All eyes turn to the French Open at Roland Garros
No sooner had Novak Djokovic lifted the trophy aloft in Melbourne and I already began to think about Paris. Novak won Wimbledon, The Us Open and now Melbourne. Three slams in a row, not bad for a guy who had surgery in early 2018 and seemed so far off the pace when he returned to the game in Indian Wells 2018. The next slam on the agenda is the French Open and for Novak Djokovic once again he stands on the precipice of achieving a Novak Slam for the second time. An incredible achievement which demonstrates his dominance in the game over the past number of years.
The European Clay court swing begins with the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters, followed by stops in Barcelona, Estoril, Marrakech, Madrid, Rome and others before a final destination of Paris for the French Open Championships. Who will win the Musketeers Cup this time? It is always good to check the top bookmakers in sites like Amazing.bet. They will let you who has the best latest odds for this great event. For well over a decade Rafael Nadal has dominated the clay court swing. Some years he hasn’t even lost a game. In others he has muddled through and still managed to win in Paris. Rafa will be aiming for his twelfth title. Yes that’s right, his twelfth title. Hard to imagine that one player has been so dominant on the one surface.
So although many see the tournament at Roland Garros as a collision course between two of the games’ greats there are others who will have their say. The clay is such a physical surface, with long rallies and draining games. Dominic Thiem fresh from his maiden Masters 1000 triumph in Indian Wells will be one such player who has beaten both Djokovic and Nadal on the clay courts. He hits the ball just about as hard as anyone on tour and is most at home on the dirt. Sascha Zverev will believe he can also go deep. With veteran Czech Ivan Lendl in his corner the German has a huge well of information which he can delve into. 2019 could also be his year.
Federer makes his long awaited return.
Roger Federer has already announced he will make his return to Paris for the first time since 2016. The Swiss has sought to preserve his body and fitness ahead of his favourite event on the grass courts of Wimbledon. This year Roger announced in January that he would be trying his hand at the clay once again. Federer has one French Open to his name, his victory over Robin Soderling in 2009. Funnnily enough this will be the 10 year anniversary of one of his finest hours on a tennis court.
There is a huge amount of tennis to be played over the next few months. Will a #nextgen star emerge from the chasing pack or will the main men reign supreme once again? The beauty with sport is you just don’t know. Perennial top tenners like Marin CIlic, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori can also not be discounted and what about Nick Kyrgios? Could he get his game together for 7 games? So many questions at the moment and the answers are yet to be revealed. It is gonna be a great clay season.