Ridiculously Early 2016 Grand Slam Predictions

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.

Australian Open

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.

Wimbledon

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.

US Open

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.

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