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For tennis fans, May is the month of clay. A series of competitions ensue, all of which are played on clay, leading up to the French Open at the end. The French Open, or Roland Garros, is the annual clay court Grand Sl ...

For tennis fans, May is the month of clay. A series of competitions ensue, all of which are played on clay, leading up to the French Open at the end. The French Open, or Roland Garros, is the annual clay court Grand Slam and is one of a kind. Until 1975, it was the only major tennis tournament that was not played on grass. It is the second of the four annual Grand Slams on a tennis calendar. The others are the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open. Clay makes for an interesting surface, as it is the most unpredictable of them all. With higher bounce and lower pace, maneuvering the correct shots on this surface is more challenging than any other. It is therefore considered as the most physically taxing competition in the whole world.

Where is the French Open held?

As the name suggests, the clay court Grand Slam is held every year in France. In total there have been seven different venues in the past where the competition has been hosted, but the current one is the most stable one. The Stade Roland Garros in the French capital of Paris has been home to the Grand Slam since 1928, and that is where it will take place in 2022 as well, completing 94 years.

Court Phillipe-Chatrier, home of Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)
Court Phillipe-Chatrier, home of Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

In the very beginning, the competition was held at the Societe de Sport de Ile de Puteaux at Puteaux from 1891 to 1894. It was then shifted to the Tennis Club de Paris at Auteuil from 1895 to 1908. The Societe Athletique de la Villa Primrose hosted the Grand Slam once in 1909 before the Croix-Catelan de Racing Club de France at the Bois de Boulogne hosted it from 1910 to 1924, and then again in 1926. The Stade Francais at Saint-Cloud hosted the event in 1925 and 1927 before Stade Roland Garros in 1928.

Who has won the competition more than anyone?

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal has a kind of control on clay others only dream of. His balance, speed, shot-making and aggression on the surface are perfectly in sync with each other. At the height of his powers, the Spaniard was, quite simply, unplayable on clay. So it is not surprise that it is Nadal who has more Roland Garros titles than anyone, with a whopping 13. France’s Max Decugis sits in second place with eight. The Spaniards exploits on clay have wowed the world over and over again, which is why he has earned the nickname ‘King of Clay’.

In the women’s game, American tennis legend Chris Evert has won the competition for a total of seven times which is more than anyone else. She is closely followed by six-time winners Suzanne Lenglen and Steffi Graf. All of Lenglen’s titles were won in the amateur era while Graf won her titles in the open era.

Who are the reigning French Open winners?

In 2021, Serbian tennis player and current world no. 1 Novak Djokovic won the Roland Garros. He beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6–7 (6-8), 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4 in what was an absolute thriller of a tournament. Tsitsipas thought that he had the match won as he beat the Serb in the first two sets, but the 20-time Grand Slam winner blew him away in the final three sets to win the crown.

Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova is the reigning women’s French Open champion. The Czech beat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 in the final in 2021. The final set of the match was a tight affair as both players fought tooth and nail to win the illustrious title but the Czech edged one over the Russian in the end.

When is the 2022 French Open scheduled?

The second of the four annual Grand Slams is the final competition of the clay season. A number of tournaments are played on clay that lead up to the Grand Slam. These include ATP 1000 events like the Monte Carlo Masters, Madrid Open, and Italian Open. Usually, the French Open commences towards the end of May and concludes in the first week of July. This year is no different. The 2022 Roland Garros has been scheduled to start from May 22 and it will end on June 5.

What is the format of the 2022 French Open?

There are a total of seven rounds in the main draw of the French Open. The competition is more spread out than regular ATP events so it goes on for quite a few days. In 2022, the first round of matches will be played from May 22 and the final for the women’s singles and men’s singles will be held on June 4 and June 5 respectively.

