Tuesday, May 18, 2010

FRENCH OPEN-PART 2

Bonjour Once More!


http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html

After I published the French Open article, I realized there were some things I left out. I promised to find out what the pundits are saying about who will win the French Open.This ESPN online site says some dark horses may have their day in the French Open court:


www.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/blog/_/name/espntennis/id/5195227/who-surprise-us-roland-garros

 It’s an article by Ravi Ubha, whom I have never heard of, despite the fact that I regularly read this ESPN site. Briefly, although he cites Nadal as the favorite, he notes these dark horses for the men’s tournaments: David Ferrer of Spain, Nicolas Almagro, also of Spain, and a few so dark, you can’t even see them. On the women’s side, he mentions the winners of the two previous tournaments: Another Spaniard, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who won the Italian Open; and Aravane Rezai, of France, who won the Madrid Open last Sunday.


By the way, it's important to know that some of the big names in tennis won't be playing. Kim Clijsters has a foot injury. Other withdrawals announced by the French Tennis Federation include the 2009 men's U.S. Open champion, Juan Martin del Potro, sixth-ranked Nikolay Davydenko, James Blake of the United States, and David Nalbandian of Argentina.

Not many other sports writers have yet jumped into the predictions pool. I’m most interested to hear what  the legitimate know-it-all Nick Bollettieri has to say. During the grand slam tournaments he makes his picks round by round. He’s not always right but he does a pretty good job.

We can all make our own picks on Racket Bracket, which begins when the draws come out. I’ll send you those dates. I'm not ready to make mine yet.

In the meantime, before I posted the television schedule, I performed my grand slam schedule ritual. I printed out the schedule (it’s usually 2 pages) made a second copy, and taped one to the TV in my living room, and one to the TV in my bedroom. Those of you who know me well are familiar with this exotic (and lazy?) behavior. With the schedule so available to me, I don’t have to check the listings day by day.

These sites also show online scoring and match results:

www.tennisnow.com.
http://www.tennisbetsite.com/ (despite it’s URL, it’s not a betting site)
http://www.cbssports.com/tennis?tag=fastFacts.tennis;Tennis

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