Monday, June 24, 2024

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Wimbledon tune-up wins for Paul, Pegula, Sinner and Putintseva. Full report plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

Tommy Paul captured his third ATP Tour title and first on grass Sunday at Queen's Club, where he defeated Lorenzo Musetti 6-1, 7-6(8) in the final. The victory lifts the heartthrob to No. 12 on the ATP computer -- now making him the No. 1 ranked American.

The Italian had won three exhausting three-set battles to get there, so could easily be forgiven for running out of gas 

It was far from an easy week, but Jannik Sinner won his first tournament as the World No. 1 in Halle. The Italian star lost a set in each of his first three matches, but battled through on each occasion and ultimately defeated Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(8), 7-6(2) on Sunday to lift the ATP 500 trophy. Ironically, Carlos Alcaraz now holds two of the four Grand Slam titles but slipped to No. 3 (behind Novak Djokovic) by losing in the round of 16 to Jack Draper in London. 

World No.5 Jessica Pegula saved five championship points to win her first Hologic WTA Tour title of the year and first of her career on grass. On Sunday, Pegula came back from the brink to defeat No.24 Anna Kalinskaya 6-7(0), 6-4, 7-6(3) in the final of the ecotrans Ladies Open in Berlin.

Yulia Putintseva captured the third Hologic WTA Tour singles title of her career on Sunday in Birmingham with a 6-1, 7-6(8) win over Ajla Tomljanovic in the final of the Rothesay Classic.

Neal Skupski and Michael Venus captured their first title as a team on Sunday at the cinch Championships, where they clawed past singles stars Taylor Fritz and Karen Khachanov 4-6, 7-6(5), 10-8.

A big week for Simone Bolelli and Andrea Vavassori became even bigger on Sunday in Halle. After becoming the first-placed team in the PIF ATP Doubles Teams Rankings earlier in the tournament — they began the week in fourth -- the Italians lifted the Terra Wortmann Open trophy. Bolelli and Vavassori defeated home favorites Kevin Krawietz and Tim Puetz 7-6(3), 7-6(5) on Sunday in the final.

Frances Tiafoe's tumble was our win!

Marcelo ArĂ©valo 

Why don't I ever get invited to these Juan Betancourt gatherings? 

Happy ending

Your weekly reminder that Paula Badosa broke up with this to be with Frieda

The hot Zverev

Tommy looked relaxed all week 

And it paid off 

Is Borna Gojo looking for a cellmate? 

Andy Mies is ready to travel

Cam Norrie's backup plan? 

Nicolas Moreno has a strong shoulder to lean on

More of pretty boy Jack Draper's spread ...

in British Vogue 

Watch Gunter de Fluffenfaast, the Dutch tennis player and environmentalist with a huge ass who never shows emotion except anger when he sees single-use plastic water bottles sponsoring the sport he loves, HERE.

Go Behind the Racquet with flexy Marcus Willis HERE.

British journey man Billy Harris had a great week at Queen's Club where he advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to eventual finalist Musetti 

Queen's Club for a day with Miles Bugby

Lloyd Glasspool had better shape up 

German engineering 

When cute singles players ...

 team up for doubles 

Anyone know who the hunk in Hurkacz's box is? 

Matteo Berrettini reminded us you can somehow be thicc and ripped at the same time, a la Wawrinka

The London doubles champs with Ken Skupski and hunky LSU tennis coach Danny Bryan

Need to hear more about Omar Jasika and his new "friend" 

Unless Gael makes his finger disappear in the coin slot, I'm not interested 

34 candles for eternally injured hunk Vasek Pospisil 

For the second week in a row,  Juan Manuel Cerundolo -- Francisco's little brother who won an ATP title first -- ends the week on top, this time besting Guillen Meza 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in Bolivia Challenger

Tommy's embarrassing "influencer" girlfriend is getting excoriated online for her antics during the trophy ceremony. It also turns out she's involved in the Armie Hammer mess.

Alex Rybakov isn't just giving it away 

I'm cautiously optimistic that Nole may play Wimbledon  

Practice court booked -- and he says he's in if he feels like he can play to win. 

Jamie Murray in charge 

Luck of the Irish 

David O'Hare

Liam Broady has a lot to smile about 

Hot mixed-coloring couple alert: Hady Habib and Trey Hilderbrand

I'm not sure what Franco Agamenone is offering here ...

But I'm buying it 

Made in Brazil: Thiago Seyboth Wild

John Lloyd & Co. 

Any predictions? 

(With wire services) 

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