Friday, June 24, 2022

TKJ's picks: Novak Djokovic, Iga Swiatek will win Wimbledon titles

 The Wimbledon draw is out and here are my picks for the tourney.

Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek will win the titles (shocking I know). Seriously, they are the favorites for a reason.

On the men's side I have Nole beating Carlos Alcaraz, Hubert Hurkacz beating Frances Tiafoe, Marcos Berrettini over Nick Kyrgios and Rafael Nadal beating Felix Auger-Aliassime.

Then Nole beats Hurkacz and Rafa beats Berrettini in a five-set thriller.

That leaves the two GOATS to battle it out and this time it will be Djokovic coming out on top.

On the women's side, I have Iga beating Bianca Andreescu in the quarters, Simona Halep over Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur over Marta Kostyuk (get it Marta!) and Maria Sakkari over Beatriz Haddad Maia.

In the semis, Iga takes out Simo and Ons beats Sakkari. That gives us an Iga-Ons battle in the final and I have Iga taking it.

TKJ's picks: Fritz will win Eastbourne, Tsitsipas will take Mallorca


Here's my picks for Saturday's matches after another not so great day of picking.

Eastbourne men:

Fritz d. Cressy in 3


Tsitsipas d. RBA in 3

Bad Homburg:

Bianca d. CarGar in 2

Eastbourne women:

Petra d. Penko in 3

Record: 4-3, 1,835-947 :.660

Thursday, June 23, 2022

TKJ picks: Tsitsipas, RBA, Cressy, De Minaur will advance to ATP finals

 Another week of tennis, another week of me not picking the tourney winner ahead of time. Oh well.

Here's my picks for Friday's matches:

Eastbourne men: Cressy d. Draper in 3

De Minaur d. Fritz in 3


Tsitsipas d. Bonzi in 2

RBA d. Bellier in 2

Bad Homburg

Simo d. Bianca in 3

Cornet d. CarGar in 3

Eastbourne women

Maia d. Petra in 3

Penko d. Giorgi in 3

Record: 10-6, 1,831-944 :.660

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TKJ's Picks: Anisimova will upset Halep in Bad Homburg quarters

 Here's my picks for Thursday's matches:

Eastbourne men:

Norrie d. Cressy in 3

Fritz d. Bublik in 3

DeMinaur d. Paul in 3


Bonzi d. Altmaier in 3

Tistsipas d. Giron in 2

Medvedev d. RBA in 2

Griekspoor d. Bellier in 2

Bad Homburg

Lisicki d. CarGar in 3

Bianca d. Dasha in 3

Angie d. Cornet in 2

Mandy d. Simo in 3

Eastbourne women:

Giorgi d. Tomova in 2

Petra d. Dart in 3

Penko d. Kalinina in 3

Maia d. Tsurenko in 3

Record: 18-11, 1,821-938 :.660

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

TKJ's picks: Marta Kostyuk will win again in Eastbourne

Marta Kostyuk picked up a big win, topping Krejcikova 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in Eastbourne. She will now play either Harriet Dart or Jill Teichmann. Their match was suspended at a set apiece. 

Marta will beat either one of them on Wednesday in two sets.

Here's my other picks for Wednesday:

Eastbourne men:

DeMinaur d. Sonego in 3

Norrie d. Nakashima in 2

Cressy d. Evans in 3

Fritz d. Monteiro in 2

Bublik d. Millman in 3

Sinner d. Paul in 3

Peniston d. Martinez in 2

Draper d. Schwartzman in 3


PCB d. Bellier in 2

McDonald d. Giron in 3

Griekspoor d. Molcan in 2

Baez d. Altmaier in 2

Shapo d. Bonzi in 2

Tsitsipas d. Ivashka in 2

Medvedev d. Karatsev in 3

Nick d. RBA in 2

Bad Homburg

Cornet d. Maria in 3

Lisicki d. Minnen in 3

Mandy d. Li in 2

Bianca d. Swan in 2

Angie d. Bronzetti in 2

Simo d. Zidansek in 2

Eastbourne women:

Petra d. Katie in 3

Flipkens d. Tomova in 2

Mugz d. Giorgi in 3

Maia d. Burrage in 2

Maddy d. Penko in 3

Kalinina d. Poots in 3

Linette d. Tsurenko in 3

Record: 16-13, 1,803-927 :.660

Monday, June 20, 2022

TKJ's picks: Marta will beat Krejcikova in Eastbourne


Marta Kostyuk played fabulous today. 

She split sets with Barbora Krejcikova in the second round in Eastburone. Krejcikova took the first set 6-4 with a break of serve in the fifth game.

Marta came back and broke in the eighth game of the second set, in hard-fought battle and then held to win the set, 6-3.

Tomorrow it should be an epic finish. I picked Marta to win before the match started and I'm not backing down now! You got this Marta!

