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Roland Garros is a tennis tournament rich in history that has brought us many of the greatest moments in the sport.
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This year's French Open doubles draws will see ten Brits competing to take home this title amongst a competitive field.
Australian Open champion Joe Salisbury leads the line for the British doubles contingent, alongside partner Rajeev Ram. Salisbury and Ram will take on French wild cards Gregorie Barrere and Quentin Halys in the opening round as they look to improve on their fourth round finish in Paris last year.
Jamie Murray and Neal Skupski will be the only all-British partnership heading into the French Open main draw this year as the two look to build on their success in the States from the last month - where the pair reached the quarter-finals of the US Open. To kick-start their campaign, the Brits will take on singles stars Juan Londero and Jiri Vesely in round one.
Great Britain's only representative in the women's doubles draw will be Heather Waston as she pairs up with Spaniard Lara Arruabarrena. The two previously joined forces in Miami last year, where they reached the final eight. They will face Belgian duo Greetje Minnen and Alison Van Uytvanck who were recently forced to retire in the Cagnes-Sur-Mer ITF event against fellow Brit, Samantha Murray-Sharan.
Back on the men's side and the British No.1 and No.3 will also be taking part in the French Open doubles event this year. After narrowly losing out in his battle with Kei Nishikori on Sunday, Dan Evans returns to Roland Garros alongside Hubert Hurkacz. They will play Marcelo Demoliner and Matwe Middelkoop before potentially setting up a second round clash with No.2 seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
Cameron Norrie on the other hand will partner Hungarian No.1 Marton Fucsovics for the first time against American pairing, Mackenzie McDonald and Tennys Sandgren.
Ken Skupski and Santiago Gonzalez have been given the same opening round draw as they had at the US Open and will go up against Simone Bolelli and Maximo Gonzalez. Skupski will be hoping he and Gonzalez can reverse the defeat they suffered in New York.
Luke Bambridge and Ben McLachlan have been dealt the toughest first round match-up as they will face ninth seeds and US Open finalists Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic. Meanwhile Dom Inglot and Aisam Ul Haq Qureshi will play Manuel Guinard & Arthur Rinderknech - the winner of which could face Murray and Skupski in the second round.
Rounding off the British doubles stars in action is Jonny O'Mara who will again partner in a tricky opening batlle against Gianluca Mager and Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
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For the first time in the tournament’s history, this year’s French Open will be the final Grand Slam of the season.
Having been rescheduled from its original dates earlier in the year, get ready to see the world’s greatest tennis stars sliding around the courts of Roland Garros.
Ahead of the tournament kick-starting on Sunday 27 September, we breakdown the favourites, the draws and which Brits will be gunning for that French Open title.
The headline in the men’s draw is the return of 12-time champion Rafael Nadal, who will be aiming to build on his 91-2 record in Paris. However, with little match practice and a shock defeat to Diego Schwartzman last week, has there ever been a better chance for the rest of the pack to catch up with him?
World No.1 Novak Djokovic will definitely have a point to prove coming off the back of his disqualification in New York several weeks ago. Djokovic recently took the title in Rome and continues his fantastic run in 2020. Dominic Thiem, a two-time finalist at Roland Garros and this year’s US Open champion, will also be a firm favourite to go one further this year and take the title – however a tricky draw, starting with Marin Cilic, stands in his way.
Elsewhere the crop of next generation talent will be back again, looking to pick up their first Grand Slam title. Alexander Zverev will be motivated by falling just short at the US Open, whereas Stefanos Tsitsipas is proving himself to be quite the handful on the clay this year. There will be a few others to keep an eye on this week as well – Schwartzman, Denis Shapovalov and Norway’s Casper Ruud will all prove difficult tests in the latter stages of the draw.
In the women’s draw, several of the world’s top players will return to Grand Slam action next week with 17 of the 20 top-ranked WTA Tour players taking centre stage. However, world No.1 Ashleigh Barty, Bianca Andreescu and US Open champion, Naomi Osaka have all withdrawn.
