Monday, July 18, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Exciting first-time tournament wins for Maxime Cressy, Francisco Cerundolo and Bernarda Pera plus a second career title for 31-year-old Petra Martic. See my full report BELOW.

Ooh la la! 

Zoom in to see if we can tell that Big Max is more American than European

 Dreamboat Maxime Cressy rallied to win his first career ATP Tour title, beating No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) on Sunday in the Hall of Fame Open. After knocking out four-time Newport champ John Isner in the semifinals a day earlier, the 25-year-old Franco-American overcame a 6-2, 3-0 deficit -- and faced break point to go down 4-0 -- to come out on top. During the trophy presentation, the erratic Bublik rather predictably gave Jelena Ostapenko a run for her money, doing everything in his power to rob Cressy -- and the crowd -- of any joy from the victory. Twitter summed it up perfectly by describing the nutty Slav as being as obnoxious as Nick Kyrgios but without nearly as much talent.

In doubles, William Blumberg and Steve Johnson capped a dream debut tournament as a team beating top-seeded South African-Brazilian duo Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo 6-4, 7-5 to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 event. This was a title defense for hunky Blumberg, who won the event with Jack Sock in 2021.

Francisco Cerundolo capped an impressive week at the Swedish Open in Bastad with a high-quality 7-6(4), 6-2 victory against countryman Sebastian Baez on Sunday to lift his maiden ATP Tour title. This felt right as Baez won the Estoril Open in Portugal in April while Cerundolo, who lost his only other ATP final last year at the Argentina Open to Diego Schwartzman, had to watch his little brother (Juan Manuel) win the 2021 Cordoba Open in Argentina. (Maybe I am a socialist -- I like to spread the wealth!) 

In doubles, Rafael Matos and David Vega Hernandez picked up their third ATP Tour title in the space of just four months with a dramatic 6-4, 3-6, 13-11 championship match victory against Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. (Bolelli will always have his SPEEDO BOD to fall back on.)

It was a long wait for Bernarda Pera to reach her first tour-level final, but once she got there, the American went all the way, defeating Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Hungarian Grand Prix title

And former Top 15 player Petra Martic captured her second career WTA Tour singles title Sunday at the Ladies Open Lausanne, defeating Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic 6-4, 6-2 

Elsewhere around the net ... 

Carlos Alcaraz, Anett Kontaveit, and Karen Khachanov looking like they’re ready to cause some trouble in Hamburg.

I can already tell my favorite thing about this week's German Open is Peter Lucassen, dba Botic van de Zandschulp's coach

This photo Iga Swiatek shared probably isn't going to do much to stop the "Agnieszka Radwanska is coming out of retirement" rumors!

Yet another reason to love Bart Stevens

How swede it it for the singles and doubles champs in Bastad 

Guido Pella challenges Berrettini to a "dandruff off

Team Pavic

Tell me where it hurts, Aljaz

Big Joe Salisbury conquering holes

View to a thrill 

Karen Khachanov works up a sweat

Where do I sign up to sit on his lap?

Congratulations to Lleyton Hewitt on his induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. I never cared for him -- I don't how you ever show your face in public after making such an embarrassingly racist comment about a linesman during a match against James Blake -- but his results definitely earned him this spot.

With fellow HOF members Andy Roddick and Tracy Austin

Andrey Rublev practiced with Diego 

Novak plays spot the difference

Christian Harrison with a young fan

Ryan Harrison tries to recapture his youth

Of course the Harrisons have a sister named Madison(!)

Andy Mies responded to my flame emoji with a bicep flex one! 

Now how do I get a moment like this? 

I think it's hard for an American to understand just how important Novak Djokovic's success is to his nation

Robert Farah being Robert Farah

Kevin Krawietz looking especially fetching 

Nobody tell my husband that David O'Hare gives private lessons 

Thommy Fabbiano and friend

On July 14, Novak was declared an honorary citizen of Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina

... which I'm guessing is a good thing! 

Cristian Garin's Manspread Monday

Garin with Pedro Martínez Portero

Americans aren't always the best-looking players. But when we get it right, we really get it right! 

I see Andy Murray also got to spend some time with Kirk Cousins  (more photos HERE)

David Vegas Hernandez's ass in motion 

... and in relaxation mode 

Borna Coric takes on fellow Balkan babe Laslo Djere tomorrow in Hamburg

Stan Wawrinka knows it's up for him, if we steal his sunshine 


Filip Krajinovic and Carlitos 

Let's hope Karen worked the Spanish teenager over a bit 

Matteo in motion

Benoit Paire finally exhibits some model behavior 

Your weekly dose of World No. 664 Tobias Simon

Look at that face!

Team Cressy

Hot coach alert: Armand Darcour

Tracy Austin put the meat in this American tennis sandwich. Andy could take a lesson from Stan Smith and lose the constant ball caps -- his hair looks great

Who is Mischa Zverev's "friend"? 

Cam Norrie gave in the "show feet" crowd

Casper Ruud tries to work out some of the post-Paris kinks in his game

If Tommy Paul's workout regimen is any indicator, he should sweep the summer hardcourt season! 

Watch HERE.

(With wire services.) 

1 comment:

Scott said...

Cressy - UCLA Bruins
Just sayin'