Chess and Tennis: Chess Can Be Good for Your Tennis Game

David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest spends a few pages describing tennis as a hybrid of chess and boxing. Reading this led me to thinking about Ivan Ljubicic being a strong chess player and Boris Becker complimenting world #1 Novak Djokovic’s chess acumen. This might deserve more investigation. Uniquely Qualified? I’ve been playing tennis since 1985…

French Open 2021: Tsitsipas vs. Zverev Prediction

Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Alexander Zverev This match brings the 2020 US Open runner-up into contact with a man who has reached his 3rd consecutive major semifinal. Neither, will be favored in the final, but both players are formidable. Both also played well in the tune-up season with Tsitsipas grabbing a Monte Carlo title and Barcelona…

French Open 2021: June 6th Women’s and Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Court Philippe CHATRIER (Noon start) [15] Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) vs [31] Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA (RUS) – Vika has played some of her best clay court tennis in 2021. If that trend continues, Vika should win. [5] Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) vs [12] Pablo CARRENO BUSTA (ESP) – Tsitsipas put together a great clay court season heading into the French Open. This…

Roland Garros 2021: May 31st Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Court Philippe CHATRIER  [2] Daniil MEDVEDEV (RUS) vs Alexander BUBLIK (KAZ)  – I don’t think the #2 seed will last long at Roland Garros. It might be a stretch to have him winning this match. Clay is not his thing (yet if ever). [8] Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs Denis ISTOMIN (UZB) – This feels…

Roland Garros 2021: May 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Court Philippe CHATRIER [8] Iga SWIATEK (POL) vs Kaja JUVAN (SLO) – Swiatek’s forehand is one of the best things in tennis. She could make a strong run at repeating as champion. [7] Serena WILLIAMS (USA) vs Irina-Camelia BEGU (ROU) – I like Serena draw in general, but this is a pretty rough first…

Roland Garros 2021: May 30th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT PHILIPPE-CHATRIER (11 a.m. start – 5 a.m. EDT) [2] Naomi OSAKA (JPN) vs. Patricia Maria TIG (ROU) – I don’t think Osaka makes it to week two, but she should win a round or two. [15] Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) vs. Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) – Two major winners facing off in the 1st round should…

Roland Garros 2021: May 30th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD COURT PHILIPPE-CHATRIER  [4] Dominic THIEM (AUT) vs. Pablo ANDUJAR (ESP) – Andujar beat Federer in Geneva and is a a rugged veteran. Still, Thiem should overcome his struggles and win in 3 or 4 sets unless his dip is a really deep dip. [5] Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) vs. Jérémy Chardy (FRA) – Tsitsipas…