DSC_0101.JPGIt’s incredible to think, but the 2014 French Open is less than 2 months away!  And while the annual Rafael Nadal show will likely prove once again who is the top man on this surface, the women’s tournament and all the ATP and WTA clay court tournaments leading up to it will surely be closely contested and highly competitive.  Here are some of the wonderful events coming up that will bring tennis to some of the finest cities in the world and find players competing on the toughest surface in tennis: clay!

Currently underway is the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina.  With many top women’s players present, the big news was the early departure of Serena Williams.  However, still remaining in play are Jelena Jankovic, Sara Errani, and the young budding Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard.

For the men, the Monte Carlo Masters awaits.  Nearly all the top stars will be present, including reigning champions Novak Djokovic, who ended Nadal’s streak of 8 straight titles last year!  Perhaps Djokovic could use that famous victory as motivation to go on and earn himself a French Open title this year!  It is the one Grand Slam that he has yet to conquer!

May will see both the ATP and WTA tours head to the Mutua Madrid Open in Spain and the Internazional BNL d’Italia in Italy.  Last year it was Nadal and Serena Williams claiming both these titles before going on to win in Paris, and with both players ranked #1 again this year, such victories are largely expected.

But as we just saw with Serena in Charleston, winning a professional tennis match is no easy feat, and I’m sure they will face difficulties along the way.  Tennis has become very competitive and unpredictable in the last few months, and I surely expect some surprises this Spring clay court season!

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller

Nicholas Spiller has enjoyed the sport of tennis for many years.An enthusiast who covers all major sports, he finds tennis to be one of the most pleasant and inspirational games around to watch. He also spends his time as a musician in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Spiller

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