My Picks for the French Open 2012 May 26, 2012Posted by johnthrasher in tennis.
Tags: 2012, French Open2, predictions, Rafael Nadal, Roland Garros, Serena Williams, tennis
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I can’t believe it’s time for the second grand slam of the year! I feel like the Australian Open just ended! Nevertheless, the pros are in Paris about to start the grandest fight to the finish on terre battue.
So who do I think will win this year’s Roland Garros championships? I’m going with Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal. Serena won 2 clay tournaments and was on her way to a third before she withdrew from Rome with a back injury. Sharapova has done the same this year, but I give the edge to Serena since she did beat her in Madrid.
Rafael Nadal is back to the same ol’ grind winning almost every match on clay leading up to the French. It will be a tough one between him and Djokovic, but Nadal is the King of Clay. Something will have to go haywire for him to not clench his 7th French Open title and 11th Grand Slam overall.
Based on the draws here is what I think the semifinals, finals, and championship matches will look like:
Semifinals: 1 Azarenka vs. 3 Radwanska & 14 Schiavone vs. 5 S. Williams
Finals: 3 Radwanska vs. 5 S. Williams
2012 French Open Women’s Singles Champion: 5 Serena Williams
Semifinals: 1 Djokovic vs. 3 Federer & 2 Nadal vs. 6 Ferrer
Finals: 3 Federer vs. 2 Nadal
2012 French Open Men’s Single Champion: 2 Rafael Nadal
What are your picks for this year’s French Open? Tweet me @jthrasher and let me know!
Also, for the latest scores and updates on Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova, follow the Twitter accounts below:
My U.S. Open 2010 Predictions! August 29, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Caroline Wozniacki, Kim Clijsters, New York City, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, U.S. Open, Venus Williams
Though I am not entirely sure yet, there is a very high possibility that I will be attending the U.S. Open this year again! I’m really excited and will definitely be reporting on it when I am there. Click here to see my pics, and review of the Open last year.
But, for now I wanted to post my thoughts on who will win this year’s U.S. Open – both men and women. I used USOpen.org’s Bracket Challenge to plan out my quarterfinals, semis, finals, and champions. So without further ado.
Serena withdrew last week as she recovers from a freak accident a few months ago where she cut her foot on a glass at a restaurant and required emergency surgery. With Serena out of the mix, the field is actually very wide open. For the women’s side I have:
1 Caroline Wozniacki def. 2 Kim Clijsters in the final.
Caroline has been on absolute fire this summer and is the U.S. Open series winner, which means she will add a million dollar bonus to whatever prize money she makes during her run this year. Kim has been doing well this summer, but there is a bit more of a spark in Caroline’s play. Caroline doesn’t possess any major weapons but her consistency seems to be enough to really make it far in this tournament. Here’s how I think the women’s draw will go:
As for the men, Rafael Nadal goes in to the U.S. Open as the No.1 seed…though this is the only major he hasn’t won. I got to see Rafa play last year when I went to the Open. He definitely has what it takes to win this tournament – there’s no doubt about that. With Federer aging, and a not-s0-hot draw, I predict:
1 Rafael Nadal def. 19 Mardy Fish in the final.
Mardy has never played like a champion until this summer. He won a couple of tournaments and is in the best shape of his life. It’s a long shot to have him beating Federer – the greatest player of all time – but Federe has proved that he is not infallible. Here’s how I think the men’s singles draw will go:
In 2 weeks we’ll know the winner of both! Will someone surprise us (like Del Potro did last year) or will we see the No.1 seeds win? I’ll be back after the fortnight to analyze my usually accurate predictions!
Tags: Rafael Nadal, Russia, Serena Williams, tennis, Wimbledon
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Another Wimbledon, and more correct champion predictions from yours truly! Though anyone betting against either Serena Williams or Rafael Nadal would be foolish, both men’s and women’s tennis is pretty much wide open at the moment. Both finalists that the champions beat were first-time Slam finalists.
