This year’s French Open is the first time in the history of the ATP rankings that the top 5 men’s seeds are above the age of 30 years. While for many years it’s been said that with Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal almost entering the retirement years of their careers, the start of a new revolution of tennis players isn’t far away.
There will be no Roger Federer, who ‘s probably decided to skip clay and reclaim the coveted crown he’s won the most number of times in his Grand Slam career, the Wimbledon. Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka start off as favourites but for the past year, they’ve been caught short by the likes of the talented Austrian, Dominic Thiem, German sensation, Sasha Zverev and the highly volatile Nick Krygios at various junctures. If at all there could be a time to rush in the new brigade of tennis players, French Open 2017 could be the perfect start.
In the Women’s section, with no Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams and with World number 1, Angelique Kerber completely out of form, it’s a gate wide open. Endless possibilities right from the defending champion, Garbine Muguruza who too has been a little off-colour this year to a Eugenie Bouchard to Simona Halep, it’s only going to be really exciting to see this.
For sure, with Andre Agassi pairing with Novak Djokovic this season and with Maria Sharapova not being granted a wildcard for French Open, the lead-up to this season’s Roland Garros has been nothing short of fireworks. Hopefully, there’ll be some on the court too.