Could it BE any better a time for Tennis? 2017 has been a great year so far giving us everything from a Federer Vs Nadal Grand Slam final to a 20-year-old Alexander Zverev winning the Italian Open. The clay court season is now reaching its finale with the French Open starting tomorrow. Though we won’t be seeing Roger Federer and Serena Williams play, here are 5 reasons why you should still visit Roland Garros this year:
Possibility of Nadal claiming La Decima at Roland Garros:
Undoubtedly the greatest clay court player ever, 9-time Champion Rafael Nadal will be aiming for his 10th trophy at Roland Garros this year. The Spaniard has dominated the clay season, winning Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid this year. With a 34-5 win loss record so far, Nadal seems to be prepared for the coming challenges in 2017. While claiming that his training for the tournament has been ‘perfect’, Nadal is sure that Djokovic and Murray will fight back. Even though we won’t be able to see another Federer- Nadal face-off soon, it would be exciting to visit Roland Garros to see the Spaniard fighting it off to reach the top spot.
Or a possibility of Djokovic achieving Double Career Slam:
Yes! You heard that right. Previous year’s champion Novak Djokovic would have won all the Grand Slams twice if he wins this edition of the French Open, making him the first man in the Open Era to achieve a Double Career Slam. The year has been pretty rough on the Djoker who started his season by losing in the second round at the Australian Open to Denis Istomin. Although he has shown much improvement in this clay season, reaching the semis and finals at Madrid and Rome respectively, he is still nowhere close to the form that helped him win four major at a trot. With eight grand slam winner Andre Agassi as his new coach, the Serbian will definitely be one of the main contenders for the Coupe de Musketeers.
A new ladies champion:
The battle for the women’s singles title is not to be missed this year. With Serena Williams not participating due to her pregnancy, Maria Sharapova being denied of wild card entry and crowd favorite Simona Halep uncertain of participating due to her ankle injury, the women’s tournament is quite open. Current No. 1 player Angelique Kerber has had a rough year too, struggling badly on clay and failing to win any title this year. Defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza has also struggled through the year with injuries and indifferent form. Petra Kvitova, who missed the Australian Open after an attack on her playing hand, will be taking part at Roland Garros. All in all the stage is set for a new winner of the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on the 10th of June!
Watching the Next Gen:
Alexander Zverev. The boy who has stunned everyone this year by defeating Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open finals to become the first Masters winner to be born in the 90’s. Sascha will be a big threat at the French Open where his solid groundstrokes, powerful serve and calm demeanor should carry him far. Another next gen star and last year’s semifinalist Dominic Thiem has shown his capabilities equally well during this year’s clay court season, losing to Nadal in the finals at Barcelona and Madrid and defeating him at the quarterfinal at Rome. Other players to look out for should you visit Roland Garros would be Belgian David Goffin, Australian Nick Kyrgios and American Jack Sock.
Summer in Paris:
June is probably the best time one can visit Paris. Just as fall comes to an end, Paris will be all sunny and waiting for millions of visitors. When not at the courts, take a boat ride on the Seine, relax at the Paris-Plages, book a Parisian apartment for your stay, play a tennis game at the Jardin du Luxembourg, catch Green Day or Slayer at the Download Festival, dine at a chic restaurant where you may spot your favorite tennis players!