Monday, August 29, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Adrian Mannarino picked on an orphan. Daria Kasatkina continued her winning ways since coming out. And Liudmila Samsonova and Aliaksandra Sasnovich proved they are not the same person. This plus all the action in the runup to the U.S. Open BELOW.

Ready for takeoff? 

Adrian Mannarino beat Laslo Djere 7-6 (1), 6-4 on Saturday to become the first Frenchman to win the Winston-Salem Open. Sadly, I wasn't in the area to comfort the Serbian cutie who lost his mother to cancer when he was 5 and his father (also to cancer) in 2018 and never should have lost to this menace to tennis.

New partner, similar success for Matthew Ebden and Jamie Murray. 

Teaming for the first time this week in Winston-Salem, the pair claimed the title with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Jan Zielinski and Hugo Nys on Saturday.

They may have lost, but Hugo and Jan still travel in style

Ebden and Murray boast three Grand Slam titles between them, with Ebden victorious at Wimbledon this year with Max Purcell and Murray at the 2016 Australian Open and U.S. Open with Bruno Soares.

In the battle of the Darias: No.1 seed Daria Kasatkina worked her way to her second WTA singles title of the season at the inaugural Championnats Banque Nationale de Granby on Saturday, holding off No.9 seed Daria Saville 6-4, 6-4 in a hard-fought final.

Liudmila Samsonova scored her second title in a row and her 10th straight match win with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over No.7 seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich in Saturday's final in Cleveland. Samsonova claimed her second career WTA singles title at the beginning of August on the hard courts of Washington, D.C., before picking up where she left off two weeks later in Ohio.

Damian and I still scouting the draw before we decide which day to go out to Queens, but clearly there's plenty to feast our eyes on ... 

From Russia with lust: Karen Khachanov

J.J. Wolf, who pulled off a HUGE upset over Roberta Bautista Agut earlier today!

Hot box

Kudos to Adam Jones for taking this one ...

mattress shopping(!) 


Robert Farah

Andy Mies

Corentin Moutet 

Italian feast: Andrea Vavassori, Andrea Pellegro and Gianluca Mager

Kudos to Andrea for homing in on David Vega Hernandez 

Tempting tourist 

Of course I choked up when Brandon Holt was hugged by mom Tracy Austin after he reached the main draw

Bernabe Zapata Miralles arrives in NYC

With Roberto Carballes Baena

And Sebastian Baez

Spanish American War zone

Ryan Harrison

Visiting with Nick Bollettieri

Tommy Haas stopped by, too 

24 candles for Adam Jones

Looking fit

Turns out there's another hot Jonesy: Ben

Jan-Michael Gambill is singing Jane Wiedlin's song

Enjoying the Big Apple with his beau

If Matteo Berrettini wanted to sample the local meat ...

Thiago Seyboth Wild and Josh Manuel

Being a Daddy seems to suit Luca Pouille 

Your weekly helping of Tobe Simon

Your U.S. Open 25th seed: Borna Coric

Casper Ruud and Stan Wawrinka with their daddy coaches

Something tells me Dominic Thiem is going to have plenty of time to sightsee in NYC

Hugo Gaston gets physical 

No, thank you

William Blumberg & Co.

Alex Lawson puts the meat in a Jackson Withrow/Nathaniel Lammons sandwich

Lloyd Glasspool

A taste of tennis with J.J. Wolf

Wesley Koolhof

Neal Skupski

Lorenzo Musetti

Bart Stevens

A coach without a player: Wim Fissette

When Benoit Paire was young and innocent

The Frenchman faces Cam Norrie in the first round 

I'm only using Fabio to get to Bolelli

Does Daniel Masur always travel with a male model?

Not that he looks too shabby on his own

Kudos to Lorenzo for picking up Portuguese stud muffin Joao Sousa

Enzo Couacaud faces Borna Coric in the first round of the U.S. Open ...

In the Battle of the Behinds

And Marcos Giron takes on fellow American Frances Tiafoe in the Battle of the Behinds sequel

I'm not even sure why I'm not stalking Pedro Martínez

David O'Hare and Steve Nash

Maxime Cressy

Dominic pretends with Daniel Altmaier

Someone needs to lead Liam Broady to the Ramble(s)

And last but not least: I'm almost offended that I wasn't invited to this WTA legends reunion, at which Mary Carillo was honored 

The event looks like a blast, and made me wistful for my days subscribing to Inside Women's Tennis back in the very early 1980s ...

With former player turned TV consultant Sophie Amiach

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