Wednesday, December 28, 2011

12 for '12: Predictions for the season ahead

It's nearly upon us, that 2012 tennis season, and I figured there's no time like the present to start looking ahead, particularly with the '11 season firmly in the past.

Whew, talk about one time paradox of a sentence!

Anyway, here are 12 predictions that I'm going to give you going into the new year. Check back a year from now to see what came true. Actually, check back here all of the time: I'd miss you if you didn't come back! Here's the look ahead:

12. Rafael Nadal will finish the year on top in the men's rankings.

11. Serena Williams will win two Majors, and finish the year at number one.

10. This year's Slam surprise winner on the women's side: Andrea Petkovic at the French.

9. Andy Murray will make two Slam finals, but still won't win one. 2013 is his year.

8. No American male will make a Grand Slam semi; John Isner will be the number-one American male by the end of the year.

7. Davis Cup champ: Argentina. Fed Cup champ: Russia.

6. Kei Nishikori will crack the top 10.

5. A lot of people are picking Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or Juan Martin del Potro to break up the big 4. Neither one of them will.

4. Comeback players of the year: Sam Querrey and Casey Dellacqua

3. Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic both return to the top 10. Caroline Wozniacki's out.

2. Roger Federer: 2012 Wimbledon champ, plus Olympic Gold--in singles this time!

1. Novak Djokovic wins half as many titles as last year.

And a bonus prediction:
Lleyton Hewitt, David Nalbandian, Kim Clijsters and the biggie, Venus Williams, announce they're hanging it up at the end of the year.

(Photo: Getty Images)


tennisisserved said...

All good calls.

Though I will say that with (3), I can certainly see Ana/JJ returning to the top 10 (that can easily come on the back of a single good SLam run or winning a Premier) - I can't however see Wozniacki exiting the top 10.

She'll more than likely lose the top spot - difficult however to see her dropping much more than 7 or 8 in the world (if that), not with the amount of tennis she plays.

J White said...

I really like these picks except for...

6) I like Kei Nishikori but I don't think his game is big enough or consistent enough to crack the top 10, I mean I think he is better than ALmagro but that guy plays like 20 clay tournaments a year just to stay in the top 20 and I don't see Kei doing that.

5) I actually Berdych has the best chance to crack the top 4 if he can stay healthy for a whole year. He has a much better all court game than Tsonga or del Potro.

I love that your letting Andy Murray fail in the finals 2 times this year.
Question: which two finals will he make and will he psych himself out again or actually be competitive in these matches?