On Saturday, Serena won her 13th grand slam title, and 4th Wimbledon title beating 21 seed Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-2.
On Sunday Rafael Nadal won his 8th grand slam title, and 2nd Wimbledon beating 12th seeded Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-4.
As mentioned above, I correctly predicted both champions before the tournament even began. So, if you are a betting man and need any advice for future tournaments, let me know!
Speaking of future tournaments, the 2010 U.S. Open is just about a month and a half away, and now that I’ve had my taste of being a part of a grand slam myself (2009 U.S. Open) you can bet that I will DEFINITELY be there, reporting about everything I experienced, including last year when Serena Williams threw up in a bush 5 feet away from me after one of her doubles matches!
See you in Queens!
(click here for My 2009 U.S. Open Experience, detailing my entire day there!)
My 2010 Wimbledon Predictions! June 22, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Television, tennis.
Tags: Andy Roddick, ESPN, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Sports, tennis, Wimbledon
Hey y’all! I can NOT believe that Wimbledon has already started! I feel like I was just at the U.S. Open the other day!
This post is coming hot off the heels of Roger Federer’s near-death defeat today at the hands of Alejandro Falla. Not sure how Falla didn’t pull that one off. Either way, here are my predictions that I’ve made after looking at the draw (before Roger played today).
5 Roddick vs. 2 Nadal
Champion: 2 Nadal
1 S. Williams vs. 2 V. Williams
Champion: 1 S. Williams
I’m wondering when the door is going to start closing for the Williams sisters when it comes to Wimbledon, but frankly, they are still major threats, and with Serena winning in Australia already this year, it would be stupid to bet against her. The only other person I could see making a run is Justine Henin, since this tournament is the whole reason she came out of retirement anyway.
After watching Roger today, I dare say I don’t see him getting as far as I thought. I had Roddick beating him in the semis, but I guess that will remain to be seen. Both men are somewhat iffy right now, so let’s hope they get to that round and make it a repeat of last year’s final.
I’ll be back after this fortnight with the results!
Click here for last year’s predictions. (Which I got 75% right!)
(PS I totally called Serena vs. Maria Sharapova back in 2004 before Maria had ever won a major, or was THAT talked about. I had Serena beating her, but I called it nonetheless!)
Quotes by Serena Williams: #1 January 13, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Serena Williams Quotes, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: athletes, Australian Open, quotes, Serena Williams, tennis
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I’m introducing a new segment on my website called Quotes by Serena Williams. She is always very dramatic and outlandish which is why I am her biggest fan. Here’s a great quote about holding on to her No.1 ranking.
“I don’t think about it a lot. I’ve got a lot on my plate. Everyone assumes that I’m No. 1 anyway.”
9 Important Memories Of My 2009 January 2, 2010Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, iPhone, Movies/Film, Music, Personally John, Sports, technology, Television, Travel.
Tags: Barack Obama, Department of Energy, Fame Monster, friends, HRC, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Monster, National Equality March, New York, New York City, Nick Cannon, Ohio, Serena Williams, Spice Girls, Venus Williams
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I always spend this time of the year reflecting on the last 12 months (like everyone else), and have realized that I had a lot of amazing things to experience in 2009. Here are 9 things about 2009 that I will always remember, in a somewhat chronological order:
- The Inauguration of President Barack Obama
I was very lucky to be able to drive to Washington, D.C. with for two very important reasons this year. First was in January for the inauguration of our current President, Barack Obama. Being in D.C. with my friends Danny and Jackie, on the National Mall, at the Washington Monument, and seeing the amount of love, happiness, and sincere joy of millions of people was truly something that I don’t think I could ever successfully explain. I hope one day to tell my children that I was there to experience that, and that it was one of my most amazing experiences of my life at the time.
