Introduction to the 2015 French Open
The 113th edition of the French Open 2015 is to be played at the famed Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France. It is the second Grand Slam event of the year and is played from 25th of May to 8th of June. Professional tennis players from around the world compete at this event to win the singles and doubles as well as mixed doubles titles. Juniors also vie to win singles and double events and so too do wheelchair players.
The most dominant tennis player on clay is Rafael Nadal. Last year, Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic to win the 2014 French Open and in doing so won his ninth French Open title and fourteenth Grand Slam title. The 2015 French Open will take place a few months from now but Rafael Nadal has in the recent past dominated it in the men’s section. From 2005, he has only once been thwarted in his bid to win the French Open. In 2009, he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
Three Players to Watch out for
Rarely has the same man or woman won the French Open after winning the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year. Jennifer Capriati did it for women in 2001 and Jim Courier did it for men in 1992. There are many reasons why it is hard to win both Grand Slams in the same year. There are many reasons for this including a change of surface, high pressure and also because it is hard to win two slams on the bounce.
One may be tempted to choose Serena Williams to win the French Open 2015 because she has already won 19 Grand Slam titles and looks virtually unbeatable on any surface. However, she is in her thirties and this may be a disadvantage. Finally, no one will want to disregard the possibility of Roger Federer winning the 2015 French Open.
On the Men’s side, one is tempted to choose Novak Djokovic because he is in red-hot form and because he is currently ranked number one in the ATP rankings. Rafael Nadal is considered the king of clay courts and has a very impressive record on clay. He has also won the French Open a record nine times and so is a hot pick for the French Open 2015.
Who Will Win the Women’s Trophy?
Serena Williams is a hot favorite to win the French Open 2015. However, standing in her path will be some up and coming stars like Madison Keys, who had a wonderful Australian Open 2015. She is just nineteen years old and according to Williams, she has the potential to win many Grand Slams. Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova are other hot picks. Azarenka however has been plagued by injuries and so may not be fit enough to win the event. Clay is also not her best surface.
Who Will Win the Men’s Trophy?
Rafael Nadal is surely everybody’s pick for the man to win the men’s trophy. Together win Novak Djokovic they share the lowest betting odds to win the events, which means that they are the most likely to do so.
There are only four men, including Rafael Nadal in the Open Era to have won at least ten Grand Slam titles. The 2015 Roland Garros will surely be won by Nadal who will be vying to win a record tenth French Open title. Though he struggled at the Australian Open, the clay courts are his kingdom and nobody expects to see him show the same poor form he did at the Australian Open.
Other contenders include Novak Djokovic, Stan Warwinka and perhaps one of the French contingent of Jo Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, and Richard Gasquet. Finally, no one will want to disregard the possibility of Roger Federer winning the 2015 French Open. He recently beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win his seventh Dubai Open title.
The Roland Garros 2015 preview and predictions throws up some interesting names in the men’s and women’s events. Last year, Rafael Nadal won the men’s event while Maria Sharapova won the women’s event.
This year the event will be more competitive and though Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal are an obvious choice for the women’s and men’s events respectively, these two players are not as young as they once were.
So, we can expect them to be challenged by a number of up-and-coming players. Names like Irina-Camelia-Begu, Pablo Carreno Busta, Garbine Muguruza, and Nicolas Almagro should all make a mark at the 2015 French Open.