Wednesday, June 30, 2021

TKJ's picks: Marta will advance in second round of Wimbledon


Here are Thursday's picks for Wimbledon:

Barty d. Blinkova in 2

Coco d. Vesnina in 2

Fed d. Gasquet in 3

Norrie d. Bolt in 3

Medvedev d. Alcaraz in 3

Vika d. Sori in 2

Sascha d. Sandgren in 3

E. d. Linette in 2

Angie d. Tormo in 2

FAA d. Ymer in 3

Krejcikova d. Petko in 2

Berrettini d. Van de Zandschulp in 3

Dasha d. Penko in 3: This is the match of the day, could go either way.

Nick d. Mager in 3: Nick vs. Nole in the final? I would be all for that.

Pavs d. Krys. Pliskova in 2

Sammy d. Duckworth in 3

Grigs d. Bublik in 5

Muchova d. Giorgi in 2

Kei d. Thompson in 5

Cilic d. Bonzi in 3

Vondrousova d. Raducanu in 2

Marta d. Sevastova in 3: I'm going with my heart. Get this Marta.

Nishioka d. Bedene in 3

Monfils d. Martinez in 3

Cornet d. Tomljanovic in 2

Chardy d. Ivashka in 4: I didn't even know Chardy was still playing.

Hurkacz d. Giron in 3

Garin d. Polmans in 3

Sonego d. Galan in 3

Juvan d. Burel in 3

Badosa d. Poots in 2

Siniakova d. CoCo in 2

Stevie J. d. Fritz in 4

Sasnovich d. Hibino in 2

Record: 57-21, 309-175 :.638

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Marta Nation: Marta wins in first round at Wimbledon


Marta beat Kiki Bertens 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the second round of Wimbledon!

Marta was great, her serve wasn't broken all match. She toughed out a close second set. At 4-4, Marta was down 40-15 on Bertens' serve, she came back and broke in the game and then held in the next game to finish it off.

I'm very proud of her. It was a big win. She will play either Sevastova or Diyas in the next round. They will be playing Wednesday. So they will have to play back-to-back days, which hopefully helps Marta.

I think Marta can win that and maybe make it to the fourth round.

This could be a great opportunity for Marta, and I think she's starting to play well on grass. We'll see how it goes, what's most important is she is healthy and I think she's getting better with each match.

Let's keep it going! You got this Marta!

TKJ's picks: Nole will advance to third round at Wimbledon


Here are my Wednesday Wimbledon picks:

Nole d. Kev in 3

Aryna d. Katie in 3: I'd love to pick Katie, but I just can't do it.

Andy d. Otte in 3

E. d. VanUytvanck in 2

Evans d. Lajovic in 4

Jabeur d. Venus in 3

Swiatek d. Vera in 2

Slash d. Brengle in 2

Berrettini d. Pella in 3

Mugz d. Kerhove in 2

Ruud d. Thompson in 5

Schwartzman d. Broady in 3

Sloane d. Ahn in 2

Isner d. Nishioka in 3

Rublev d. Harris in 3

Pliskova d. DV in 3: My heart says DV, but I can't quite pick it.

Amanda d. Linette in 2: This will be a good start for Amanda.

Kudla d. Seppi in 3

Podoroska d. Martincova in 2

Kry. Pliskova d. Kovinic in 2

Big Foe d. Pospisil in 3: The skies the limit for Foe if he plays to his potential.

Giorgi d. Teichmann in 2

Korda d. Hoang in 3

Van de Zandschulp d. Barrere in 3

Martic d. Begu in 2

Badosa d. Bolsova in 2

Khachanov d. Gerasimov in 3

DRC d. Golubic in 2

Moutet d. Bedene in 3

Fucsovics d. Vesley in 3

Poots d. Tsurenko in 3

Serrano d. Alexandrova in 3

Ivashka d. Munar in 4

Pavs d. Bogdan in 3

Maddie d. LLD in 3

Koepfer d. Kwon in 3

Karatsev d. Chardy in 5

Rybakina d. Liu in 3

RBA d. Kecmanovic in 3

Muchova d. Zhang in 2

Samsonova d. Pegula in 3

Sakkari d. Rogers in 2

Kei d. Popyrin in 5

Mertens d. Zhu in 2

Sapovolov d. Andjuar in 3

Record: 32-13, 252-154 :.621

Monday, June 28, 2021

TKJ's picks: Marta will advance to second round of Wimbledon


Here's my picks for the second day of Wimbledon:

