US Open 2016: August 31st Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jiri Vesely (CZE) – I think Novak will win and look better than he did versus the bomb serving/drop shot happy Jerzy Janowicz. [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Andreas Seppi (ITA) – Seppi should produce some fun rallies with Seppi.  Still, Rafa will likely win. Louis Armstrong Stadium [20]…

US Open 2016: August 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [14] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) – I think Petra is good for this round as well. [9] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Which career would you prefer?  Kuznetsova has won 2 majors in singles while Wozniacki spent many weeks ranked #1 with no major titles….

US Open 2016: August 30th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [3] – This is a terrible first round draw for both players.  I think Stan wins, but this could easily go the other way. Lukas Rosol (CZE) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) [2] – Does everyone hate Lukas?  Murray seems to. Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) vs. Sam Querrey (USA) [29] – Both…

US Open 2016: August 30th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] – Flipkens is a solid player, but Halep should advance. Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [6] – Venus is hard to predict in singles at this stage of her career, but I would think she should win. I was 1 year out of undergraduate studies…

US Open 2016: The Big 4 Minus 1 Should Not Be Discounted

This Article – http://nypost.com/2016/08/29/this-us-open-may-be-the-last-gasp-of-mens-tennis-big-four/ made me think a little. From 2004-2016, the Big 4 has won 3 or more majors every year except for 2014 (Cilic and Wawrinka broke through).  In 2016, all 3 majors to this point have been won by members of the Big 4.  Novak Djokovic has won 4 Masters 1000 events, and Andy…

US Open 2016: August 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) – I could see Istomin push this to 4 sets, but Rafa likely wins in 3 or 4 sets. Could this happen again? [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB) vs. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) – Jerzy looked so promising in 2012 and 2013. [7] Marin Cilic (CRO)…

US Open 2016: August 29th Women’s Predictions

#Tennis U.S. Open a chance for Monica Puig to prove Olympic gold was … https://t.co/Btjxxn6shY pic.twitter.com/cSSPlZTIu6 — Tennis daily post (@epeaktennis) August 28, 2016   Predicted Winners in BOLD [7] Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) – I do not see a repeat trip to the championship match, but Vinci should win this match….

US Open 2016: My 5 Favorite Men’s US Opens

Tournaments can take on a personality of their own based on the draw and actual matches that unfold.  5 US Opens stand out for me.  I vaguely remember Connors v. McEnroe in the 1984 US Open semifinal, but I don’t remember an impression of an entire tournament prior to the 1986 US Open (Mecir beating…

US Open 2016: Quick Thoughts on the Men’s Draw

Novak Djokovic’s Quarter The defending champion and number one seed received no favors with this draw.  Big hitters Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, and Kevin Anderson have at times pushed/troubled Novak Djokovic.  Jerzy Janowicz is not in Bercy 2012-Wimbledon 2013 form so the first round should not be a major issue.  Djokovic’s biggest obstacle is 2014…

US Open 2016: Quick Thoughts on the Women’s Draw

Is round 3 possible? Sure. Serena Williams’ Quarter Serena Williams received no favors from her 2016 US Open draw.  Ekaterina Makarova is far from an ideal first round opponent.  Simona Halep won Montreal and played reasonably well in Cincinnati.  Heather Watson or Lucie Safarova could await Serena in the final 8 if Halep fails to reach…

Tennis in Literature

In this brief break between Cincinnati and the US Open, I thought I would give a few examples of our great sport popping up in major literary works (my list is not this exhaustive). Prelude: The Tennis Court Oath and More Jean Jacques Rousseau mentioned court/real/royal tennis in his First Discourse.  A major event in the French Revolution…