Monday, June 28, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Big wins for Medvedev, de Minaur, Kerber and Ostapenko(!). But with Wimbledon under way today, all I can think is that the problem with tennis right now is that there is only one plausible winner on the men's side, whereas anyone could win it on the women's. Can there be no middle ground?! See my full report BELOW.

J.J. Wolf and Diego Schwartzman put on a show

Daniil Medvedev took a confidence-boosting step forward on the eve of Wimbledon as he claimed the first grass-court title of his career at the Mallorca Championships. The top see took down American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday to claim his second title of the year (also Marseille) and his 11th ATP Tour crown. “I’ve always liked playing on grass. Four years ago, I would say that it was my favourite surface. But after my results on hard courts I couldn’t say anything else other than hard courts, and I still like playing on hard courts more,” Medvedev said.

Alex de Minaur fought back to overcome Lorenzo Sonego 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) and claim his first grass-court ATP Tour title at the Viking International Eastbourne on Saturday. The Australian's four other tour-level crowns have come on hard courts, and he is now 8-2 on grass this season. He reached the quarter-finals at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart and the semi-finals at the cinch Championships in London. Victory over the Italian means he will move to a career-high No. 15 in the FedEx ATP Rankings.

Angelique Kerber won her first title since Wimbledon in 2018 by beating Katerina Siniakova 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Bad Homburg Open. Back in a final for the first time in two years and playing in front of a home crowd, the three-time Grand Slam champion broke Siniakova’s serve six times en route to her 13th career WTA singles title. Would like to think she can use this momentum to do well this fortnight at Wimbledon, but she could just as easily fall in the first round.

In a battle of the Baltic States, Jelena Ostapenko took out Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 6-3 in the Eastbourne women's final, her fourth WTA title overall. (One of them happens to be the 2017 French Open!) Look for the Latvian to have gained no confidence this week in London.

And in doubles, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic’s dream season continued at Eastbourne as they defeated third seeds Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury 6-4, 6-3 to win their seventh ATP Tour title of the year. The Croatians, who have won ATP Masters 1000 titles in Miami, Monte-Carlo and Rome, are now 42-6 in their first year together. What a shame their positive Covid tests kept them from playing in Paris! 

Around the Net ...

Beautiful Stefanos Travaglia

Grigor Dimitrov flaunts his 30s

I can't stop perving on Robert Farah and I don't think he wants us to.

Conversely, I don't want to stop perving on Seriban Filip Krajinovic, seen during a smoldering karaoke session

If Andreas Mies never lifts a racket again, I think he'll be just fine modeling his way through life 

Dennis Novak is cleaned up and ready to battle Stevie Johnson at the All-England Club

Johnny Millman can even make an chat erotic 

And talk about having your priorities straight: Millman wanted his teeth to be on point for Wimbledon's all white rule

Mucho macho: Janko Tipsarevic

Reilly Opelka was no match for hunky German Dominik Koepfer today at Wimbledon

I know I have my gay eggs in Opelka's basket. But should we make anything of these pose and Pride posts of Jan-Lennard Struff's?!!!!

He's also got a lot of cute friends

Big boy David Vega Hernandez celebrates 27 trips around the sun

Lloyd Glasspool breaks the Top 100 in singles

Crazy how young they look just four years ago

Fabio Fognini to Cristian Garin: "We just need to break you in."

Karen Khachanov plays to his strength

Fernando Verdasco to Denis Shapovalov: "We just need to break you in."

And then the big Spaniard moved on to Stefanos ...

Naomi and Liam Broady are the cutest

Luca Pouille is still gorgeous

Novak Djokovic has great taste in hitting partners

Matt Ebden's pretty hair

Denis's socks won't fly at the All-England Club

Jack Draper's beauty distracted Novak for a set, before falling in four in the first round at Wimbledon

I want to go to the beach with Roman Jebavy

Borna Coric finally gets a clue and does what he should have been doing all along: Modeling for the Croatian department of tourism

Hottest badge photos: Matt Ebden and Taylor Fritz

Not sure why Futures player Christian Harrison made the trek to London

I need to know EVERYTHING about Sam Groth's "manny"

Diego Schwartzman's manspread on the grass

The feisty Argentine will take on the sluggish Frenchman Benoit Paire in round one

Two-time champ Andy Murray does press

Iga Switatek and Cam Norrie

Oliver Plaskett

Mischa Zverev has found his calling

Pablo Cuevas and Co.

Lloyd Glasspool can even make a Scandinavian look homely

John Millman: Practice makes perfect

Two Skupskis are better than one

But Neal's still the prettier one!

Marcelo Demoliner and the boys

Holger Rune and friend

Not even this glam ad campaign can reverse the damage that's been done to the Davis Cup 

And last and bordering on least: J.J. Wolf isn't playing tennis, opting instead to flaunt his hick bonafides ...

Dat ass, tho

1 comment:

DP said...

More Grigor required in your reports!!!