A round-up of 2010 tennis predictions

What will 2010 bring to the sport of tennis? That is the question that has been rallying inside the minds of writers and fans at the start of another season.

World number one and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer was foremost in most people’s minds. As Jon Wertheim at Sports Illustrated put it: “We’re a long way from the days when Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were combining to win 17 of 18 majors titles. Federer’s flame, understandably, has lost some intensity; and Nadal has suffered in both body and spirit. Look for the democratization of the men’s game to continue in 2010.”

The rest of the Sports Illustrated tennis writers were asked their predictions for 2010, three picked Federer to win Wimbledon, but there was also one vote each for Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and Juan Martin del Potro.

Tom Perrotta at Tennis.com doesn’t think Federer will win a major title in 2010. Instead he predicts a return to glory for Rafael Nadal. “Nadal wins the French Open and Wimbledon. Nadal isn’t going to age as well as Federer, but I don’t think we have to worry about that just yet. He’ll turn 24 in June and has at least two more good seasons left in his sometimes-achy knees. Once he recaptures Paris, he’ll have a lot of confidence headed into Wimbledon.”

Jamie Mackay in New Zealand’s Southland Times appears to have a leg in both camps when he says: “Roger Federer will win another two grand slams, Wimbledon and the US Open, to take his career tally to 17 but that’s where it will end.”

While Kevin Garside and Alan Hansen at Britain’s Telegraph paper think Andy Murray will be a winner in 2010,  Todd Spiker on the WTAbackspin blog thinks otherwise. “He lost in his final two meetings with Federer in ’09, and was surpassed by del Potro and Djokovic down the stretch. The trip up Murray Mount to a slam title surely looks steeper now than it did a season ago.”

In the women’s game, the full-time return of Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters sparked a lot of crystal ball gazing. At the On the Baseline blog, Aaress Lawless predicted Henin would not win her much coveted Wimbledon title but instead the crown will return to Venus Williams.  Perrotta is thinking along similiar lines, saying Henin will win the French Open but not Wimbledon. However, he thinks Venus will also finish the season without a Grand Slam.

Five out of six Sports Illustrated writers predict Serena Williams will win Wimbledon, with the lone dissenter S.L. Price who likes Dinara Safina.

Jon Wertheim said to watch out for more comebacks. “Don’t be surprised when Mary Pierce or Jennifer Capriati or even – don’t laugh – Anna Kournikova announces the passion is back. This trend is not altogether a bad thing. Tennis has never been more grueling. If a year or two (or 14) break is required to recharge the proverbial battery, so be it.”

We also asked our fans on Facebook and Twitter for their 2010 predictions, here’s some of the more interesting:

“I smell a new [Wimbledon] men’s champ from Argentina. And more than likely a Williams will hold the trophy again regardless of you-know-who coming back.”
Dean Evola on Facebook

“Expecting Nadal to fall down the ranks due to injury after winning the French, Murray wins his first Slam (US Open?), Federer (Wimbledon), Davydenko (Australian)
Randy Engelmayer on Facebook

“That Maria Sharapova winns Wimbledon :)”
Lucky Luke on Twitter

“Dementieva will finally win a major, Oudin will continue to shine and Safina will bounce back.”
wickedlycool on Twitter

“Andy Roddick its gonna to win Wimblendon!!!”
YLRxD on Twitter

“Nadal to reclaim number one spot, winning Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon along the way!”
Viv Wallace on Facebook

“Roddick will hit stronger, Nadal’s knees will last longer and Federer will finally lose his trophy hunger”
parishiner on Twitter

28 Comments

  1. neli
    Posted 12 January, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    Rafael Nadal’s come back in 2010 was very strong (qatar) so I strongly believe, support and hope that he will win a major grand slam, most defently Roland Garros!!
    Roger Federer will defently be one of the winners, probably in Wimbledon.
    And lets not forget Davydenko, Del Potro and Rodick!!! They will have a metal at the end!!
    From the girls, I strongly believe that Henin will do mirucles and win more than one grand slam!!
    The William’s are still here, so we will see one of the two at the finals, perhaps in US Open.
    Of course, we also have Kim, who is a big player and she will defently be a winner!!!!
    And we also may see something good from Safina or Ivanovich or Oudin!

  2. Tripti
    Posted 12 January, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    ROGER
    ROGER
    and only ROGER..!!
    He will dominate again.

  3. Posted 12 January, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    In The Womens-
    Australian-Maria Sharapova
    French-Dinara Safina
    Wimbledon-Serena
    US open-henin

    In The Mens-
    Australian-Federer
    French-Nadal 😦
    Wimbledon-Federer
    US open-Federer

  4. MashaFan
    Posted 13 January, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Masha is going to win at least 2 grand slams – 2010 should be her year of success again – She’s healthy and fit and plays well – which her matches this year against Venus – Zheng and Wozniacki showed – She’s on the roll and her confidence in her own ability is boosted – Maybe she won’t win Aussie Open – although I wouldn’t be surprised if she did – With a little luck she’s even capable to win Roland Garros for the first time – She’s beaten all the other big stars in crucial finals before – She doesn’t fear Clijsters – Henin nor Serena

    Anyways – it’s in the stars – even years are Masha years – yessss – 2004 Wimbledon – 2006 US Open and 2008 Aussie Open – This year – the year of the tiger – she’ll be an even better champion

  5. lianaq
    Posted 10 February, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    IT WILL BE ROGER AGAIN AND IN THE LADIES IT WILL BE EITHER HENIN OR CLIJSTERS.