- NYC with C’Anna For Spring Break
Though it was cold, and we had some hurdles to jump, it was so fun to be in New York City with C’Anna, her aunt, and her nephew. She finally got to meet my other best friends, Johnny and Courtney, which really made me happy! Tons of pictures, tons of laughs, tons of good food. It was definitely one of the highlights of 2009.
- Getting My First Real Job
It wouldn’t be 2009 if I didn’t remember getting my first real job at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Lab in Morgantown. Though it kind of put a damper on my usually very exciting, energetic summer, it did a lot for me in the long run. Knowing how professional offices work, especially ones connected to our government, is priceless and valuable experience that I know I will carry with me throughout my career. Also, meeting Rachael, and becoming very good friends with Andrea made this experience 10x more enjoyable!
This year, I have made quite a few VERY close friends that have really impacted my life in ways that I had never thought were even possible. My friends are my family, and they know that. So, to add even more positivity to my life, I was more than happy. Phillip, Neall, Kim, Danny, Robby, Andrea, and Rachael, just to name a few! You guys really make me happy and thankful that I have been blessed with the positivity and love that you provide.
- Headlines: Friendship Never Ends Tour / Cedar Point
This kind of meshes in to No.2 a little but but it is a separate thought from just talking about the friendships I made. It was also the trips! This year, we all visited each others homes (for the most part). I came to New York, they came to Cumberland, and we all went to Akron, Ohio, where Phillip lives. Between dancing our faces off at a club in Akron, and our trip to Cedar Point where Phillip’s nose started bleeding after a roller coaster, this summer was full of laughter, happiness, memories and most importantly love.
- U.S. Open / Walking Out of Louis Armstrong Stadium with Venus and Serena Williams.
Not a lot of people realize how amazing and unbelievable my experience at this year’s U.S. Open was for me. Being the biggest tennis and Serena Williams fan that any of you know, getting to the U.S. Open has been a dream of mine since I was 16. I finally made it happen this year (with a hefty pricetag) and not only saw Venus and Serena’s singles matches, but their doubles match as well! If you read my blog at all, you probably know this already. But the best part of the night was leaving to go back home, and walking out of Louis Armstrong stadium with Venus and Serena literally right behind me!! I, of course, took pictures, and it will be a memory in my head that I know I will never forget.
- National Equality March
I didn’t blog about this, but being in D.C. again in October for the National Equality March was something I know that I’ll never forget. Being a part of history is very rare, and to do it twice in 2009, and both times in D.C. makes me very grateful. Though the people that were marching had every reason to be pissed off, upset, and depressed, everyone was in a very positive and optimistic mood. C’Anna and I both knew how important this march was, and we were both very excited to have shared the experience together, with my friends Laura and Elysa.
- Lady Gaga’s “The Fame Monster“
For those of you who know me, this should come as no surprise. Lady Gaga and her latest album, The Fame Monster, definitely made 2009 a year to remember. It has been a long time since an artist has come along and changed the way I think, eat, dream, walk, talk, and smile. This album has not only made me happy musically, but has brought a lot of very important people in my life for various reasons. On top of the fact that every song is a monster hit (pun intended), it’s no wonder Lady Gaga is John Thrasher’s Woman of the Year for 2009!
- New Year’s Eve 2009 in New York City!
This is only a few days ago, but I already know that it is a day and an experience that I will always remember. My very good friend Phillip got tickets for Mariah Carey’s New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden and invited me to go along with him! I can’t say I’m the biggest Mariah fan, but he definitely is, so I knew either way I was going to have a blast with him. I got there, and had soooo much fun ringing in 2010 with him, Mariah, and Nick Cannon! The confetti, the music, the dancing, everything was just so fun. After the show we met up with the rest of our friends and continued to fun for a while longer. Definitely one of my favorite memories from New York City.
2009 was definitely a year to remember. Like all years, it had its ups and downs, but overall, I have to say that I am blessed to be able to experience the things that I love, with the people that I love. Already 2010 is setup to be one of the best as well. I have a lot of goals, milestones, and expectations to uphold, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. I hope a year from now I am writing about my successful job, successful move to New York, and a whole slew of new friends that I hope will change my life the ways the ones I met this year have.
