French Open 2024 – When and where to watch a Grand Slam tournament on clay; provisional competition schedule

Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek return to Roland Garros for another shot at supremacy on the clay, but will have their work cut out for them as tennis’ top stars set their sights on the Grand Slam

Prathibha joy

May 14, 2024

French Open 2024 – When and where to watch a Grand Slam tournament on clay;  provisional competition schedule

Will Novak Djokovic defend the French Open title or will Rafael Nadal have one last hurray

The 2024 French Open, one of tennis’ four Grand Slam events and the only one played on clay, will begin on May 20, 2024, with the preliminary qualifying rounds. The first round starts on May 26 for women’s and men’s doubles and mixed doubles. The quarter-finals will be held between June 4 and 5; Semi-finals on June 6 and 7, the women’s singles final on June 8 and the men’s singles title battle on June 9. In addition, the singles and doubles competitions for juniors are also held. All matches will be played at Roland Garros in Paris, spread over twenty courts, including the most important, Court Phillipe-Chatrier, where all finals, except those of the Juniors, will be played.

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In India, you can catch all the Roland Garros action on Sony LIV, with the final schedule and match draws for the early rounds coming soon. In the men’s category, Novak Djokovic is the defending champion, while Iga Swiatek is the reigning women’s champion. Djokovic has not started the 2024 season well, reaching the semifinals of the Australian Open and the Monte Carlo Masters, losing to Jannik Sinner and Carl Ruud respectively. He did not play in Miami and Madrid and was eliminated in round 2 of the Italian Open a few days ago.

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Jannik Sinner, who is on the verge of dethroning Djokovic from his No. 1 ranking, may or may not make it to Roland Garros as he continues to deal with a hip injury suffered at the Monte Carlo Masters. Also not in great form is 13-time champion and undisputed King of Clay, Rafael Nadal. Back after a long injury break, Nadal lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the second round of the ongoing Italian Open but remains positive about his move to Paris.

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Some of the other big names expected to be at the French Open include Carlos Alcaraz, Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tstitipas, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Rudd , Holger Rune , among many others. In the women’s draw, the current cut-off ranking is set at number 99, while for the men it is number 98.