Roland Garros 2024: exploring the tournament

The Roland Garros 2024 tournament runs from May 20 to June 9, 2024! Enjoy three weeks of world-class tennis at Porte d'Auteuil. Here’s a summary of essential information for the event.

 

Roland Garros 2024: Facts and Figures

The French Open, the world's first clay-court championship, is scheduled to begin at the end of May 2024. The qualifying rounds begin on Monday, May 20, 2024. Let's explore interesting information about the tournament.

 

Defending Champions

In 2023, Serbia’s Novak Djokovic triumphed over Norway’s Casper Ruud with a score of 7-6, 6-3, 7-5 to claim the men’s singles title. This victory marked Djokovic’s third French Open win and his 23rd Grand Slam title overall. On the women’s side, Poland’s Iga Świątek secured her third Roland Garros title in four years. She defeated the Czech Republic’s Karolína Muchová in a hard-fought three-set match, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

 

Top Favorites

Iga Świątek stands out as the favourite to defend her title on the women's side, while Carlos Alcaraz leads the pack for the men, with Novak Djokovic closely following as the second favourite. Jannik Sinner and the legendary Rafael Nadal are the other two main favourites to win the men's title.

 

Tournament History

The tournament, originally called the Championnat de France or the French Championships, was first held in 1891. At that time, it was only open to players who were members of French clubs. The inaugural women’s singles event took place in 1897.

 

Remarkable Records

Rafael Nadal holds the remarkable record of winning Roland Garros 14 times, the highest number of victories by any player at a single Grand Slam event. On the women’s side, American Chris Evert leads with seven titles, the most by any woman in the French Grand Slam. Following closely behind are French legend Suzanne Lenglen and Germany’s Steffi Graf, each with six victories at the event.

 

Night Sessions

Night sessions made their debut at the French Open in 2021 and continued in the 2022 edition. In 2023, the start time was shifted earlier, with matches kicking off 30 minutes ahead of the previous year, starting at 8:30 pm, following a pre-match entertainment show.

 

Prize Money

At the 2024 Roland Garros event, the champions of the singles events will be awarded 2.4 million euros each. The total prize money amounts to nearly 53.5 million euros, marking an increase of almost eight per cent from the previous year.

As the countdown to Roland Garros 2024 begins, anticipation is at an all-time high, with tennis fans eagerly awaiting the drama and spectacle that only a Grand Slam event can provide. With a star-studded lineup of players, thrilling clashes, and a rich tapestry of history and tradition, the French Open promises to capture the hearts and imaginations of fans the world over.

 

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