The French Open, also known as Roland-Garros, is a major tennis tournament and the second of four annual Grand Slams. The tournament takes place over two weeks at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. This year, the French Open will officially begin on May 22 and conclude on June 5.
In the men’s bracket, Novak Djokovic entered the tournament as the favorite. This is no surprise, as Djokovic remains the best player in the world. Some may have been surprised to not see Rafael Nadal at the top of that list. After all, Nadal is coming off a victory at the Australian Open which gave him the most Grand Slam titles of all time among men at 21. Rafa is also notoriously dominant at Roland-Garros, having won 13 titles, which is a record for any player in a major tournament. Unfortunately, he’s dealing with a chronic foot injury which has cast doubt over his ability to make it through the entire tournament.
The French Open is one of the most prestigious events in sports. With a theme emerging of experience vs. the youth movement, this is certain to be an exciting tournament. Directly following Nadal and Djokovic, other players with high initial odds to win were 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz Garfia and 23-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas. Alcaraz has shot up the world rankings recently, currently sitting at No. 6 overall. He’s coming off a strong title run at the Madrid Open which included wins over Djokovic, Nadal, and Alexander Zverev. Tsitsipas has been a dominant force for quite some time now but has plenty of work to do in order to cement his spot as the next face of tennis after the legends retire.
Nadal has dominated this event for over a decade, winning nine of the last 12 French Open titles. The last man not named Rafa or Djokovic to win this tournament was Stan Wawrinka in 2015, so it’s understandable that many are expecting to see one of those two take home the trophy once again.
The French Open will run from May 22 to June 5 this year.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the favorites to win the men's title. Potential Sleepers include Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev.
Novak Djokovic won the men’s French Open title in 2021.