French Open: Date, draw, will Emma Raducanu play, how to watch & more

Iga Swiatek is favourite to win the French Open

With the Italian Open coming to a conclusion, the second Grand Slam of the year is now on the horizon.

The world’s best tennis players will soon descend on Paris for the French Open, otherwise known as Roland-Garros.

With 2000 ranking points and £1.87 million on offer for the winner, the tournament is sure to be fiercely-contested.

GiveMeSport Women runs through everything you need to know about the French Open, including the schedule, the draw and how to watch.

When is the French Open?

Qualifying for the French Open starts today and runs until May 20th, with the main draw commencing on May 22nd.

Night sessions were introduced to the tournament for the first time last year, and will appear again on this year’s schedule from May 23rd to June 3rd.

The women’s final is set to be played on June 4th, with the men’s final scheduled for the following day.

Where is the French Open?

The French Open will be held at Stade Roland Garros in Paris. Matches will be played on clay court.

Who is playing at the French Open?

Every top 10 player in women’s tennis is on the entry list for Roland-Garros. This includes world number one Iga Świątek, who is currently in scintillating form.

Defending champion Barbora Krejčíková is also on the entry list, and looks set to compete at the tournament after recovering from an elbow injury.

Paula Badosa, Maria Sakkari, Anett Kontaveit, Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka and Garbiñe Muguruza are among the other stars set to compete at the French Open.

Four-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka is on the entry list despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with an Achilles injury, but tennis legend Serena Williams is still absent. The 23-Grand Slam winner has suggested she may return at Wimbledon.

A list of favourites for the French Open title can be found here.

Czech tennis star Barbora Krejcikova

When is the French Open draw?

The men’s and women’s singles draws each consist of 104 direct entries, 16 qualifiers and eight wild cards. There are 32 players seeded in each of the draws.

The draw was carried out on May 19th and can be found below. Naomi Osaka’s match against Amanda Anisimova is perhaps the most mouthwatering clash in the opening round. The pair played in the third round of the Australian Open, with Anisimova clinching a three-set victory.

British tennis star Emma Raducanu

Will Emma Raducanu be playing at the French Open?

Emma Raducanu is on the entry list for the French Open and looks set to compete, despite struggling with injury in recent weeks.

The US Open champion was forced to retire from the first round of the Italian Open with a back injury, and she has reportedly flown back to London to determine the extent of the issue.

The 19-year-old has been drawn against a qualifier in the opening round – find out her potential route to the final.

How to watch the French Open

The French Open will be shown on Eurosport, which is available to Sky, Virgin Media and BT customers, alongside discovery+ and Amazon Prime subscribers.

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