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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