Monday, February 05, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Titles for Bublik, Ostapenko and Shnaider; the Davis Cup lineup is set for September; plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Although he's probably in my Top 3 least favorite players, all credit to Alexander Bublik for making history on Sunday, becoming the first man to win a tournament having lost the first set in each of his matches. Bublik, the No. 2 seed, rallied yet again in beating Croatia's Borna Coric, the fourth seed, 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the finals of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier, France. (The second Damian saw Borna was playing Holger Rune in the semifinals, he called it a match to decide who got to lose to Bublik in the final!) Bublik won the same event in 2022 at the indoor hard-court ATP 250. He has four tour titles and rose from No. 27 to a career-high No. 23 in the ATP rankings on Monday.

Less annoying was the doubles final, where top seeds Sadio Doumbia and Fabien Reboul dug deep to defeat Albano Olivetti and Sam Weissborn 6-7(5), 6-4, 10-6 in the south of France to claim their second tour-level title as a team. Now that was a lot of man on one court! 

No.1 seed Jelena Ostapenko became the first player to win two Hologic WTA Tour singles titles this year, storming past No.2 seed Ekaterina Alexandrova 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday to capture the Upper Austria Ladies Linz championship. Imagine how many she'd have by now if all those electronic line calls weren't "going against her"?(!) 

And Diana Shnaider (???) captured her first title by defeating defending champion Zhu Linz 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 in the final of the Thailand Open on Sunday. The unseeded 19-year-old Russian beat the top three seeds en route to the trophy, taking out top seed Magda Linette, No.2 seed Zhu and No.3 seed Wang Xiyu.


What do we think of Holger Rune's latest hairdo, outfit ...

and injury?

The erratic Dane fired another coach and seems to be working with on-again, off-again adviser Kenneth Carlsen 

In Davis Cup news: The lineup has been confirmed for September's finals:

These 12 teams qualified over the weekend: 

Full details HERE

Quentin Halys says it all 

Team France

Team Belgium 

Team Finland 

Team Argentina

Team Netherlands 

Team USA

Team Czechia

Team Chile 

Team Canada 

Vasek Pospisil in action

Hard to believe a body that fit can rarely make it through a full tournament. Luckily it seems suited perfectly for three-day competitions 

Team Brazil 

Team Italy 

Team Slovakia

Team Germany 

Kevin Krawietz assumes the position

Team Poland

The Lock brothers for Team Zimbabwe

Elsewhere around the net ...

Emilio Gomez, moments before being swept away to the Papyrus Museum

Imagine if Tommy Paul actually liked playing tennis

Bravo, Arthur Bouquier

Andrea Pellegrino: Mirror, mirror on the wall ...

Who's his daddy? 

David Goffin is through the quallies and into the main draw this week in Marseille 

As is Hugo Grenier

Is former player Reilly Opelka turning to sex work?

Sexy Billy Harris and Ned Smith 

J.J. Wolf knows how to put on a show 

Watch HERE.

And also how to spot talent 

Zlatan Dzumhur hasn't gotten any less pretty 

Le Coq Sportif tease Marcelo Demoliner

Cam Norrie heads to Argentina 

With his cute friend

Follow Vasek Jursik HERE.

Matias Descotte in the gym ... 

y en la playa 

Hubba hubba: How do I get Andrea Vavassori to plug me?

Wishing Marko Andrejic a speedy recovery 

Team Tiafoe -- I'm looking at you, Doc!

Seems like Rubin Statham knows how to make an ultimate recovery 

Tomas Machac and his Mulberry bag

Because I can't seem to get enough of Miles Bugby 

And here's an intriguing question, to which I added "Tracy Austin's back hadn't betrayed her." What's your biggest "what if" in tennis? I'd also add Bjorn Borg's winning the 1981 U.S. Open. 

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