The week after Wimbledon always represents the comedowns of all comedowns for me! From the moment the French Open gets underway it seems there is something to fight for every week as a British tennis fan until the close of play at Wimbledon. It sounds disrespectful to the week’s tournaments but in reality, we have just been spoilt for a long period of time!
The remaining event to be played on grass was in Newport, Rhode Island. John Isner comfortably strolled through the field as the top seed and the bookies favourite, without dropping a set. He beat qualifier Matty Ebden in the final, the Australian had some decent wins over Ram and Lacko on his way to the final where the Isner served proved too much.
David Goffin returned from injury a lot sooner than expected in Umag, the top seed was beaten by Ivan Dodig in the second round though. It was Lucky Loser Andrey Rublev who came away with the big prize. The 19-year-old lost in the final round of qualies to Attila Balazs but benefited from Borna Coric’s withdrawal. He beat Charly Berlocq and Fabio Fognini en route to the final before seeing off Paolo Lorenzi 6/4 6/2!
David Ferrer won in Bastad. Top seed Pablo Carreno Busta falling foul of injury and Alert Ramos-Vinolas getting turned over by Nando Verdasco in the quarters. Ferrer has now won this for the third time having being pushed hard by Henri Laaksonen and Verdasco in the quarters and the semis. The Spaniard completed the job with a victory over Alexandr Dolgopolov 6/4 6/4 on Sunday.
Kiki Bertens came through in Gstaad, she beat third seed Anett Kontaveit in the final. The second seed enjoyed being back on her preferred surface, and cruised through to the final where Kontaveit was the only player to take a set of her. Caroline Garcia was the top seed and fell in the second round to Tereza Martincova. Bertens also landed the doubles title here with Johanna Larsson.
Irina Begu won on home soil in Bucharest. Another player who went all week without dropping a set! Begu stepped it up in the semi’s against Carla Suarez Navarro and then again in the final against Julia Goerges, to the delight of the home crowd. Top seed Anastasija Sevastova was beaten by Ana Bogdan, the Romanian went on to make the semi’s where she lost to Goerges. Like Bertens, Begu went on to win the doubles event, with Raluca Olaru!
Andy Del Potro