Monday, June 17, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Draper, de Minaur, Samsonova and Boulter. Full report plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Alex de Minaur added a second title to his impressive 2024 season on Sunday, when the top-seeded Australian dispatched Sebastian Korda 6-2, 6-4 to triumph at the Libema Open (aka 's-Hertogenbosch).

The third time proved the charm for Jack Draper on Sunday at the BOSS Open (Stuttgart), as the 22-year-old rallied from a set down to defeat two-time tournament champion Matteo Berrettini 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 and win his first career ATP singles title. 

Great effort from the hunky Brit and for the Eye-talian Stallion, who has been out of commission forever. 

Nathaniel Lammons and Jackson Withrow take the men's doubles title for the first time here at Libéma Open

Although they came up shortit was nice to see Wesley Koolhoff and Nikola Mektic back in a final

In the BOSS doubles final, Marcelo Melo and Rafael Matos of Brazil, defeated Britain's Julian Cash and American Robert Galloway, 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.

No.2 seed Liudmila Samsonova won her first title of the season after coming from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in the final of the Libema Open on Sunday. The title is Samsonova's fifth on the Hologic WTA Tour and second on grass, having won her first at 2021 Berlin. Still, it was a great week for the Canadian, who took out Naomi Osaka in a third-set tiebreak and is starting to look like the player who won the U.S. Open five years ago.

Katie Boulter retained the Nottingham Open title after coming from a set down to beat Karolina Pliskova -- just hours after doing the same thanks to rain to topple fellow Briton Emma Raducanu. Boulter overcame 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Pliskova to prevail 4-6 6-3 6-2 in the final.

All dressed and with somewhere to go?

French Open champs Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic attempt to tame Bear Grylls

Note to self: Learn more about the guy on Samsonova's team on the left! 

Vroom! Vroom! 

Luca Darderi of Italy defeated Indian No. 1 Sumit Nagal to capture the Perugia Challenger on Sunday, 6-1, 6-2. 

Britain's Jacob Fearnley won his first Challenger title, rallying to defeat Charles Blooom 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 at the Rothesay Open Nottingham.

Top seeds Marcus Willis and John Peers lifted their first doubles title together at the Rothesay Open Nottingham on Sunday afternoon. The British-Australian duo beat Harold Mayot and Luke Saville 6-1, 6-7(1), 10-7 in an hour and 32 minutes in front of a packed-out crowd on Centre Court. 

In what has been a stellar season so far for the 33-year-old Budgy Smuggler enthusiast, this win marks his sixth ATP Challenger Tour doubles trophy and the first of his career on the grass.

Liam Broady assumes the position 

How do I get Adam Jones alone with a paddle? 

Noah Rubin's blond ambition

David Vega Hernandez ...

Looks well-seated on his jet ski

Any excuse to post Albano Olivetti 

Pretty boy Lloyd Glasspool

Matias Descotte gets a fresh cut 

Who's the boss? 

White men can't not golf

And Casper Ruud is no exception 

Jakub Menšík shows his hand

He must be referring to all the lewd DMs I've been sending 

Who's your friend, Fabien

Dusan Lajovic at 33

Borna Gojo goes platinum

Can you think of anything more depressing than being a straight man? 

Marcos Giron wants you to know he's more than T&A

Coach K takes J.J. Wolf out for a spin 

Robert Cardenas is at it ... again

Let's go, Vega! 

Quentin Halys's prized asset 

And from the Father's Day files ...

When the Gambill boys had a wig contest between their dad and Elton John

Jimmy Pulgar on Daddy duty

When Jan-Mike wore his clingiest shirt to meet up with his family ...

(With wire services) 

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