Monday, July 25, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup


 A breakthrough win for Lorenzo Musetti; a return to form for Casper Ruud; titles for Irina-Camelia Begu and a red-hot Bernarda Pera; plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post. Read my full report BELOW.

Lorenzo Musetti let slip five championship points in the second set of the Hamburg Open final on Sunday before regrouping to defeat top seed Carlos Alcaraz 6-4, 6-7(6), 6-4, for the 20--year-old Italian's first ATP Tour title. 

The champion, who rises to a career-high No. 31 in the world, had come a long way since saving two match points in his first-round match against Dusan Lajovic. The night before that match, Musetti said he was up throughout the night due to food poisoning.

The fourth final was the charm this season for Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara. After falling short in their first three tour-level finals of the year, the British-Finnish duo lifted their first ATP Tour trophy of the season on Sunday when they defeated fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Matwe Middelkoop 6-2, 6-4 to win in Hamburg. The unseeded duo did not lose a set at the ATP 500.

Casper Ruud engineered a mid-match turnaround at the Swiss Open on Sunday to complete a 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 victory against Matteo Berrettini for the crown. The defense of the Norwegian title was a nice turnaround after a month of poor results following his surprise run to the final of the French Open. 

Tomislav Brkic and Francisco Cabral captured the doubles crown in Gstaad with a 6-4, 6-4 championship match victory against Robin Haase and Philipp Oswald.

In the "This Is Getting Out of Hand" department, Croatian-American Bernarda Pera stunned top-seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-4 to win the Hamburg Open on Saturday for her second title in seven days. The 81st-ranked Pera, who won her first WTA title in Budapest last week, saved three of the four break points she faced and took four of the six she created to beat Kontaveit, who is ranked No. 2 in the world for no apparent reason. 

And Irina-Camelia Begu beat Lucia Bronzetti 6-2, 6-2 to win the Palermo Ladies Open on Sunday and claim her first singles title in five years. The sixth-seeded Romanian is having a great season, having reached the fourth round at this year’s French Open. 

Elsewhere around the net ... 

I can't get enough of (looking at) MAGA pinups Ryan and Christian Harrison 

And I see pretty boy Vasek Pospisil feels the same way 

And who can blame the Canadian ... or me? 

Taylor Fritz tries to put losing to a cripple on grass behind him 

And speaking of cripples: Borna Coric is injured yet again ... and won't even be competing in his home country event

And are those gay rumors finally getting to him? This is the first time I have ever heard him hint at "liking" dames 

I don't think anyone's more excited that Franco Agamenone made the main draw of the Croatia Open in Umag than I am!

Anyone else notice Novak Djokovic's new GOATee? 

Nole and his Balkan posse, including his younger brothers and doubles wiz Mate Pavic 

Big man vs. small car 

Oscar Otte's career is finally making some progress, so of course he needed surgery on his inner meniscus

Joe Salisbury doesn't go anywhere without his giant Mick

Listen HERE.

Were Tommy Paul and Franco Herrero jerking off in the car? 

Yannick Hanfmann sure looks well-equipo-ed to me 

Botic van de Zandschulp is a whiter shade of pale

Alex de Minaur and Grigor Dimitrov bond over their meandering careers 

Jack Draper gets serious 

Sexy Adam Jones is back in business ...

But will he ever finger someone again? 

Jan-Michael Gambill is pretty in blue 

A meaty Hubert Hurkacz sandwich

Andy Mies protects his pretty skin

Sam Groth’s conservative style 

Tommy gets wet 'n' wild 

Watch TP in action HERE.

Juan Martin del Potro isn't out of his gourd

Can't blame a guy for recruiting Dennis Novak

I don't know about you, but when I think fajitas, I think of pasty British men

Cameron Norrie in bondage

I like the idea of his bringing back the bowl cut!

I see a return to the City of Angeles in the Bulgarian's future 

The Aussie invade Atlanta 

Always nice to see Lloyd of London on top

How do you say "grooming" in Austrian? 

Fashionably late: Diego Schwartzman and Juan Monaco

How do you say "lower body strength" in Italian? 

Mischa Zverev & friends 

Tommy in Piedmont Park

Robert Farah is ready for Speedo Sunday

Liam tries out another stroke

Roman Safiullin looking like a million rubles picking up a Challenger title in Kazakhstan

Hungary's Piros Zsombor captured a Challenger in Tampere 

And last but not least, let's hear it for Iga Swiatek, who along with Elina Svitolina, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Martyn Pawelski and Andriy Shevchenko raised more than 400,000 euros for Ukraine. Read HERE.

(With wire services.) 


Jamie said...

Incredible collection! Though I think that's Sam Groth in the blue suit looking like a realtor...

ATANNER said...

Those Dang Harrison boys...are hot!

Kenneth M. Walsh said...

@Jamie: Thanks! brain fart.