Barty d. CSN in 2

Fed d. Mannarino in 3

Serena d. Sasnovich in 2

Sascha d. Griekspoor in 3

Angie d. Stojanovic in 2

Medvedev d. Struff in 4

Coco d. Jones in 2

Norrie d. Pouille in 3

Cornet d. Bianca in 2

Krejcikova d. Tauson in 2

Grigs d. Verdasco in 5

FAA d. Monteiro in 3

Humbert d. Nick in 5

Vika d. Kozlova in 2

BB d. Juvan in 2

Marta d. Bertens in 2

Cilic d. Caruso in 3

Sammy d. PCB in 4

Alcaraz d. Uchiyama in 3

Penko d. Fernandez in 2

Babos d. Blinkova in 3

Stevie J. d. Novak in 3

Tomljanovic d. Minnen in 2

Konjuh d. Tormo in 3

Sonego d. Sousa in 3

Sandgren d. Gombos in 3

Ruusuvouri d. Giron in 3

Siniakova d. Wang in 2

Sevastova d. Diyas in 2

Bublik d. Kukushkin in 5

Burel d. Perez in 3

Trangelliti d. Bonzi in 3

CoCo d. Govortseva in 3

Duckworth d. Albot in 4

Vesnina d. Trevisan in 2

Nakashima d. Fritz in 4

Dasha d. Tig in 2

Hurkacz d. Musetti in 5

Coria d. Galan in 3

Gasquet d. Sugita in 3

Pera d. Hibino in 2

Kontaveit d. Vondrousova in 3

Petko d. Paolini in 2

Krajinovic d. Bolt in 3

Ymer d. Tsonga in 3

Londero d. Mager in 3

Sori d. Sharan in 2

Diatchenko d. Raducanu in 3

Record: 17-15, 220-141 :.609

Sunday, June 27, 2021

TKJ's picks: Nole, Petra and Basilashvilli will win on Wimbledon opening day


Here's my picks for the opening Monday of Wimbledon:

Nole d. Draper in 3

Petra d. Sloane in 3: This will be tough, but Petra is playing well.

Basilashvilli d. Andy in 4: Andy will take one set, but he just doesn't have much left in him.

Aryna d. Niculescu in 3: This could be an upset, but I think Aryna pulls it out at the end.

Tsitsipas d. Foe in 4: Tsitsipas might struggle early, but he'll figure it out against a struggling Foe.

Hsieh d. Swiatek: Major upset? Swiatek has not looked good on the grass. Hsieh plays well at Wimbeldon.

Mugz d. Ferro in 2

Rublev d. Delbonis in 3

FeLo d. Evans in 5: FeLo still has a little left in the tank.

Venus d. Buzarnescu in 3: Venus still has a little left in the tank.

Maddie d. Swan in 2: Maddie could go a long ways this year. Did I really just type that?

Slash d. Wang in 2: Slash will take advantage of a weak draw - I think.

Cecchinato d. Broady in 4

Kohls d. Shapovalov in 5: Kohls also still has a little left in the tank.

RBA d. Millman in 5: This could go either way. I went back and forth on it, but I'll go with the seed.

O'Connell d. Monfils in 5: I know this is an upset, but would it really be a big surprise?

Pliskova d. Zidansek in 3: Let's not forget Zidansek was a French open semifinalist. This could be an upset, but I'll go with the favorite.

Sakkari d. Rus in 2

Sinner d. Fucsovics in 5: One of the best matches of the day, but I'll go with the youngster.

Watson d. Ahn in 2

Fabio d. Ramos in 3

Mertens d. Dart in 2

Big Kev d. Barrios in 4

Martic d. Gracheva in 2

Pegula d. CarGar in 3: I won't be surprised if CarGar wins this.

Herbert d. Andujar in 3

LLD d. Burrage in 2

McDonald d. Khachanov in 5: Khachanov's slide continues.

