Monday, February 21, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Title wins for Cam Norrie, Roberto Bautista Agut, Andrey Rublev and Jelena Ostapenko(!). Plus lots of action off the court, including further proof that hot white men can't resist playing golf BELOW.

Cameron Norrie showed that slow and steady wins the race, patiently winning two consecutive tie-breaks against the big-serving of Reilly Opelka to capture the crown in Delray Beach, his third ATP Tour title.

Roberto Bautista Agut ended his dominant week in style on Saturday, downing Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 in the Qatar ExxonMobil Open final to win his first ATP Tour title since 2019. Although the Spaniard came out on top, it was the Georgian's clingy outfit that was the real winner! (Did you see that??)

Carlos Alcaraz defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-2 to become the youngest ATP 500 champion since the category was created in 2009. It is the second tour-level title of the teen’s career following his breakthrough in Umag last year. 

Andrey Rublev returned to the winners’ circle on Sunday, overcoming Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-5, 7-6(4) in the Open 13 Provence final in Marseille to lift his first ATP Tour trophy since March 2021.

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski defeated Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov 7-6(4), 6-1 to capture the title in Doha

And in what must be a first, Jelena Ostapenko defeated four Grand Slam champs in a row before destroying Veronika Kudermetova at the Dubai Tennis Championships, 6-0 6-4 in just over an hour.

Around the net ...

Benjamin Bonzi had a great week in Marseille, reaching the semifinals while looking like this

Christian Harrison can't quit Cesar Ramirez 

And vice versa

Lovers getaway? 

Best tennis Valentine ever

Raise your hand if you think Oliver Groth needs a Budgy Smuggler

I'd like to see Big Matteo top Little Diego

Bruno shows Matteo around Rio

You can only do one: Jaime Pulgar

or Javi Pulgar?

Kenneth's most wanted

Rub a dub dub: Carlos Alcaraz and Pablo Andújar

I think the 18-year-old should have made some room for Daddy's legs

I don't know what was going on in Glasgow, but Aidy McHugh sure looks like a winner to me

Jenson Brooksby gets a lesson from fellow junk-ball specialist Daniil Medvedev

Liam Broady: Feed a vrius?

Miomir Kecmanovic has a new weapon

Delray Beach semifinalist Tommy Paul enjoys some down time 

I can't tell if Andreas Mies is still playing the field ... 

or if he and Kevin Krawietz are really back together 

Is Tommy Haas to Vasek Pospisil  ...

... what Vasek Pospisil is to Chris Heck?

Tom Hill took a break from drinking espresso to hit the links with hulking physio Jayson Mathiou

Borna Coric is still pretending he's coming back

Ditto for Dominic Thiem 

That was quite a spectacle in Hugo Gaston's box in Marseille!

Cam Norrie continues to shine

Leg day for Tobe Simon

Noah Rubin would rather be ...

After nearly 20 years, Brazilian stalwart Rogério Dutra Silva said goodbye to professional tennis last week. The 11-time #ATPChallenger champ finishes his career with 323 match wins -- eighth-most all-time.

John Millmanspread 

Koolhof and Skupski with their team 

Paula Badosa knows how to make practice perfect

Sex on a beach: Oscar Otte and Peter Gojowczyk

Hugo Gaston and Holger Rune had a nice run in the Marseille doubles draw

Kevin Krawietz attends a showing of 'King Richard'

Kevin's off to Dubai where he is playing with ... Andreas Mies!

And I'm addicted to Ryan Harrison 

Thanasi Kokkinakis got in some beach tennis with Mehdi Daniel Zn, tennis impressionist Elliot Loney

Vroom vroom: Marton Fucsovics 

Felix Auger Aliassime is a work in progress

Jamie Murray loves his beef

Pretty boy Jack Draper cruised past Tim Van Rijthoven 6-1, 6-2 in Forli to claim his second #ATPChallenger title

Mask4Masc: Corentin Moutet lost to his younger twin, Hugo Gaston, in Marseille

Excited to see J.J. Wolf knocked out Kevin Anderson to qualify for this week's event in Acapulco. Stay tuned for an borderline-obscene Tennis Tuesday starring the young Ohioan tomorrow! 

(With wire services.) 

1 comment:

j said...

Harrison looks really hot on the golf course