Date Competition Stage
First round May 22 – May 24
Second round May 25 – May 26
Third round May 27 – May 28
Fourth round May 29 – May 30
Quarterfinals May 31 – June 1
Semifinals June 2 – June 3
Women’s singles final June 4
Men’s singles final June 5

Entry List

Player Ranking 
Novak Djokovic  1
Daniil Medvedev 2
Alexander Zverev 3
Stefanos Tsitsipas  4
Rafa Nadal  5
Carlos Alcaraz 6
Andrey Rublev 7
Casper Rudd 8
Felix Auger Aliassime  9
Cameron Norrie 11
Jannik Sinner 12
Hubert Hurkacz 13
Taylor Fritz 14
Denis Shapovalov  15
Diego Schwartzman 16
Pablo Carreno Busta 17
Reilly Opelka  18
Roberto Bautista Augt 19
Grigor Dimitrov 20
Alex De Minaur 21
Gael Monfils  22
Marin Cilic  23
Karen Khachanov 24
Nikoloz Basilashvili 25
John Isner 26
Frances Tiafoe 27
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina  28
Botic van de Zandschulp 29
Sebastian Korda  30
Daniel Evans  31
Tommy Paul  32
Jenson Brooksby 34
Lorenzo Sonego 35
Cristian Garin 36
Lloyd Harris 37
Sebastian Baez 38
Aslan Karatsev  39
Holger Rune  40
Alexander Bublik  41
Albert Ramos-Vinolas 42
Pedro Martinez  43
Francisco Cerundolo 44
Ugo Humbert 45
Alex Molcan  47
David Goffin  48
Marcus Giron 49
Ilya Ivashka 50
Laslo Djere 51
Fabio Fognini  52
Benjamin Bonzi 53
Daniel Altmaier 54
Marton Fucsovics 55
Filip Krajinovic 56
Lorenzo Musetti 57
Mackenzie McDonald 58
Federico Coria 59
Oscar Otte 60
Emil Ruusuvuori 61
Federico Delbonis 62
Maxime Cressy 63
Tallon Griekspoor  64
Arthur Rinderknech 65
Dusan Lajovic 66
Benoit Paire  67
Hugo Gaston 68
James Duckworth 70
Soonwoo Kwon 71
Jiri Vesely  72
Adrian Mannarino 73
Brandon Nakashima 74
Richard Gasquet  75
Jiri Lehecka  77
Alejandro Tabilo 78
Joao Sousa  79
Denis Kudla 80
Kamil Majchrzak  81
Jordan Thompson  82
Pablo Andujar 83
Thanasi Kokkinakis 85
Quentin Halys 86
Hugo Dellien 87
Carlos Taberner  88
Tomas Martin Etcheverry 90
Jaume Munar  91
Steve Johnson 92
John Millman 93
Yoshihito Nishioka  94
Henri Laaksonen 95
Mikael Ymer 96
Peter Gojowczyk 97
Facundu Bagis 98
Jan-Lennard Struff 99
Ricardis Berankis 101
Roberto Carballes Baena 102
Alexei Popyrin 103
Taro Daniel  105
Pable Cuevas  118
Christopher O’Connell  124
Marco Cecchinato 134
Corentin Moutet 139
Manuel Guinard 158
Gilles Simon 159
Lucas Pouille 163
Aljaz Bedene 175
Michael Mmoh 179
Dominic Thiem  194
Gregoire Barrere 209
Attila Balazs 255
Stan Wawrinka 257
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 267
Borna Coric 275

What is the prize money for the 2022 Roland Garros?

There has been a significant jump in prize money for this year’s Roland Garros when compared to last year’s. In 2021, the winner of both men’s and women’s categories received 1.4 million euros each while the runner-ups received 750,000 euros each. In 2022, the winner of the men’s and women’s singles event will receive 2.3 million euros while the runner-ups will receive 1.18 million euros.

Position Prize Money (2022) Prize Money (2021)
Winner 2.3 million euros 1.4 million euros
Runner-up 1.18 million euros 750,000 euros

Where can the 2022 French Open be watched live?

The following is a list of channels and platforms on which the 2022 Roland Garros can be viewed live.