Simon d. Lajovic in 4

DCR d. Hercog in 3: I love DCR so I will go with her, but I won't be surprised if Hercog wins.

Pospisil d. Baena in 3

Kwon d. Masur in 3

Fokina d. Kudla in 5: This should be a great match, but I'll go with the youngsetr.

Vera d. Bouzkova in 2

Li d. Podoroska in 3

Jabeur d. Peterson in 2

Alexandrova d. Siegemund in 3

Rinderknech d. Otte in 3

Djere d. Cuevas in 4

Kalinskaya d. Serrano in 3

Travaglia d. Martinez in 4

DV d. Potapova in 2: This will be two close sets.

Seppi d. Sousa in 4

Harris d. Berankis in 3

Samsonova d. Kanepi in 3

Kecmanovic d. Bagnis in 3

Volynets d. Begu in 3

Riske d. Martincova in 2

Zhang d. Hoang in 3

Kuz d. Kerhove in 2

Opelka d. Koepfer in 3

Rybakina d. Kiki in 3: I wish Kiki could win this, but I don't see it happening. She will be lucky to win a set.

Demin d. Korda in 5: This should be a great match, but Demin has been playing well.

Kudermetova d. Golubic in 3

Liu d. Doi in 3

Polmans d. Lu in 4

Rogers d. Stosur in 2: Stosur has nothing left in the tank.

Vesely d. Hanfmann in 3

McHale d. Brengle in 3: Someone has to win this.

Garin d. Miralles in 3

Katie d. Lao in 2

Gerasimov d. Clarke in 3

Schwartzman d. Paire in 5: If Paire shows up this could be quite the entertaining match.

Barthel d. Zhu in 2

Record: 3-1, 203-126 :.617

Saturday, June 26, 2021

TKJ's picks: Angie will win fourth slam, 2nd Wimbledon!

My picks for Wimbledon's women's draw are as much of a mess as the French Open was on the women's side. But that's just the new normal for the WTA! And I'm all here for it.

I've got Angie winning her 4th slam and second Wimbledon! This time she will beat Petra (in a rematch of their match a few days ago) in the finals.

I have Vika ending the Barty Party (yes, I unfortunately have Barty beating Marta in the fourth round) in the quarterfinals. I have Angie beating Muchova in the other quarter.

I know, Angie never beats Vika, but this time she will in the semifinals!

I have Petra beating Slash in another quarterfinal. Slash has such an easy draw. Then I have Jabeur beating Rybakina in another quarterfinal. Petra will then beat Jabeur in the semis.

I expect Angie to win in 3 over Petra, in what will be a high-quality final!

TKJ's picks: Nole will easily win 20th slam, 6th Wimbledon!


Well, this is easy.

I'm picking Nole to win his 20th slam and 6th Wimbledon title. The only person that could stand in Novak's way is Novak.

I have him beating Medvedev in the final. Didn't people say Medvedev couldn't play on clay? Then he had a solid French Open. Then they said he couldn't play on grass and he won a grass-court title this week.

I have Nole beating Rublev in the quarters, Opelka beating Demin (sorry Katie) in the quarters. With Nole then taking down Opelka in the semis. I can't believe I'm picking Opelka in the semis (Is this the women's draw?).

I have Berrettini beating Sascha in the quarters and Medvedev beating Fed in the other quarter.

Medvedev will then knock off Berrettini in the semis and Nole will win the final in 4 sets.

Then we will have three players with 20 slams each! Nole will win No. 21 at the U.S. Open to become the new GOAT and win the Grand Slam (Golden Grand Slam with an Olympic Gold Medal).

It's time for everyone to face the facts that Nole is simply the best of all-time and he's got plenty left in the tank!

TKJ's thoughts: Angie wins 13th title in Bad Homburg, ready for Wimbledon


Angie won title No. 13! She wins in her home country, in Bad Homburg.

She beat Siniakova 6-3, 6-2 in the final. She had three great matches in two days and is now ready to go win Wimbledon!

Let's go Angie!

It's her first tour title in two years, also on grass. Her game is perfectly suited for grass and there's no reason she can't go and win this slam.

