2006 Year-End Ranking Predictions


 
January 5, 2006

ATP 2006 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Roger Federer Is it possible to have more Slam titles than match losses during a season? Sounds crazy, but yeah...
2.
Lleyton Hewitt

Being a dad should help to ease the pressure and lighten the load, but not enough to overtake King Rog.

3.
Andy Roddick Rigorous off-season training will help keep the American in Top 3 for a jaw-dropping fourth straight year.
4.
Rafael Nadal Just how serious is this foot injury of his? Bad enough to move him down a few spots. Vamos Chico!
5.
David Nalbandian A nice close to 2005 with Shanghai title should parlay into the Argy's finest season yet.
6.
Ivan Ljubicic Big-serving Croat will continue to improve off Davis Cup win and might even get a big Slam result.
7.
Guillermo Coria A rebound is in order after a sub-par 2005 campaign.
8.
Richard Gasquet Fast on his way to becoming Federer's sole challenger of the future.
9.
Mario Ancic Davis Cup hero should finally break out with a long-awaited consistent season.
10.
Marat Safin If the knee heals early in the season he'll finish higher.
     

WTA TOUR 2004 YEAR-END RANKING PREDICTIONS

RANK PLAYER THE SKINNY
1.
Kim Clijsters Would she really retire after finally finishing No. 1? Nah!
2.
Justine Henin Healthy and wiser, should return to full form and year-long Slam contention.
3.
Amelie Mauresmo Could this be the year for a Slam win? After her WTA title, time may finally have arrived.
4.
Maria Sharapova The sport's starlet is also the toughest fighter on the court.
5.
Lindsay Davenport The veteran American still can bang the ball pretty well, but with a healthy cast of contemporaries will have a tougher go.
6.
Mary Pierce Won't match her career year of 2005, but will remain a formidable foe in the new season.
7.
Serena Williams A true wildcard. Is she dedicated or isn't she? Injuries are also an issue. If she plays a full season she could finish No. 1.
8.
Patty Schnyder Quirky Swiss is the best lefty lady in the world.
9.
Nicole Vaidisova Should breakthrough for the first of many Top 10 finishes.
10.
Elena Dementieva A ridiculously bad second serve keeps her in the Top 10, again.


2006 GRAND SLAM PREDICTIONS

Australian Open
Roger Federer defeats Lleyton Hewitt
Kim Clijsters defeats Lindsay Davenport
French Open
Roger Federer defeats David Nalbandian
Justine Henin defeats Mary Pierce
Wimbledon
Roger Federer defeats Mario Ancic
Justine Henin defeats Maria Sharapova
US Open
Lleyton Hewitt defeats Richard Gasquet
Kim Clijsters defeats Amelie Mauresmo

 





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