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Wins first career title

Men: Mikhail Youzhny <br />Women: Elena Dementieva <br />2001 picks: Guillermo Coria and Anna Kournikova

Wins first career Grand Slam

Men: Andy Roddick <br />Women: Kim Clijsters <br />2001 picks: Magnus Norman and no one.

Comeback player of the year

Men: Norman <br />Women: Mary Pierce <br />2001 picks: Marcelo Rios and Pierce

Lives up to the hype

Men: Roddick <br />Women: Daja Bedanova <br />2001 picks: Roger Federer and Lina Krasnoroutskaya

Continues to be all hype

Men: Todd Reid <br />Women: Ashley Harkleroad <br />2001 picks: Mark Philippoussis and Alexandra Stevenson

Most likely to retire

Men: Andre Agassi <br />Women: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario <br />2001 picks: Pat Rafter and Sánchez-Vicario

Most likely to make a splash

Men: Marko Ancic <br />Women: Angelique Widjaja <br />2001 picks: Roddick and Maria Emilia Salerni

Finishes the year ranked No. 1

Men: Juan Carlos Ferrero * <br />Women: Venus Williams <br />2001 picks: Marat Safin and Venus Williams

*Lleyton Hewitt, incidentally, isn't defending all that much next year. But I have a hunch that an injury could wreak havoc on his 2002 campaign.


So...what do you guys think of it????
 

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Oh that's nice! Predicting that Lleyton's going to get an injury.

I hope he's right with Dementiava and Clijsters. I don't want Elena to become another Kournikova - not that she would, but in the non-winning way.<br />And Kim deserves one after her FO performance.

Venus won't be no. 1, she won't play enough ...

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Well he did really great didn't he! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Well, 'continues to be all hype' I think he got spot on. Mark (hopefully) will be back fully fit next year, but I still think he'll be (yes you guessed it)....

considered picks later.
 

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I'd go along with his picks especially Elena D <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> and Youzhny for the men

Pierce i'm sure off but would like it to be Natasha Zvereva <img src="wink.gif" border="0"> <br /> Olga Barabanschikova <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

comeback on mens side will be Philippoussis or Krajicek (if he stays fit for 70% of yr)

<br />Women to make a splash .... Kaia Kanepi <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> /Svetlana Kuznetsova

I don't wanna name any duds .....

[ December 03, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>
 

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he was wrong in almost all his predictions about 2001 <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0"> <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">
 

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Yeah TBE his 2002 predictions are pretty good. I'd go with most of them really....

Wins first career title <br />Women: Elena Dementieva

Wins first career Grand Slam <br />Women: Kim Clijsters

Comeback player of the year <br />Women: Anna Kournikova<br />

Lives up to the hype <br />Women: Iroda Tulyaganova (to be different. <br />Bedanova's a good pick!)

Continues to be all hype <br />Women:Barbara Schett

Most likely to retire <br />Men: Andre Agassi

Women: Mary Pierce

Most likely to make a splash <br />Women: Maja Matevic (she got game!)

<br />Finishes the year ranked No. 1 <br />Men: Marat Safin/Lleyton Hewitt

Women: Lindsay Davenport

* Anybody know how far Magnus Norman is from a comeback? I'd go for Marcelo Rios, or even Gustavo Keurten. <img src="tongue.gif" border="0">

New Slam winner men: Ferrero/Federer/Grosjean

Lives up to the hype men: Lleyton Hewitt

That's it!
 

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Mens 2002 #1 Marat Safin<br />Womens #1 Venus

retirements 2002: <br />Men : Agassi , Chang<br />Women: Testud , ASV

Lives upto hype: (apart from Lina) : Daniela Hantuchova

[ December 03, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>
 

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As usual Jon Wertheim shows why he is the most biased and less knowledgeable tennis writer in history <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

How he managed to be wrong in nearly all his predictions is an amazing achievement.

And for sure he will be wrong in nearly all of 2002 positions, except those that simply state the obvious.

CNN will be a serious sport site when they get rid of Wertheim, he isn't even funny <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 

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[email protected]!! I'm surprised he didn't write graf as comeback player of the eyar for next year. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0"> And JadenGil as the new up and comer. <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Anyways:<br />Wins first career title <br />Men: Mikhail Youzhny <br />Women: Elena Dementieva

I agree with this.

Wins first career Grand Slam <br />Men: Andy Roddick <br />Women: Kim Clijsters

[email protected]!!! OMG! he belongs in the hype category!! But Kim has the best chance to be the new winner though. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Comeback player of the year <br />Men: Norman <br />Women: Mary Pierce

I also agree with this.

Lives up to the hype <br />Men: Roddick <br />Women: Daja Bedanova

Daja, yes. roddick NO!

Continues to be all hype <br />Men: Todd Reid <br />Women: Ashley Harkleroad

Agree with harkleroad and add roddick to hype.

