The French Open is upon us as it started today. There are many story lines that led us into the fortnight. One of the biggest shockers before the tournament was that Roger Federer, a fan favourite (and my personal favourite player) pulled out a couple of weeks before the main draw took place. Roger Federer is the greatest player in my eyes and I won’t brag how good he is. He won 18 majors including the one in Australia this year and holds the record of having served the longest as world number one. Anyways, Rafael Nadal is seen as the clear favourite to win the title. He has already won multiple clay tournaments this year and he goes for his tenth Coupe des Mousquetaires (Musketeer’s Cup). Other players playing involve world number one Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion.
The woman’s field is extremely open. Serena Williams withdrew because she is expecting a child later this year. The biggest absentee is Maria Sharapova. She just came back after serving a two-year doping ban and she was not given a wildcard into the main draw. Her ranking is also too low to play in the qualification rounds before the fortnight. World number one, Angelique Kerber already lost in the first round on the first day, and she is the first number one woman seed to go out in the first round in the open era.
The French open is just starting and there are already many important factors that are impacting both the men and women’s fields.
In two weeks a winner will be crowned.
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