August is the month of big boy, hard court tennis. Right on the heels of the Canadian Open is the Cincinnati Masters. Along with the Sunshine Double and the Madrid/Rome wind-up for the French Open, this is the third instance of back-to-back Masters Series events on the calendar.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. That’s the saying, right? After a 5/1 winner in Washington, with Alex Zverev doing the back to back, the tour heads to Toronto for the Rogers Cup (Canadian Open).
The last week with three tournaments till the end of the season gets underway Monday, with events in Kitzbuhel, Austria, Washington, DC and Los Cabos, Mexico.
With British pomp and circumstance in the rearview, let’s dig into Week 29 on the tour and see if there is some value in these minor tournaments.
The next two weeks are the greatest fortnight in tennis as every player is geared up to play the most unique of tournaments. This is Wimbledon.
The true warm-ups for Wimbledon are over, and after a success with Marin Cilic in London at 5/1, it’s time to move on to the traditional Wimbledon preamble in Eastbourne (nee Nottingham) and the newly created tournament in Antalya, Turkey.
Grass season is in full swing and this week represents the true warm-up events for Wimbledon. With this many big names in action, long shots may be hard to uncover, so let’s dig into each tournament and see what’s there.
Things kickoff this week in Stuttgart, Germany and s’Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, both six hours ahead of EST, so there will be breakfast tennis every morning for North American tennis fans.