Monday, July 12, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Wimbledon saw its No. 1 seeds win both men's and women's singles for the first time since 2015 -- and the man made a little bit of history -- plus all the ATP beef fit to publish BELOW.

Vasek Pospisil could sell an ice maker to an Eskimo, or something.

Novak Djokovic overrecame a nervous start to defeat Matteo Berrettini in yesterday's final, 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3, claiming his third straight Wimbledon and sixth overall. 

The top-ranked Serbian is now tied with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at 20 Grand Slam titles each, and let it be known he is looking to quickly add 21 -- to become only the second man in the Open era to complete the calendar Grand Slam -- going into next month's U.S. Open. (Oh, and did I mention he's considering playing in Tokyo, which could make it a Golden Slam?)

If this is the face of a loser, then I don't want to be a winner.

Adorable Ashleigh Barty put any questions about her No. 1 ranking to bed on Saturday, defeating Karolína Plískova in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3. 

Although I was thrilled for Barty -- you could seem how much it meant to her -- it was hard not to feel bad for Pliskova, who at 29 is unlikely to ever pick up a major. 

It was nice to finally see the robotic Czech finally show some emotions, though -- both during the match and after -- which I think went a long way toward finally humanizing her. 

In men's doubles, top seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic sealed the biggest victory of their sterling season on Saturday by defeating Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 7-6 (5), 2-6, 7-5. Mektic and Pavic became the first Croatian players to win the Wimbledon men’s doubles title. 

They are also the first players from their country to triumph at the All England Club since Goran Ivanisevic’s 2001 victory in singles and Ivan Dodig's 2019 mixed doubles win with Latisha Chan.

Mektic assumed the position

Pavic got another prize by feeling up Granollers 

And the women's doubles final was a seesaw battle that saw both teams hold match points before Hsieh Su-wei and Elise Mertens finally took out the Russian duo Veronika Kudermetova and Elena "Karate Chop" Vesnina. The third-seeded Hsieh and Mertens won 3-6, 7-5, 9-7 on Centre Court. It was the third Wimbledon doubles title for the fascinating-to-watch Hsieh, all with different partners. It was a first for Mertens, who has also won the Australian Open and U.S. Open doubles with Aryna Sabalenka, who has decided to focus on her singles (and reached her first major semi).

And last and kinda least, dreamy Neal Skupski partnered with Desirae Krawczyk to defeat Harriet Dart and Joe Salisbury 6-2, 7-6(1) on Sunday for the mixed doubles title at The Championships.

"All the way through I had this feeling that she's gonna win. This is her time." -- Evonne Goolagong Cawley

Seeing is believing 

Bend it like Djokovic: Hanging with soccer legend David Beckham

Sam Groth looked like a million bucks toasting fellow Aussie Ash Barty on live TV

I thought a Wightman Cup smackdown might breakout when Tracy Austin, Chris Evert and Sue Barker were placed within feet of each other on the press line 

Goran Ivanesevic took a break from coaching Nole to relive his finest moment

Around the net ...

Is Marius Copil coming back?

Facundo Bagnis defeated Federic Coria in the Salzburg Challenger, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, but there didn't seem to be any hard feelings

German Open report:

Frenchman Corentin Moutet is ready for action this week in Hamburg

While Slovenian Aljaz Bedene is not

 Jan-Lennard Struff takes on Laslo Djere in round one

And Tim Putz and Michael Venus will play the Bros. Tsitsipas in the first round

American grass:

Looks like we won't be heading to the ceremony this year, but 2019 finalist Alexander Bublik leads the field at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, Rhode Island -- the only ATP Tour grass-court event in North America. He will be joined by heavy hitters and home favourites as he seeks to lift his first tour-level trophy at the ATP 250. American Steve Johnson, who won the title in 2018, will compete alongside countrymen including Sam Querrey and Jack Sock. Big-serving Kevin Anderson and 2016 champion Ivo Karlovic are set to return to Newport, while Japanese lefty Yoshihito Nishioka will make his tournament debut.

Albano Olivetti is having some fun in Sweden

Pretty boy Tommy Paul being Tommy Paul

But at lesat he's sweet

Some R&R for 24-year-old Quentin Halys 

When not engaging in multilevel marketing scams, Vasek Pospisil is selling professional tennis players on the PTPA

Spokesmodel Borna Coric (didn't he used to play tennis?)

I'd like to see a lot more of German'ys Daniel Altmaier, who clinched his first Challenger title with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Henri Laaksonen in Braunschweig!

Thanasi Kokkinakis hits the gym

The Austro-Hungarian Empire lives on via the ATP's own Gabor sister, Dominic Thiem

Let me guess, now she has carpal-tunnel syndrome?

Reilly Opelka and friends

Did J.J. Wolf retire?

Johnny Millman is so fresh

Jonny O'Mara is so handsome

Happy birthday to Aidy McHugh

Oh, Daddy: Andreas Seppi and family

I heart Stefano Travaglia

Hot player celebrates hot umpire's birthday

Robert Farah got upset in the quarters at Wimbledon, so he treated his big booty to pizza and soda

Tommy Haas only hangs out with hot men, including David Nalbandian, top, and soccer stud Michael Ballack, below

Couldn't get enough of his hunky/smirky linesman

And three boxed studs

(With newswires)


David K said...

also noticed that linesman :)
the Djokovic always wins thing is getting boring

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@David K: That's what we all say when "our guy" isn't winning! :-)