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Don’t Miss the French Open

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The French Open is a top tennis tournament held from late May to early June at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The French Open is the second of four Grand Slam tournaments held each year. The other three Grand Slam tournaments are the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open. The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is the only major tournament held on clay. It ends the spring clay court season. 

The French Open

The men’s singles matches in the French Open are composed of five sets with no tiebreaker in the final set, making the tournament among the most physically demanding tennis tournaments. Clay courts significantly slow down the ball and produce higher bounce compared to hard courts or grass courts. The nature of the surface takes away the innate advantages of big servers and players who are noted as serve-and-volleyers. Accomplished players who became famous for their big serves, such as Pete Sampras, have never won French Open titles. In fact, many notable players who won multiple Grand Slams did not win in the French Open. These players include John McEnroe, John Newcombe, Venus Williams, Jimmy Connors, and several more. Players whose style is suited for the slow surfaces include Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl, and Björn Borg. 

This year’s French Open will start on Monday, May 22 and end on Sunday, June 11. The qualifier will be held on opening day, and the first round of the main draw will begin on Sunday, May 28. The women’s singles final will be held on Saturday, June 10, while the men’s singles final will follow on June 11. 

The women’s singles will include such big names as Serena Williams, Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and several more notable players. 

The men’s singles will feature different championship players, including Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrigios, Milos RTaonic, and Juan Martin Del Potro. 

Keep your eyes on the French Open, and see who will come out ahead in this rigorous, high-profile sporting event.