Tennis Surface Poll

As the ITF, WTA, and ATP shift from red clay to grass, I posted two polls on twitter.  If you have not already voted, click on the tweets below and vote.   Have you ever played on Red Clay/terre battue? (A surface quiz for https://t.co/dDS4yEeiWA Readers and tennis players) — Dan Martin (@DanMartinTennis) June 15,…

Wimbledon 2016: Gentlemen’s Singles Round of 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This tournament will be shaken up in the round of 16 and settle into some sort of pattern when the quarterfinal round emerges. [3] Roger Federer (SUI) v Steve Johnson (USA) – Johnson could win this match.  Federer however has to be happy with his path to the final 8. [2] Andy…

Nottingham 2016: Championship Prediction

Steve Johnson vs (2) Pablo Cuevas 250 level ATP events can lead to some interesting results and this is no exception.  Pablo Cuevas is the #2 seed as 25th ranked player in the world.  Cuevas who stands just under 6′ tall is not the stereotypical grass court contender even in an age of slower grass courts. He has…

Nottingham 2016: Semifinal Predictions

  Predicted Winners in BOLD Remaining Quarterfinal Match – I will stick with my earlier pick of Anderson over Johnson, but that is far from a given. Semifinal Round [2] Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. [8] Gilles Muller (LUX) H2H – Muller is playing like a grass court specialist the past 3 weeks.  I like him to…

Nottingham 2016: Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [4] Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) vs. [8] Gilles Muller (LUX) – This is a 50-50 match.  I think Muller is a little more reliable, but Dolgopolov probably has the higher ceiling of the two. [2] Pablo Cuevas (URU) vs. [9] Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) H2H – Baghdatis is resurgent and has a nice game for…

Nottingham 2016: June 22nd Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (5) Sam Querrey VS (9) Marcos Baghdatis – Both veterans have shown some life recently.  Baghdatis played a little better last week so I will give him the nod. Daniel Evans VS (2) Pablo Cuevas – Cuevas is the #2 seed … Cuevas is the #2 seed. (8) Gilles Muller VS Mikhail Youzhny – Gilles had a great week in Germany…

Queen’s Club 2016: Championship Prediction

Milos Raonic vs. Andy Murray These two had a great 4 sets at the Australian Open this year.  The 5th set went quickly as Raonic dealt with an injury issue.  Roanic won Brisbane, was runner-up at Indian Wells, and reached a major semifinal coming into Queen’s Club.  Andy Murray has been runner-up at two majors…

Halle 2016: Championship Prediction

Alexander Zverev (GER) vs [PR] Florian Mayer (GER)  H2H Florian Mayer has been a quiet story in Halle.  He has piled up nice wins and advanced to the championship round with an upset over Dominic Thiem.  Alexander “Sascha” Zverev has been a big story in Halle.  He upset 8-time Halle champion Roger Federer in the semifinal…

WTA Final Predictions for Birmingham & Mallorca 2016

Predicted Winners in BOLD Birmingham [7] Madison Keys (USA) vs Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Keys did great work in Rome during the clay court season.  Her powerful game is well-suited for grass court tennis.  Strycova gives up some height, but sometimes grass helps a less powerful player by making offense easier to execute.  Still, I…