Monday, August 08, 2022

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Nick Kyrgios, Daniil Medvedev, Daria Kasatkina and Liudmila Samsonova. Plus we met Hana Mandlikova's daughter and went cruising with Casper Ruud. Full report BELOW.

Daniil Medvedev claimed his first title of the season on Saturday when he defeated Cameron Norrie 7-5, 6-0 to win the Abierto de Tenis Mifel in Los Cabos. The so-called World No. 1 did not drop a set all week at the Mexican ATP 250 event to earn his 14th tour-level trophy. It is the 26-year-old’s first triumph since last year’s U.S. Open.(!)

William Blumberg and Miomir Kecmanovic will never forget their team debut on the ATP Tour. The American-Serbian pair defeated fourth seeds Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo 6-0, 6-1 on Saturday to win Abierto de Tenis Mifel title in Los Cabos.

Nick Kyrgios cruised past Yoshihito Nishioka 6-4, 6-3 to win his second Citi Open title

The Aussie then captured the doubles title with partner Jack Sock, beating Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4. With the victory, Kyrgios became the first player to sweep the singles and doubles titles in the 53-year history of the Citi Open.

Liudmila Samsonova earned her second career singles title on the Hologic WTA Tour with a comeback win in a big-hitting Citi Open final on Sunday, overcoming No.6 seed Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. While I have a soft spot for the elderly Estonian, I was happy for the up-and-coming Russian, who in the end deserved to win. 

In her first tournament since coming out, Daria Kasatkina captured her first title of the season at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, coming back to defeat No.45 Shelby Rogers 6-7(3), 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday's final. When the WTA rankings are updated on Monday, the 25-year-old will return to the Top 10 for the first time since 2019.

And how great was it to see Daria celebrating with her partner?!

Elsewhere around the net ...

The boys come out for a Taste of Tennis in Washington

Benoit and Neal quench our thirst 

Would sure like to know the genesis of this photo of Cristian Garin 

Karen still can't win matches, but he still looks like this 

Did you catch Hana Mandlikova's test-tube daughter reaching the quarterfinals in Silicon Valley? She served for the match against Paula Badosa before fading away. 

Her game reminded me more of Elena Svitolina's than her mom's, other than the mental collapse part

Canada's king of multilevel marketing is ready for his close-up 

Helps that Vasek is a team player 


Alex Rybakov is on Team 'Stache 

Manspread Monday with Borna Coric 

Might this be the lucky guy in B.C.'s life? 

The best thing about Amanda Anisimova 

Andy Mies is 31 degrees and rising

Heading north 

Benoit Paire stripped on court after losing to Holger Rune and then seems to have continued the fun in the locker room 

Speaking of stripteases: Did you catch J.J. Wolf's after his win over Denis Shapovalov in Washington? 

Thanasi Kokkinakis has it, flaunts it

I'm buying whatever Diego Schwartzman is selling 

Because I never tire of those Italian boys 

Your weekly Tobias Simon fix

Not a fan of Tommy Paul's haircut, but digging the thicker beard 

Zooming in on Christian Harrison 

Who says Serbs and Croats can't get along? 

Eating out with James McGee 


Sam Groth's hoody style

Cooling down with Adam Jones

I'd watch a show called "Leo and Becks" 

His finger's coming back 

Cesar Ramirez knows how to pick 'em 

Andres Molteni is big leggy

I sure hope Jan-Lennard struffed this kid

Shout out to Jan-Michael Gambill 

Another day, another hot ATP Lorenzo

Matias Descotte gets physical 

Borna's supposedly playing this week in Montreal 

Borna + Mate Delic 

Kevin Krawietz sure cleans up nicely ... 

Think he might have married the wrong person 

Has anyone ever seen Kyrgios and Jonah from Tonga in the same place at the same time?

This is who I have to thank for Pedro Martínez's hair always looking so perfect

Trivia: Who can name this short-shorts-wearing honey from Wayne, N.J.? 

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