Monday, July 19, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Casper Ruud, Pablo Carreno Busta, Kevin Anderson, Barbora Krejcikova, Yulia Putintseva and Tamara Zidansek took home titles in the strangely busy post-Wimbledon, pre-Olympics week. My full report plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Benjamin Lock (top) gives Robert Farah a run for his money in the Ass Department

Top seed Casper Ruud -- who seems to be getting better looking each week -- beat Federico Coria 6-3, 6-3 in the Nordea Open final on Sunday to capture his third ATP Tour title. He is now 3-2 in ATP Tour finals, having also won the Buenos Aires trophy on clay (d. P. Sousa) last year.

Hard to see Coria as a loser with those legs ...

Second seed Pablo Carreno Busta captured his first ATP 500 trophy and sixth tour-level title on Sunday as he overcame Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 6-4 in the Hamburg Open final.

Sixth seed Krajinovic -- who had a bizarre come-from-behind win over Stefanos "I don't care anymore" Tsitsipas -- was competing in his fourth ATP Tour final on Sunday but came up short again, leaving him emotional during the trophy presentation. (We wanted you to win too, sexy!)

Second seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus overcame Kevin Krawietz and Horia Tecau 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-8 on Sunday to claim the doubles title at the Hamburg Open on Sunday.

Krawietz and Andreas Mies, who is still recovering from surgery, were recognized as Germany's sports team of the year for 2020 (the award arrived a little late thanks to Covid)

Krawietz may never get his partner back if Andreas's new career gets any bigger

Kevin Anderson, who began this week with a 5-6 tour-level record on the season, bounced back in impressive fashion at the Hall of Fame Open in Newport, where he defeated #NextGenATP American Jenson Brooksby 7-6(8), 6-4 on Sunday after two hours and 11 minutes to win his sixth ATP Tour title. 

French Open champ Barbora Krejcikova's hot streak continued on home soil as the No.2 seed captured the Livesport Prague Open title, winning the final over compatriot Tereza Martincova 6-2, 6-0 in just 65 minutes. What a treat to see someone not fall by the wayside after a big win. (You may recall she lost to eventual champ Ashy Barty at Wimbledon, which is nothing to be ashamed of.) 

No.1 seed Yulia Putintseva capped off her week at the Hungarian Grand Prix with a dominant performance in the final, dispatching Anhelina Kalinina, 6-4, 6-0, to win her second career WTA singles title. Putintseva, a three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, now heads to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on a five-match winning streak.

Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia pulled off a superb comeback to win her first WTA singles title at the Ladies Open Lausanne on Sunday, overcoming Clara Burel of France, 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 in the championship match. Zidansek extends her breakthrough season, which has seen her make her Top 50 debut following a career-best Grand Slam result at Roland Garros, where she gritted her way to the semifinals.

Elsewhere around the net ...

Damian and I both teared up watching the Original 9 get inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. What these brave women did in the name of equality is truly remarkable, and extends far beyond the game of tennis. Well deserved, ladies! 

And then 2020 inductees Conchita Martinez and Goran Ivanisevic finally got to have their "post" Covid moments in the sun.

It's official!

Conchita showed her sweet side

Goran made everyone laugh 

Billie Jean probably couldn't even appreciate this get-up on the Croat 

This must have been a hoot!

Gael Monfils and Elina Svitolina tied the knot on Friday in Geneva. Best wishes to the happy couple! 

The Brits are on their way to Tokyo ...

Nole made a Seriban pit stop 

Carlos Alcaraz Garfia and Holger Rune had a NextGen meetup at Goran Ivanesevic Stadium ahead of the Croatia Open 

Denis Shapovalov and a friend getting some R&R in Sweden

I love when beautiful men have to pretend they're not prettier than their girlfriends 

If I were Christian Harrison's girlfriend, I would be worried about his budding bromance with Thanasi Kokkinakis

This is what we call a smorgasbord

Diego Schwartzman is going for the gold

Pretty boys Andreas Seppi and Peter Gojowczyk go south of the border

And sex bomb J.J. Wolf is returning to play, too

Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov are Tokyo bound

Influencer Vasek Pospisil and Tommy Haas's father-in-law

Frank Dancevic has arrived

Wimbledon quarterfinalist Marton Fucsovics 

Benjamin Lock lost in the Sultan singles quallies 

But he and Yu Hsiou Hsu won the doubles crown

Laura Pigossi with her big prize

The Lock brothers wish their sister a happy birthday

Krstin Pedja on the mend

Aussie take Tokyo

Borna Coric, who's looking thin, participated in countryman Marin Cilic's charity event 

Mischa Zverev has pecs appeal

Lloyd Glasspool and some lucky bitch

Austrians do it better: Dennis Novak and Oscar Otte

Jan-Michael Gambill entertaining in Hawaii

Tommy Paul needs someone to play with

Oh, brother: So it turns out sexy Damir Dzumhur is the runt of the family

Is this what Marius Copil looks like when he's out of shape?

See those eyes: Now that everyone's dropping out of the Olympics, maybe Juan Martin del Potro should take his gimp ass over there anyway!

Matteo Berrettini had some of the sting from his Wimbledon loss relieved when Italy captured the Euro Cup -- and then he and Italian football captain Giorgio Chiellini were recognized by Italian President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Monday.

More HERE.

Another excuse to post Sam Groth in a suit

Hubert Hurkacz and his littlest fan

Juan Monaco's woman caught his load

A rare photo of Robert Farah in normal clothes ...

And then some in his natural habitat ...

UPDATE: Some Olympics photos from Monday

This is really happening! 

1 comment:

ATANNER said...

Agreed. Mister Lock can give challenge to Robert Farah in the ass department and that's saying a lot.

Maybe time for top 50 asses of atp list.?????