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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 Slam and is one of a kind. Unti ...

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

Iga Swiatek

Barbora Krejcikova

Paula Badosa

Aryna Sabalenka

Maria Sakkari

Anett Kontaveit

Karolina Pliskova

Danielle Collins

Ons Jabeur

Garbine Muguruza

Jelena Ostapenko

Emma Raducanu

Belinda Bencic

Jessica Pegula

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Coco Gauff

Angelique Kerber

Victoria Azarenka

Elena Rybakina

Simona Halep

Leylah Annie Fernandez

Madison Keys

Bianca Andreescu

Elise Mertens

Sorana Cirstea

Elina Svitolina

Daria Kasatkina

Tamara Zidansek

Petra Kvitova

Veronika Kudermetova

Camila Giorgi

Liudmila Samsonova

Marketa Vandrousova

Amanda Anisimova

Alize Cornet

Naomi Osaka

Anhelina Kalinina

Jil Teichmann

Clara Tauson

Viktorija Golubic

Ekaterina Alexandrova

Shuai Zhang

Ajla Tomljanovic

Alison Riske

Sloane Stephens

Katerina Siniakova

Shelby Rogers

Camila Osorio

Jasmine Paolini

Sara Sorribes Tormo

Tereza Martincova

Aliasksandra Sasnovich

Yulia Putintseva

Marta Kostyuk

Kaia Kanepi

Nuria Parrizas Diaz

Elena-Gabriela Ruse

Madison Brengle

Magda Linette

Alison Van Utyvanck

Petra Martic

Beatriz Haddad Maia

Mayar Sherif

Irina-Camelia Begu

Ana Konjuh

Ann Li

Karolina Muchova

Andrea Petkovic

Maryna Zanevska

Caroline Garcia

Qinwen Zheng

Anna Bondar

Varvara Gracheva

Arantxa Rus

Anna Kalinskaya

Clara Burel

Rebecca Peterson

Marie Bouzkova

Greet Minnen

Kristina Kucova

Kaja Juvan

Panna Udvardy

Claire Liu

Martina Trevisan

Taylor Townsend(PR)

Lauren Davis

Xinyu Wang

Magdalena Frech

Anna Karolina Schmielova

Lucia Bronzetti

Astra Sharma

Ana Bogdan

Dalma Galfi

Dayana Yastremska

Oceane Dodin

Misaki Doi

Kamilla Rakhimova

Qiang Wang

Danka Kovinic

Diane Parry

Kristina Mladenovic

Tatjana Maria(PR)

Harriet Dart

Sofia Kenin(PR)

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 WTA,France 2022 Baptiste H. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 2021 Zavatska K. (Ukr)
French Open WTA,France 2020 Errani S. (Ita)
French Open WTA,France 2019 Blinkova A. (Rus)
French Open WTA,France 2018 Dulgheru A. (Rou)
French Open WTA,France 2017 Van Uytvanck A. (Bel)
French Open WTA,France 2016 Chirico L. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 2015 Konta J. (Gbr)
French Open WTA,France 2014 Watson H. (Gbr)
French Open WTA,France 2013 Min G. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 2012 Chan L. (Tpe)
French Open WTA,France 2011 Chan L. (Tpe)
French Open WTA,France 2010
French Open WTA,France 2009 Sevastova A. (Lat)
French Open WTA,France 2008 Wickmayer Y. (Bel)
French Open WTA,France 2007 De Los Rios R. (Par)
French Open WTA,France 2006 Vakulenko J. (Ukr)
French Open WTA,France 2005 Arvidsson S. (Swe)
French Open WTA,France 2004 Irvin M. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 2003 Sharapova M. (Rus)
French Open WTA,France 2002 Sequera M. (Ven)
French Open WTA,France 2001 Gubacsi Z. (Hun)
French Open WTA,France 2000 Kovalchuk T. (Ukr)
French Open WTA,France 1999 Schwartz B. (Aut)
French Open WTA,France 1998 Huber L. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 1997 Lee J. (Tpe)
French Open WTA,France 1996 Nejedly J. (Can)
French Open WTA,France 1995 Schett B. (Aut)
French Open WTA,France 1994 Kschwendt K. (Aut)
French Open WTA,France 1993 Faber D. (Usa)
French Open WTA,France 1992 Dopfer S. (Aut)
French Open WTA,France 1991 Baudone-Furlan N. (Ita)
French Open WTA,France 1990 Seles M. (Usa)

French Open WTA 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)

Iga Swiatek is the runaway favourite for the 2022 French Open. (Image: Twitter/WTA)

Iga Swiatek is the runaway favourite for the 2022 French Open. (Image: Twitter/WTA)

Barbora Krejcikova will look to defend her French Open crown. (Image: Twitter)

Barbora Krejcikova will look to defend her French Open crown. (Image: Twitter) Barbora Krejcikova will look to defend her French Open crown. (Image: Twitter)

Maria Sakkari is also a contender. (Image: Twitter/Madrid Open)

Maria Sakkari is also a contender. (Image: Twitter/Madrid Open) Maria Sakkari is also a contender. (Image: Twitter/Madrid Open)



FRENCH OPEN WTA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

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

Barbora Krejcikova

Q2. Who has the most women's singles French Open titles?

Chris Evert (7)

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?

Barbora Krejcikova emerged victorious in 2021 after beating Russian tennis player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–1, 2–6, 6–4 in the final.

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.