By now most know the way the story ended however I’ll recap simply in case. Just lately ranked prime-10, Casper Ruud [NOR] captured his 5th consecutive title of 2021 and his first on a tough courtroom on the ATP San Diego Open. He defeated Cameron Norrie [GBR] in straight units.
Following such shut quarter-final and semi-final matches, this match was a bit deflated because of Casper’s dominance and error-less efficiency. The ultimate rating, 6-0 6-2. Many occasions, scores don’t mirror the efforts of the opponent. That holds true as we speak because the Brit battled however misplaced just about all of the vital factors. Ruud was a person on an unstoppable mission.
It was the doubles closing between prime seeds, Joe Salisbury [GBR] and companion, Neal Skupski [GBR] who scored an “A” for leisure. This match went the space because the quantity three seeded group of John Friends [AUS] and Filip Polasek [SVK] didn’t yield till the tip, 7-6(2) 3-6 10-5.
A strong crowd confirmed up for the ultimate day doubles opener on heart courtroom. It was an ideal event for individuals who recognize fast-paced group, elite shot-making abilities, and dynamic vitality. To place this match into perspective, this was the primary time Friends and Polasek teamed up. That’s an amazing outcome for the “new couple.”
All kidding apart, should you missed this match go discover it on-line someplace. A viewing is properly price your time as doubles finals usually are. In the long run, the extra seasoned duo gained the larger factors and the beautiful aqua blue ocean-inspired dolphin trophy.
Though San Diego was granted a single license in 2021, a litany of gamers spoke of how a lot they beloved the venue, all that San Diego gives them off-court, and the way nice the tennis-loving metropolis turned up filling the stands even throughout qualifying. It was introduced after the trophy ceremony that San Diego wouldn’t be a one-hit surprise for the ATP Tour. Whereas it stays to be seen the place the occasion can match into the tight tour calendar, I consider it should discover a house. My suggestion can be to position it between Acapulco Abierto Mexicano Tercel occasion that usually takes place earlier than Indian Wells.
San Diego is a strong lead-up to Indian Wells post-Mexico. It gives gamers an ideal geographic alignment requiring minimal journey, offering a relaxed surroundings with so much to do off courtroom for little cash and loads of “social distanced” areas, and it has comparable circumstances to the BNP Paribas Open. The Barnes Tennis Heart supplies a handy touchdown spot for gamers who crash out of Acapulco early. It all the time occurs to somebody. In San Diego, qualifying [LL] Kevin Anderson fell within the first spherical to Dan Evans [GBR], 7-6(11) 7-5, that’s tough and that’s tennis.
Evans fell to eventual county man and finalist, Cameron Norrie, 7-6(3) 6-3.
In its first 12 months the San Diego Open started to promote out within the third spherical, quarters, semis and the ultimate had been at full capability. Followers turned up and introduced nice vitality supporting their favorites. Straight away world No. 15, Diego Schwartzman was adopted by San Diego. I spoke with a lady who traveled from Alaska to attend this ATP 250 occasion that had a Masters 1000 draw. Her phrases, “What a reward.”
Whereas the way forward for this new child on the block occasion continues to be in moist cement, many gamers remarked on courtroom that they wish to come again to our honest metropolis. For now, gamers have moved down the highway to Indian Wells. However hey guys, the door is all the time open, and you realize the place to finds us on the house of Youth Tennis San Diego (YTSD), our Barnes Tennis Heart.
A closing shout-out: Given solely 5 weeks to tug off this feat, you delivered a tennis miracle, Ryan Redondo, Dani Vallverdu, and all of the volunteers, properly performed.