Happy 6-Love Monday!
As the French Open heats up, we wanted to give you some of our tips and thoughts.
Here are 4 thoughts on the French Open,1 tournament drama, and 1 question for you:
4 French Open Draw Thoughts
I. Men’s – The Top Draw – as luck would have it, this section of the men’s draw is disproportionately strong. Not only it has Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz, and Alex Zverev but also strong clay court players like Fabio Fognini, Grigor Dimitrov, and Diego Schwartzman. It’s hard to believe that this year’s champion will not come out of the top draw. Most likely outcome is to see a semifinal between Alcaraz and Djokovic.
II. Men’s – The Bottom Draw – The bottom half is up for grabs (if only Federer was playing… could make a run here). The only player to have ever made the finals at the French Open is Stefanos Tsitsipas, who is the main contender in the bottom half this year. Interestingly enough, he will begin the tournament facing a tough test against Lorenzo Musetti, who took Djokovic to the 5th set last year and seems to have regained some of his confidence. Other contenders are Jannik Sinner, Medvedev, Ruud, and Carreno Busta. Shapovalov could also go deep, but he has a tough start against a confident Holger Rune.
III. Women’s – Top Draw – Hard not to pick Iga Swiatek as the absolute favorite given her 29-match win streak. She’ll likely have a decent test in the 4th round against either Simona Halep or Jelena Ostapenko, both former French Open Winners. We still have Badosa, Kasatkina, Sabalenka, Pliskova, Collins and several other strong names. Should be interesting to watch.
IV. Women’s – Bottom Draw – With Ons Jabeur and Krejcikova’s early exits, we’d expect to see the finalist coming from the section that has Sakkari, Anisimova, Leylah Fernandez, Bencic, and Andreescu. Anisimova is a strong contender (as long as she doesn’t exit the court for no reason again).
1 Tournament Drama
Wimbledon and the ATP are surely not on the same page. After the British Slam announced that it will not allow Russian and Belarusian players to compete, the ATP announced that it will not count any ranking points gained by players wo compete in Wimbledon. Opinions about these decisions are surely mixed, but the main point is that this is pretty bad for the tennis world as a whole. When 2 of the most relevant entities in the sport are going against each other, the sport, the players, and the fans come out as the losers.
1 Question for You
- Who are your favorites to win this year’s French Open?
Until next week,
Gui & Karue
Former junior, college, pro tennis players, and co-founders of My Tennis HQ