Monday, March 06, 2023

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Medvedev, De Minaur, Jarry, Kostyuk and Vekic. Plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Daniil Medvedev completed an ATP Tour hat-trick Saturday when he overcame Andrey Rublev 6-2, 6-2 to win the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The third seed, who ended Novak Djokovic’s unbeaten start to the season in the semifinals, produced a consistent performance throughout the 68-minute clash to extend his winning streak to 14 matches. Having lifted trophies in Rotterdam and Doha in February, Medvedev is the third player to win three titles in as many weeks since 2021, joining Casper Ruud (July 2021) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (October 2022).

This is pretty funny!

For the second straight night in Acapulco, Alex de Minaur stormed back after losing the opening set against a red-hot opponent. On Saturday, his effort against Tommy Paul earned him the seventh and biggest title of his career at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC. The Australian claimed his first ATP 500 crown with a battling 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory, his heart and staying power again making the difference in the Acapulco humidity.

Although I was upset by the result and felt Tommy really blew it, I certainly appreciated his HOT take on the loss! 

The cries reverberated through the Santiago night countless times over the course of nearly three hours on Sunday. “Ole! Ole, Ole, Ole! Nico! Nico!” Those chants were for Santiago-native Nicolas Jarry, who rewarded his many fans with a performance to remember. The Chilean won the Movistar Chile Open with a memorable 6-7(5), 7-6(5), 6-2 victory over Argentine Tomas Martin Etcheverry.

No.8 seed Marta Kostyuk won her first Hologic WTA Tour singles title at the inaugural ATX Open on Sunday, defeating Varvara Gracheva 6-3, 7-5 in a championship match between two first-time WTA singles finalists. Although it was unfortunate that there was no handshake after the exciting battle -- the Ukrainian champ has pledged not to engage in the tradition with any Russian or Belarusian players as the assault on her homeland rages on -- it was great to see her play to her full potential in her first final. (P.S. Anyone old enough to notice Marta's Linda Seigel-esque moments on court?!) 

And a resurgent Donna Vekic captured her fourth career title on Sunday after defeating top seed Caroline Garcia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the final of the Abierto GNP Seguros in Monterrey, Mexico. The victory netted Vekic her first Top 10 win of the season and first title since 2021. Vekic will rise to No.24 on Monday, continuing her surge up the rankings after being sidelined by injury this time last year. Her victory on Sunday seals a 14-2 start to the 2023 season, just one win shy of the tour's leaders in match wins, with Garcia and Belinda Bencic setting the mark with 15 wins apiece. (Anyone know if she's still working with Pam Shriver?) 

Andrea Pellegrino and Andrea Vavassori -- perhaps the hottest doubles team to ever compete -- defeated Thiago Seyboth Wild and Matías Soto in the final, 6–4, 3–6, [12–10] to win the doubles tennis title at the 2023 Chile Open.

Fabien RULES

Stefano Travaglia always brings the boys to their knees

Kiss me, Guido, or whatever else you have in mind

JJ Wolf looked like this losing in the first round in Acapulco 

Enzo turns 28

Talk about star quality! 

Happy birthday to Jonny O'Mara

Dressed up with somewhere to go

These kids are going to grow up with unrealistic expectations of men

Lorenzo Musetti is where the boys are

Tracy Austin's son has a cute friend


My new favorite doubles team

Will Blumberg: breast in show

Tommy Paul tops Taylor Fritz in the year's weirdest match

Keep fighting, Jannik

Need any help, big boys! 

Jan-Michael and brother

Is this Benjamin Lock's 30th birthday present? 

Surf 'n' Serb

Mr. Sandman Marcos Giron

Daddy Damir on the comeback trail

Daniel Masur is one of the reasons I'm such a Journeyman queen!

I like that Dennis Novak is hanging out with Austrian fashion models!

Matteo Berrettini's little brother (Jacopo) won his first match on the main tour

Borna Gojo and his beef squad

Cam Norrie takes Guillermo Núñez out for a spin

Be still my heart: Albano Olivetti 

The unseeded pair of Maxime Cressy of the United States and Fabrice Martin of France won the doubles title in the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship. In the final on Saturday, they overcame third seeds Lloyd Glasspool of Great Britain and Harri Heliovaara of Finland 7-6, 6-4 in one hour and 25 minutes.

Lloyd Glasspool not only lost in Dubai doubles final, but also when he picked up this Real Housewives reject with the knobby knees

Jan-Michael Gambill vs. Mom

Shopping with Filip 

Gabi Adrian Boitan officially started his pro career in January and has already won three #ITFWorldTennisTour titles in a row, winning 15 straight matches! 💪

Ya got that right, Marton! 🎯

Feeling uncomfortable that Jensen looks like he might be quite cute once he finishes cooking

Andy Seppi's sure got a hot friend

Hot hair/beard combo alert: Oliver Marach

Big Joe hangs 10

Sounds like someone is on to the pervy gays online!

After being two points from defeat in their opening match at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel presentado por HSBC, Alexander Erler and Lucas Miedler finished the week with another dramatic win to claim the doubles title in Acapulco. It is the third ATP Tour title for the team and their first outside of their native Austria. The Austrians edged Americans Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow 7-6(9), 7-6(3) in Saturday's final, saving six set points in the opening set and another in the second. Nate and Jackson are still winners in my book, though! 

1 comment:

Jack said...

"Real Housewives with knobby knees" = Brutal! 😆😅🤣