Tennis Expert Picks - All England Lawn Tennis Championships
Editor's note: In selecting our picks, the "toughest road" must be by a player currently seeded in the top 10, and a "sleeper" is someone outside the top 10.
We know this will shock you, but there are some competitive folks in our tennis broadcast group.
No, we offer no names, but they all know who they are. The business of predictions at the Grand Slam events is a tricky thing, and details tend to come up during the fortnight. It can, we don't mind telling you, get ugly at times. Sometimes the best way to succeed is to stray from the pack and hit on a few long shots. Other times …
All nine of our analysts chose to make the safe play at the French Open -- Serena Williams as the winner -- and it paid off. No fewer than five had Rafael Nadal as the men's winner, while the remaining four lost (barely) with Djokovic.
As usual, the Australian Open picks -- which saw imminent Hall of Fame inductee Cliff Drysdale leading -- did not translate on the red clay of Roland Garros. Brad Gilbert, Pam Shriver and ESPN.com editor Matt Wilansky all came through with four correct picks out of six. Gilbert and Wilansky had both winners and Caroline Wozniacki as the woman with the toughest road and Jelena Jankovic as the sleeper. Shriver got both winners right, along with Wozniacki and her male counterpart, Tomas Berdych.
Here are the updated standings at the halfway point:
Bard Gilbert, Pam Shriver (7), Cliff Drysdale, Matt Wilansky (6), Darren Cahill, Mary Joe Fernandez, Greg Garber (5), Kamakshi Tandon (4), Chris Evert (3).
Here are the (so-called) experts' picks for Wimbledon. And remember, please, no wagering.