It’s here! How good does it feel that the French Open has finally commenced? We’ve got a look at the men’s and women’s fields with a bracketology breakdown from Christopher Phillips. But here’s the big Sunday Survey question: Who do you think is going to win the French?
Colorful weekend: Doesn’t Erwin look good in pink?! OK, we joke.
On this Sunday, the TSF West and East teams have swapped coasts — Erwin is in New York City taking part in the annual AIDS Walk, while I find myself in San Francisco for an extended visit that includes the 100th running of the Bay to Breakers. Jealous? You should be. If you want to sound off on any topic (the unbeatable Djoko! Maria’s run in Roma… ) feel free! Otherwise, we’ll be back with you full force come tomorrow.
Feels kinda awkward, right ReRe? For the first time ever, no American will be in the top ten come the release of the ATP and WTA rankings tomorrow. The sadder note? Serena Williams — who hasn’t played a match since Wimbledon last year — was the lone remaining Yank in either men’s or women’s top ten. Do you care?Tell us what you think about the lastest American tennis woe.
The bruising brick red: It hasn’t been a great clay court season for American tennis so far in 2011. Is that surprising? Ryan Sweetinggave us hope for a little excitement when he won in Houston last month, and Bethanie Mattek-Sands scored a big win in Madrid today by knocking off Ana Ivanovic in three sets. But will the US of A make any sort of run in Paris? That’s doubtful.
But as the Americans struggle on the crushed brick, the American tennis-playing public is hitting the courts again with force as spring takes shape across the country. We’re curious: what’s your favorite surface to play on? Tell us below.
Pretty in (dirt) red: Julia Goerges took a happy tumble after her epic run in Stuttgart this week, the German breaking through for a title win by a home-grown German girl for the first time since Anke Huber won the event in 1994. Not only did Goerges win Stuttgart, she also banked $111K, a sports car and beat world no. 1 Caroline Wozniaki for the first time in three tries, 7-6 (3), 6-3.
Streakin’ seven: Rafael Nadal won his seventh consecutive title at the Monte Carlo Masters event today, downing fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-4, 7-5. It was a big W for Nadal after losing three final appearances in the last five month (World Tour Finals, Indian Wells and Miami) and his first title since October. Will Rafa’s dominance on clay end anytime soon? Weigh in below.
If everything is bigger in Texas, this may as well be one of the biggest moments of Andy Roddick‘s life. The announcement a couple weeks ago that his adopted hometown of Austin, Texas, will host the Davis Cup quarterfinal between the U.S. and Spain on July 8-10 this summer potentially pits Roddick against Rafael Nadal in a showdown that could be one of the highlights of the American’s career.
Roddick and others were buzzing this past week when the USTA pre-sale tickets went on sale (80 percent of the entire venue) for the event at the Erwin Center on the campus of the University of Texas and sold out with two hours – America seems to be pretty pumped, too.
General tickets went on sale yesterday, with prices ranging from $90 to $500 for weekend tickets. Last time these two squads met on American soil it was the U.S. who prevailed – but the Spaniards were without Rafa. So what about this time? Will Roddick pull out an epic win? How important do you think this tie is? Tell us in the comment section!
(Image by Kevin813 via Flickr; Screengrab via Twitter)
It’s been a week (ten days) of fashion fun in Miami. This is always the part of the season where players try out a little something new on the court after their Aussie kits have been worn and they gear up for the clay and grass court swings. Color? Obvi! It’s Miami. There’s one thing that never changes in Key Biscayne: the overhang on the suite boxes. We love the sea green, evergreen and ligh pink/peach hue of the pattern that has been a part of this tourney as long as we can remember. It screams Miami.
Here’s a review of what we saw this week in Miami. Vote for your fave in the poll below.
The bigger the giant, the harder the fall. So who here is the bigger giant? Sure, we’ve been following Andy Murray much more closely over the last few years and he’s been in multiple Major finals, but what about Li Na? She’s arguably one of China’s biggest athletes. And should we remind you that Britain’s population is about one twentieth of China’s?
Here’s the bigger question: Who will fall longer and harder? As we told you yesterday, neither player has won a match since their semifinal victories at the Aussie, but can either top ten player pick up the pieces and start anew? (Fact: the two were a combined 16-8 on clay last season.)
It’s OK to have an excuse to bring these pictures up again, right? We always love “what-if” situations, so how about a fun, imaginative one today? What if you had the option of participating in any of the below. Which would you rather?
Look, Andy, we promise this won’t be painful. We’re just curious: which story was the big talker this week? Click one of the choices below. And if you feel so compelled, defend your choice (or lack of choice) in the comments section. (AP photo)
It’s been a while: Click the image to watch Clijsters talk about regaining the tour’s top spot. (Screengrab/ WTA video)
While Kim Clijsterslost in straight sets on Sunday to Petra Kvitova in Paris, she still came out of the week as the WTA‘s new world no. 1, displacing Caroline Wozniacki. Clijsters was last no. 1 in March of 2006, a mere 256 weeks ago. So what do you think of Kim re-taking the top spot? Or perhaps the better question: When will Kvitova be no. 1?!
There are probably too many to choose from, so we’ll let you guys decide: Which was the moment you’ll remember from this year’s Australian Open the most? There was plenty to talk about over the two weeks of the tourney, including a wacky week one. Did Rafa’s exit surprise you? Or how about the way Roger and Murray went down to eventual-champ Djokovic in straights? Li Na made it a step closer to a slam title, but Clijsters was there with her agility and power. Can anyone stop her?
More afterthoughts to come this week… but for now, we’ll leave it up to you.
Week one of the Australian Open is over and done with: seven days of play down, seven to go. But there were seven instances out of the tennis norm that caught our eye, and we’re wondering for today’s Sunday Survey: which moment was the wackiest? Choose in the survey below. And if you’re not sure what we’re referencing, check out videos on each occurrence after the jump.
Click here for a video vault on all seven moments. (more…)
Feel free to comment on if you’ve ever seen Rafa’s hair more frizzy. And we want proof. | On SI: Media day
There are so many questions that could be asked. But what about the ultimate one: Who is going to win the Australian Open? We’re sure you’ve filled out your AO brackets on the Tennis Channel web site already, and have them printed out next to your remote for tonight’s opening-day action. So who’s is gunna be? Men and women, go. | Full TV sched
The men have already kicked off the final week of the ATP Tour calendar for 2010 at the ATP World Finals in London. Andy Murray has made easy work of Robin Soderling while Roger Federer does battle with David Ferrer later tonight.
Who do you think is set to end the year with a bang?
Tomorrow night the DC metro area will host arguably its biggest tennis event of the year as World Team Tennis puts on its annual Smash Hits charity event at American University. Billie Jean King will play the honorable hostess, joined by a cast of tennis (and non tennis!) greats: Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova and Elton John. A good friend of TSF is DC-bound for the evening of big time tennis and big(ger) personalities.
It got us thinking: If you could play tennis with any one individual from throughout history, who would it be and why?
Don’t like our options here? Create your own in the comments section.