  • US – NBC, Peacock, Tennis Channel, Bally Sports
  • Canada – RDS, TSN
  • Europe (All territories) – Eurosport
  • France – france.tv sport, Amazon Prime Video
  • India – Sony Ten Network
  • Latin America – ESPN
  • North Africa & Middle East – beIN sports
  • Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport, Canal+
  • China -CMG
  • Japan – Wowow

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Season Winner
French Open ATP,France 2022 Blancaneaux G. (Fra)
French Open ATP,France 2021 Laaksonen H. (Sui)
French Open ATP,France 2020 Milojevic N. (Srb)
French Open ATP,France 2019 Sandgren T. (Usa)
French Open ATP,France 2018 Gulbis E. (Lat)
French Open ATP,France 2017 Hamou M. (Fra)
French Open ATP,France 2016 Struff J-L. (Ger)
French Open ATP,France 2015 Coppejans K. (Bel)
French Open ATP,France 2014 Lorenzi P. (Ita)
French Open ATP,France 2013 Pospisil V. (Can)
French Open ATP,France 2012 Levine J. (Can)
French Open ATP,France 2011 Falla A. (Col)
French Open ATP,France 2010
French Open ATP,France 2009 Crivoi V. (Rou)
French Open ATP,France 2008 Karanusic R. (Cro)
French Open ATP,France 2007 Dlouhy L. (Cze)
French Open ATP,France 2006 Pless K. (Den)
French Open ATP,France 2005 Sela D. (Isr)
French Open ATP,France 2004 Haehnel J. (Fra)
French Open ATP,France 2003 Waske A. (Ger)
French Open ATP,France 2002 Hadad A. (Isr)
French Open ATP,France 2001 Montanes A. (Esp)
French Open ATP,France 2000 Eschauer W. (Aut)
French Open ATP,France 1999 Gaudio G. (Arg)
French Open ATP,France 1998 Sell M. (Usa)
French Open ATP,France 1997 Merinov A. (Rus)
French Open ATP,France 1996 Squillari F. (Arg)
French Open ATP,France 1995 Gumy H. (Arg)
French Open ATP,France 1994 Markus G. (Arg)
French Open ATP,France 1993 Bouteyre P. (Fra)
French Open ATP,France 1992 Courier J. (Usa)
French Open ATP,France 1991 Courier J. (Usa)
French Open ATP,France 1990 Gomez A. (Ven)

French Open ATP Gallery

Court Phillipe-Chatrier, home of Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

Court Phillipe-Chatrier, home of Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter) Court Phillipe-Chatrier, home of Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

Carlos Alcaraz is one of the favourites to win the French Open in 2022. (Image: Twitter)

Carlos Alcaraz is one of the favourites to win the French Open in 2022. (Image: Twitter) Carlos Alcaraz is one of the favourites to win the French Open in 2022. (Image: Twitter)

Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Madrid Open. (Image: Twitter/ Madrid Open)

Novak Djokovic at the 2022 Madrid Open. (Image: Twitter/ Madrid Open) Novak Djokovic is the defending champion. (Image: Twitter/ Madrid Open)

Rafael Nadal has won the French Open more than anyone in history (13). (Image: Twitter)

Rafael Nadal has won the French Open more than anyone in history (13). (Image: Twitter) Rafael Nadal has won the French Open more than anyone in history (13). (Image: Twitter)

Carlos Alcaraz after his first round win in Paris. (Image: Twitter)

Carlos Alcaraz after his first round win in Paris. (Image: Twitter) Carlos Alcaraz after his first round win in Paris. (Image: Twitter)

Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter) Alexander Zverev at Roland Garros. (Image: Twitter)

C Ugo Carabelli won the tournament's first ever deciding set tiebreak. (Image: Twitter)

C Ugo Carabelli won the tournament's first ever deciding set tiebreak. (Image: Twitter) C Ugo Carabelli won the tournament's first ever deciding set tiebreak. (Image: Twitter)



FRENCH OPEN ATP FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Q1. Who is the defending men's French Open champion?

Novak Djokovic

Q2. Who has won the French Open more than anyone in men's sngles?

Rafael Nadal (13)

Q3. Where is the French Open held?

Stade Roland Garros, Paris, France.

Q4. On what surface is the tennis played?

Clay

Q5. When is the 2022 French Open?

May 22 - June 5

Q6. What happened in last year's final?

The final of the 2021 Roland Garros saw a classic match of stunning tennis between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Djokovic emerged victorious after a gruelling match which ended 6–7(6–8), 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, 6–4.

Q7. How many rounds are there in the French Open?

Apart from the qualifiers, there are seven rounds in the French Open. First round, second round, third round, fourth round, quarter-finals, semi-finals, final.

Q8. What is the prize money for the 2022 French Open?

The winner will receive 2.3 million euros and the runner up will receive 1.18 million euros.