Monday, August 09, 2021

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Jannik Sinner, Danielle Collins and Andrea Petkovic picked up trophies over the weekend. But Borna Coric's latest practice session was clearly the most memorable moment on or off the court. My full tennis report BELOW.

Jannik Sinner overcame his nerves and Mackenzie McDonald on Sunday to win the Citi Open in Washington, 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 -- and became the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009. (No other teen has ever won a 500 event.) Although it was nice to see the 19-year-old Italian succeed, it was hard not to feel for the 26-year-old American, who saved 10 set points in the first set and two match points at 5-2 in the third only to get broken at 5-6 in both sets. Here's hoping he can build on this great week in the nation's capital.

In doubles, Raven Klaasen and Ben McLachlan defeated Neal Skupski and Michael Venus -- new hot team alert -- 7-6(4), 6-4 on Sunday at the Citi Open in Washington to win their first ATP Tour title of the season. (The British-New Zeland duo were making their team debut this week and beat #NextGenATP stars Sebastian Korda and Jannik Sinner in the semis.)

American Danielle Collins won her second title in just a two-week span, holding off No. 4 seed Daria Kasatkina of Russia 6-3, 6-7 (10), 6-1 after a thrilling second-set tiebreaker Sunday in the Silicon Valley Classic. Like the men's match, Collins held multiple match points in the second set but couldn't convert, yet was able to clinch things in the third. As much as I like to rag on Collins, I must say her acceptance speech was awfully humble and appreciative. Maybe I was wrong. 

No.2 seed Andrea Petkovic hoisted a WTA singles championship trophy for the first time in over six years, as the German defeated Mayar Sherif of Egypt, 6-1, 6-1, to triumph at the inaugural Winners Open in Cluj-Napoca. The former World No. 9 collected her seventh career WTA singles title with her 61-minute win over Sherif.

Despite the loss, it has still been a historic week for 25-year-old Sherif, who blazed through four straight-set matches to become the first Egyptian woman to reach a WTA singles final.

Elsewhere around the net ...

Diego Schwartzman and Hubert Hurkacz gear up in Toronto

Cesar Ramirez seems to have moved on from Christian Harrison

I'm buying what Marton Fucsovics is selling

Kevin Krawietz is auctioning off his Olympics gear 

But why do I think he's also auctioned off his doubles partner, Andreas Mies, who is set to play his first pro event in 262 days in Toronto -- with a different partner? 

Vasek Pospisil is looking relaxed on his home turf -- and how cute is this reunion? 

An early exit in Washington gave the Bulgarian time for some sightseeing

Everyone was talking about the dust-up in D.C. between Jordan Thompson and Elias Ymer, but I only have eyes for the umpire

Nikola Mektic and Tommy Haas wish Roger Federer a happy 40th, days after the Swiss legend's withdrawals from Toronto and Cincinnati 

Marko Andrejic aims to please

Another great week for American youngster Jenson Brooksby

Two Tracy Austin Instagram stories in one week has me in heaven

Someone finally gave Thommy Fabbiano a trophy for being so cute

I hope Potito Starace groomed the fellow Italian

Or Thommy is grooming Giovanni Calvano

Big man David Vega Hernandez

Damir has a new friend

Tobias Simon's bedroom eyes

Neal Skupski and his real housewife of Mississippi

Tourist  bureau: Cameron Norrie 

 Rafael Nadal

Andreas Seppi 

Jordan Thompson 

Benoit Paire lost to eventual finalist Mackenzie McDonald in Washington -- and now plays him in the first round of Toronto

Janko Tipsarevic makes a splash

Some Austrian guy

Karen Khachanov drew Cameron Norrie in the first round of Toronto

Poor J.J. Wolf won't be competing in the main draw in Canada, having lost in the quallies to Frances Tiafoe. (How did Frances's ranking fall so low?) Tiafoe than lost to Emil Ruusuvuori, but wound up in the main draw as a lucky loser when Sebastian Korda withdrew with a back injury. 

Maybe this will give him more time to spend with his "cutie" friend

I approve of Tennys Sandgren's new boy toy

Borna Coric on manny duty

Croatia is having its cake and eating it, too

The Zverev brothers

Incredible run in D.C. for local boy Denis Kudla

Is Marius Copil working for Uber Eats?

Thanasi Kokkinakis and his legs

My Israeli MW meets Nole

Is Stan finally ready to compete?

Mr. Ebden goes to Washington 

Filip Krajinovic and his hot body take some much-needed R&R

Smart enough to sit on Lloyd Glasspool

Robert Farah wants a belly rub

And last but not least: A hot spectator in Washington 

(With wire services)

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