The Week Ahead – Capitol, Cali, and Copenhagen
ATP – Washington (500)
Relatively stacked draw for a 500 event (far more than Hamburg) and there’s a lot of players of similar value (thinking top 6 seeds) that could cause some seriously damn good matches later on in the tournament. You also have Baggy, Ernie, Fish, Llodra and Lleyton floating around, and the now married The Sex makes his return to the big time after what seemed like an eternity away from the game. Pick carefully, ye tennis poolers. Personally I really like Thunderbird, he should be fresh and ready to go. Definitely have to keep an eye on Dick, too.
Also, if you’re on Twitter, make sure to follow @julesdc and @lynnlovestennis who are going to be at the tournament a ton this week (they’re already there). They should have some epic tweets and pictures to whet your appetite. And just a quick note for the future: if you know of people that are heading to tournaments and I’m not following them, or even just as a reminder, hit me up and I’ll tip them in my “The Week Ahead” post. Brings us all closer to the game.
Edit: Fellow podcasters @beckcl78 and @LexiDV are going to be there too. Everyone already knows they rule, so follow up.
WTA – San Diego (Premier)
“How to Combine Great Tennis with Great Wine” says the first slide on the home page. Um, if you’re in the area, I’d recommend heading out.
In all honesty though, this is one freaking stacked draw. Hell, if you throw Serena and Kim in there, that’s a reasonable remaining 32 for a slam. Flavs, Shahar, Mono, Rezai, JZ, Dinara, Ana, Nads, Slava, Kiri, Domi… ridiculous. And that was leaving out the top 4 seeds, obviously, three of which are slam finalists. Great tennis all week long.
WTA – Copenhagen (International)
Not sure if you know, but Caro’s kind of a big deal back in Denmark. So they gave her a tournament! Awesome. Indoor hard courts, and Caro obviously leads a more watered down draw that offers little opposition outside of Nails and maybe Pironkova. And yes, Polona is here too. Word.