Without knowing the draw, without knowing who is injured, without knowing who is sick, and without knowing who is in great form, I will do the impossible and predict who wins the 4 majors on the men’s and women’s side. I promise somewhere between 0-100% accuracy.
Men’s Winner – Novak Djokovic: This surface fits Nole’s game perfectly, and Novak is dominating tennis.
Women’s Winner – Victoria Azarenka: Serena skipping every post-US Open event has me thinking someone from the field will win Down Under. Vika knows how to win in Melbourne so why not?
French Open/Roland Garros
Men’s Winner – Rafael Nadal: I know this is cruel to Novak if it happens, but the pressures of a Nole Slam and a possibly resurgent Rafa have me leaning ever so slightly toward the Spaniard.
Women’s Winner – Simona Halep: Pressure to tie Steffi’s 22 majors plus clay not being Serena’s best surface allow for Halep to breakthrough in Paris.
Gentlemen’s Winner – Andy Murray: Andy’s home court advantage comes into play as he sneaks past Novak in the final.
Ladies’ Winner – Serena Williams: Serena picks up Wimbledon #7 and Grand Slam title #22 by blasting her way through the field.
Men’s Winner – Novak Djokovic: Novak continues his path toward becoming the greatest hard court champion of all time. His 2016 Australian Open and US Open crowns give Novak 9 hard court major titles and tie him with Federer’s 9 hard court majors. 2017 will see Novak claim at least a 10th major on hard courts.
Women’s Winner – Serena Williams: Serena’s 7th US Open title and 23rd major make her the most decorated player in the Open Era and put Margaret Court Smith’s 24 major tally on notice heading into 2017.
I will check back next December and likely laugh at how bad these predictions were.