French Open 2022: Schedule, Prize Money, Where to Watch; Know all about the Grand Slam here

The French Open is the second of the four annual Grand Slams and it is the only one that is played on a clay surface.

Novak Djokovic won the 2021 French Open; Credit: [email protected]

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

DateCompetition Stage
First roundMay 22 – May 24
Second roundMay 25 – May 26
Third roundMay 27 – May 28
Fourth roundMay 29 – May 30
QuarterfinalsMay 31 – June 1
SemifinalsJune 2 – June 3
Women’s singles finalJune 4
Men’s singles finalJune 5

ATP Entry List

Player
Novak Djokovic 
Daniil Medvedev 
Alexander Zverev
Stefanos Tsitsipas 
Rafa Nadal 
Carlos Alcaraz
Andrey Rublev
Casper Rudd
Felix Auger Aliassime 
Cameron Norrie
Jannik Sinner
Hubert Hurkacz
Taylor Fritz
Denis Shapovalov 
Diego Schwartzman
Pablo Carreno Busta
Reilly Opelka 
Roberto Bautista Augt
Grigor Dimitrov
Alex De Minaur
Gael Monfils 
Marin Cilic 
Karen Khachanov
Nikoloz Basilashvili
John Isner
Frances Tiafoe
Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 
Botic van de Zandschulp
Sebastian Korda 
Daniel Evans 
Tommy Paul 
Jenson Brooksby
Lorenzo Sonego
Cristian Garin
Lloyd Harris
Sebastian Baez
Aslan Karatsev 
Holger Rune 
Alexander Bublik 
Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Pedro Martinez 
Francisco Cerundolo
Ugo Humbert
Alex Molcan 
David Goffin 
Marcus Giron
Ilya Ivashka
Laslo Djere
Fabio Fognini 
Benjamin Bonzi
Daniel Altmaier
Marton Fucsovics
Filip Krajinovic
Lorenzo Musetti
Mackenzie McDonald
Federico Coria
Oscar Otte
Emil Ruusuvuori
Federico Delbonis
Maxime Cressy
Tallon Griekspoor 
Arthur Rinderknech
Dusan Lajovic
Benoit Paire 
Hugo Gaston
James Duckworth
Soonwoo Kwon
Jiri Vesely 
Adrian Mannarino
Brandon Nakashima
Richard Gasquet 
Jiri Lehecka 
Alejandro Tabilo
Joao Sousa 
Denis Kudla
Kamil Majchrzak 
Jordan Thompson 
Pablo Andujar
Thanasi Kokkinakis
Quentin Halys
Hugo Dellien
Carlos Taberner 
Tomas Martin Etcheverry
Jaume Munar 
Steve Johnson
John Millman
Yoshihito Nishioka 
Henri Laaksonen
Mikael Ymer
Peter Gojowczyk
Facundu Bagis
Jan-Lennard Struff
Ricardis Berankis
Roberto Carballes Baena
Alexei Popyrin
Taro Daniel 
Pable Cuevas 
Christopher O’Connell 
Marco Cecchinato
Corentin Moutet
Manuel Guinard
Gilles Simon
Lucas Pouille
Aljaz Bedene
Michael Mmoh
Dominic Thiem 
Gregoire Barrere
Attila Balazs
Stan Wawrinka
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Borna Coric

WTA 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.

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PositionPrize Money (2022)Prize Money (2021)
Winner2.3 million euros1.4 million euros
Runner-up1.18 million euros750,000 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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