French Open News
Iga Swiatek with her 28-match winning streak is the clear favourite to win the women's singles title at the 2022 French Open but one mustn't forget that the Grand Slam has had surprising winners over the years.
French Open 2022: Favourites Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are in the same half of the draw leaving door ajar for the rest.
The Japanese superstar, a former world number one and a four-time major winner, pulled out of Roland Garros 12 months ago after she was fined and threatened with a Grand Slam ban for refusing to honour media commitments.
Naomi Osaka has plenty still to prove on clay, having never reached a Tour final on the surface or even made the second week of the French Open.
World number one Djokovic and Nadal, ranked five, are seeded to meet as early as the quarter-finals.
Monfils, who had reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year, had struggled on clay and had already pulled out in Monte Carlo and in Barcelona
The 20-year-old Pole, who won the title at Roland Garros in 2020, is over 2,000 points ahead of defending French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova in the new WTA rankings.
The Russian invasion has been 'draining' for the former World No. 3 as some of Svitolina's family members remain in Ukraine and 'are all hiding in the basement'.
Novak Djokovic lost to young sensation Carlos Alcaraz in three sets in the semifinals of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
The French Tennis Federation raised the prize money by 6.8 per cent overall compared to three years ago, before the pandemic affected the past two editions.
Novak Djokovic will be hoping to match Rafael Nadal's tally at the French Open, which begins on 22 May.
Rafael Nadal returned to training on Monday following a four-week rib injury layoff, with just over a month to go before the French Open in Roland Garros.
Until now, the major events all employed different rules on how to end a match which reaches 6-6 in a deciding set.
Nadal will be looking to win his 13th title on the clay courts in Barcelona after first lifting the trophy in 2005.
Earlier this month, Novak Djokovic was barred from playing in the Australian Open for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules.
Last year the 28-year-old American had emergency surgery for endometriosis and at the French Open suffered an abdominal injury
Novak Djokovic was deported from Australia and barred from playing in the Australian Open for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules.
The ministry said a new vaccine pass, approved by the French parliament on Sunday, "applies to everyone, to volunteers and to elite sportspeople, including those coming from abroad, until further notice."
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu told radio station France Info that Djokovic, who has openly been sceptical about the vaccine, would benefit from a special case scenario in France for major events such as the French Open.
Manolo Santana, first Spaniard to win Wimbledon, dies aged 83; Rafael Nadal, Spanish PM lead tributes
Santana won four major singles titles, taking the French Open in 1961 and 1964, the US Open at Forest Hills in 1965 and Wimbledon in 1966.