Waaay back when this little thing we call the French Open started, I took a look at the draw (as I'm apt to do for the Majors) and started making my picks. Here was my train of thought when I saw that Gael Monfils was to play Arnaud Clement (since I just love sharing my inner thoughts with everyone!):
"Hmm, let's see, Gael Monfils vs. Arnaud Clement. Monfils just won a Challenger on clay a couple of weeks ago, so he might be back in good form. But he won a Challenger last year before Miami, got there and bombed out in the first round. Clement's not the greatest French clay-courter in the world, but he should be able to do just enough to frustrate Monfils. Will the real Gael Monfils EVER show up? It won't happen here: Clement in five."
Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don't; but that's what makes it fun trying to guess the outcome of a tournament. And every now and then, you get surprises like this one: Gael Monfils making the semifinals at his home Slam, taking out Tennis Talk, Anyone? semifinal pick David Ferrer in four. I just hope whatever happens next, Monfils can build on this and have the type of career everyone predicted he would have after dominating in the juniors.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.