No matter what, she had a great week in Bad Homburg beat Amanda in the quarters and Petra in the semis in the same day, both in 3 tough sets.

It's just great to see Angie playing some great tennis again and hopefully end her career with another slam or two.

Here's some pictures of her last three wins:

Friday, June 25, 2021

TKJ's picks: Angie, Medvedev will win titles in Bad Homburg, Mallorca

 Here's my picks for Saturday's finals:

Eastbourne men

Demin d. Sonego in 2


Medvedev d. Sammy in 3: One of my picks coming through!

Bad Homburg

Angie d. Siniakova in 2: Another of my picks coming through!

Eastbourne women

Kontaveit d. Penko in 3: Great title for Kontaveit. She will be dangerous at Wimbledon.

Record: 200-125 :.615

Thursday, June 24, 2021

TKJ's picks: Kontaveit, Rybakina will meet in Eastbourne final


Here's Friday's picks:

Eastbourne men

Sonego d. Purcell in 2

Demin d. Kwon in 2


Medvedev d. PCB in 3: My pick is still alive!

Sammy d. Mannarino in 3: Now Sammy's playing well, but not last week when I picked him.

Eastbourne women

Kontaveit d. Girogi in 3: Kontaveit could be a darkhorse for Wimbledon.

Rybakina d. Penko in 3: Rybakina could be a darkhorse for Wimbledon.

Record: 5-8, 194-124 :.610

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

TKJ's picks: Angie will beat Amanda in showdown of two of my top faves in Bad Homburg


Here's my picks for Thursday's quarterfinals:

Eastbourne men

Bublik d. Sonego in 2

Seppi d. Purcell in 2

Kwon d. Ivashka in 2

Demin d. Pospisil in 3


PCB d. Thompson in 3

Medvedev d. Ruud in 3: My pick is still alive.

RBA d. Sammy in 3

FeLo d. Mannarino in 3: The old man still has something left.

Bad Homburg

Siniakova d. Siegemund in 3

Vika d. Tormo in 2

Angie d. Amanda in 3: Such a tough call. I picked Angie at the start of the tourney so...

Petra d. Podoroska in 2

Eastbourne women

Kontaveit d. Golubic in 2

Aryna d. Giorgi in 3

Dasha d. Penko in 2

Sevastova d. Rybakina in 3

Record: 15-10, 189-116 :.620

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

D.Y. Nation: Dirty Dayana no more, D.Y. Is back and ready to return to WTA Tour

 Dirty Dayana is back! OK, so I have called her Dirty Dayana for many years, because I love the song 

Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson. I'm sure others will now think I'm saying that Dayana cheated, which she has now been cleared of. That is not why I call her that.

So I will now just call her D.Y. But I really love Dirty Dayana. 

The main thing is she's back. It sucks she can't play singles at Wimbledon, but she will be back on the tour soon after being vindicated of any wrong doing in her doping case. 

D.Y. is missed on the tour, if nothing else to spice things up and cause drama, which is honestly one of the main reasons I love the game.

We can never forget this video:

Or even this one: 


She brings it in a lot of ways and I look forward to seeing her play again. 

Let's do this D.Y.!

Marta Nation: Marta falls to Sevastova, but is ready for Wimbledon


Marta suffered a tough loss to Sevastova, 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-4 in the first round in Eastbourne.

Marta fought hard, but couldn't do enough to win. She still played well and had some amazing shots. 

Marta just needs to keep going strong and good things will come. She is still officially in doubles with E., future Olympic Gold Medalists? We'll see what happens there.

I think Marta has played enough on grass this season and is ready for Wimbledon.

Let's go Marta!

TKJ"s picks: Angie will advance in Bad Homburg


Here's the picks for Wednesday:

Eastbourne men

Demin d. Broady in 2

Fucsovics d. Kwon in 2

Popyrin d. Ivashka in 2

Monfils d. Purcell in 2

Bublik d. Gerasimov in 2

Seppi d. Ruusuvuori in 3: Just because I'm tried of spelling Ruus's name.

Millman d. Sonego in 2

Fokina d. Pospisil in 3: Match of the day!