Happy New Year, and make 2010 the best year of your life!
Serena Williams To Explain Her Meltdown to International Tennis Federation September 13, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Movies/Film, technology, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Brian Earley, China Open, Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, tennis, U.S. Open, Venus Williams, Yahoo Tennis
Yahoo! Tennis is reporting that Serena Williams is scheduled to explain her verbal meltdown to tennis’ governing body, the International Tennis Federation (ITF).
Serena, along with members of the ITF, as well as the Grand Slam committee, will convene on Sunday with U.S. Open referee Brian Earley to discuss the situation and possible consequences.
The group is expected to review video footage of the incident, seek clarification from the line judge and most likely hand down a heavy fine to Williams. A representative from the WTA Tour is also expected to be included, although the Tour does not have jurisdiction over Grand Slam events.
I’m not really sure what will happen here. Probably something dramatic, because that always seems to happen with Serena. Maybe it will just be a huge fine. In comparison to some of the other fines that tennis players have received, I would expect the fine to be somewhere around $20,000.
It will be interesting to see how this situation pans out, and how Serena responds to interviewers and the press. Serena is scheduled to play the China Open in Beijing, which starts on October 3. Other than that tournament and the season ending Championships, that’s all the tennis obligations that Serena has to fulfill. Something tells me that if she gets a heavy fine, she may pull out of both events and just take the rest of the year off.
Serena and Venus are scheduled to play the women’s doubles final tomorrow as well. I wonder if the meeting with the officials will come before or after the match, and how it will effect Serena’s game. There’s a part of me that wonders if she will just pull out of the final and hop on a plane home to get out of NYC. When she and Venus were heckled at Indian Wells in 2001, they never returned.
Serena Williams Cusses Out Line Judge – Loses Semifinal September 12, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Uncategorized.
Tags: controversy, John McEnroe, Serena Williams, tennis, U.S. Open, Venus Williams
Serena Williams, who I just saw play last Sunday, received a foot fault (when your foot goes over the baseline during a serve) on her second serve, setting up Kim Clijsters with a match point. Serena then walked over to the line judge and cussed her out. CBS played audio of what Serena was saying. Here’s the quote:
“I swear to God, I will take this fucking ball and shove it down your fucking throat.”
That is just some of what was about a 45 second tirade from Serena Williams. The chair umpire called the lines person over to the chair and asked what she said. After the report, the tournament director came out and issued a code violation to Serena Williams for unsportsmanlike conduct. However, earlier in the match Serena smashed her racket after losing the first set, which also ended in a code violation for racket abuse.
What’s the catch? On your second code violation, it’s a point penalty. The second code violation happened on match point, giving Kim Clijsters the 6-4, 7-5 win to advance to the U.S. Open finals, where she will play No.9 seed Caroline Wozniacki, who I saw play doubles against Serena and Venus last weekend.
I am a huge Serena Williams fan, but have to say that this is very sad and disappointing. Serena and Venus have always been extremely classy, gracious, and courteous in both of their careers. To see Serena lash out like this, and end in a point penalty, essentially losing the match is yet another blemish for Serena in her US Open legacy.
In 2004, Serena Williams hit a shot that was half a foot inside the line against Jennifer Capriati. The chair umpire awarded the point to Capriati, to which Serena had a very vocal altercation at the chair. Many people believe it was this match that forced the introduction of electronic lines-calling and the implementation of instant replay in professional tennis.
Here are a few pictures courtesy of Yahoo! Tennis of Serena talking to the lines-person, as well as the tournament directors.
