With the Grand Slam French Open ready to begin in just several days, the tennis world is set to descend on Paris, France and all the incredible tennis stars ready to fight for another major title! Who are the favorites, and what is the likelihood of a repeat champion in the 2014 French Open?
Two players are the heavy frontrunners to win here and they are the same pair who won in 2013: Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams. Both players are physically imposing, masters on clay, and ranked number 1 in the singles ratings, so why wouldn’t they both progress?
Well, both stars have battled frustrating injuries all season long and have actually been less than spectacular in several recent events. Also, with a large number of other players close in skill level, a couple other players could contend.
In the Men’s Singles tournament, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Stanislas Wawrinka, or the young up-and-comer from Japan Kei Nishikori could challenge Nadal. However, with 8 French Open titles in his last 9 tries, Nadal still remains the heavy favorite, despite his injuries and recent Rome Masters Final loss to Djokovic.
In the Womens’ Singles tournament, the competition is more open since defending champions Williams has only twice won the event. With 7 different champions in the last 7 years, this event is wide open! Serena could take charge, though players like Maria Sharapova, Sara Errani, Simona Halep, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Ana Ivanovic have displayed in recent clay court events that they too can contend!
With the stakes highest at the French Open, the tournament will be all about who can handle the pressure and stay fit throughout the 2-week event. For my prediction, I foresee Nadal claiming the men’s title and Sara Errani earning her first singles Grand Slam title! Either way, we will all be winners getting to view this incredible tournament. Click here for last minute French Open ticket packages!
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