Monday, February 06, 2023

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Impressive first-title wins for Alycia Parks and Lin Zhu, plus the confusing Davis Cup is back. All of this and more BELOW.

Mystery meat

The United States Davis Cup team begins its campaign for a 2023 title with a qualifying tie in Uzbekistan this weekend, the second time in the last three iterations of the competition Team USA has played the Uzbeks in the qualifying round.

The American squad is led by Australian Open semifinalist Tommy Paul, who broke into the Top 20 for the first time on Monday at world No. 19. Mackenzie McDonald, who upset Rafael Nadal in the Aussie Open second round, was named the No. 2 singles player for the U.S., with Denis Kudla also on the squad. Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek will represent Team USA in doubles under interim captain David Nainkin and assistant Dean Goldfine.

Alycia Parks won her first WTA singles title at the Lyon Open on Sunday, wrapping up her breakthrough week on the Hologic WTA Tour with her first Top 5 victory. The 22-year-old American upset No.1 seed and local hope Caroline Garcia, 7-6(7), 7-5, collecting the champion’s trophy after 2 hours and 7 minutes of power tennis by both.

Zhu Lin's tremendous start to 2023 continued at the Thailand Open, where the 29-year-old captured her first Hologic WTA Tour title with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Lesia Tsurenko in a 1-hour, 45-minute final.

Anyone know who the American (cutie) pie out front is?

The 12 teams that will join last year's winner & runners-up + two wildcards

Pfister? I don't even know her.

Italians do it better -- and tend to vote Republican

Matteo Arnaldi on top

Christian Harrison wins a doubles title on the Challenger tour

Andy Mies makes some fans happy

Cameron Norrie secured Great Britain's place in the Davis Cup Finals group stage, with his victory over Colombia's Nicolas Mejia giving the visitors an unassailable 3-1 lead in Bogota. 

The British number one made it back-to-back straight-set wins at altitude on clay as he beat Mejia 6-4 6-4.

Hubert made a new friend

Netherlands are through to the Davis Cup Finals for the third time after beating Slovakia 3-0 in Groningen. The foundations for the victory were laid on Saturday when Tallon Griekspoor and Tim van Rijthoven both stepped up to deliver singles points and put the Netherlands 2-0 ahead.

HH and RBA

The home crowd -- and Cristian Garin's thighs -- helped Chile surge past Kazakhstan

Adam Jones and his cute friend

Hot brother alert

Pretty boy Fabien Reboul wins another satellite title

Now on to the next continent 

Lock brothers

Borna Coric helped lead Croatia to a big win over Austria

Casper Ruud and his hot friends

J.J. Wolf know his way around some holes

Andrea Vavassori knows where the action is 

Enzo Couacaud in action

The women's final was way more exciting, but don't expect any Djokovic fans to be broken up over this stat

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