My U.S. Open Experience! September 9, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Personally John, Sports, Television, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Caroline Wozniacki, Daniela Hantuchova, Grand Slam, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kim Clijsters, New York City, Nicolas Almagro, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, Sorana Cirstea, tennis, U.S. Open, Venus Williams
On Sunday, September 6, 2009, I got the chance to go to the U.S. Open in New York City! I bought my ticket the night before, and got decent seats on Arthur Ashe stadium. I was so excited to go, and could barely sleep the night before because all I thought about was being there. I have dreamed about going to the U.S. Open since I was 16 and started playing tennis. The all-star lineup made my day at the Open a dream come true, to say the least.
I took the 7 train to Willets Point, which is a stop right between Mets Stadium and the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I got to my seat in the promenade of Arthur Ashe stadium at about 10a.m. On my way to my seat, I saw tennis legend Nick Bollettieri! I wanted to ask him for a photo, but he was talking to someone and seemed engaged in the conversation.
First up was the main reason I was there! Serena Williams! Her 4th round match versus Daniela Hantuchova was to start at 11a.m. Serena had a very easy time winning the match 6-2, 6-0 in about an hour.
After Serena’s match was finished, the man I hope wins the tournament, world No.3 Rafael Nadal took to the court. He was very energetic, powerful, and played very well in beating the 32 seed, Nicolas Almagro 7-5, 6-4, 6-4.
The last match of the day session might have been the most anticipated. It was world No.3 Venus Williams versus 2005 champion, and wild card, Kim Clijsters. Clijsters is back after 2 years off, and without a ranking. Clijsters ended up winning the match 6-0, 0-6, 6-4. It was kind of sad to see Venus lose the match because her leg was very heavily taped, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
After the day session on Arthur Ashe stadium was over, I ran as quickly as I could over to Louis Armstrong stadium to see the Williams sisters doubles match versus Caroline Wozniacki and Sorana Cirstea. But when I got there, the match between world No.6 Juan Martin del Potro was just finishing up. He played unseeded Daniel Koellerer, and won 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
After the men’s singles match, the Williams sisters came on and I got fantastic seats! I was literally about 6 feet from the court and took lots of awesome pictures. Before the match began I had to get to a closer seat and had to shift my way around Oracene Price, their mother! Oracene is just as popular of a person as Serena and Venus in the tennis-world. Anyone who is a fan of Venus or Serena is a fan of Oracene. Also, Serean’s boyfriend, rapper Common, was in the stands. You can see the picture here. He’s the one in the blue shirt. Oracene is the one in red just behind him.
The best part of the night happened after the doubles match. I was leaving Louis Armstrong stadium with the rest of the crowd when I suddenly hear everyone clapping and cheering. I look behind me to see what people are clapping about, and Venus and Serena are literally walking RIGHT BEHIND me! I couldn’t believe it. I was walking out of the stadium with Serena Williams! My battery was dying on my camera, so the flash didn’t take, but as you can see in the picture below I was literally right next to her.
Needless to say I had an absolute blast fulfilling my dreams at the U.S. Open, and being able to walk out of Louis Armstrong Stadium with the one and only Serena Williams. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love her, and how blessed I am to have been there. I can’t wait to go again next year. Maybe I’ll go to the Australian Open in January!
Richard Williams Brings the LOLs! September 3, 2009Posted by johnthrasher in Geek Talk, Sports, tennis, Travel.
Tags: Dinara Safina, Richard Williams, Serena Williams, tennis, U.S. Open., Venus Williams, WTA
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The sometimes controversial father and coach of Venus and Serena Williams has really brought the LOLs lately. In a bizarre situation in women’s tennis, Serena Williams who has won 3 of the last 4 majors, and 11 overall, is ranked No.2 in the world behind Russian Dinara Safina, who has never won a major.
When asked what he thought about the situation, Richard Williams said:
“I think she’s playing great tennis. I think she deserves to be No. 1. I’ll tell ya something else, no one wants to play Sanowa, or whatever her name is. That girl hits that ball.”
That’s right, Richard Williams just called Dinara SAFINA…Sanowa.
Tennis fans will love this.