The French Open at Roland Garros is one of the most prestigious tennis competitions on the sporting calendar. It is the second Grand Slam event of the year and the only one to take place on clay – which makes it very unique.
Last year, Stanislas Wawrinka thwarted Novak Djokovic in the final of the tournament to stop the world number one from winning all four majors in 2015. However, the Serbian will be one of the main contenders this year – especially if he maintains his current form in the build up to the event. Here are just a few of the standout candidates for the French Open in 2016.
The world number one has been dominant so far in 2016 and looks hungry for more Grand Slam titles as he attempts to pass Roger Federer’s all-time record of 17 victories in these events.
The Serbian will go down as one of the greatest tennis players in history and a clay-based Grand Slam triumph would certainly stand him in good stead to arguably become the best.
Djokovic may not be universally liked but he is universally respected. That is the sign of a truly great player. If he plays at his best, he will finally get his hands on the French Open crown this year. On current form, it’s hard to see him slipping up.
Sadly, Rafael Nadal has slipped down the world rankings after suffering various injuries in recent years. On current form, he doesn’t have much hope.
But if the ‘King of Clay’ can regain his form from three years ago, the Spaniard stands a great chance of going far at his favourite event. If he reaches the final of the event, the stadium will be packed with Nadal fans trying to see the legend in action and who could blame them?
Nadal very rarely performs badly on clay and he must fancy his chances of advancing to the latter stages of the tournament at the very least. Who knows, he might even get his hands on an incredible tenth French Open title with a bit of luck.
Andy Murray was runner-up to Djokovic in January’s Australian Open and the British number one could feature in the latter stages of the French Open if he regains last season’s clay form.
In 2015, Murray performed admirably throughout the spring and, although he’s had to take some time out for family commitments this time around, he remains the primary danger to Djokovic’s hopes of winning all four Grand Slam events.
If nothing else, Murray will be fresher than the other competitors and this may stand him in good stead to topple the Serbian and ruin his chances of winning the crown.
If truth be told, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more deserving Grand Slam winner than Murray – especially after all of his defeats to Djokovic in recent times.