It’s that time of year again. The French Open wrapped up just a couple hours ago, and grass season is already here!
Here are a just a few things to get excited about this week:
1. Roger Federer and Tommy Haas are playing doubles together in Halle. They open tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Eastern against Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner. Word has it, the match will be streamed.
Per ATPWorldTour.com, a quote from Haas:
“It’s our first time playing together. It’s great to do this at this time in our careers. I hope we can focus, as we’ll probably have too much of a good time out there.”
Oh, and Haas was wearing an “RF” shirt during his practice. I love this bromance.
Haas wearing one of Federer practice shirt in Halle #Bromance pic.twitter.com/sLk4KsMQWM
— chiara gambuzza (@ChiaraGamTWI) June 9, 2013
2. Juan Martin del Potro is back on the ATP Tour after missing Roland Garros with a virus. And he’s also playing doubles with Marin Cilic, which should be fun.
Del Potro has been spotted practicing at The Queens Club! He looks good pic.twitter.com/xE25w9kUgh
— Rachael Bolton (@rachaelbolton2) June 8, 2013
3. Andy Murray is also back on the ATP Tour after missing Roland Garros (and live-tweeting it) due to a back injury. Nice to see the 2012 Wimbledon finalist healthy in time for the grass season.
4. Bernard Tomic is playing this week at the Queen’s Club. Okay, nobody probably cares except me, but I always love watching Bernard Tomic play on grass. His game is tailor-made for the surface. And he’s playing doubles with Lleyton Hewitt. I’m excited, and I hope to see him have a nice grass season after the struggles he faced during the clay season in his personal life and on the tennis court.
5. A Yulia Putintseva vs. Yanina Wickmayer first round match in Birmingham. Please be televised.
What are you guys looking forward to the most? Feel free to share it in the comments section.
The start of grass season always blindsides me. It just doesn’t seem possible that it’s here when we just finished the French Open! You’d think after 20+ years of following tennis, I would recognize this. haha
I agree, Nicole, it’s always jarring. The turnaround is so quick!
looking forward to Rafa winning Wimbledon again this year! VAMOS!
I’m looking forward to seeing if Ilija Bozoljac can win a main-draw match at Queens. That’s not the top of my grass wish-list, mind you, just something I’ll be curious about as the week begins.
A video of all the winners for Kvitova and Serena, those are breathtaking:) oh and of course Aces on grass, so pretty….
I’m excited for the surprising results that the grass brings. I also have a strong feeling that Kimiko and Hewitt will do well on grass this year, which would be truly awesome. Also looking forward to see how Dimitrov and Tomic will do in this tournaments. In the women’s side I’ll be looking for Laura (and hopefully, for them both, she won’t draw Maria in the 2R in Wimbledon for the 3rd time). I love the grass season and it’s a shame that it’s way too short but I’m ready (actually I’m really tired from RG yet but it’s grass, so bring it on)
Have you heard that since Madrid went clay in 2009, the ATP winner has gone on to win Wimbledon also so going by that, Nadal will win. For WTA, the last 2 Madrid winners won Wimbledon so expect S Williams to win.
My grass court hopes are for the British players to do well (and for Laura Robson to do well enough to be seeded at Wimbledon), and for me to be able to watch the Fed-Haas doubles match via streaming today. 🙂
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