Most likely to retire <br />Men: Andre Agassi <br />Women: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario

I agree with this.

Most likely to make a splash <br />Men: Marko Ancic <br />Women: Angelique Widjaja

Who the hell is Marko Ancic? It'll be Janko or David Nalbanian. For the women it'll be Angie or Su-Wei. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

Finishes the year ranked No. 1 <br />Men: Juan Carlos Ferrero * <br />Women: Venus Williams

I agree if Venus plays more tournies. Juan Carlos has ONLY done well on CLAY and he has so much to defend next year....it is unlikely! Lleyton will stay there, unless challenged by Guga!
 

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Can anyone explain to me what finishing as no. 1 next year has to do with defending points ??? I mean, how many points of this year are left in next year's end rankings ??? They even start at zero in the race.

Obiously he hasn't even understood the Champions Race ... <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">
 

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Wins first career title ~~~ Elena D -agree<br />Wins 1st career Grand Slam ~~~ Kim Clisters -agree<br />Lives up to the hype ~~ Daja -agree<br />Continues to be all hype ~~ Ashley -agree, which is dissapointing.<br />Comeback Player ~~~ Mary Pierce -agree!<br />Retiring ~~ Not sure, don't think it's ASV though<br />End's year at no1 ~~ Venus -disagree... I think Davenport will end at number 1.
 

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GoDom ..... both entry and RACE rank at year end is the same (x5 for entry) , only if the top players play only ATP Tour events.

This year cos Goran , Canas and Roddick started below 100 they have Challenger totals on their entry pts , so their entry rank is higher than Race.

For the top 10 it should be the same

<br /> and as for Marko Ancic ???? His name is Mario, who was in top 10 juniors and pretty good too.
 

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Can someone tell me why Wertheim had Pierce as his comeback player for the year 2001.. when she ended the year 2000 ranked #7 with a French open crown to her name..

So how was she going to get the comeback player of the year in 2001???

Gee this guy is a fruit cake, I don't think we need any more proof now, not that there was any doubt anyway..
 

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Wertheim's not that bad. Guillermo Coria *did* win his first title, and I'm convinced Kournikova would have taken Acapulco had she not been injured. Norman couldn't win a Slam due to injury problems, and NO-ONE would have predicted Jennifer to win a Slam, not even on the day of the AO final. Most of his picks were hampered by injury problems. Having said that, his reasoning that Rafter is somehow a better player than Kafelnikov is rather insane. Anyway, let's see how much better I can do:

Wins first career title <br />Men: Mikhail Youzhny <br />Women: Elena Dementieva

I'd agree with both. Maybe even put Anna K in as well.

Wins first career Grand Slam

Men: Andy Roddick <br />Women: Kim Clijsters

I'd agree with Roddick (but personally I think Ferrero's a better bet), and I don't think Clijsters' chances are significantly better than, say Henin or Mauresmo's. Given that RG is the most wide-open Slam nowadays, I may even give Juju aand Momo the edge.

Comeback player of the year

Men: Norman <br />Women: Mary Pierce

Well, who else is there? Mark Philippoussis?

Lives up to the hype

Men: Roddick <br />Women: Daja Bedanova

pssst... he got his 2001 predictions right in this category. I'd say that Bedanova's already lived up to the hype with her US Open QF; one hyped player who hasn't is Daniela Hantuchova. She will. Maybe Elena Bovina, too.

Continues to be all hype

Men: Todd Reid <br />Women: Ashley Harkleroad

pssst... he got his 2001 picks right here too. And I'd agree with Harkleroad here... but who the hell is Todd Reid???? Whoever he is, he isn't even hype.

Most likely to retire

Men: Andre Agassi <br />Women: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario

I think everyone's been picking ASV for the last five years, and it's still not happened. Don't know whether Rafter's carrying on, but if he does he'll retire next year. I have a feeling Farina Elia, Testud and (hopefully) Coetzer are going to call it quits soon.

Most likely to make a splash

Men: Marko Ancic <br />Women: Angelique Widjaja

Oh dear... Salerni had quite a bad year, really. Poor girl. I don't know about the men, but I'd place Su-Wei Hsieh, Kaia Kanepi and Svetlana Kuznetsova above Widjaja. Angie's great, and *has* won her first tour title, but her Challenger results have been pretty mediocre. Hsieh and Kanepi, on the other hand, have barely lost any matches. Hopefully Aniko Kapros can make a splash next year too.

Finishes the year ranked No. 1

Ferrero??? Don't know where he got that idea from. I'm going with Safin and Venus. Again. Some things never change.
 

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OK, Eggy. But still, Lleyton (or anyone else) isn't hampered by the fact that he has to defend points when it's about next year's end ranking.<br />Everyone has got the same chance. Or am I wrong ???
 

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He will be top seed for a long time in 2002 , at least until after US Open so he'll have a big AD.
 
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