Marta in 3

Other picks for Tuesday:

Eastbourne men:

Rune d. Peniston in 3

Sonego d. Duckworth in 3

Paul d. Cerundolo in 2

Humbert d. Monteiro in 2

Fokina d. Martinez in 3

Evans d. Mannarino in 2


Van De Zandschulp d. Giron in 2

Lajovic d. Altmaier in 2

Nick d. Djere in 2

Thompson d. Baez in 3

Bad Homburg

Korpatsch d. Lisicki in 2

Mandy d. Van Uytvanck in 2

CarGar d. Rakhimova in 2

Angie d. Gasanova in 2

Bianca d. Trevisan in 2

Simo d. Siniakova in 2

Dasha d. Niemeier in 2

Eastbourne Women:

Kanepi d. Maia in 3

Giorgi d. Marino in 2

Mertens d. Flipkens in 2

Petra d. DV in 3

Maddy d. LLD in 3

Kalinina d. Sakkari in 3

Pliskova d. Katie in 3

Rogers d. Tomova in 2

Rybakina d. Tsurenko in 2

Paula d. Burrage in 2

Penko d. Tomljanovic in 3

Teichmann d. Dart in 3

Record: 16-10, 1,787-914 :.662

Thursday, April 14, 2022

TKJ's picks: Tsitsipas, Sinner faves in Monte Carlo quarters

Here are my picks for the Monte Carlo quarters:

Fritz d. Fokina in 3

Hurkacz d. Grigs in 3

Sinner d. Sascha in 3

Tsitsipas d. Schwartzman in 3

Record: 6-2, 1,106-539 :.672

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

TKJ's Picks: Tsitsipas now the fave to win Monte Carlo


Here are my picks for round of 16  Monte Carlo:

Fritz d. Korda in 3

Ruud d. Grigs in 2: I guess clay Ruud is back, even though he was just in the hospital last week?

Goffin d. Fokina in 3

Tsitsipas d. Djere in 2: This title is now Tsitsipas' to lose.

Schwartzman d. Musetti in 3

Sascha d. PCB in 3

Hurkacz d. Ramos in 3

Sinner d. Rublev in 3

Record: 8-5, 1,100-537 :.672

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

TKJ's Picks: Carlos will rule in Monte Carlo


Here's my picks for Wednesday's Monte Carlo action:

Carlos d. Korda in 2: Carlos is unstoppable and will win this now that Nole is out.

Norrie d. Ramos in 3

Sonego d. Djere in 2

Fritz d. Cilic in 2

Hurkacz d. Martinez in 3

Rune d. Ruud in 3

Goffin d. Evans in 3

FAA d. Musetti in 3

PCB d. Bublik in 2

Sinner d. Ruusuvuori in 2

Schwartzman d. Fucsovics in 2

Sascha d. Delbonis in 2

Rublev d. DeMin in 2

Record: 9-3, 1,092-532 :.672

Monday, April 11, 2022

TKJ's picks for play-in games: Clippers will upset T-Wolves


Here's my NBA picks for the play-in games:

Brooklyn over Cleveland: Come on KD and Co. Time to get beat by the Celtics!

LA Clippers over Minnesota: Upset alert. Because why not?

Atlanta over Charlotte: No rung again this year for MJ.

New Orleans over San Antonio: No Zion, no problem for the Pelicans.

Yankees Nation: Yankees lose again - this time to the Jays

The New York Yankees lost 3-0 to the Blue Jays because their offense was horrible. 

Taillon took the loss. He went 5 innings, had 6 K's and 0 walks. I expected much worse to be honest, so I'm OK with him and the pitching.

However, the offense was awful. Gallo had two singles and Torres and Hicks had a single each. The offense made this Manoah guy look like a world beater.

Oh well, there's always tomorrow. The 2-2 Yankees play the Jays again, the second of a four-game series.

TKJ's Picks: Nole and TKJ are back with wins!


TKJ's tennis picks are back.

Here's my picks for Tuesday in Monte Carlo:

Evans d. Bonzi in 2

Martinez d. Humbert in 3

Ruusuvuori d. Otte in 3

Sonego d. Ivashka in 2

Cressy d. Djere in 3

Fritz d. Catarina in 2

Musetti d. Paire in 3: The youngster is starting to play better on his fave surface.

Nole d. Fokina in 2: This will be two tight sets, but never in doubt. Nole will not lose in his first match in a while. 

Goffin d. Lehecka in 2: I thought Goffin was washed up, but suddenly he's alive again on clay.

Karatsev d. Rune in 3: This should be a good one.

Tsitsipas d. Lajovic in 2: This is Tsitsipas' fave time of the year.

Record: 8-3, 1,083-529 :.672

Sunday, April 10, 2022

I'm back, again!

So, it's been a while. I promise I will try to do more blogs, at least once a week moving forward. I will talk about other sports, but mostly this will be about tennis and especially Marta!

Unfortunately, Marta is out with an injury but she could be back for Madrid at the end of the month. Congrats to BB -Belinda Bencic for winning Charleston! I had Ons winning it and I am now 11-27 at picking tourney winners this year. Opelka won Houston, Goffin (who suddenly is playing OK again) won Marrakech and Maria won Bogota.

This week there is just Monte Carlo with the return of Nole! He could play my other favorite Carlos Alcaraz in the quarters and that would be a mouth-watering clash! I have Nole winning the whole thing, we will see.

The Billie Jean King Cup is also being played with Ukraine playing the U.S. Go Ukraine, even though Marta won't play. DY and Co. can still take it!

In other sports, congrats to my Boston Celtics for getting the 2 seed in the East in the NBA playoffs, bring on Brooklyn. We ain't scared! 

Also congrats to Scottie Scheffler for winning the Masters, but what we really care about is Tiger came back and played! It was so great watching him again after everything he's been through.

It was also great having MLB back and the Yankees are off to a 2-1 start! 

Going back to tennis, it's clear that Iga is dominating the game and that is awesome to see. I still hope Marta can keep improving and become big rivals with her like they did in the juniors. Women's tennis is going to be exciting to watch for years to come. Men's tennis is also in good hands as Carlos has shown that he is going to be the man!

Until next time - peace!