Monday, March 04, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Humbert, De Minaur, Baez, Yuan and Boulter. Plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW


Ugo Humbert capped a dream week in Dubai on Saturday night, not only capturing the equal-biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Alexander Bublik in the final of the ATP 500-level tournament, but adding his name to a very exclusive list. The Frenchman is now 6-0 in his career in ATP finals, just the third man in the Open Era to win their first six ATP finals in a row.

A year ago, Alex de Minaur captured the biggest title of his career in Acapulco -- and this year he repeated the feat. The Australian capped another dream week at the ATP 500 event on Saturday night, defeating former No. 2 Casper Ruud, 6-4, 6-4, to win the title for the second year in a row.

Sebastian Baez finished his South American clay-court swing on a high Sunday in Santiago. The Argentine rallied past home favourite Alejandro Tabilo 3-6, 6-0, 6-4 in the final of the Movistar Chile Open to secure his second title in as many weeks. Last week Baez triumphed at the ATP 500 in Rio de Janeiro.

In the Santiago doubles final, Alejandro Tabilo and Tomás Barrios Vera defeated Matías Soto and Orlando Luz, 6–2, 6–4

Poland’s Jan Zieliński and Monaco's Hugo Nys won the men’s doubles in Acapulco, defeating the Mexican-British pairing of Santiago González and Neal Skupski 6-3, 6-2.

They also look like this!

Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany and Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands won the men's doubles title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Saturday.

Struff and Griekspoor overcame the challenge of Ivan Dodig of Croatia and Austin Krajicek of the US 6-4 4-6 10/6 in the final to claim their first Dubai doubles title.

Katie Boulter of Great Britain won the second and highest-level Hologic WTA Tour title of her career on Sunday, fighting past No.6 seed Marta Kostyuk of Ukraine 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 to claim the Cymbiotika San Diego Open crown.

Eighth seed Yuan Yue outlasted sixth seed Wang Xiyu 6-4, 7-6 (7/4) to win her first WTA title on Sunday, capturing an all-Chinese final at the ATX Open in Austin, Texas.

(With wire services)

Elsewhere around the net ...

Quad Squad member J.J. Wolf

I'll spell it correctly, big boy

Is Daniil Medvedev stalking Karen Khachanov?

I like the daddy-son vibe I'm getting with Andrea Vavassori

Who's your daddy?

Tom Hill seems to be enjoying life post-Maria


Lorenzo Musetti and crew

Pedal pusher 

Birthday boy

Diego Schwartzman & Co.

Arthur Cazaux and a friend 

Make a splash in Indian Wells 

Pedro Martinez 

Liam Broady and mate 

Jonathan Eysseric

Jack Draper in canary yellow

Holger Rune puts on a show with his No. 1 fan 

Novak Djokovic stopped by UCLA en route to Indian Wells

Turncoat Adam Jones roots against countrywoman Katie Boulter with Vekic coach Pam Shriver

But his hair ensures all is forgiven 

Vasek Pospisil and Malek Jaziri

Aleks Vukic and Marc Polmans 

Birds of a feather: Andrea Vavassori and Andrea Pellegrino 


Jannik Sinner and Tommy Haas

Luca Van Assche

Matteo Berrettini sighting en route to work 

Nicolas Jarry strikes a pose

Damir Dzumhur and his built friends 

Andy Mies 

Arthur Fils 

Borna Gojo reveals his Plan B

Nicolas Madea reveals his A Plan 

Italian stallion and a half 

Lock bros.

Matteo plugs away 

Cristian Garin on home turf 

Miles Bugby makes a good case for pilates 

Rub-a-dub-dub, two Italians in a tub 

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