Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Tennis Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Tennis | French Open: Players to Watch Advertisement Supported by ByCindy Shmerler May 24, 2019 In winning the French Open 11 of the last 14 years, Rafael Nadal of Spain has all but cemented his tennis shoes into the terre battue, or red clay, of Roland Garros. That said, the 32-year-old failed to reach the final of a clay-court tournament until he beat Novak Djokovic to win this year’s Italian Open, the final warm-up before the French Open. It was the first time since 2004, Nadal’s second year on tour, that he had gone nearly five months into the season without winning an ATP title. Simona Halep, who won her first, and so far only, major at Roland Garros in 2018, lost out on a chance to return to the No. 1 world ranking when she lost in the final in Madrid. She then lost in the second round in … [Read more...] about French Open: Players to Watch
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Howard Fendrich, Ap Sports Writer Published 11:29 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 22, 2019 How well do you know tennis and the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament? Go ahead and give this quiz a try: ___ 1st Round: Rafael Nadal won the Italian Open, his last tournament before the French Open, for his first title of 2019. When was the last time Nadal headed to Roland Garros without having won any titles that season? a) 2015 b) 2010 c) 2005 d) Never. ___ 2nd Round: Whose name was misspelled on a trophy awarded at the French Open? a) Simonne Mathieu b) Philippe Chatrier c) Suzanne Lenglen ___ 3rd Round: Naomi Osaka heads to Roland Garros seeking a third consecutive major championship. She won her first Grand Slam title at last year's U.S. Open, then added her second at this year's Australian Open. Who was the last woman to follow up her initial major trophy by collecting No. 2 at the very next Grand Slam tournament? a) Venus Williams b) Serena Williams … [Read more...] about FRENCH OPEN ’19: How much do you know about the Paris Slam?
Women to watch at the French Open, where play begins Sunday: ___ NAOMI OSAKARanked: 1Country: JapanAge: 212019 Match Record: 19-52019 Singles Titles: 1Career Singles Titles: 3Grand Slam Singles Titles: 2 - Australian Open (2019), U.S. Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Lost in 3rd Round, 2017-1st, 2016-3rd, 2015-Did Not Play, 2014-DNPAces: After going only 5-4 on clay last year, heads to Paris with a 7-1 mark on the surface in 2019. ... Withdrew with injuries from tournaments in Stuttgart (abdominal muscle) and Rome (thumb).Topspin: Big hitting carried her to two Grand Slam titles in a row on hard courts. Clay presents different challenges.___SIMONA HALEPRanked: 3Country: RomaniaAge: 272019 Match Record: 23-82019 Singles Titles: 0Career Singles Titles: 18Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 - French Open (2018)Last 5 French Opens: 2018-Won Championship, 2017-Runner-Up, 2016-4th, 2015-2nd, 2014-RUAces: Among the WTA's top 10 in break points converted and first-serve percentage in 2019. … [Read more...] about FRENCH OPEN ’19: Serena Williams tries again for 24th major
The year’s second major tournament starts on Sunday, and once again all eyes will be on Rafael Nadal as he seeks to claim a record-breaking 12th title at Roland Garros. The undisputed King of Clay will once again start the favourite to take out the event he has won all but three times since his debut as a teenager in 2005. Expected to stand in the way is the perennial challenger, Novak Djokovic, who will be attempting to complete a non-calendar Grand Slam for the second time, while Roger Federer returns after three years away from the French capital. In the women’s draw, defending champion Simona Halep could risk dropping out of the top ten with an early loss, while world No.1 Naomi Osaka will aim to bounce back from a lacklustre past few months and look to win a third consecutive Grand Slam title. Here is your ultimate preview to this year’s French Open. Rafael Nadal (ranked No.2)French Open historyBest result: Won eleven times (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-18)Last … [Read more...] about 2019 French Open: Mega-preview
Welcome back to Paris, Serena Williams. The tennis world can’t wait to find out exactly how that bothersome left knee is holding up. Williams practiced at the French Open’s redesigned main stadium on Monday — alas, Court Philippe Chatrier’s retractable roof won’t be ready until next year — and will want to get some more work in over the coming days, given how little she’s played on clay courts lately. As in: a total of just one match on the surface since last year’s tournament at Roland Garros. Forever, it seems, Williams has been the woman to beat on the Grand Slam stage, provided she is in the field and is healthy. No one really knows this time just how ready she is. “We just don’t know her physical status at this point,” 18-time major champion Chris Evert said in a telephone interview. “She relies so much on the physicality of her game and her movement and her sprinting and just her court coverage and setting up … [Read more...] about Tennis world eager to see Serena Williams at French Open