Monday, July 26, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup


A busy week leading into the Olympics, with title wins for Cameron Norrie, Casper Ruud, Carlos Alcaraz, Danielle Collins and Maryna Zanevska, plus lots of action from Tokyo and elsewhere BELOW.

The British aren't the only ones coming

Hubba hubba: Big man Cameron Norrie looked invincible winning his first ATP Tour singles title. The Johannesburg-born Briton defeated #NextGenATP American Brandon Nakashima 6-2, 6-2 to capture the Mifel Open in Los Cabos on Saturday. 

The 25-year-old, who had lost his four previous ATP finals, did not drop a set en route to the trophy.

Next stop: Atlanta

It's almost like he thinks it would be rude to not keep winning. Casper Ruud overcame Frenchman Hugo Gaston 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday at the Swiss Open Gstaad to record a seventh straight victory and clinch his third ATP Tour title of the season. The Norwegian came into the final full of confidence, having lifted the Nordea Open trophy in Bastad last week.

#NextGenATP star Carlos Alcaraz won his first ATP Tour title on Sunday evening in Umag, becoming the youngest champion in more than a decade. In a triumph that tennis fans might look back to for years -- Nadal is his idol -- the 18-year-old easily defeated Richard Gasquet 6-2, 6-2 to triumph at the Croatia Open Umag. Alcaraz is the youngest tour-level champion since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori emerged victorious in Delray Beach in 2008.

Although I'm not a fan, I have to give props to Danielle Collins, who added her name to the growing list of 2021’s first-time WTA singles titlists with a victory at the Palermo Ladies Open. The No.1 seed defeated Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to take home the singles championship trophy in Sicily. 

And in a battle of first-time finalists, Belgian Maryna Zanevska defeated Kristina Kucova of Slovakia, 6-4, 7-6(4), to claim the singles title at the BNP Paribas Poland Open on Sunday. 

In doubles, Fernando Romboli and David Vega Hernandez -- who has been DRIVING ME WILD in recent months -- made a perfect team debut this week, as they defeated top seeds Tomislav Brkic and Nikola Cacic 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 16 minutes to win the Croatia Open. 

The money shot

The Brazilian-Spanish duo saved seven match points during their title run. They overcame four in the quarter-finals against Admir Kalender and Mili Poljicak and three in the semi-finals against Radu Albot and Pedro Martinez.

From Tokyo and elsewhere around the net ...

Laslo Djere came up short against Gaston in the Swiss semis, but definitely is on top of his mustache game

Marcos Giron and Frances Tiafoe cool off in the Olympic Village

Following a battle of the bubble-butts

Marcos celebrated his 28th with a win in Tokyo over Norbert Gombos

I wanna hang out in Johnny Millman's room

Tennys Sandgren knows how to pick 'em

ROC not in the USA

Croatian cuties

Those Argentine boys

I must confess, I'm starting to understand Damian's thing for Jamie Murray now that he's bearded

The Brits won their first round and will take on McLachlan and Nishikori today

Lloyd Glasspool doing squats

Sexy Frank Dancevic is in Tokyo to coach Canada while his wife is home ready to pop their second child

Reilly Opelka's in Atlanta this week, looking lost as ever

Marcelo Arevalo Gonzalez and Miguel Reyes-Varela look ready for their first round in Hotlanta

Influencer Borna Coric

Jan-Michael Gambill says save a horse, ride a cowboy

Sam Groth has a few good hair days

J.J. Wolf takes on John Isner in the first round of Atlanta

PT Bret Waltz gets his hands on the finest American beef

Tommy Paul ran up against Aslan Karatsev in Tokyo. But at least he looks like this.

Liam Broady has heard about Andy Murray's X-ray

Christian Harrison and Dennis Novikov claimed the doubles title of the Atlantic Tire Championships with a win over Petros Chrysochos of Cyprus and Michail Pervolarakis of Greece 6-3, 6-3 on Saturday at Cary Park.

In singles action, Mitchell Krueger from the United States defeated his compatriot and wild card entry Govind Nanda in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. 

Question: Does Krueger look better with Irishman David O'Hare or this broad? 

Sex on a beach

The two faces of Taylor Fritz 

31-year-old Alessandro Giannessi put on quite a show in Umag

German engineering

Matt Ebden looks rested for Atlantta doubles action 

On Saturday, Yu Hsiou Hsu of Chinese Taipei and Benjamin Lock from Zimbabwe captured their second straight Challenger doubles title. The No. 4 seeds defeated Oleksii Krutykh from the Ukraine and Grigoriy Lomakin of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-4 in the Nur-Sultan final.

Although this event is of little significance, I'll use any excuse to post more of Big Ben

The British are coming!

Sweaty Brits

Starfucker Marcelo Demoliner with No. 1

and No. 2

Team USA

Team Australia

Takes one to know one: Smokin' Leon and Joe Salisbury 

Argentine handballer Gaston Mourino with Nole

A UCLA reunion in Tokyo

Have they already written him off too?

Illya Marchenko is gaga for Grigor

Dennis Novak is all smiles going into the Generali Open in Kitzbühel

German swimmer Thomas Rupprath looks good on Mischa Zverev's arm 

Noah Rubin lost in the Atlanta quallies, but it was great to see him back in action

And last but not least ...

To be a fly on the wall of this Original 9 road trip from Newport to Ptown and back to NYC!

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