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Not that we bet, but in case you do here are our thoughts on what looks to be an exciting 2003 in the world of pro tennis.
December 27, 2002

ATP 2003 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Lleyton Hewitt Still the man, er kid, to beat, and at crunch time he remains head and shoulders above the rest.
2.
Marat Safin Will claim some major titles but inconsitent play/desire/heart continues to keep the Russian from a year-end No. 1 finish.
3.
Roger Federer The Swiss star should continue his rise behind his solid all-court play and improved performance during the U.S. summer swing and in the Slams.
4.
Tim Henman His serve-and-volley should annoy and beffudle opponents enough for a Top 5 finish.
5.
Carlos Moya "King Carlos" came on strong in 2002 and found form, a Slam title at Roland Garros and a return to No. 1 could be in the cards.
6.
Juan Carlos Ferrero A solid clay season and good hardcourt play makes this Spaniard a Top 10 stalwart, though a Slam title run will have to wait yet another year.
7.
Andre Agassi With contemporaries Sampras and Chang on the way out, this charismatic champion is now the elderstatesmen of the game, a role he will not cherish as his aging body will further limit his game.
8.
Gustavo Kuerten "Guga" will start the year slow but make a nice recovery following an injury-riddled 2002 and vault back into the Top 10 to earn the last spot at the TMC Houston.
9.
Andy Roddick Should improve upon his poor '02 Slam play but injuries and pressure will interfere with higher aspirations.
10.
Guillermo Canas As long as he stays injury-free, this indefatigable Argentine figures to be a major factor on all surfaces in 2003.
     

WTA TOUR 2003 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Serena Williams McDonalds commercials, TV cameos, what's next? How about another No. 1 finish for this dominating diva.
2.
Venus Williams May be able to collect a Slam over younger sis, but that's it.
3.
Lindsay Davenport The elder lady of the game continues climb off the heels of her successful comeback last summer.
4.
Jennifer Capriati We've probably seen the best Jenny Cap has to offer, but she remains a force on the Tour.
5.
Kim Clijsters Consistent play keeps this Belgian among the Top 10 all year.
6.
Amelie Mauresmo Injuries continue to plague this Frenchwomen, though they should abate enough to allow for another solid year and deep Slam play.
7.
Jelena Dokic Off court distractions continue to hold her back from Top 5, but the game is solid and as she grows she continues to get stronger.
8.
Daniela Hantuchova The "New Anna" will go against the grain and unlike the real Anna, win titles; just not the big ones...yet.
9.
Anastasia Myskina Another Russian on the rise, what's new? Look for the 21-year-old to turn even more heads at the Slams, where she'll do her most damage.
10.
Monica Seles Somehow this 29-year-old continues to be a force, can we all agree that it's the grunts?


2003 GRAND SLAM PREDICTIONS

Australian Open
Marat Safin defeats Lleyton Hewitt
Serena Williams defeats Lindsay Davenport
French Open
Carlos Moya defeats Gustavo Kuerten
Serena Williams defeats Venus Williams
Wimbledon
Lleyton Hewitt defeats Tim Henman
Venus Williams defeats Kim Clijsters
US Open
Lleyton Hewitt defeats Marat Safin
Serena Williams defeats Jennifer Capriati


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