Tennis Predictions for 2012


Jon Wertheim writes the “Inside Tennis” Blog at Sports Illustrated on SI.COM – not to be confused with Inside Tennis Magazine.  On December 29th he made his 2012 tennis predictions.  Mr. Wertheim is a good writer and a good tennis columnist.  We will see how he does.  There is a link below to see the whole article including his explanations.  We show the first item in it’s entirety plus the other predictions – just the title.

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1. Roger Federer will win either a Grand Slam title or Olympic gold medal.Empirically, he is not the same player he was a few years ago. But he remains Roger Federer and — as he vividly demonstrated in October and November — he can still play at a dizzyingly high level. At this point in the game, the 30-year-old is playing almost solely for five reasons (four majors and the Olympics) and tailoring his game accordingly. He’ll win at least one of the big prizes in 2012. He’s still that good. And, besides, tennis has a way of generating these scripts.

2. Serena Williams will win a major in 2012.
3. Novak Djokovic will not replicate his 2011 record, but he will still finish 2012 at No. 1.

4. Petra Kvitova will establish herself as a world-beater.

5. We get one high-profile WTA unretirement.
6. Tennis will shine at the Olympics.
7. We’ll be saying goodbye to some decorated champions.

8. The U.S. Open will announce creative plans for a covered court.

9. Maria Kirilenko will be a top player.

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