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By all Standards The 2017 Men’s French Open was a “10”

Retro tennis is still the rage in 2017, thanks to Rafael Nadal. By all standards his performance at the 2017 Men’s French Open was a “10”.

• The Bible views “10” as a complete and perfect number. Nadal’s 10th championship at Roland Garros was “complete and perfect.” With this victory, he is 10-0 when he reaches the finals. The Spanish newspapers called his victory, “La Decima”.

Men's French Open• The highest score in Olympic competition is a “10”. If the Men’s French Open was an Olympic event, Nadal would have been given a “10”. He did not lose a set and only lost 35 games in 7 matches. He lost 6 games in the final against Stan Wawrinka, a match that lasted 2 hours and 5 minutes.

• In the movie “10”, George Webber (played by Dudley Moore) fantasized about meeting the perfect woman, Jenny Miles (played by Bo Derek). When Webber finally met her, he quickly learned she was a phony. Her looks did not tell the full story; she was not a “10”. Even Webber could quickly recognize that Nadal was a “10” for his record at the French Open. Nadal has 79 wins and only 2 losses.
Prior to his 2017 victory, Nadal captured his first 9 championships between 2005 and 2014.

This level of dominance is unprecedented in sports such as basketball, baseball, and football.
Between 1947 and 2017 the top NBA teams were:
• The Boston Celtics; they were 17-4 in the finals.
• The Minneapolis/Los Angeles Lakers; they had the most appearances, but they were 16-15 in the finals.
• The Chicago Bulls; they were 6-0 in the finals during the Michael Jordan/Scottie Pippen era.

Between 1903 and 2016 the MLB teams with the most World Series titles were:
• The New York Yankees were 27-13.
• The St. Louis Cardinals were 11-8.
• The Oakland Athletics were 9-5.
• The San Francisco Giants were 8-12.
• The Boston Red Sox were 8-4.

Between 1967 and 2017, there were 51 Super Bowls. The records of the top teams follows:
• The New England Patriots were 5-4.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers were 6-2.
• The Dallas Cowboys were 5-3.
• The Denver Broncos were 3-5.
• The San Francisco 49ers were 5-1.

No matter how you look at it, Rafael Nadal is a”10″ for his record at the French Open.

Even better, Nadal kept retro tennis alive! Hopefully the stars of the past will continue to dominate at Wimbledon next month.

2017 Men's French Open

 

I am Serena Williams – What is Your Super Power?

Given her performance at the 2015 French Open,  the perfect Christmas gift for Serena Williams is a t-shirt that says, “I am Serena Wiilams –  American tennis player. What is your super power?”

She was one of 17 women playing as an American at the 2015 French Open. The event had a lopsided draw for the American Women – 13 were in the upper half and 4 were in the bottom half.

First round losers for the Americans from the upper half of the draw included:
• Alexa Glatch
• Venus Williams
• Shelby Rogers
• Christina McHale
• Alison Riske
• Coco Vandeweghe
• Bethanie Mattek-Sands
• Taylor Townsend
• Varvara Lepchenko

All four of the women from the bottom half of the draw were eliminated in the first round.
• Louisa Chirico
• Nicole Gibbs
• Lauren Davis
• Madison Brengle

After the first round there were only four American women left in the draw and they were all in the upper half. Both Irina Falconi and Madison Keys were 2-1, winning their first two rounds before bowing out in the third round. Sloane Stephens was 3-1 before losing to Serena Williams in the fourth round.

Williams was not particularly dominant  as she captured her 20th Grand Slam (6 Australians, 3 French, 5 Wimbledons, and 6 U.S. Open Championships). She only won 2 of her 7 matches in straight sets.

Overall, the American women were 14-16.

After the first two Grand Slams in 2015, the scorecard reads – two wins for Serena Williams. Historically she has fared well in Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Is a calendar year Grand Slam in the cards for Serena? Will the other American women make a stronger showing at Wimbledon? The former is more likely than the latter.

Stay tuned, the Championships will begin on June 29 and run through July 12th.