Looking at the draws of this week's stops in Valencia, Spain, and Basel, Switzerland, you can't help but think (or I can't, at least) that those draws are stacked! Sixteen of the top 20 were slated to play this week between the two events.
Aside from all the big names hitting these stops, I really like that they're full 32-player draws: I still haven't figured out why the ATP started doing those first-round byes for the top four seeds at some tournaments. Let everybody play all the rounds, I always say!
Anyway, I guess everybody's trying to squeeze in a last little bit of play before the end of the year and we get to start all over again in a matter of weeks. The fans in attendance are really lucky to catch players such as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in action.
Well, it was good to see Murray before he got bounced out by Juan Monaco!
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.