Today starts the opening of the The French Open, the third and last, with Wimbledon being cancelled, major of the year. Here are some facts and opinions about this event.
How To Watch?
According to Elite Tennis Professional Alan Anastos,
“Hi George. I’ve been receiving a lot of inquiries about how to watch Roland Garros on TV and the schedule. Like a lot of things, it’s different this year when it comes to this. Tennis Channel will broadcast the early rounds action. NBC will broadcast the semis and final. NBC will also have coverage the opening day, Sunday, from 12:00-3:00pm.
“For those who don’t subscribe to Tennis Channel, there’s a way to watch the early rounds by streaming NBC SPORTS via Apple TV, ROKU, etc. Your blog followers may find this info useful.”
Who Will Watch?
The attendance rules at sporting events this crazy year has been all over the place … from some to none. The tournament officials were planning on allowing “thousands” of fans to watch each day; but with an up-tick in Covid cases in France, they are now limiting attendance to 1,000 per day.
For me, some fans making noise is better than the Sounds of Silence from an empty stadium.
Who Will Win?
On the men’s side, the “smart money” is on the recently DQ’d Mr. Djokovic … but my heart is on Rafa to regain his form and his crown. If I had $100 to wager, I would put: $50 on Djokovic, $30 on Nadal and $20 on the field.
On the women’s side, it is a real crap shoot. MY PREDICTION: the winner’s last name will end in an A or an O!
What Ball Will They Use?
Alan Anastos also sent a link showing that the French Open this year will end its eight-year alliance with Babalot and switch to a brand new Wilson ball.
According to the news release, “Wilson tennis balls are in use at the US Open since 1978. For this year’s French Open, Wilson has come up with a high-performance ball. It is designed especially for clay court use, which means they should be more durable than usual.
“Tennis balls on clay court matches usually see a lot of wear and tear – quicker than other surfaces. This is because of the extra force that needs to be applied by the players behind their shots, owing to the slowness of the surface.”
“The new Wilson tennis balls have been designed to endure longer rallies. Along with that, they are expected to pick up less dirt and moisture as the rally progresses, which will help in maintaining consistency. The Wilson tennis balls also comprise of natural rubber that further aids consistency.”
So, what do YOU think about the attendance, the probable winners, and the new balls?
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