The second slam of the year is already underway, with qualifying action starting yesterday in Paris. Here’s our list of everything you need to know!
Roland Garros 101
Where to watch: Tennis Channel and Tennis Channel Plus
Draws will be revealed on Friday, May 20th
Main draw play starts Sunday, May 22nd daily through the finals on Sunday, June 5th.
Social Media: #RG16 @rolandgarros
While it seems like Djokovic has won pretty much everything over the last few years, there is 1 title that has eluded him – the French Open. He beat Rafa in the Quarterfinals last year, then lost to an inspired Stan Wawrinka in the final. Could this be the year he completes the career slam in Paris?
One man likely standing in Djokovic’s way is Rafael Nadal, the 9 time champion. While Djokovic currently owns their head-to-head, Rafa has been re-gaining confidence and their last meeting in Madrid was close.
Taylor Fritz is playing in the main draw of Roland Garros for the 1st time, with his ranking high enough for direct entry. Several Americans advanced through the first round of qualifying, including Frances Tiafoe, Ryan Harrison, and Jared Donaldson. Tommy Paul, who defeated Fritz in the 2015 Junior Roland Garros final, also advanced on day 1. Bjorn Frantangelo, winner of the USTA’s French Open wild card challenge, also received direct entry to the main draw.
It’s been a fun couple of years for doubles, with different teams winning each slam. We’re sure the hometown team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut will get tons of support – they’ve already won 3 Masters titles this year. The Bryan Brothers just won the title in Rome, defeating Jack Sock and Vasek Pospisil in the final.
The last time a Frenchman won Roland Garros was Yannick Noah in 1983. We’d love to see another French player win the title. One thing is for sure – the French players are always entertaining to watch! Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, Gilles Simon & more. ALLEZ!