Sunday, May 26, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup


Titles for Ruud and Keys as well as first-timers Mpetshi Perricard and Stearns in the run-up to Roland Garros. Full report plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.


Casper Ruud scored a hat-trick Saturday at the Geneva Open, where he captured his third title at the clay ATP 250. The Norwegian, who won Geneva in 2021 and 2022, pulled double duty to triumph in Switzerland after Friday rain postponed his semifinal match to Saturday. 


Ruud, seeded second, saved a match point to down Flavio Cobolli 1-6, 6-1, 7-6(4) in the last four before returning to court and ousting Tomas Machac,  7-5, 6-3 in the final.


The Swiss crowd, of course, was the real winner


When the studly Czech came out half-naked during his upset over Novak Djokovic in the semis.


Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard, whom I had never even heard of in passing, won his maiden trophy by saving a match point against Tomas Martin Etcheverry in Saturday's final in Lyon, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7). It was just the 20-year-old Frenchman's fourth tour-level event -- and the second year in a row that a young French star has triumphed in Lyon, after Arthur Fils also won his maiden ATP Tour crown there last year. Watch a cute video where he dishes on all the players HERE.


After a rock-solid start on the European clay in 2024, Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic turned their consistency into a trophy Saturday at the Geneva Open, taking out Lloyd Glasspool and Jean-Julien Rojer 7-6(2), 7-5 to claim the trophy.


Harri Heliovaara and Henry Patten continued the red-hot start to their partnership by clinching their second ATP Tour title together. The Finnish-British team dug deep for a 3-6, 7-6(4), 10-8 final triumph against the Indian-French team of Yuki Bhambri and Albano Olivetti in Lyon. 


Cut to me posting a half-dozen photos of the losers, because the Frenchman is 6-foot-8 and looks like this ...



Madison Keys captured her first title of the year by cruising past compatriot Danielle Collins 6-1, 6-2 at the WTA 500 in Strasbourg.


Peyton Stearns broke through Saturday in the Morocco Open in Rabat, capturing her first WTA singles title with a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-1) over Egypt's Mayar Sherif. You may recall that she's starting working with cutie Tom Hill since his breakup with Maria Sakkari.


Looks like someone got two trophies!

Elsewhere around the net:


Watch Novak Djokovic punish young countryman Hamad Medjedovic (in the ass) while Viktor Troicki watches on HERE


Nicolas Moreno loves to ...


play peek-a-boo with his midsection 


Now Hendrik Jebens is just f**king with me


Sexpot Billy Harris was one match away from qualifying for the French Open but came up short. 


But at least he still has his hot friends. 


Is this the World No. 1's next act?


J.J. Wolf lost in the final round of qualies, but was admitted into Roland Garros as a lucky loser


With his best hair 


and body yet 


Case in point 


Narrator: But he got creamed again 


Maxime Cressy also lost in qualies, but looked like a winner


Naomi Osaka's baby daddy might not be much to look at, but you have to hand it to her for surrounding herself with these three hunks


An Australian in Paris: Omar Jasika







Tim Mudrick and Janko Tipsarevic 


28 candles with Karen Khachanov 


Adam "King of the Pic With" Jones lands Rafael Nadal 


Zizou Bergs and his big ass


Someone feels up David Vega Hernandez exactly like I would


Dominic Thiem was denied a wild card then lost in the qualies -- before getting an on-court sendoff


Marton Fucsovics and his legs


Quentin Halys was hot 



until he wasn't 


Din-din with Borna 


The should-already-be-retired club


Yannick Hanfmann ...


looking large ...


and in charge 


Fabien Reboul assumes the position 


James Duckworth has arrived 


Leggy Holger Rune 


Thanasi Kokkinakis is playing games


A Pole and an Italian walk into a tennis club ...


Jan-Lennard has the right Struff


Benjamin Bonzi takes flight 


Enzo Couacaud wants a belly rub 


Wanna hear more about Daniil's hot trainer


and if he's the one who bought Medvedev this mime shirt 


Grigor Dimitrov gives Joel McHale a run for his money in the Hair Transplant Department 


Worth every penny 


Jonesy, erect 


Dutch treat: Tallon Griekspoor


And his coach, Kristof Vliegen, who is all grown up


Bianca Andreescu's latest comeback became a lot more compelling when I saw her with conditioning coach ClĂ©ment Golliet ... oh la la!


Stefanos Tsitsipas took off his shirt to try to justify Paula Badosa's return to his side 


Karen pimps Nike


James McGee a la plage



And then across the globe in Anaheim


You gotta Sinner to be saved 


Hello, Nicolas Barrientos!


The Skupski brothers 


How do I get a present like this from Vasek? 


Nole has arrived 


Looking for a fourth title


My life's motto!


A Daniel Altmaier sandwich 


Aljaz Bedene is now a model 






I'm particularly interested in Carlos's teammate on the far right



And last but not least: I might need to start a separate blog just for photos of fitness instructor Robert Cardenas 


Whose connection to tennis is tenuous


Unlike my lust for his body 




Follow HERE

(With wire services)

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