French Open 2019 : The 2019 French Open begins Sunday, May 26 in Paris. Qualifying rounds kicked off on Monday and the tournament will conclude June 9 with the men’s final.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal leads the men’s side, entering the tournament fresh off of his first title of 2019 that came after a win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open last Sunday. Roger Federer is also expected to feature in France in what would be his first appearance at the tournament since 2015.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep is also returning to Paris to defend her title. Youngster Naomi Osaka, who is seeking a third straight Grand Slam win after victories in the U.S. and Australian Opens, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens enter as the favorites behind Halep.
The tournament will be televised by Tennis Channel and NBC in the United States. Check out a complete TV schedule for the 2019 French Open below.
There will be no shortage of challengers, as this year’s French Open field also includes past champions Novak Djokovic, Roger Federrer and Stan Wawrinka. It’s the first time in four years all four players will be competing.
Nadal has won the past two French Opens, and is seeking his record-extending 12th title at Roland Garros.
- When: May 26-June 9
- Where: Roland Garros in Paris, France
- Time: 5 a.m.-3 p.m. ET, daily
- TV: Tennis Channel, NBC
- Live Stream Online: fuboTV (free trial)
The draw will be Thursday night and opening-round play begins Sunday in France. Djokovic will be the No. 1 seed, while Nadal will be No. 2. Nadal beat Djokovic in last week’s Italian Open.
When it comes to the latest odds, Nadal is the clear betting favorite. The draw for the French Open will take place via the Roland-Garros Facebook page and YouTube channel.
The ceremony will happen at the Orangerie building, located in the Jardin des Serres d’Auteuil.
French Olympic judo gold medalist Teddy Riner will assist with the draw. The ceremony will start with the women’s singles draw and then the men’s singles draw.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are the top seeds in the men’s draw but for the first time since 2015, they will be joined by Roger Federer.
On the women’s side, Naomi Osaka leads the way as she bids for a three consecutive Grand Slam win. Maria Sharapova is a notable absentee from the event with a shoulder injury. The French Open gets underway on May 26.