French Open 2017: June 1st Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Court Philippe-Chatrier (11 a.m. start) [20] Barbora Strycova (CZE) vs Alizé Cornet (FRA) –  This is a tough match for me to call. I watched Cornet last summer in Cincinnati and was impressed.  I think she can spring an upset of a sort in this match. [2] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs…

French Open 2017: May 31st Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Renzo Olivo (ARG) vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) [12] To Finish 7-5 6-4 6-7(6) 5-4 – I have to stick with my original pick, but Tsonga is close to the exit. Robin Haase (NED) vs. Rafael Nadal (ESP) [4] – Rafa rolls Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] vs. Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) – This could…

French Open 2017: May 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Venus Williams (USA) [10] vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN) – If Venus can keep her error count down, this should be pretty straight forward. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs. Anett Kontaveit (EST) – See above Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [13] – This could go deep into a 3rd set. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [15] – Fans…

French Open 2017: May 30th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) Alexander Zverev (GER) vs. Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 – to be completed – Sticking to my original pick. [1] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) – The weight of the number one ranking has been heavy for Andy Murray. [12] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) vs. Renzo Olivo (ARG) Suzanne-Lenglen…

French Open 2017: May 30th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Philippe-Chatrier Court (11 a.m. start) [7] Johanna Konta (GBR) vs. Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Could Konta win this event?  Entirely possible despite a 1st round loss in 2016 [3] Simona Halep (ROU) vs  Jana Cepelova (SVK) – Halep is the favorite to take the title? Suzanne-Lenglen Court [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs….

French Open 2017: May 29th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Marcel Granollers (ESP) vs. Novak Djokovic (SRB) [2] – This is a terrible draw for both men.  I think Djokovic wins in 3 or 4 sets, but Granollers has round of 16 to quarterfinal potential against a generic draw.  The Djokovic-Agassi partnership gets a stiff test out of the gate. Alexander Zverev (GER)…

French Open 2017: May 29th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – The defending champion versus the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up.  The draw gods were not kind to Muguruza.  I am half tempted to have the defending champion losing the day after the #1 seed lost in the 1st round, but I think some form…

French Open 2017: May 28th Men’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stephane Robert (FRA) vs. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] – Dimitrov was playing great tennis in the first phases of 2017.  A solid showing in Paris before the grass court season could help cement 2017 as  turning point in his career. Lucas Pouille (FRA) [16] vs. Julien Benneteau (FRA) – This is not an ideal draw for…

French Open 2017: May 28th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Julia Boserup (USA) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [15] – I fully admit that my heart is picking this win.  I hope she has a full return to tennis. Angelique Kerber (GER) [1]vs. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – This is an awful draw for both players.  Kerber is struggling as the world #1 after her awesome…

French Open 2016: Novak Conquers Roland Garros and Tennis

Novak Djokovic’s long march toward a Roland Garros singles title has involved many close calls.  Consider that Novak was runner-up at Roland Garros in 2012, 2014, and 2015.  His chase for this title was halted in the semifinal round in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2013.  Novak also posted quarterfinal showings at Roland Garros in 2006…