PCB d. Vesely in 2

Sammy d. Humbert in 3: Match of the day in Mallorca.

Thompson d. Klein in 2

RBA d. Travaglia in 2

Bad Homburg

Vika d. Cornet in 3

Angie d. Blinkova in 2: Great draw for Angie.

Petra d. Li in 3

Tormo d. Doi in 2

Podoroska d. Tig in 3

Eastbourne women

BB d. Golubic in 2

Dasha d. Swiatek in 3: Swiatek won't get lucky two matches in a row.

Aryna d. Riske in 3: Could be an upset here.

Jabeur d. Penko in 3

Giorgi d. Rogers in 2

E. d. Rybakina in 2

CoCo d. Sevastova in 2: My champ is still here!

Bianca d. Kontaveit in 3: Does B do it any other way? Against McFail, really?

Record: 26-12, 174-106 :.621


Monday, June 21, 2021

TKJ's picks: Marta, CoCo will set up first clash in Eastbourne

 Here's my picks for a busy Tuesday:

Eastbourne men

Popyrin d. Gombos in 2

Ivashka d. Gray in 3

Tsonga d. Gerasimov in 2

Kukushkin d. Bublik in 3

Millman d. Clarke in 3

Duckworth d. Purcell in 2

Fokina d. Ymer in 2

Fucsovics d. Bedene in 3

Ruusuvuori d. Ramos in 3

Seppi d. Nishioka in 3

Foe d. Broady in 2

Pospisil d. Ward in 2


Sandgren d. Ruud in 3

Sammy d. Baena in 3

Medvedev d. Moutet in 2

Humbert d. Kecmanovic in 2

Khachanov d. FeLo in 3

Thiem d. Mannarino in 3

Bad Homburg

Vika d. Hatouka in 2

Siegemund d. Korpatsch in 3

Tormo d. Doi in 2

Pegula d. Siniakova in 3

Amanda d. Petko in 3

Eastbourne women

Bianca d. McFail in 2

E. D. Badosa in 3

Rybakina d. Dart in 2

Marta d. Sevastova in 2

Pliskova d. Giorgi in 2

Jabeur d. Vondrousova in 3

Pavs d. Penko in 3

Bertens d. Rogers in 2

Golubic d. Stosur in 2

Dasha d. Vera in 2

Swiatek d. Watson in 2

Kontaveit d. Kuz in 2

Riske d. Kudermetova in 3

CoCo d. Mertens in 2

BB d. Martic in 3

Aryna d. Pera in 2

Record: 12-3, 148-94 :.612

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Marta Nation: Marta has big opportunity in Eastbourne

 Marta has qualified at Eastbourne!

She has an OK draw as well. She will play Sevastova on Monday in the first round. A win there and she will play either Mertens or CoCo! I want to see a Marta-CoCo match so bad! The first of many.

She's playing well all in all. We have to remember that she's not used to playing on grass and every match she plays she will gain more experience and get better.

Marta had a great win over Zhang on Sunday, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.

I love that 6-0 set over a good grass-court player! She had 5 aces, served at 64 percent first serves. She was 7 of 10 on BP's while Zhang was only 4 of 13. Story of the match.

Let's go Marta! She can go far in the tournament and take some real momentum into Wimbledon. No matter what I love the fact that she's playing a lot and getting more and more experience.

Here's some pictures of Marta from her qualifying matches:

TKJ's picks: Marta will win first rounder in Eastbourne over Sevastova

 Here's picks for Monday's matches:

Eastbourne men

Tsonga d. Gerasimov in 3: Is Tsonga still playing? Why am I picking him to win a match? Homer pick.

Duckworth d. Purcell in 2

Ruusuvuori d. Ramos in 2: Ruus' name sounds like he should be a wrestler not a tennis player.

Fokina d. Ymer in 2

Seppi d. Nishoka in 3: Why is Seppi still playing? He can still win a few matches on grass, I guess?

Millman d. Clarke in 2: 


Harris d. Moutet in 2

Ruud d. Simon in 3

Travaglia d. Pella in 3: Pella is bad on grass.

