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Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 7th, 2002, 03:13 PM
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The Legends' Picks for the 2002 French Open



TRACY AUSTIN: Lleyton Hewitt for the Men - he is a fighter, is in great shape, has a will to win and is playing the best right now..... Women's winner will be Jennifer Capriati - she is confident, has great groundstrokes and wants to be at the top.....

MARY CARILLO: Not Sampras, not Lindsay Davenport. I think a few players have a better chance - Agassi and Venus. Andre really goofed up the last time and wants to make good on his goal this year. Venus can do it. It might be ugly, but she can do it. Capriati might be a little too jumpy and irritable to repeat.

ROSIE CASALS: Men - Agassi as long as Clinton stays away. Women - Capriati if she doesn't get defeated.

CHRIS EVERT: Jennifer Capriati and Serena Williams to reach the Women's final with Capriati successfully defending her Title. The Men's Champion - Juan Carlos Ferrero.

ZINA GARRISON: Venus for the Women's Singles and for the Men Andy Roddick

BILLIE JEAN KING: I am hoping for American players to win both the Men's and Women's Singles Championships.

ILANA KLOSS: I like Agassi for the Men's title because he is my personal favorite and Capriati for the Women's title because she is the most consistent and has the best clay court game of the top women right now.

OLGA MOROZOVA: Martina Hingis for the Women and Russian Marat Safin for the Men's Championship

MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: Women - Serena Williams, she is healthy and eager and has not won there. Men - Kuerten, if he is healthy and playing, I think he is the man to beat once again, if not Agassi.

WENDY OVERTON: For sentimental reasons - Jennifer Capriati and Andre Agassi. Both have extra emotional reason to win - One is defending Champion and the other is where his wife started dating him.

PAM SHRIVER: On the Men's side I pick Juan Carlos Ferrero because he is Spanish, at home on clay and never won a big one. On the Women's side I pick Martina......Hingis. She is overdue to win another major, is hungry for her first French Open and the power players' power is dulled on the clay. By the way, as of late April when I make this pick it is a bit early to get a true read.

On the Women's side very few of the top players love clay, and very few, if any, of the top ten would put clay as their favorite surface. Therefore, the mental edge becomes even more important, who wants it and who will put up with the surface issues that clay presents. Who is willing to have that extra bit of patience. Also, who is fit going into the French Open and who will have that favorable draw. Will the French Open be sunny and hot or cold and rainy??...Those are my thoughts one month out.

BETTY STOVE: My winner for the French are - Hingis. She has become real hungry to win a Grand Slam and I believe Paris will be her best chance. Men's sinner will be a Spanish player or Agassi. If Andre is lucky with the draw he can do it. A Spanish player is born on this surface and has lots of matches under his belt before he will start - Costa, Ferrero, Moya - all possible.

WENDY TURNBULL: Juan Carlos Ferrero - I think a European will win the Men's singles and I like the way the "Mosquito" plays on the red clay - a very talented player. Women's singles winner Venus Williams - She has Wimbledon and U.S. Open Titles but she knows that Champions need to win on all surfaces.....

VIRGINIA WADE: Jennifer Capriati is my first pick as she has the game that is suited to both fast and clay courts, and can generate enough power. She is a bit more consistent than the Williams sisters, but they both have a chance. Clijsters needs to be 100% fit. Henin has a chance. Seles, I hope plays well and Hingis might benefit from a rest, the slower courts, the inconsistency of Venus and Serena, and the pressure that is bound to add up on Capriati for her quest for Grand Slam titles! Also, she has been somewhat written off at the moment.

As for the Men, I think my favorites are Agassi and Federer, but Ferrero is a possible and if Kuerten is fit, he obviously is. Hewitt can always perform well as can Roddick.

VALERIE ZIEGENFUSS: Lleyton Hewitt and Kim Clijsters. They are THE tennis couple. How romantic to have them shine in this beautiful city. They are so committed, and they certainly have the talent. They remind me of the Chris Evert and Jimmy Connors love story of the 70's.


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Gandalf
Jun 7th, 2002, 03:20 PM
So by the moment only Wendy Turnbull could be right...interesting.

Cybelle Darkholme
Jun 9th, 2002, 12:59 AM
Looks like BJK and Martina N had it right!!! Ok, Bjk did a cop out, and Zina was close too!

HEAVYHITTER
Jun 9th, 2002, 01:01 AM
Wonder why ALMOST everyone were so wrong?:rolleyes: