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French Open - Tennis: All You Need To Know

The French Open, the second of four Grand Slams on the tennis calendar and the only Major played on clay, is fast approaching and just a fortnight away.

Rafael Nadal will be the star attraction in Paris and having won the opening Grand Slam of the season in Australia, all eyes will be on the super Spaniard as he chases his 14th title triumph in France. He is 5/4 for a landmark success.

Recently-crowned world number one Iga Swiatek, who won her maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open as a teenager two years ago, will rightly hog the headlines in the build-up to the women's Major and is 7/4 for victory.

We have taken a look at all you need to know ahead of this month's showpiece event.

When is the French Open?

This year's French Open will get underway on Sunday 22nd May 2022. The men's final will take place on Sunday 5th May 2022, with the women's event set to conclude the day before.

The main singles draws for both men and women will feature 128 players, 16 of which will have come through qualifying.

Where is the French Open?

The second Grand Slam of the season will be held in Paris, France, and it is unique in the sense it is the only Major to be played on outdoor clay courts.

The venue was first constructed in 1928 to host France's first defence of the Davis Cup and the complex in the French capital contains twenty courts, including three large-capacity stadiums.

Can I watch the French Open?

Yes. The tournament will once again be shown live on Eurosport, with customers also able to stream live tennis via the app using their mobile, tablet or computer devices.

bet365 will also be able to provide pictures for bettors that meet the requirements on the website through our Sports Live Streaming service.

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How many times has the French Open taken place?

This will be the 126th edition of the tournament, with the event first established in 1891 and having originally been known as the French Championships.

The tournament was only open to French players or foreign players who were members of a French club during the first 34 years of its existence. Therefore, it was understandably dominated by home players, particularly Max Decugis, who won it eight times from 1903 to 1914.

Who has won the French Open on the most occasions?

Nadal is the most decorated player in the history of the French Open, having won it 13 times. His first success came in 2005 and his most recent in 2020, when he readily outclassed fierce rival Novak Djokovic.

Former Swedish number one Bjorn Borg won it six times between 1974 and 1981 and by some distance is the second most decorated male player of the Parisian event in the Open Era.

American ace Chris Evert is the most successful female player in French Open history, with seven title triumphs, while Steffi Graf won it six times and Justine Henin four.

Who are the favourites for the French Open?

Unsurprisingly, Nadal is 5/4 favourite for a 14th win in Paris. However, the Spaniard has strong competition this year, with defending champion and world number one Djokovic a 5/2 chance for his third win in the event.

Last year's runner-up Stefanos Tsistipas, who thrives on clay, is 11/2 to go one better, but there is a young pretender in the shape of Nadal's compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.

The teenage sensation is 12/5 for a first Grand Slam success after claiming prestigious titles in Rio de Janeiro, Miami and most recently, Barcelona.

In the women's event, clay-lover Swiatek is 7/4 to follow up her victory of two years ago. She is on a 23-game winning streak and her nearest rival in the betting is 11/2 chance Simona Halep, who was crowned champion in 2018 and is also a two-time runner-up.

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