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Serena Williams: I Don’t Have Anything To Prove, It’s Paris, It’s cool, I’m Having The Time Of My Life

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 4:41 pm

Ahead of her third attempt to catch Steffi Graf and reach the 22 Grand Slam mark, Serena Williams is low key in her title defense. The 34-year-old ended a 9-month title drought winning Rome last week, so that certainly helped in making her feel that much better as she begins her title defense.

“Five, ten years ago I was defending and feeling that pressure,” Serena said. “Now I don’t have anything …

Victoria Azarenka Is Pain-Free, But Is She Ready To Beat Serena And Win The French Open?

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:49 pm

Victoria Azarenka is among the favorites to win the French Open after Serena Williams. But the Belarussian has only made the French Open semifinals once, and she admits clay she struggles on the clay.

โ€œ(It is) the most challenging just because of the specific movement that you have to adapt on the clay,” Azarenka said. “The sliding that I don’t use on the hard courts where I’m able to go with …

Rafael Nadal Feels At Home At The French Open

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:34 pm

Rafael Nadal is back at his favorite tournament of the year. Despite his recent struggles, Nadal still says he finds the confidence at Roland Garros where he’s won 9 times and sports a 70-2 record.

“It’s true that I had a lot of success here and it’s true that I like the tournament,” Nadal said Friday at the French Open. “It feel a little bit like home because I have a …

Novak Djokovic: I Feel Excited About The French Open, The Expectations Are Big!

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 21st, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

It’s finally here. The French Open. And for Novak Djokovic it’s another chance at the only major title missing from his trophy cabinet and the one title that’s keeping him out of the GOAT conversation.

Djokovic has eyed the event ever since he lost in the final a year ago to Stan Wawrinka. So is he feeling the pressure? He says, no.

“I feel excited to participate in this year’s Roland Garros,” …

Serena Williams in Trouble if Early Seedings Hold; French Open Preview

Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 20th, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

If world No. 1 Serena Williams is going to retain her French Open title she may need a little help from the upset gods.

Williams didn’t climb to favorites status until last week winning the Rome title on red clay, her first title of the year after failing to close the deal in two previous finals.

“Four tournaments, three finals isn’t bad for everyone else, I think,” Serena spun her year thus …

French Open Men’s Draw: Are Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Heading Toward The Final?

Posted by Sean Randall on May 20th, 2016 @ 10:04 am

The draw is out! With Roger Federer not playing and Rafael Nadal assured of avoiding Novak Djokovic, there was little in the way of pure drama today, but the top two seeds have to be happy with the way things turned out. Djokovic and Andy Murray have never won the French Open, but this could as good of a chance as they will ever have. They gotta like their draws. …

Roger Federer Withdraws From The French Open, His First Grand Slam Miss This Century

Posted by Sean Randall on May 19th, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

Not really that surprising. Roger Federer’s back wasn’t good enough to go, or to risk it in what with Wimbledon and the Olympics this summer. So moments ago he withdrew from the French Open.

“I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this yearโ€™s French Open,” Federer posted on Facebook. “I have been making steady progress with my overall fitness, but I am still not …

My Early French Open Favorites: Novak Djokovic And Andy Murray Are The Guys To Beat

Posted by Sean Randall on May 19th, 2016 @ 11:46 am

With the French Open draw now less than 24 hours away, here are my pre-draw favorites:

1. Novak Djokovic
He’s had a couple of clay losses, but he’s still head and shoulders above everyone else on a longer time frame. And the French is the goal of the season. He’ll have a nice, two early rounds to work back into form and if the conditions are warm and fast, that should help. …

Roger Federer Hasn’t Withdrawn From The French Open, He Practiced Today

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 18th, 2016 @ 9:50 am

Speculation yesterday that Roger Federer had already withdrawn from the French Open was proven wrong today when the Swiss hit the courts for a practice session Wednesday in Paris.

That doesn’t mean Federer, who has been battling a back injury since Madrid, won’t play the event. But for now, he’s still in.

Keep calm and… WAIT, @rogerfederer has arrived! Heโ€™s currently practicing on Court 1! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ

What Is Wrong With Novak Djokovic?

Posted by Sean Randall on May 17th, 2016 @ 4:25 pm

Just over a month ago, Novak Djokovic had the tennis world by the fingertips. Dominating the tour week-after-week with his record-breaking run. He was seemingly at the peak of his powers, with few true rivals, he looked absolutely unstoppable and invincible.

An early loss in Monte Carlo to Jiri Vesely, wasn’t great cause for concern. After all, he had just swept Indian Wells and Miami, so he was due for …

Wozniacki Joins Sharapova, Growing List to Miss French Open

Posted by Jeremy Davis on May 17th, 2016 @ 4:13 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams righted her ship last week with the Rome title, her first of the year and some momentum going into the defense of Roland Garros next week.

The last two weeks have been forgettable for the top seeds on the WTA tour as most made early exits in Madrid and Rome. Unseeded Dominika Cibulkova made the Madrid final, and unseeded Madison Keys the Rome final as the …

French Open Men’s Seedings: Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray The Top 2; Rafael Nadal No. 5

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 16th, 2016 @ 9:59 am

For the fifth time in the last six years, Novak Djokovic will be top seed at the French Open. However, the Serb, who has never won the French, could face rival Rafael Nadal as early as the quarterfinals after the Spaniard failed to secure a Top 4 ranking.

All Top 32 players are expected to play in Paris. And thanks to his surprise semifinal run in Rome, France’s Lucas Pouille has …

French Open Women’s Seedings: Serena The Top Seed For A Sixth Time

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 16th, 2016 @ 9:53 am

Serena Williams will be seeking a fourth French Open title next week at Roland Garros, and she’ll try to do it as the tournament’s top seed for a sixth time after 2003, 2010, 2013-2016.

Thanks to Flavia Pennetta’s retirement and Maria Sharapova’s doping suspension, Serena’s BFF Caroline Wozniacki secured the 32nd seed. The Dane, however, has been recovering from a ankle sprain leaving her participation in some doubt.

French Open seedings are …

Serena Williams Has Never Defended A French Open Title, Will This Be The Year?

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 16th, 2016 @ 9:30 am

Serena Williams is back to her winning ways. The 34-year-old ended a 9-month title drought taking her fourth Rome title yesterday defeating Madison Keys in Rome.

It was Serena’s first clay event of the season and she didn’t drop a set en route to the win.

“I think my patience was really great,” Serena said. ‘I wasn’t stressed out. I wasn’t rushing too much. Basically more than anything I was able to …

After Double Bagel Loss, Tomas Berdych Cans Coach Dani Vallverdu

Posted by Tom Gainey on May 16th, 2016 @ 9:09 am

Following an embarrassing double bagel 60, 60 loss Thursday to David Goffin in the Rome third round, Tomas Berdych has fired his coach Dani Vallverdu.

Berdych and Vallverdu had linked up at the end of the 2014 season after Vallverdu was dropped from Andy Murray’s camp.

“My results lately have not been what I expected As I am not a tennis player at the beginning of his career I have …