Australian Open 2021: Final Four Predictions

Women’s Singles Final Four #1 Ash Barty vs. #20 Maria Sakkari & #3 Naomi Osaka vs. #10 Serena Williams I have a sneaky feeling that Sakkari will take home the big trophy. Men’s Singles Final Four #1 Novak Djokovic vs. #3 Dominic Thiem & #4 Daniil Medvedev vs. #5 Stefanos Tsitsipas* I like Medvedev if…

French Open 2020: Men’s Singles Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas – I think Tsitsipas has a chance. He will have to play close to his bes to win, but I think across 3 of 5 sets Djokovic’s return of serve, air tight baseline play, movement, and consistency will all act like gravity and ground Tsitsipas if…

French Open 2020: October 5th Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Court Philippe CHATRIER  [5] Stefanos TSITSIPAS (GRE) vs [18] Grigor DIMITROV (BUL) – The battle of the one-handed backhands will be interesting. Tsitsipas is playing excellent tennis. Dimitrov has a bit more heft in his game at this stage of each man’s career. Heft may be the key in heavy conditions. Still, I think…

US Open 2020: Men’s Singles Predictions for August 31st

Predicted Winners in BOLD Note these are snap judgment gut picks.  I have not and will not bet on tennis. Kevin Anderson VS (5) Alexander Zverev – An upset to start out? Why not? (1) Novak Djokovic VS Damir Dzumhur – (12) Denis Shapovalov VS (WC) Sebastian Korda – A fun youth clash that likely…

US Open 2020 Men’s Singles Final Four Prediction

Top Half of the Draw – Novak Djokovic vs. Stefanos Tsitsipas Bottom Half of the Draw – Andrey Rublev vs. Roberto Bautista Agut Djokovic vs. Rublev with a 4th US Open title going to Novak Djokovic

Australian 2020: My 1st Grumpy Old Man Post

It is strange for me to not have engaged the 1st major of the year until the middle of the first week.  I am now 44 and 2020 has me starting my year is a less than youthful joy.  Here are my reasons: A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched…

Tennis Power Ranking 2019: Roland Garros Changes Our #1

Rafa Rises to Number 1 and a Lot of Other Shifts Prior to Grass Court Tennis Rafael Nadal – Rafa beat Novak to take Rome and then beat Thiem in the finals and Federer in the semifinals to further cement a singular fact about tennis – Do not Play Rafa on Clay Unless You Have…

Roland Garros 2019: Men’s Final Four Prediction

Top Half: Novak Djokovic vs. Dominic Thiem The two biggest non-Rafa threats for the 2019 title have a potential semifinal date every tennis fan should look forward to.  Thiem’s wins at Indian Wells and Barcelona as well as close lose to Nole in Madrid should make him believe his 2018 runner-up finish was one of…