Khachanov d. Pouille in 3

Lajovic d. Klein in 3

Vesely d. Caruso in 2

FeLo d. Kuhn in 2

Sammy d. Baena in 2

Bad Homburg

Tauson d. Blinkova in 2

Tormo d. Trevisan in 2

Sloane d. Siegemund in 2

Cornet d. Rus in 2

Li d. Zaya in 2: Who in the blue moon is Zaya?

Pegula d. Hesse in 2

Petra d. Piter in 2: Who in the blue moon is Piter?

Angie d. Yashina in 2: Who in the blue moon is Yashina? Easy win for Angie in her home country.

Eastbourne women

Rybakina d. Dart in 3

Riske d. Kudermetova in 3: Tough call. Riske loves playing on grass.

Bertens d. Rogers in 3: Bertens' farewell tour will net her at least one win.

Pliskova d. Giorgi in 3

Marta d. Sevastova: Homer pick. This is a tough one, but Marta's my fave so it's actually a no-brainer.

Pavs. d. Penko in 3: Will Pavs carry the momentum to grass?

Kontaveit d. Kuz in 3

Golubic d. Stosur in 2: Why is Stosur still playing?

Record: 5-8, 136-91 :.599

Saturday, June 19, 2021

TKJ's picks: Coco will win third title with win in Eastbourne


It's about to be a big week leading up to Wimbledon and going big and (homerish) on my picks. Coco Gauff will win her third title!

We start with the men in Eastbourne. I am taking Opelka for the title over Bublik! Yes I said Bublik! Book it!

I have Bublik beating Monfils in the semis and Opelka beating Demin.

In Mallorca I've got Medvedev knocking out PCB in the semis and Khachanov taking down Sammy. Yes, the Russians are coming.

In the finals it will be Medvedev over Khachanov. Book it!

For the women - in Bad Homburg I've got Angie beating Petra in the semis. I've also got Cornet beating Pegula. Did you see how great Cornet was in Berlin this week?

In the finals it will be Angie beating Cornet. Book it!

I saved the best for last. Here's what will happen for the women in Eastbourne. 

Maddie will beat Aryna in the semis and Coco will beat Jabeur. Coco will then beat Maddie in the finals. Book it.

Record: 0-4, 1-7.

TKJ's picks: BB, Rublev, Berrettini, Dasha will win grass titles


Here's my picks for Sunday's finals and first day in Bad Homburg.


Rublev d. Humbert in 2


Berrettini d. Norrie in 3: I know he's played on it a lot in the past, but when did Norrie become so good on grass?

Bad Homburg

Barthel d. Tig in 3: Tough one to call, but I'll go with Barthel.

Amanda d. Kovinic in 2: Hopefully, this will be the start of Amanda turning everything around!

Doi d. Danillina in 2: Who in the blue moon is Danillina?

Gracheva d. Siniakova in 3: Is it time for Siniakova to become a doubles specialist?

Peterson d. Korpatsch in 3: Another tough one to call, I'll go with Peterson and I honestly don't know why.

Podoroska d. Guth in 2: Who in the blue moon is Guth?

Sori d. Petko in 3: Match of the day for sure. Sori is having a great season.


BB d. Samsanova in 2: When did Samsanova become a good grass-court player? This would be a great title for BB in what's been a down year.


Dasha d. Jabeur in 3: What could have been for Marta if she could have beaten Dasha. Jabeur is tough, but I like the way Dasha is playing. Darkhorse for Wimbledon?

Record: 9-4, 131-83 :.612

Friday, June 18, 2021

TKJ's picks: BB, Vika will collide in Berlin final

 Here's my picks for semi Saturday:


Rublev d. Basilashvilli in 3

FAA d. Humbert in 2


Berrettini d. Demin in 3


BB d. Cornet in 3

Vika d. Samsanova in 2

Record: 6-5, 122-79 :.607


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Marta Nation: Marta in pictures: Marta falls to Dasha in Birmingham


A tough loss for Marta today, but I'm so proud of her fight. 

She was down 3-0 and 5-2 in the second and came back only to lose 6-2, 7-5, to Dasha. Marta had some amazing shots, but was too inconsistent. She will learn from this.

Keep going Marta, big things ahead.

Here's some pictures from the match.