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The second Tennis Grand Slam French Open of the year begins on Sunday. All eyes will be on 20-time Grand Slam champion and Rafael Nadal, who has won the French Open 13 times. The French Open is played on a clay court and hence Nadal is also called the King of Clay Court. Nadal equaled Roger Federer’s record of 20 Grand Slams by winning the French Open last year. Now he has a chance to become the most successful player in the Open Era.
Nadal may face world no.1 tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Djokovic won just 1 French Open title in 2016 in a career. Apart from this, he has won 18 Grand Slam titles including 9 Australian Open titles, 5 Wimbledon titles and 3 times US Open titles. Nadal and Djokovic were also face to face in the finals of the recent Italian Open. Nadal did this match in his name. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic are all in the same draw. That is, one will reach the final.
Federer will also land in a Grand Slam after a year and a half
Federer will also play the first Grand Slam since the Australian Open last year. He has been battling a knee injury since last year’s Australian Open. He also underwent his knee surgery 2 times. For this, he was excluded from the French Open, US Open in 2020 and the Australian Open this year. He returned from the Qatar Open in March. But they were defeated 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 by Georgian player Nicoloz Belashvili in the quarter-finals.
Meaning of keeping all three champions in one draw
Recently, Nadal’s ATP ranking dropped by one place and he slipped from second to third place. This means that Nadal may have to face Djokovic in a match before the final. While both Federer and Djokovic continue to win their matches, these two players can come face-to-face in the quarterfinal.
Night session will be held for the first time in French Open
From May 31 to June 9, one match will be played every day at 9 pm at Philippe Chatrier Court. This court has also been roofed since 2020. It is happening for the first time in the history of the French Open. During the tournament 3 matches will take place on the center court during the day and one match will be held at night. The match at night will be held between the top seeded players.
There will be great competition among women too
Interesting matches can also be seen in women. In this also some champion players have been kept in the same draw. This includes the 2019 French Open champion Ashley Barty and the tournament winning in 2020 and defending champion Inga Switek. Barty did not participate in the tournament last year because of Corona. Both these players can come face-to-face in the semi-finals.
Serena Williams is seeded 7th. She has also not reached the quarter-finals of the French Open since 2017. They may face Daniel Collins in the quarter-finals. The 23 Grand Slam champions Serena will have a chance to match Margaret Court’s record for the most Grand Slams. At the same time, if defending champion Inga Swetek wins, for the first time since 2008, no woman will save the title.
640 players are taking part, 300 million is prize money
640 players will participate in this clay court grand slam. It will have 128–128 in both singles while 64–64 teams will be in all three doubles. The prize money of the French Open is Rs 300 crore, which is 10.53% less than the previous time. The singles champion will get 14 crores while the runner-up will get 6.6 crores.