Monday, January 16, 2023

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Unlikely titles for Richard Gasquet, Kwon Soon-woo and Lauren Davis, as well as a dominant performance by Belinda Bencic. Kwon turned around and immediately lost in the first round of the Australian Open, so whether this portends anything good for the others remains to be seen. Full report BELOW.

Marton will have to die another day 


Felix Auger Aliassime edged out Vasek Pospisil in the first round Down Under -- and is giving him a run for his money in the Bod Dept. too!

Tommy Paul is all grown up

Lloyd Glasspool is milky white, for your pleasure

Croatia has another hot number in Dino Prizmic

Kevin Krawietz made a new friend

And so did former doubles partner Andy Mies

That kangaroo has good taste

Cam Norrie gives wheelchair tennis a try

Always ready for Matteo

Borna looked adorable at his meet 'n' greet ... and then promptly lost in the AO first round in straight sets to someone I've never heard of

Yannick Hanfmann puts on a show

Tallon Griekspoor: New racket, who dis? 

Maxime Cressy & Co.

Even Albert Ramos Vinolas's dead eyes light up with this one

New shoes for Nicolas Jarry 

Daniel Altmaier gave Frances Tiafoe a scare last night

Andrea Vavassori and Marcelo Demoliner get ready to tag-team a silver daddy

Arevalo/Rojer won the Adelaide II final in a walkover

Arthur Bouquier is a must-follow

No.8 seed Belinda Bencic ended her week at the Adelaide International 2 with authority, dispatching No.5 seed Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 6-2 in the final to win the seventh Hologic WTA Tour singles title of her career.

Rub-a-dub-dub, two Argentines in a tub

Thumbs up from everyone's favorite Karen

Holger Rune for Rolex

After falling one match short of the title at the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals, Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic earned their way back into the winners' circle in their first event of the 2023 ATP Tour season. In Saturday's doubles final at the ASB Classic in Auckland, the Croatians defeated Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-6 to claim their 15th tour-level title as team. The result secured a measure of revenge for the champions, who were upset by the Americans in their lone previous ATP Head2Head matchup at the 2021 U.S. Open, at which Damian and I happened to be courtside

Richard Gasquet turned back the clock with a vintage display in Saturday's ASB Classic final to claim his first ATP Tour title since 2018. The 36-year-old Frenchman stunned second seed and former Auckland resident Cameron Norrie 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, winning the final five games of the match to become the oldest champion in the event's 66-year history.

Norrie grew up in NZ and used to attend the event as a child, so the loss was particularly painful

American qualifier Lauren Davis won the WTA Hobart International on Saturday with a straight sets win over Italian Elisabetta Cocciaretto at the Domain Tennis Centre. Davis, ranked No 84, needed one hour and 48 minutes to beat Cocciaretto 7-6, 6-2 to claim her second career WTA singles title.

Oh, Borna

Vasek put up a good fight against FAA

Someone needs to tell Andrea Pellegro that Australia doesn't allow guns

Matt Ebden, Influencer of the Year

Any reason to post Bart Stevens

J.J. Wolf in action

Pedro Martinez looked awfully good losing to Hubert Hurkacz

Ditto for Quentin Halys, who fell in straights to Stefanos

I was THRILLED that Nick Kyrgios -- aka Jonah from Tonga -- pulled out of the AO. I loved that he brought his musclar physio (doctor?) to back up his injury claim because everyone knows he's full of shit

Jack Draper's hot bod betrayed him against Rafael Nadal. But at least we got this manspread moment

Dashing doubles teams 

Meinspread Monday

Everyone was buzzing about Frances Tiafoe's skank-tank get-up -- and I was here for it! 

1 comment:

martini421 said...

Nice roundup as always Ken! FYI, Coric lost to Lehecka who made the final of the Next Gen season ending tournament a couple of months ago. He's rising with a bullet. Bummed for Coric.