Yes, the French Open is more than three months away, but with the excitement of the Australian Open still fresh in our minds we can’t help but take what we now know and forecast what to expect at Roland Garros in May.
The French Open is an entirely foreign animal to the Australian, requiring a different style of play and patience for long, grueling matches. Its thick, red clay can pound the body, sap power and test the mental resolve of even the game’s toughest players.
We know defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams will be the favorites in the men’s and women’s draws respectively. We also have a pretty good idea as to who their biggest challengers will be when the second Slam of the year gets underway.
There are, however, other storylines and developments to keep an eye on. Will things get better for American men’s tennis (not likely)? Will slumping stars regain their form and challenge in Paris? Are more surprises of the likes we saw in Melbourne coming our way?
The bad news is we have a long wait ahead of us to enjoy what lies ahead on the red clay. The good news is it will get here before we know it.
Here are way-too-soon-to-be-guaranteed predictions for the 2014 French Open.