Tennis Editorial, May 15 2000.
Including prognostications of the French Open, Roland Garros 2000
While the routine of exchanging the top place in the WTA rankings (between Martina Hingis and Lindsay Davenport) was getting dull, the men's side has flabbergasted me: Magnus Norman has reached #1 !
...The question is, how did that happen? Is he a real new master of the game, or is it just the change (as of January 2000) in statistical methods used to determine ranks? One thing's sure... this was a surprise. And a welcome one.
Norman and Yevgeny Kafelnikov have started a new tradition it seems: disowning the #1 spot, attributing its proper proprietorship to the traditional great champions, Sampras and Agassi. My feeling is that while this is proper and gentlemanly, on the other hand if the ranked #1(s) beat Sampras/Agassi consistently, it is also a mannerism to leave behind in that event...
The French Open - upcoming in late May 2000 - has somehow become my favorite tournament. Maybe because, on both the men's side and the women's/ladies', it tends to results that defy all prognostication. A brief review seems to show this:
1997: Gustavo Kuerten and Iva Majoli were the champions;
1998: Sanchez-Vicario and Carlos Moya (if I recollect correctly)
1999: Steffi Graf and Andre Agassi were both unexpected victors.
2000 ? : - subject to, well, seeing what happens. But I think it's safe enough to say ... or hazard ... two attempts to see into the obscure, red, clay-smeared, future:
A) Agassi has been going strong for a long while... so, being the expectable champion, he will probably NOT win here.
and B) the champion of the women's side will most likely NOT be WTA-top-ranked, once again.
...Seeing Hingis play there again will likely be like seeing the lion thrown to the Christians for a change, if all goes as before. (But it may not... see remarks above.)
[-R.H., May 15th.]
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