograph next to Lloyd Glasspool

Feliciano Lopez edges toward influencer status

Matt Ebden could offer him tips!

Inquring minds want to know: Will Kevin Krawietz return to Andreas Mies once he's done rehabbing?

It's kind of sweet the way the Brits all look up to Andy Murray, the same way the lower-ranked Serbs do Nole

Juan Martin del Potro continues his march toward the Tokyo Olympics

Aljaz Bedene is this close to becoming a freestanding Tennis Tuesday

Dominic Thiem always homes in on the hottest "hitting' partners

Nice work if you can get it

Nice work if you can get it 2

Is there hope for Karen on the grass?

Jan-Lennard took Jordan Thompson out for a mustache ride on the grass

Albano Olivetti

Novak Djokovic helped inaugurate the Mallorca Championships center court in a doubles exhibition match that featured Madrid Open tournament director Feliciano Lopez and Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas. Djokovic has rented a house in Mallorca where he will prepare for his Wimbledon title defense. 

The world No. 1 surprised everyone by announcing he will play doubles this week on Rafael Nadal's home turf!! (Novak and Spaniard Carlos Gomez-Herrera take on Nikola Cacic of Serbia and Tomislav Brkic of Bosnia in the opening round.)

Heckler-in-Chief: Does anyone know the backstory of THIS????????????

Denis Shapovalov reached the semis at Queen's Club, but somehow resisted tapping Frances Tiafoe's ass in their quarterfinal showdown

David O'Hare and Team Ireland secured promotion to Davis Cup Group II with an impressive 2-1 victory over Georgia in Saturday's play-off

Is Taylor Fritz referring to the trend of showing off your ass?

Father's Day roundup

Benjamin Lock is missing Dad

as is Jan-Michael Gambill

J.J. Wolf shows the apple didn't fall far from the tree ...

And I didn't screencap the whole thing, but Sara Foster did a sweet tribute to Tommy Haas, who is one of the most hands-on dads I've ever seen! 

1 comment:

schmiedepaul said...

The guy next to Jürgen Melzer is his brother Gerald. He plays for our local team, Grün-Weiss Mannheim in southern Germany. Was (very) briefly in the ATP top 100.