The French Open at Roland Garros in Paris is one of the most important tournaments in the tennis calendar, and serves as the culmination of the clay-court season. The tournament's history goes back as far as 1895, but Stade Roland Garros, named after a French aviator, has been the home of the championships since 1928, its luxurious surroundings and the languid air around the ground contrasting sharply with the intensity of play on the slow red surface that makes the French Open arguably the toughest physical challenge in tennis.
PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS & RUNNER-UPS
|2005||Rafael Nadal||Mariano Puerta|
|2006||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|2007||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|2008||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|2009||Roger Federer||Robin Söderling|
|2010||Rafael Nadal||Robin Söderling|
|2011||Rafael Nadal||Roger Federer|
|2012||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
|2013||Rafael Nadal||David Ferrer|
|2014||Rafael Nadal||Novak Djokovic|
|2015||Stan Wawrinka||Novak Djokovic|
|2005||Justine Henin||Mary Pierce|
|2006||Justine Henin||Svetlana Kuznetsova|
|2007||Justine Henin||Ana Ivanovic|
|2008||Ana Ivanovic||Dinara Safina|
|2009||Svetlana Kuznetsova||Dinara Safina|
|2010||Francesca Schiavone||Samantha Stosur|
|2011||Li Na||Francesca Schiavone|
|2012||Maria Sharapova||Sara Errani|
|2013||Serena Williams||Maria Sharapova|
|2014||Maria Sharapova||Simona Halep|
|2015||Serena Williams||Lucie Šafářová|
Let’s take a look at the schedule for the Men's and Women's tournaments at the French Open.
- Qualifying for Main Draws: May 16- May 20
- First Round: May 22-24
- Second Round: May 25-26
- Third Round: May 27-28
- Fourth Round: May 29-30
- Quarter-Finals: May 31-June 1
- Semi-Finals: June 2-3
- Women's Final: June 4
- Men's Final: June 5
The tournament lasts for two weeks from May 22nd - June 5th. Rounds 1-3 will be played in the first week, and the second week will culminate with the Women’s Final on Saturday (June 4th) and the Men’s Final on Sunday (June 5th).
TV COVERAGE – AUSTRALIA, EUROPE, ASIA, U.S.
In case you can’t be one of the expected 700,000 live viewers to attend this year's event, broadcasters from around the world will be present to help reach everyone from around the globe to enjoy the New York tennis experience. Below we’ve highlighted which broadcasters will be hosting coverage in territories of Australia, Europe, Asia, and the United States.
|beIN Sports||Middle East|
|Eurosport||France / Europe|
|ITV Sport||United Kingdom|
|Setanta Sports||Republic of Ireland|
Men's Odds to Win (As of May 12)
Women’s Odds to Win (As of May 12)
Odds provided by bet365
Novak Djokovic has forced his way to the top of men's tennis over the past few years, with the seeming decline of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, along with the Serb's hiring of Grand Slam legend Boris Becker, proving to be key turning points that have created a hegemony in world tennis.
In spite of this, the current World Number One still does not have a French Open title to his name. 2015, with Nadal on the slide after his nine titles in ten years, looked like the time when Djokovic would take advantage of the interregnum. If anyone was to oppose him, most pundits looked to Andy Murray, who was raised on clay, or Roger Federer, the only man who had been able to break Djokovic's winning run. Instead, Federer's long-time friend and Swiss Davis Cup team-mate Stan Wawrinka capped an incredible upturn in form for a hitherto decent but unremarkable player.
Wawrinka's pink checked shorts, hated by fans but lucky to last year's winner, are going to be replaced on court by something more tasteful, but the jury is out as to whether the Swiss can successfully defend his title. Still at number four in the ATP World Rankings, Wawrinka surely has the game to go all the way to the final, and Nadal's many fans will wish for the Spaniard to stage a late-career resurgence.
Murray, who has not won a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2013, has recently parted ways with coach Amelie Mauresmo, at exactly the wrong time, just as he is attempting to plan a winning strategy for Paris. Number Nine-ranked David Ferrer is a former Roland Garros finalist, and Kei Nishikori continues to impress on all surfaces. However, the truth is, it will take a bad day from Djokovic for anyone else to take the trophy. There's a lot of tennis to be played, though, so anything can happen.
On the women's side of the draw, Serena Williams might be the pre-eminent force in the game, but she still has only three French Open titles to her name in her list of 21 career Grand Slams. Certainly, that's still more than any active player, but it does make the clay of Roland Garros a leveler, given that the great American seems to find it harder to win on the sticky surface.
Of the pack of rivals who will hope to upset Serena's march to the title this year, there will be one fewer member, as Maria Sharapova, herself a two-time winner in Paris, is currently suspended following the controversy earlier this season, when the substance Meldonium was banned, and the Russian admitted she had taken it up to and following its prohibition. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the case, tennis is slightly less competitive without Sharapova, and so we must look to younger players to provide the rivalry for Serena.
Victoria Azarenka and Simona Halep are both contenders on all surfaces, while Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber have emerged recently. Further down the draw, Agnieszka Radwanska and former winner Ana Ivanovic will fancy their chances of reaching the final - however when they get there, they are likely to face an irresistible force who, at the age of 34, is showing little sign of slowing down. The race is on for a new challenger to emerge. Who will step up to the plate?
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