Naomi Osaka and Tennis over the Next 36 Months

Japan is the world’s third largest economy. Naomi Osaka just won the US Open for the second time in 24 months. She won the 2019 Australian Open and achieved the #1 ranking between these two US Open triumphs. The Olympic games will be held in Tokyo sometime soon (Summer 2021 is the best estimate). These…

US Open 2020: September 1st Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD M. McDonald vs. 30 C. Ruud J. Sinner vs. 11 K. Khachanov – Not a great draw for the talented Sinner.  In a few years, these two may be locking horns in the final 8 or beyond in these draws. A. Kuznetsov vs. S. Querrey – Querrey could come through, but I…

US Open 2020: September 1st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD 16 E. Mertens vs. L. Siegemund V. Tomova vs. 22 A. Anisimova N. Hibino vs. 10 G. Muguruza T. Pironkova vs. L. Samsonova Y. Bonaventure vs. 25 S. Zhang S. Cîrstea vs. C. McHale – Match of the Day?  Maybe.  Two of my favorite players squaring off in the 1st round…

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 August 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Note – I do my picks quickly to see if my gut instinct is generally on target or not.  I have never bet on tennis.  I will never bet on tennis. ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM Play starts at 12 noon Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [1] v Anhelina KALININA (UKR) Evening session begins at…

Australian Open 2020: Thiem vs. Djokovic is Set as the Main Event

Backhand Blitz Thiem seizes the moment to break and erases a Zverev chance to claim the 3-1 edge in the third set.#AO2020 | #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/vfrr9Rtib8 — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 31, 2020 Does Thiem have a Chance? Yes!  Dominic Thiem will pose the toughest match Novak Djokovic will face in his 7 matches in Melbourne.  Thiem…

Predictions for 10-20-2019’s 250 Finals

There are actually only 3 finals being contested, but each is worth 250 ranking points to the winner Predicted Winner in Bold Kremlin Cup Final in Moscow Andrey Rublev vs. Adrian Mannarino Outside of Russia, I’d probably be picking Mannarino who had a nice run at both Montreal and Cincinnati.  Still, on home soil, I…

US Open 2019: Can Medvedev Win?

Feeling like 2017 again? or 2010? or 2013? First, Daniil Medvedev has done something many tennis fans have been waiting on from younger players.  He has reached 4-consecutive finals.  He picked up 300 ranking points in Washington, DC, 600 in Montreal, 1000 in Cincinnati, and is going to take home either 1200 or 2000 from…

US Open 2019: September 1st Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM  (Noon start) [3] Roger Federer (SUI) vs [15] David Goffin (BEL) – This could be a long match.  I think the 3 of 5 set format helps Federer.  Goffin played well in Cincinnati and Federer started slowly in his first two matches at the US Open.  If Federer cannot push Goffin backward, an…