Cincy Diary — Frances Tiafoe, John Isner, Dominic Thiem, Karen Khachanov, Vasek Pospisil, and More!

Dominic Thiem backhand flying follow-through Western and Southern Open Cincinnati 2017 practice pics
The Dominic Thiem flying backhand

Welcome to another edition of our Cincy diary, bringing you with us as we relive every moment of thrills, spills, sweat, tears, drama, and hot legs during nine days of a Masters/Premier 5 event. We hope you enjoy the ride as much as we did, and do please share the link to this post if you think all your social media BFFs would love to see these, too!

And don’t despair, WTA fans, we’ve got more of the ladies coming up in future editions!

ICYMI: Cincy Diary — Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov, Petra Kvitova, Monica Puig, and Donna Vekic (and a Glimpse of Gulbis, Too!)

Western and Southern Open Viktor Troicki leaving practice court 2017

Photographer wish list: Be able to afford two cameras. There’s a reason many pro photogs walk around with two different cameras around their neck. That super zoom lens is extremely unhelpful when Viktor Troicki leaves the practice court and unexpectedly appears right in front of you. Lenses can be changed, but not in one second — unless you’re an android like that Pliskobot we’ve seen roaming the grounds…

P.S. All pics below can be clicked or zoomed to see more detail.


Cincy practice Big John holding tennis balls photos

Cruising by the cluster of practice courts 12-15 (formerly 11-14, and yes, we’re still confused by all this) we caught sight of Americans John Isner and Frances Tiafoe practicing together. There was a huge crowd gathered to see the home country faves, but we managed to sneak in to nab a few pics.

It’s often an adjustment seeing players in real life as opposed to the TV, and we’ve got to say that John is one of those guys who looks way younger and more adorbs in person than he appears on the flat screen at home.

Cincinnati Day 1 Frances Tiafoe waiting to return on serve
That moment when you hide behind your player as you wait for John Isner’s serve to re-enter the atmosphere…


The lament after missing a return winner…


Big swing on Frances forehand 2017 practice


Hot tennis player photos nice ass backhand swing hop Cincinnati Open pics


Big John checking out competition scouting practice tennis pics

Big John and his coach checked out the action on the next court, where Prajnesh Gunneswaran was practicing. The Indian player unfortunately went out in the first round of qualies, but has been doing well overall on the ITF and challenger tours, up to #224 in the rankings from #386 at this point last year (and #861 back in 2015).

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Thiem forehand wind-up tennis set-up tennis ball photos Cincy

Next up was a ridiculously intense practice session between Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov –aka the The Great Austrian Hope of one-handed backhand lovers everywhere: Baby Haasrinka, and the #NextGen star who was currently closest to seeing Sascha’s silhouette in the distance on the rankings: Hot Legs Khachanov.

If tennis balls could scream, it would have been deafening as these two just whipped the ball back and forth with all the strength they had. There was sweating, and grunting, and straining, and we were kinda seriously hoping neither one would blow a tendon before they played their first matches.

There will definitely be more rippling Dommy muscles on the site, this here is just a teaser. Enjoy all the testosterone-filled tennis on display!

Big forehand overhead swing Karen Khachanov Cincinnati Open practice session photos


Dominic Thiem Western and Southern Open big beautiful ass peach shorts backhand stance pics


Karen hot legs big forehand swing Nike kit


Cincy Thiem tennis court fh follow-through cute boys photos rippling back muscles


Super Thiem close-up forehand swing bulging thigh muscles grunt


Karen forehand follow-through tennis racquet shot


In the middle of all that intensity, there’s always a little time for a grin and an extra flash of thigh…

Karen Khachanov sexy tanned thighs long lean body Cincy practice 2017 pics


And a moment to go to the towel and catch your breath…

Western and Southern Open practice courts Dominic Thiem sexy towel tennis racquet


And then back to work…

Cincinnati Masters practice set Karen Khachanov big forehand flash of naked stomach treasure trail abs


Thiem one-handed backhand follow-through open stance tennis shots


Cincy practice session Thiem bent over exhausted intense tennis

We told you it was intense!

Cincinnati set with Dom and Karen leaning over tired cool Nike logos pic

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In the midst off all this aggressive battling on the practice court, Canada’s Vasek Pospisil was next door in a brutal match against Aussie J.P. Smith.

Vasek Pospisil cute neon yellow green turquoise tennis kit backhand open stance shot


Cincinnati masters first round qualies Vasek Pospisil


Popsicle Canadian tennis players qualies forehand anything is Pospisil pics


Western and Southern Open Pospisil loss clutching head rough match photos

The perennially rosy-cheeked Vashy just couldn’t seem to get anything going his way, and his North American hard court swing struggles continued as he lost to Smith in this first round of qualies, 4-6, 4-6. (Smith would, incidentally, fall by that same scoreline to Richard Gasquet in the main draw first round.)

That’s it for this installment of our Cincy diary. Stay tuned for more, with upcoming segments featuring Christian Harrison, Ernests Gulbis, Kiki Mladenovic, Julia Goerges, and Tommy Paul!

ICYMI: Cincy Diary — Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Grigor Dimitrov, Petra Kvitova, Monica Puig, and Donna Vekic (and a Glimpse of Gulbis, Too!)

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