Next Stop, The French Open Grand Slam
The tennis world was stunned by the phenomenal performances from Roger Federer and Serena Williams as they won the 2017 Australian open in their respective categories, now the sight is set on the next grand slam; the French Open or as the French call it “Roland Garos”.
The Australian Open men’s final hosted a dream match between two of the best tennis stars that have played the game Roger and Rafa, as they shook things up down under in Melbourne, where the Swiss superman reigned supreme but now it’s a different ball game as we await Rafa’s yard; Roland Garos. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of superstars licking their lips for this one including Djokovic and Murray who are also in the mix. On the other hand, in the women’s division Serena is the clear cut favorite to win the big one in France due to her recent triumph.
The French Open is known to be one of the main grand slam tournaments to be played, held over two weeks and is known to be the premier and only clay court grand slam tournament of the world. Tennis itself is considered as one of the toughest and challenging sport to be played, but the French Open takes it up a notch, some calling it the most physically demanding tournament in the world. Thus, it’s quite hard to predict a winner, let’s check out some of the contenders who are hot favorites.
Former French Open champ Maria Sharapova will be in the limelight as she makes her comeback after her suspension for performance enhancing drugs and will be considered a dark horse in the tournament. Other players that might impress are Petra Kvitova, Karolina Pliskova, Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep and Lucie Safarova; who is a terrific clay court player. Venus and Caroline Wozniacki also are serious contenders no doubt, but the hot favorite in my and the bookies book is still the workhorse Serena William, but Garbine Muguruzu might stun the world again for a second year.
Some exceptional talented players will be setting foot in the men’s category with the likes of Dominic Thiem, Nishikori, Kyrgios, Del Potro, Raonic, David Goffin, Monfils and Dimitrov all pumped up to make a claim. Anyone can win it, as in sport if it’s your days, it’s your day so these young guns have a chance, but if you ask me I would go for the likes of Stan the man Wawrinka, the Swiss maestro Federer, coming of a historic win at the Australian open but the clay hasn’t been that kind to the king. Andy Murray on the other hand has had a bad start to the year and looks to bounce back with a bang.
My favorites are none other than Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic, both on the first and second list according to experts. Nadal’s listed as number 2 to win it, but he looks like a more viable option if recent performances are looked upon. His ground strokes are fierce and sharp, his backhand is phenomenal, and he truly will be interesting to see on the court in France, still Novak has a high opinion of winning it according to the bookies, despite his recent struggles he has the total package to win it on clay, as he is at his best when the pressure is on him and he is facing against all those odds.
The French open will be a top class tournament no doubt about that, with the greatest of the sport coming to play it with their coaching staff working with them on a daily basis. Coaching really does help even at the highest level, why not log onto 1CoachSource and hire a Tennis Trainer today.