French Open 2016: Clay Court Tips – Sliding

I’ve only ever played on har-tru/green clay when it comes to softer surfaces.  Sliding has been a skill that has eluded me since I first started playing tennis in 1985.  It may be too late for me, but hopefully it is not too late for you.  I will give sliding another try this summer.  Hopefully,…

French Open 2016: May 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [22] Viktor Troicki (SRB) – Stan is on a winning streak of a sort, but I am not even sure how Troicki is here.  I keep picking against him so his camp should be glad to see I again have little faith in this Serbian player….

French Open 2016: May 29th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD   .@SvetlanaK27 defeats Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4! Meets Muguruza next in @RolandGarros Round of 16! #RG16 pic.twitter.com/zXatV0277I — WTA (@WTA) May 27, 2016   [4] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs [13] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – Muguruza should win so long as she doesn’t drown in a hail of errors.  I think Muguruza is…

French Open 2016: History Still On the Line

With Roger Federer not coming to Paris and Rafael Nadal withdrawing from the tournament, it is easy to forget that history can still take place in Paris.  Sure Federer ended his record consecutive Grand Slam appearance streak.  Rafa will not win a 10th Roland Garros title in 2016.  That doesn’t mean the biggest history on the…

French Open 2016: May 28th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD   No Nadal but Djokovic back in action at French Open https://t.co/idSNx1Jm64 pic.twitter.com/U4MhNSfrpR — FRANCE 24 (@FRANCE24) May 28, 2016   Ernests Gulbis (LAT) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [6] – I thought Gulbis was more or less on the way out of tennis, but a few wins may mean he is coming back…

French Open 2016: May 28th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in Bold Pauline Parmentier (FRA) vs. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) [8] – 8th seeds are supposed to beat unseeded players right?  Still this seems like a 50-50 match. Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [26] – This should be a fun match and a good test for Serena.  If Serena isn’t hampered by too many errors…

French Open 2016: May 27th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [9] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs [17] Nick Kyrgios (AUS) – Gasquet humbled Kyrgios at Wimbledon last year.  Has Nick grown?  We shall see.  My head says Gasquet, and my gut says Kyrgios.  Given my physique my gut wins. [3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [30] Jérémy Chardy (FRA) – Stan is on…

French Open 2016: May 27th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Garbine Muguruza (ESP) vs Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) – Wickmayer is a tough opponent, but if Muguruza is back to playing her level of tennis she should win in 2 with one of the sets being close. [11] Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs [21] Samantha Stosur (AUS) – Two runner-up finishers at…

French Open 2016: May 26th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Facundo Bagnis (ARG) – Rafa should win this one. [6] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) – Tsonga should win, but Baghdatis could have a turn back the clock performance and make it interesting. [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs Malek Jaziri (TUN) – Berdych generally…

French Open 2016: May 26th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Sorry about yesterday’s unplanned hiatus.  As a teacher, this is a busy time, and I could not give any time to tennis yesterday.  [8] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) vs Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – Bouchard is having a nice event to this point, but this is a real test.  If she passes it, maybe…