The second of four Grand Slam events in 2018 is on the horizon with the French Open at Roland Garros.
Last year’s men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, will return to defend his title and go for his record 11th French Open trophy. Nadal, currently ranked No. 2 in the world, lost the No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer back in February. Federer has since withdrawn from the clay court circuit though and won’t be playing in the French Open for the third straight year, leaving the door open for Nadal to take the title at Roland Garros and reclaim the No. 1 ranking.
In the WTA, all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she participates in her first Grand Slam event since the 2017 Australian Open. The 23-time Grand Slam champion has understandably been shaking off rust in her most recent tournaments. She made it to the third round at Indian Wells before losing to sister Venus and was ousted in the opening round of the Miami Open.
Last year’s winner, Jelena Ostapenko, has climbed her way to No. 5 in the WTA rankings. The player she defeated, Simona Halep, will likely come in with the No. 1 ranking, and after losing the 2018 Australian Open to Caroline Wozniacki, will look to finally win her first career Grand Slam at Roland Garros.
Below is the schedule by round, the men’s and women’s draws and how to watch the French Open.
French Open schedule
The opening round of the French Open is set to begin on Sunday, May 27, at 5 a.m. ET. The tournament will take place almost daily over the next two weeks and will conclude with the championship match on Sunday, June 10. Below is the round-by-round breakdown of the schedule for both men and women.
(All times Eastern)
|Sunday, May 27||Round 1||7 a.m.|
|Monday, May 28||Round 1||7 a.m.|
|Tuesday, May 29||Round 1||7 a.m.|
|Wednesday, May 30||Round 2||7 a.m.|
|Thursday, May 31||Round 2||7 a.m.|
|Friday, June 1||Round 3||7 a.m.|
|Saturday, June 2||Round 3||7 a.m.|
|Sunday, June 3||Round 4||7 a.m.|
|Monday, June 4||Round 4||10 a.m.|
|Tuesday, June 5||Quarterfinals||10 a.m.|
|Wednesday, June 6||Quarterfinals||10 a.m.|
|Thursday, June 7||Women’s Semifinals||9 a.m.|
|Friday, June 8||Men’s Semifinals||11 a.m.|
|Saturday, June 9||Women’s Final||11 a.m.|
|Sunday, June 10||Men’s Final||11 a.m.|
French Open draw
The official draw for both the men’s and women’s French Open will be released following the Roland Garros qualifiers. Those are set to take place the week before the tournament starts, from May 20-25. Once the draw is announced it will be updated here.
Why is it called Roland Garros?
The French Open is referred to as Roland Garros because the tournament’s venue is called the Stade Roland-Garros, named after the French aviator Roland Garros.
The Frenchman was the first person to fly across the Mediterranean and developed the first ever on-board machine gun, which was used in WWI.
The stadium was named after him in 1928, a decade after he was shot down and killed in 1918 over the Ardennes.
Who won the French Open 2017?
World Number 2 Rafael Nadal won the 2017 French Open Men’s Singles Final, while Jelena Ostapenko won the Women’s final.