Monday, August 01, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Jannik Sinner, Alex de Minaur, Roberto Bautista Agut, Caroline Garcia and Marie Bouzkova; plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post in my full tennis report BELOW.

Jannik Sinner defeated Carlos Alcaraz 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1 to win the Umag title on Sunday, in a bizarre match that saw the Italian down a set and triple break point before completely dominating his opponent. The win was Sinner's second against Alcaraz in four weeks, after the Italian was a four-set winner in the pair's fourth-round clash at Wimbledon. “I am obviously very happy,” said Sinner after the match, sounding like a robot and displaying no signs of happiness. “I have [had] a tough year until now, I had some unfortunate moments, but we worked every time to play better, to be a better player, to be a better person. So, I’m very happy to be finally lifting a trophy this year, but I know that I still have a lot of things to improve.” 

Lloyd Glasspool's face says it all: Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini saved eight match points to defeat the Brit and Harri Heliovaara -- trailing 0-6 in the second-set tie-break -- to win the doubles crown in Umag, 5-7, 7-6(6), 10-7

Three years after triumphing at the Atlanta Open for the first time, Alex de Minaur defeated American Jenson Brooksby 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday to lift the trophy at the ATP 250 for the second time. It is the 23-year-old’s first triumph since last June in Eastbourne and his sixth ATP Tour title overall. The match was a bit of a throwback with both players being more known for absorbing power than generating it. At times it reminded me of a Tracy Austin vs. Andrea Jaeger matchup, with de Minaur being the steadier, slightly older Austin to Jenson's bratty but crafty Jaeger.

Aussie Open champs Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios did double duty in doubles Sunday to win the Atlanta Open. The Australians, who are known as the “Special Ks”, won their semi-final and final in the span of seven hours to emerge victorious at the ATP 250. After battling past Americans Rajeev Ram and Jack Sock earlier in the day, they defeated fellow Aussies Jason Kubler and John Peers 7-6(4), 7-5 to lift the trophy.

Despite facing a home favorite riding a wave of momentum, Roberto Bautista Agut showed all his class at the Generali Open in Kitzbühel on Saturday. The third seed ended #NextGenATP Filip Misolic’s dream run at the clay-court ATP 250 event in Austria with a 6-2, 6-2 championship match victory to lift his 11th ATP Tour title.

Even in defeat, Misolic had a lot to be happy about 

Sex bombs Pedro Martinez and Lorenzo Sonego defeated top seeds Tim Puetz and Michael Venus 5-7, 6-4, 10-8 in a dramatic championship match in Kitzbühel

Caroline Garcia's stellar summer continued on Sunday as the No.5 seed swept past Ana Bogdan 6-4, 6-1 to win the Poland Open title. France's Garcia took 1 hour and 21 minutes to topple first-time WTA finalist Bogdan of Romania and claim the ninth Hologic WTA Tour singles title of her career. Former World No.4 Garcia had seen her ranking fall all the way to No.79 in May, her lowest position on the ladder since 2014. But since then, the Frenchwoman has had a tremendous resurgence, winning 18 of her last 21 matches, including an upset of World No.1 Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals. 

There's no place like home. Czech Marie Bouzkova captured the first Hologic WTA Tour singles title of her career on Sunday at the Prague Open with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Anastasia Potapova. The ninth Czech to reach the final in Prague since the event began in 2015, Bouzkova is the fifth to win on home soil, joining Karolina Pliskova, Lucie Safarova, Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejcikova. She didn't lose a set in five victories and dropped just 26 games in 10 sets.

David Hernandez Vega makes a splash 

Tobe Simon's body doesn't just happen 

Marton Fucsovics could sell an Eskimo an ice maker

Hung-arian hotness 

Last week I mentioned how excited I was that Franco Agamenone had qualified for the main draw in Croatia. Little did I know he would make it all the way to the semis before losing to the eventual champ, Sinner! 

Does Borna have a new beau? 

What Adam Jones lacks in fingers he makes up for in tits

I wanna know more about Jonesyyy's hotel guest

The ATP should give former Sun Devil Nathan Ponwith the award for prettiest hair 

Big man Mate Pavic 

Cam Norrie has a hearty appetitive 

See it in action HERE.

Marcelo Arevalo's Manspread Monday 

And a new look! 

Vasek Pospisil for the Original Penguin

Kevin Krawietz and Andy Mies visit the Motherland 

Philipp Kohlschreiber calls it a career: "I go away with a big smile" 

Matteo Berrettini and the luckiest man on earth

Cristian "piernas" Garin and friend

Quentin Halys gets in a little court time with Daniil 

Manspread Medvedev 

Novak Djokovic seems as confused by this shoe-tying exercise as Filip Krajinovic is

Dutch treat Tim van Rijthoven has only been a force to be reckoned with for a few weeks and he's already injured. At least it's fun watching him REHAB

The Lock brothers looked great reaching their first Challenger-level doubles final

Evgeny Karlovskiy in motion

Highlight from Umag: Getting to watch Giulio Zeppieri in action 

And did you get a load of the Balkan boys in the crowd? 

Damian is a "hair" man. So you know it was good when he nearly fell to the floor when this guy came on the screen! 

Your weekly Christian Harrison fix

Tommy Paul and the boys 

Casper Ruud cleans up nicely for a wedding back home 

Speedo stud Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini sure looked relieved to pull off that come-from-behind victory in Croatia. 

What's cute is that they had last won the title 11 years ago! 

Dominic Thiem is finally winning some matches

And Kyle Edmund returned the singles court for the first time in 21 months, winning his match in Washington against Yosuke Watanuki in straight sets!

Did you catch this Love Child on TC Live? 

I almost had to feel bad for Jimmy Arias getting the William H. Macy comparison, although even he had to admit it was true! 

And last but not least: This old photo of Martina and her wax dummy had me wondering which was which! 


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