History beckons Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

History beckons Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic

"Because of that support I also managed to win this title in 2016".

The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season.

Roger Federer returns to play at the French Open for the first time since 2015, scheduled to face Lorenzo Sonego at Court Philippe Chatrier on Sunday.

Williams dominated in 2002 after Capriati won the Australian Open, with the American superstar claiming the other three majors before being victorious in Melbourne for the first time in 2003.

Federer is famously less at ease on clay as he is elsewhere, and his sole French Open title came exactly a decade ago.

However, to finalise our outright selection for the men's event, I'm looking at Zverev as a potential back to lay at [50.0].

"Because at this stage of my career, those are the ones that matter the most for me", Djokovic added. I know that clay perhaps isn't her best surface, but maybe she will find the passion and love for it here at the French Open!

The centre court, Philippe Chatrier, has been 80 per cent rebuilt, with a roof to be added for next year's tournament, while a new third court has been built in the neighbouring botanic gardens surrounded by greenhouses. That being said, Tommy Paul has not played in a full ATP tournament in 2019 and it will be very tough for him to start his campaign against the number 4 seed.

Radio Sport tennis commentator Matt Brown is back at the French Open where Rafael Nadal will attempt to win the title for the 12th time and Simona Halep defends here women's title. So just how healthy the 23-time major champion is will be a key storyline during Week 1. "It wouldn't be fair to pick anybody else but him as the main favorite, because he has won this tournament so many times", said No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, who lost to Nadal in the Rome final.

Kiki Bertens (8/1): The veteran has won five tournaments since the start of 2018, including a win in Madrid and a finals spot in Rome the past two weeks.

"Roland Garros, that's what I'm dreaming about right now", Osaka, who has never reached the second week in Paris, said. Nadal is 86-2 at the French Open. "This is the tournament that I was preparing for, so to say, for last couple of months". "Honestly, it's been a bit of a ride trying to figure out how to play better on clay throughout these years, but I think this year I have been playing well".

Nick Kyrgios was the latest big name to withdraw from the field - and it comes after he was kicked out of the Italian Open for a temper tantrum, then bashed the French Open on social media.

The 21-year-old Japanese player, who won her first Slam at the US Open in September and backed it up by winning the Australian Open in January, pulled out of the Italian Open just over a week ago after she woke up and was unable to move her thumb before her quarterfinal.



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