Pre-first day build up

May 21, 2011

So what can we expect for the first day of the French Open? Not an awful lot, it seems. The start is relatively low key, with the highest seed playing on the first day being David Ferrer at number seven. There is some excitement though, particularly for the French crowds with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Mathilde Johansson both stepping up for the first round. But it is only until day two that we still start the really exciting matches warming up.

In a bizarre turn of events, more attention is being paid to Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal than it is Roger Federer at this year’s French Open. In fact if he goes out early (‘early’ for Federer usually being quarters or semis) he could be almost forgotten until the next grand slam. It’s the competition between Djokovic and Nadal that has become the ‘new’ rivalry, until someone pulls their socks up and beats Djokovic off his wild run. And of course if no-one does, then Roger Federer will be the third person in the top-3 party, much like Djokovic had been until the beginning of this year.

I have always joked the various tennis shocks we see throughout the seasons are signs of the apocalypse, but seeing as we are apparently in for the Day of Rapture today there could be some truth in it. Maybe the fact that Roger Federer is playing third fiddle in the rivalry of a new era could be the last sign before the righteous go to heaven. That said it is past six o’clock in my own time zone and I have located all of the true believers I know of and felt no earthquake. Maybe we need something a little more shocking to bring on the Apocalypse?

How about the absences leading into the French Open. Andy Roddick has backed out at the last minute after tweaking his shoulder and feeling some pain whilst playing. Andy Murray gave everyone a scare by retiring from an exhibition match, but thankfully he just wanted to give himself a break before the main event. Juan Carlos Ferrero will also be absent as he is still recovering after his knee and wrist surgery last year. Both Williams sisters have pulled out of the tournament, meaning that Kim Clijsters goes into the tournament as the big favourite.

Better news for fans of Juan Martin del Potro though, who is fit and ready for the French Open. And good news for the Brits, whose Heather Watson made it into the main draw. At age 19 she is Britain’s number three and will be joining fellow Brits Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong in the main draw of a grand slam for the first time in her career.

Written by: SophieG

(2) Comments

duncandhorne says:
May 22, 2011

It’s time for Roger Federer to step back up! Go Roger!

Duncan In Kuantan

Arvis says:
May 23, 2011

It looks like many people are hedging their bets and putting BOTH Djokovic and Del Potro on their Fantasy teams. I didn’t because I saw the obvious conflict (ONE of them is guaranteed a maximum of only two wins at the tournament) but the idea that whoever wins the match between the two of them is almost certainly going to go VERY deep means your team has a kind of safety net.

Actually kinda smart when you look at it that way.

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