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The French Open, often called by the name of the stadium in which it is contested–Roland-Garros in Paris–is the second major tennis tournament of the year and the last tournament of the European “clay court” season. The French Open will be contested from May 21st (qualifiers) to June 10th. Read our post on the art of clay court tennis. The First Round of the tournament started on Sunday, May 27th. Last year’s champions were Rafa Nadal (Men’s Singles Champion) and Jalena Ostepenko (Women’s Singles). Ryan Harrison and Michael Venus won the Men’s Doubles title and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the Women’s Doubles Titles. Nadal is heavily favored to win the Men’s Singles Championship again (he has won the French Open 10 times); Nadal will face competition from Novak Djokovic, Alexander Sverek and Dominic Theim. Women’s favorite is Simona Halep, who has been a finalist twice but has yet to win the tournament. Returning in 2018 is Serena Williams, former World Number 1, and Maria Sharapova, who has won the tournament twice. Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina are among the pre-tournament favorites.
Key Events to Date
Simona Halep beat Sloane Stephens, 3-6,6-4, 6-1 to win the Women’s Singles Title.
Rafa Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-4,6-3,6-2.
This year both the Women’s Number 1 seed (Simona Halep) and the Men’s Number 1 seed (Rafa Nadal) in singles won the tournament. This does not happen frequently.
Resources for the 2018 French Open
The French Open Results (updated continuously)
Official French Open Site
Official Roland-Garros App (get it)
Sporting News French Open Coverage
How to Watch The French
French Open You Tube Channel
That’s it for the 2018 French…..see you next year!
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