Rolland Garros, the second Major of the year is almost upon us! This years tournament will be played from the 19th of May to the 7th of June. Played on the beautiful clay courts in France this prestigious event usually offers some exciting tennis on the slow courts where the rallies go on for longer. Will the tournament be a wet and a really slow one, or a dry and faster one? Who do you think will win? There are so many questions to answer so lets start by having a look at some of the possibilities for this years tournament.
In the mens event the obvious favourites would be Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Can Rafa win # 10? His clay court game when he is fully fit and in form is almost unstoppable. Novak will have to make sure he’s also in full fitness and form to compete against the master from spain. Outside these two players, you would have to look at players which are suited to the slower play of the grass courts. Could it be a clay court specialist like Tommy Robredo or Leonardo Mayer who make a big run? Our very own Nick Kyrgios has beaten Federer and Nadal within the last 12 months, maybe he is a chance for a first ever Grand Slam? Or could the greatest ever in Roger Federer win another French open in epic style towards the end of his career? It’s shaping up to be a very exciting two weeks with plenty of chances for players to make it deep in the tournament.
In the women’s event Serena Williams is hard not to pick on any surface, so she will go in as favourite. However the likes of Halep, Bouchard and Petkovic are all in great form. Like most grand slam tournaments there is usually a lesser known player who will make it deep and establish themselves as a top player. Who do you think it will be? Maybe one of the Aussies can make it deep again. Stosur made the final a few years back. If she gets her game together she can win against anyone. Additionally, Casey Dellacqua when in form can craft her way through some match with her left handed play and ability to play an all court game.
In both the mens and womens sides of the event it looks like it will be an exciting one and everyone will have to work extremely hard to get through each round. Make sure you are able to match some of the matches and maybe get some tips on how to play some clay court tennis.
Below is a list things you may not have known from the French Open.
French Open – Rolland Garros, named after the French aviator Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal has won 9 times (singles)
Chris Evert has won 7 times (singles)
Tournament start in 1891
First tournament were played on sand, not clay