French Open 2016: Early Predictions Post-Australian Open

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French Open 2016: Early Predictions Post-Australian Open
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Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka during the trophy ceremony of the 2015 French Open.

As soon as the 2016 Australian Open ended, post-Grand Slam withdrawal began. The gap between the Australian Open and the French Open is the longest non-Slam stretch in every calendar year.

Of course, it's too early to make sound predictions about who will win or what will happen at the 2016 French Open, but speculating is such fun.

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams will roll into Roland Garros pursuing elusive milestones. Djokovic is trying to win his first French Open title and a possible calendar-year Slam. Williams hopes to win her 22nd Slam title and tie Steffi Graf for most in the Open era.

Both face tremendous pressure.

They can count on top seeding. Djokovic and Williams have such huge points leads that they will retain their No. 1 rankings.

However, the No. 2 slots held by Angelique Kerber and Andy Murray are less secure. The two have slim leads over the No. 3-ranked players. Also, there are simply too many ATP World Tour masters and WTA Tour premier events between now and the French Open to know who will be sitting on the opposite side of the draw from Djokovic and Williams. 

Injuries and the draw, of course, will play a part in determining what happens at Roland Garros. These early predictions are based on players' past performances, current rankings and momentum.  

For those already suffering from post-Slam withdrawal, the following are early predictions for the 2016 French Open.

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