Monday, June 20, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Matteo Berrettini,  Hubert Hurkacz, Ons Jabeur and Beatriz Haddad Maia will head into Wimbledon with confidence next week, plus a look at action from around the world BELOW.

The luckiest trophy on earth

Italian Matteo Berrettini retained his title at the Queen's Club Championships with a 7-5, 6-4 defeat of Serbia's Filip Krajinovic on Sunday. Despite the win -- plus last week's -- I'm still not seeing him as a major threat at Wimbledon. Time will tell if I'm wrong.

Ditto for Hubert Hurkacz. The Pole produced one of the performances of the 2022 grass season so far on Sunday in Halle, where he dismantled "World No.1" Daniil Medvedev 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match to claim his first title for 2022. 

You may recall that Hurkacz reached the semis at Wimbledon last year, yet I don't see him as much of a contender, despite Cam Norrie's assertion that "anyone" could win this year.

Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil secured back-to-back WTA titles after Chinese opponent Shuai Zhang retired with an injury trailing 5-4 in the first set of the Birmingham Classic final on Sunday. Haddad Maia hadn't won a WTA title before arriving in England to play the Nottingham Open last week. Now she has two in her collection, both coming on grass courts. As impressive as this is, she's also playing this week, which makes me fear she will have nothing left once The Championships begin on Monday.

And in a strange coincidence, the Berlin final also couldn't be completed when Belinda Bencic  got injured, forcing her to retire with Ons Jabeur 6-3, 2-1. I'd love to see the Tunisian use her crafty game to win Wimbledon, but I'm not holding my breath ...

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos held off a stirring late comeback from Tim Puetz and Michael Venus to clinch a maiden title of 2022 in Halle on Sunday. 

A crashing forehand return winner from Granollers proved the moment of magic necessary to break the deadlock late on OWL Arena, where the top seeds prevailed 6-4, 6-7(5), 14-12 in a dramatic championship match to seal their first grass-court crown as a team.

The men then proceeded to recreate Burt Reynolds's Playgirl centerfold on the grass, much to my delight

And after having an affair last week with Hubert Hurkacz, Mate Pavic returned to his man man, Nikola Mektic, and the duo won its third ATP Tour title of the 2022 season on Sunday with a comeback victory at Queen's Club. 

The second seeds won their third match tiebreak in as many matches to secure a 3-6, 7-6(3), 10-6 victory against Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

And in Challengerland, it was nice to see Borna Coric in the winners' circle once more. The oft-injured Croat defeated Sweden's Elias Ymer 7-6(4), 6-0 in Sunday’s final in Parma.

Elsewhere around the net ...

Filip Krajinovic is still pure sex

Daniil Medvedev, who hasn't won a tournament this year, had his cake and ate it to as the new No. 1 player, again 

Lloyd Glasspool: If this is what a loser looks like, I don't wanna win ...

Nole in the house

Daniel Vallverdú and two of his star pupils

Mats Moraing to Dennis Novak: I love how you love me

Eastbourne looks good on Liam Broady 

and Jack Draper, who cleaned Jenson Brooksby's clock earlier today 

Matteo and Casper Ruud  definitely rank high in tennis fantasies 

Why do I get the feeling the Harrison boys' dad has a theory about Hillary?

How do I get an invite to go boating with Lorenzo Musetti?

David Vega Hernandez sure knows how to romance 

This is the way to a gay's heart ...

And how about this mixed-height pairing? 

Ons and her winning team

Will be fun to see how she and Serena Williams do in doubles at Eastbourne

It's official 

Impossible not share all photos of this one 

Watch his ice bath HERE

Although I wasn't able to get a good screen grab, I thought you should know that J.J. Wolf's mustache went live over the weekend

Andy's at Wimbledon 

Franco Agamenone has a way with that gourd

Hot couple alert: Tiarnan Brady and Thanasi Kokkinakis

J.J. Wolf and his daddy

Big Jeff

Pretty boys Henry Patten and Julian Cash claim second grass crown of 2022 at the Challenger in Ilkley. Now the guys have received a wild card into Wimbledon! 

Tommy Paul is never shy with THAT ASS

Ice, ice, baby 

Federer's titles or Tobe Simon's looks?

Dominic Thiem is out of Wimbledon 

Where does the Austrian go from here? 

Christian Harrison won his first qualifying match at the All England Club 

And he's quite the internationalist 

Marcelo Arévalo González put on quite a show 

How do I sign up for one of Matt Ebden's flex parties?

What exactly is he selling here? 

Cameron Henricy caught a salt-water crocodile

Although Sam Groth's conservative "Liberal" party lost big in the national elections Down Under ...

He and his outdated "anti-lockdown" platform are still running for local office -- and might just win in that outfit 

Andreas Mies is such a cutie

Denis Shapovalov hasn't won a match since defeating Rafael Nadal

Guido Pella at the Fuzzy Pumper Barbershop 

Ken and Neal Skupski with a mate

Mackenzie McDonald and Coach Jimmy prepare for takeoff

Hot spectator alert

Beefy official alert 

Beef box

I think Thommy Fabs is gonna be a daddy ... for real

Although he's seeded at Wimbledon, Reilly Opelka's game has not been looking good on the grass

Oscar Otte, with a fan, reached the semis in Halle and has catapulted into the ATP Top 40

Vasek Pospisil and Andy Seppi: Two pretty boys are better than one

Lovely, all right:: David O'Hare 

Benjamin Lock holds the key

Vasek lost in the first round of Wimbledon qualies, but ...

And last but not least: Chris Evert was on "Good Morning America" earlier to discuss her ovarian cancer journey, which will be fleshed out even more tomorrow on HBO's "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" in a segment by Mary Carillo


j said...

We can see from whom JJ inherited his good looks

Anonymous said...

Im putting my money on Berritini!