Can you believe that the start of the French is just a few days away? For some reason, it appears this stretch of the year has flown by. Why it seems like only yesterday that I was thinking, "wow, the clay-court season's almost here!" Now it's almost gone. (Sorry for all that time-displacement talk: I must have Star Trek on the brain or something!)
Play has already started at Roland Garros, actually. Well, it's the qualifying rounds, but it is play nonetheless! For some reason, looking at the draws, none of the matchups are really captivating me. I don't see anyone at all on either side making a decent run or causing trouble for a main-draw player.
I guess you have some decent players out there like Fabio Fognini (top seed in the men's qualies), Nicolas Mahut (a Frenchman who's better on fast surfaces), Scoville Jenkins (an American who looks like he's going on the right track), Lukasz Kubot (the Serbian Open finalist) and veteran Dominik Hrbaty (a semifinalist here about 10 years ago). But will any of them really make a main man sweat?
As for the women, some Americans are still alive: Carly Gullickson, Angela Haynes and Vania King. Then there's veterans like Yvonne Meusberger and young guns like Michelle Larcher de Brito. Actually De Brito might make some noise here (besides the shrieking when she hits the ball!)
But otherwise, the qualifying rounds are kind of quiet this year. Will someone step up when they get to the main event?