It's time to get down to the real nitty-gritty of the season.
Not that the Olympics and the tours' respective Canada tournaments were any slouches, mind you. But the Olympics are such a specialized event: a prestigious event squished into the span of a few days with singles, doubles and mixed all thrown in. Of course, that would take a toll on the players going to Canada to play in the Masters 1000/Premier tournaments, which were won by Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova, respectively.
Those two had to deal with numerous rain delays and prevailed over less-stellar fields than what's been seen in recent years.
Anyway, that's all in the past now and the hard-court season really gets into swing with this week's play in Cincinnati. Roger Federer's there, Serena Williams, too, and both face the usual amount of big threats.
The U.S. Open is just around the corner, and it'll be interesting to see how the past few weeks impact the top players. If they're going to make adjustments, now's the time to do it.
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.