    RUNNER UPS WILL BE DEL POTRO AND MURRAY.

  6. gareth
    Posted 25 February, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    roger federer australia wimbldon us open nadal possibly french open.roger will keep his number one thats the year ahead

  7. carla
    Posted 10 March, 2010 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    Maria Sharapova will win in wimbledon!!!
    SHe can do it!!!
    😀

  8. sam lowe
    Posted 28 March, 2010 at 6:22 am | Permalink

    in the 3 slams left to play

    justine will win RG 😦
    and serena will take the remanding two 🙂

    in mens rafa will re-claim his RG crown.
    hoping roddick for wimby.
    and in the us open i think anything could happen but i think nadal could break his 3 year semi final streak

  9. Posted 2 June, 2010 at 6:39 am | Permalink

    All player dream win the Wimbledon.

  10. dipankar
    Posted 7 June, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    lleyton hewitt wil definately win the wimbledon.

  11. Posted 9 June, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Permalink

    After the French, I don’t see anybody beating Nadal at Wimbledon.

  12. Posted 20 June, 2010 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

    Its hard to tell whos going to win wimbledon singles for the women eather venus or serena but for the men probaly roger federer rafeal nadal or andy roddik

  13. Anita
    Posted 27 June, 2010 at 12:38 am | Permalink

    WHY DO SOME OF LADY PLAYERS HAVE TO SCREAM SO
    VERY LOUD, IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HEAR THE BBALL HIT THE RACKET DURING MEN’S PLAY, I LEAVE THE ROOM WHEN SHE PLAYS. THE NOISE IS EXCESSIVE.

  14. Posted 28 June, 2010 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Federer will probably win but there could be a surprise with Hewitt’s new found form. In the women’s side the Williams sisters are just too good.

  15. Posted 24 July, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Permalink

    Nice to see some predictions come true for Nadal.

    Joe 😀
    Dentist from Toronto Canada

  16. Posted 25 July, 2010 at 11:28 am | Permalink

    No one could have predicted that John Isner would need three days to beat Nicolas Mahut, winning the fifth set 70-68. Making that the longest match in tennis history.

    And of course Serena Williams eased through seven rounds without losing a set to win Wimbledon for the fourth time!

  17. Posted 25 July, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    This will be interesting Nadal and federrer its always been tough between them.But I hope Roger federrer wins.

  18. Posted 30 July, 2010 at 11:59 am | Permalink

    I love watching both Rafa and Federer, but Rafael’s my favourite – I can’t wait to see him play again.

  19. Bobby
    Posted 4 August, 2010 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    Only Tom Perrota predicted Rafa’s 2010 french-wimbledon titles.Other’s either underestimated or did not want to jinx Rafa.Congrats Tom!.

  20. Posted 22 August, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

    Federer really surprised me when he barely squeaked by in the first round. It’ll be interesting to see what happens during the coming Wimbledon championships.

  21. Posted 12 September, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Rafa, you´re the best

  22. Posted 13 September, 2010 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    If Nadal has no muscle injuries, he´s gonna be number one for a long time, he has everything a tennis player could desire.

    Regards,
    Rehabilitacion Fachadas

  23. Posted 27 September, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    After the wimbledon it seems like Federer has lost his touch. It just doesn’t feel as he really is playing his best , but Rafa’s victory was well deserved and I’m not reducing its significance.

  24. Hashim
    Posted 10 October, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I disagree with Tom Perotta (tennis.com) in he predicting that Federer will not win any major title in 2010. Personally I think that he is a little rusty now but I have confidence that he will come back , after all he is a world class player who has proved his worth.

  25. Posted 21 October, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Rafa is the best tennis player ever! And he’s left-handed too. I can’t even hold a tennis racket with my left-hand. Not to mention hot!

  26. Posted 25 November, 2010 at 6:31 am | Permalink

    Looking forward to 2011. Could it be Rafael Nadal again? 🙂

  27. Posted 24 December, 2010 at 12:12 am | Permalink

    roddick to win 2011! he deserves it come on roddick!!

  28. expertsfromindia
    Posted 4 January, 2011 at 7:10 am | Permalink

    Well Wimbledon is like a Macca of Tennis and its every tennis player’s dream to hold wimbledon trophy atleast onced in his tennis carrier. And very glad and pleased that my favourite Raphael nadal was the winner for 2010 Wimbledon.


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