Monday, June 23, 2003

Off With a Bang: Wimbledon fortnight begins with Lleyton Hewitt, the defending champ and top seed, out in the first round. I like Andre's chances, since his quick hand will help on the grasscourts. I like Grosjean for his determination in the face of superior fire power. Could it be Roddick's year to break out of the pack? He's a banger, but has always lacked discipline. Henman earns a 10 seed, which SW19 watchers understand to be his annual gift.

The girls' side should be plenty interesting, too, with Justine Henin-Heartbreaker coming off a great Roland Garros, beating Serena Williams, the most dominant woman since ... well, her sister. Henin could add some real solidity to the cred she picked up in France. And how about J.Cap? Is she allowed to have a comeback without a misdemeanor arrest intervening?

The best two weeks of the summer begin ...

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