Beyond the Baseline Podcast: Davenport previews French Open
On this week's episode of the SI Tennis Beyond the Baseline Podcast, Sports Illustrated executive editor and host Jon Wertheim talks with Lindsay Davenport.
Ahead of the 2016 French Open, Davenport joins the podcast to preview and make predictions for the tournament. The pair discusses the No. 1 seeds, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, and how they will fare on clay. Will Serena win her first major of the year and can Djokovic finally win the one Grand Slam title that has eluded him? Davenport discusses Djokovic's chances in Paris, even after his performances in the lead-up tournaments, including a loss on the Italian Open final to Andy Murray. Davenport also talks about the top men's and women's seeds, the landscape of women's tennis, how players prep for the clay season, the approach going into a clay major and more. The podcast was taped before Roger Federer's withdrawal from the French Open, but Wertheim and Davenport also talk about his back injury and chances at another major title.
Also on the podcast, Davenport talks about the absence of Maria Sharapova due to her doping announcement in March and gives some updates on her case, including whether or not she thinks she will play again.
Check back on SI.com next week for another episode of Beyond the Baseline.