French Open 2024: A Stern Test on Parisian Clay
Roland Garros - French Open

✍️ Vaibhaw Tiwary

🗓️ May 17, 2024

The tennis world is all pumped up and excited about the esteemed French Open. The second Grand Slam of the tennis calendar, which takes place at the illustrious Roland Garros, signifies the pinnacle of clay-court competition.

The French Open presents a unique and formidable challenge to players with its clay surface. Unlike the fast-paced surfaces of Wimbledon or the hard courts, the unforgiving red clay demands a distinct skill set. Here, grueling baseline rallies reign supreme, with players relying on pinpoint shot-making, unwavering tactical mastery, and mental fortitude that brooks no compromise.

The tournament will feature several big names, as players from the ATP and WTP tours hope to compete in the French Open. However, two names that always stand out in every competition, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, will definitely be the highlights of the tournament.

Djokovic and Nadal

Novak Djokovic, the defending champion, will take the court looking to reclaim the title and take his total grand slams to a record number of 25. 

After a two-year absence, the ‘King of Clay,’ Rafael Nadal, is set to make a triumphant return to the French Open. With speculation swirling about his retirement, the anticipation for his 15th title win is palpable. 

In the women’s division, the competition is fierce. Defending champion Iga Swiatek is prepared to fight tooth and nail to retain her title. However, she will face formidable opponents in Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, and Elena Rybakina, among others, making for an intense and thrilling tournament.

When is the French Open 2024?

The qualification rounds of the second grand slam of the year will start on Monday, May 20, and end on Friday, May 24. However, the main draws will begin on Sunday, May 26. The French Open is one of the two slams, along with the Australian Open, that last over 15 days instead of the regulation 14 days.

The singles’ final, ultimate showdown of the tournament, will take place on June 8.

French Open 2024: Venue and where to watch?

The iconic Roland Garros, located at the edge of Bois de Boulogne, will be host to the second grand slam of the year. The venue spans over a wide area and hosts 18 clay courts. The main final will be held at the Philipe Chatrier.

The Sony Broadcasting Network will broadcast the tournament in India. Get ready to enjoy two thrilling weeks of competition, where champions will be made on the clay courts of Paris.

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