French Open begins Sunday and Rafael Nadal is hoping to defend his title.
What’s the set-up?: The French Open is usually the second major of the year, held in May and June, during what’s known as clay court season thanks to a line-up of tennis tournaments held on European clay courts. This year’s tournament was obviously postponed, so it’ll be the last of three majors this year (reminder: Wimbledon was canceled).
- Starting Sunday, the single-elimination tournament will be played over two weeks (though qualifiers have already started) with next-day schedules released daily, so you might want to bookmark this page.
Who’s in it?: A lot of familiar faces on the men’s side. After skipping the U.S. Open, the “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal is back to defend his title and is a v. strong contender for a record-setting 13th French Open trophy.
- Looking to challenge him are 2018 and 2019’s runner-up and U.S. Open champ Dominic Thiem (pronounced TEEM) and longtime rival Novak Djokovic (pronounced JOKE-OH-VITCH), who’s fresh off another fight with an official Monday’s Italian Open win.
And the women?: On the flip side, defending champ and World No. 1 Ashleigh Barty has decided to opt out of this year’s tournament (she’s keeping herself busy with a new sport, apparently), along with 2020 U.S. Open winner Naomi Osaka and 2019 U.S. Open champ Bianca Andreescu (who called off her whole season on Tuesday).