Serena Williams will of course be back in action at the slam she’s won three times in her career, as she aims for her record-breaking 24th career title. Simona Halep, the 2018 champion, returns after missing the US Open, but having won the title in Rome one week ago she looks a big favourite to repeat her sensational run from two years ago. However, if she wants to repeat her 2018 success she will potentially have to battle past Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens on the way.
The No.2 seed Karolina Pliskova will be out to claim her maiden Grand Slam title but again will have a tough ride on the way, with a number of former major winners in her side of the draw, including Gabrine Muguruza and Sofia Kenin. Muguruza herself is a former champion in Paris and after an early exit at the US Open will be glad to be back sliding around on the clay. Meanwhile Victoria Azarenka comes in as arguably the most in-form player on the tour after strong performances in the States and in Europe.
The big news from the draw was that Andy Murray will face former champion and 16th seed Stan Wawrinka. The pair, who were seen training with each other earlier this week, have faced off at Roland Garros on two occasions – the semi-finals in both 2016 and 2017. Murray took the first encounter which led to him reaching his first and only French Open final, whereas Wawrinka famously won their five-set epic the following year. Murray will be hoping to channel the same spirit we saw in the opening round of the US Open as he continues on his road back to full strength.
Another blockbuster in the first round will see British No.1 Johanna Konta take on young American prodigy, Cori Gauff. Konta became the first British woman to reach the semi-finals at the French Open since Jo Durie in 1983 last year and will be hoping to pick up a big result in her opener.
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On the topic of British No.1s, Dan Evans has also been dealt a tricky opener against former world No.4 Kei Nishikori. Evans comes in as the 32nd seed and will look to replicate the result of the pair’s only previous Grand Slam meeting at the US Open in 2013, when the Brit famously picked up a big result. The Brit had a hard match against Stefanos Tsitsipas this week but should look to bounce back quickly and restore his brilliant 2020 form.
Heather Watson returns to Roland Garros this year with limited practice on clay but with ambitions of picking up some strong results, starting with Fiona Ferro. British No.3 Cameron Norrie was in action in an ATP Challenger event this week and will hope the added match play will allow him to peak on the biggest stage.
Rounding off the British singles line-up is Liam Broady who has reached his first French Open main draw with some brilliant performances in qualifying. Seemingly playing some of his best clay court tennis at the moment, Broady will be a handful for any player aspiring to go deep in the competition.
The ITF has announced that the Fed Cup will receive an historic rebrand, with the women’s team tournament being renamed the Billie Jean King Cup by BNP Paribas.
The new name for the women’s world cup of tennis is a fitting tribute to one of the game’s greatest icons and lifelong campaigner for social justice and equality – Billie Jean King.
A record 10-time Fed Cup champion on the court and a pioneer off it, Billie Jean King has dedicated her life to fighting discrimination in all its forms and epitomises the values and ethos of the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport.
With the competition being renamed, this is the first time a major global team event has been named after a woman. The ITF hopes the rebrand will not only recognises Billie Jean King’s achievements, but ensure she continues to be a visible role model for generations to come.
“I’m pleased by the news that the number one global team competition for women will be named after a female pioneer going forward” said Anne Keothavong, GB Billie Jean King Cup team captain.
“Anything that brings increased visibility to our sport, to the event and helps it grow on an equal platform with the men is definitely a positive move.”
The rename also follows the introduction of a new finals format that will bring the 12 best nations together over one week in Budapest to compete to become world champions. From 2021, under its new name, the Billie Jean King Cup Finals will award the biggest annual prize fund in women’s team sports – equivalent to that offered to the men playing Davis Cup Finals.
Billie Jean King said, “There is nothing quite like the feeling of representing your country and being part of a team, which is why this competition is so special and important to me. It is an honour to have the women’s world cup of tennis carry my name and a responsibility I will not take lightly. Our job is to share this vision with future generations of young girls, because if you can see it, you can be it.”
Great Britain’s journey in the Billie Jean King Cup play-off tie against Mexico was rescheduled for February 2021 earlier this year due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The 12 teams which have already qualified for this year’s Finals will compete at the rescheduled Finals in April 2021 on indoor clay courts at the Laszlo Papp Arena in Budapest, Hungary. The draw for the Finals will remain as originally published for 2020.
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