Tuesday May 27, 2014
It’s that time again when two of the four annual Grand Slam events are about to take place in the tennis calendar. Wimbledon will of course see us all rooting for our favourite players on grass for two weeks at the end of June, but before that we have the delight of the red clay to thrill us.
We’re talking about Roland Garros of course, otherwise known as the home of the French Open. This is the major event in the clay court season and the man to beat in the men’s draw is arguably the man who has won it eight times previously – Rafael Nadal. If he were to win again this year it would take his tally of wins to five in a row.
Over on the women’s side of the draw Serena Williams is surely the woman to beat. She won it last year and has the strength and power to do it again. There will be many other players vying for a chance to win though, including Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the men’s side. Over in the women’s draw you can never rule out players including Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Samantha Stosur, all of whom are Grand Slam winners either at the French Open or at other Grand Slam events.
No doubt many people will have their favourites before the draw is even made. However others will change their minds throughout the tournament, as players get knocked out in both the men’s and the women’s draws and the field narrows further by the day. Who will be left standing at the end of the fortnight of play as the French Open champion for 2014 in each event?
Of course there are several doubles events to be held too, along with a variety of other events. But all eyes will be on the main two events in the men’s singles and the women’s singles. And just after it all ends we’ll have but a short wait until Wimbledon begins at the end of June. It is a great time for tennis fans and if you’re feeling lucky you may just have a chance to bet on the winner as well.