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Playing for Silver: 2018 French Open Preview

There’s a saying sometimes used during the Olympic Games when one athlete is expected to win the gold medal even before their event begins. Commentators have been known to say that everyone else in the field is just “playing for silver”. On the tennis tour, there is no silver medal at the end of each event. One player gets the trophy and that’s it.

The expectation, even before this year’s clay court season started, was that Rafael Nadal would win a record eleventh French Open title and raise the La Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy. Now that the Paris Grand Slam is here, the expectation is still the same.

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Stars of Tomorrow???

“We not gonna be here for 10 more years.” – Rafael Nadal talking about himself, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray.

That quote from World No. 1 Rafael Nadal after defeating a young Austrian player Dominic Thiem is perhaps a perfect summation for the opening week at this year’s French Open. While the men’s draw still has its fair share of big names, the women’s draw finds itself absent its top three seeds that all lost before the fourth round – a first-time occurrence at any Grand Slam. Continue reading

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