Imagine if the AFL, right in the middle of the season, decided playing on turf was not so good an idea after all and switched to play footy on clay and you have some idea of the challenge tennis players face as they prepare to make the reverse change and switch from dirt to lawn tennis.
With the French Open concluded, it is time to forget about the sliding following groundstrokes and get accustomed to grass surfaces that seem to add pace to the ball, rather than scrubbing it, as is the case with clay.
The Championships, as the All England Tennis Club would like everyone to call Wimbledon, gets underway on July 3 and runs through July 16, but while they may lose some eyes to FIFA World Cup Finals football, more than enough tennis fans, both casual and dedicated, will be watching to see if Roger Federer can add to his bag of Grand Slam wins.
The bookmakers we checked had futures markets only open thus far and as expected, Federer tops the list by a substantial margin over Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
Nick Kyrgios is in the top 10, however, and former world number one and 1992 Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi offered some insights on what Kyrgios need do in order to take best advantage of his obvious talents.
In the Herald Sun, Agassi told reporters at the Longines Future Tennis Aces event that, “I think he’s (Kyrgios) one of the best talents to step on a tennis court. “I think what he does with it (talent) is a function of investing in his body and getting that right because he’s too young to be worried about this (injuries).”
Kyrgios has been battling an elbow injury that affects all aspects of his game.
He has made progress dealing with his mental demons, but a healthy brain is no substitute for a healthy first serve.
Agassi also mentioned that Kyrgios could use a good coach, but Agassi did not exactly put his hand up for the job.