WHEN IS THE FRENCH OPEN?
The 125th French Open gets under way in Paris on Sunday AEST and runs until June 13.
HOW CAN I WATCH?
For the first time, the tournament will be live Stan Sport from 6.50pm AEST on Sunday, with select matches also screened on Nine, publisher of this website, and 9Gem.
2019 French Open winner Ashleigh Barty is likely to face defending champion and tournament favourite Iga Swiatek in the semi-finals.Credit:Getty
WHO ARE THE FAVOURITES?
Unsurprisingly, Nadal heads the men’s hopes at $1.83, ahead of Djokovic ($4.50), Stefanos Tsitsipas ($6), Dominic Thiem ($10) and Alexander Zverev ($12). It seems you can put a price on a fairytale – and in the case of Roger Federer it’s $67. In the women’s draw Swiatek is at $3.75 to go back to back, ahead of Barty ($6), Aryna Sabalenka ($7.50), 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza ($13) and Osaka ($15).
WHO DO THEY FACE?
While Popyrin is due to face Nadal, Duckworth (world No.99) may fancy himself against Italy’s Salvatore Caruso (No.81), whose countryman Stefano Travaglia will play De Minaur. The Italian connection continues with Millman drawn against Gianluca Mager. O’Connell and Thompson face Tommy Paul of the US and Spain’s Jaume Munar respectively. Barty gets under way against American world No.70 Bernarda Pera, Sharma will face a qualifier and Tomljanovic is up against Ukraine’s Kateryna Kozlova.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Prizemoney: Men’s winner €2.2 million ($3.5m), women’s winner €1.12m.
- Most titles: Nadal (13), Chris Evert (7).
- Past Australian men’s winners: 8 – Jack Crawford (1933), Lew Hoad (1956), Mervyn Rose (1958), Rod Laver (1962, 1969), Roy Emerson (1963, 1967), Fred Stolle (1965), Tony Roche (1966), Ken Rosewall (1968).
- Past Australian women’s winners: 4 – Margaret Court (1962, 1964, 1969, 1970), Lesley Turner (1963, 1965), Evonne Goolagong (1971), Ashleigh Bary (2019).
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