Some Thoughts On The 2015 French Open

The 2015 French Open ended today.  Unfortunately, with the six hour time difference, I wasn’t able to watch much of the tournament.  I saw most of today’s men’s final and one of Serena’s early round matches, but that’s about it.  The rest of the two weeks I had to rely on highlights.  I do still have some thoughts, though.

Serena Williams is amazing.  She won her 20th singles Grand Slam.  At this point, there’s no way around it, she is the Greatest of All Time.  She’s old for a tennis player and still dominates.  She can vomit mid-match and still dominate.  I keep waiting for one of the younger players to catch up, but it doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon.

Wawrinka just simply played better that Djokovic to win the men’s tournament.  When I started watching the match, I was rooting for Wawrinka.  For the past ten years, I have pretty much been rooting for anyone not named Federer, Nadal or Djokovic in all of the major tournaments.  As it became clear that Wawrinka was going to win, though, I started feeling bad for Djokovic.  Federer is definitely the best tennis player I have ever watched.  Many people put Nadal right behind Federer (there are even a few crazies that say Nadal is better), but I actually think Djokovic is a better all around tennis player than Nadal.  Nadal is the greatest clay court player of all time, there’s no argument there.  Djokovic is superior everywhere else, though, and it isn’t particularly close.  I thought that if Djokovic could pull out a French Open title, which would get him the career slam, it would solidify his legacy ahead of Nadal’s.  That being said, I’m happy for Wawrinka.  The sport is better when it spreads the wealth.

I am a fan of commercials in general.  But, the commercials during the French Open, and most tennis tournaments, are really off-putting.  Every time they showed a commercial, I couldn’t help but think that they don’t really want me watching.  Half the commercials are targeted specifically at officers of large corporations.  The other half of the commercials are for watches that cost more than my car, cars that cost more than those watches and investments.  I would have loved to have seen an ad for something that I might want to buy or at least something that I might be able to afford.

Doubles is really fun to watch.  They should put it on TV more often.

I really want to see some good young players.

I can’t wait for Wimbledon.

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