Monday, June 19, 2023

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Tiafoe, Boulter, Griekspoor and Alexandrova. Plus all the ATP beef that fit to pub BELOW.

Tallon Griekspoor fed off strong home support to complete a stirring championship-match comeback Sunday at the Libema Open in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The sixth seed clawed past Jordan Thompson 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3 for an emotional victory at the grass-court ATP 250 in the Netherlands, giving the 26-year-old cutie his second ATP Tour title.

Reigning champion Ekaterina Alexandrova successfully defended her Libema Open title on a rainy Sunday, going down to the wire before pulling off a gripping 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) comeback over No.1 seed Veronika Kudermetova in the final.

Frances Tiafoe cracked the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings for the first time Monday after winning a thrilling final against Jan-Lennard Struff at the Boss Open in Stuttgart. The American, at a career-high World No. 10, saved one championship point to defeat the 33-year-old German 4-6, 7-6(1), 7-6(8).

Katie Boulter won the first all-British final on the WTA Tour in 46 years and secured her first career title by beating Jodie Burrage 6-3, 6-3 at the Nottingham Open on Sunday. The last all-British final in 1977 saw Sue Barker beat Virginia Wade in San Francisco. Boulter beat Heather Watson 6-4, 7-5 in the first all-British semifinal on the tour in 48 years on Saturday.

Andy Murray won his second consecutive Challenger on Sunday, beating Frenchman Arthur Cazaux, 6-4, 6-4, in the final of the Nottingham Open -- and then noticed his wife, Kim, and their four children were in attendance ...

Father's Day surprise! 

On Sunday, former World No. 4 Kei Nishikori defeated American teenager Michael Zheng 6-2, 7-5 in the Caribbean Open final. Nishikori dropped just one set all week en route to the Challenger title, his first trophy since 2018.

Wesley Koolhof and Neal Skupski captured their first tour-level title of the season together on Saturday at the Libema Open, where they defeated Gonzalo Escobar and Aleksandr Nedovyesov 7-6(1), 6-2.

But I give ALL credit to BIG Coach Rob Morgan

Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic clinched their fifth tour-level grass-court title as a team on Sunday when they moved past Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz at the Boss Openin Stuttgart. 

The second seeds produced a strong serving performance at the ATP 250 event, winning 86 percent (31/36) of points behind their first delivery to defeat the Germans 7-6(2), 6-3.

Bernabé Zapata with 17-year-old Carles Cordoba

Zapata and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina

Needs some help, Bernabé?

Sultry Lorenzo Musetti

How'd he get out?

Daniel Altmaier

Casper Ruud: A day well spent, all right

Holger Rune, fashion plate

Manspread Monday: Denis Shapovalov

Franco Agamenone and friend

German engineering 

Andy Seppi isn't letting his body go in retirement 

Fabulous Fabien Reboul

We're (suddenly) living in Jan-Lennard Struff's world

Diego Schwartzman and Fran Cerundolo

The diminutive Argentine sure has a good eye for photography

Hello, big man!

Vrooms Vroom!

Iga and her idol 

Tommy Paul asks a very good question 

I've never played, but I have no doubt that pickleball is WAY more fun to play than to watch

Big Ben Lock

Liam Broady in baby blue

Corentin Moutet is big leggy

Stefanos knows how to pick a "practice" partner 

Diego and Holger on the set of Fun-Size Boys

Dennis Novak attack

Doggy style with Dominic Thiem 

Jule Miemeier and her team, including Florian "Sugar Tits' Zitzelsberger (far left)

Holger and Miomir Kecmanovic

Cam and Carlos Alcaraz

Model behavior 

Luke Johnson and Julian Cash

J.J. Wolf lets it all hang out 

Big Foe's big ass

Reilly Opelka comes out as gender fluid?

Three generations of Giron men

Christian Harrison's flesh act

Goran the spokesman

How do you say Manspread in Spanish?

And German?

Oh, Daddy

Lorenzo Claverie is a winner, all right

Refreshing to hear a world-class athlete be so honest

Venus Williams defeated Camila Giorgi in Birmingham today! (And the linesman also won.)

How do I get to be the meat in these Adam Jones-Elijah Poritzky sandwiches?

Marius Copil is the envy of every chicken-legged man

Working out with Jamie Murray 

Sad news

Two photos I missed from last week's French Open: Chris Evert presenting Iga with her trophy

Novak and his cute family


And last but definitely least: I'm heartened that most people who know anything about tennis are acknowledging that Novak Djokovic sits on top of the game now, but some of these hot takes are really rich. Now it's "unfair" that he's so limber -- and winning 14 French Opens is HARDER than winning 23 majors, including a minimum of three of all three (on three different surfaces)? As long as we're not moving the goalpost because we don't like him personally. 

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