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French Open 2018 live stream: How to watch and bet on the second Grand Slam of the year live from Roland Garros, 27 May-10 June 2018

Live Tennis Staff in News 4 Dec 2017
  • Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko lead the field at the 2018 French Open
  • Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova are also in the 2018 Roland Garros field
  • French Open tennis is live from Roland Garros from 27 May-10 June 2018
The 2018 French Open is live from Roland Garros, Paris from 27 May-10 June 2018 (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal goes for an eleventh French Open title, joined by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, while Jelena Ostapenko leads the women's field at the second Grand Slam of the season: French Open 2018 tennis live from Roland Garros from 27 May-10 June 2018!



French Open 2018 tournament schedule

French Open 2018 tournament schedule

Date - TimeEvent Name Location
27 May 2018 10:00R1Roland Garros
28 May 2018 10:00R1Roland Garros
29 May 2018 10:00R1Roland Garros
30 May 2018 10:00R2Roland Garros
31 May 2018 10:00R2Roland Garros
01 Jun 2018 10:00R3Roland Garros
02 Jun 2018 10:00R3Roland Garros
03 Jun 2018 10:00R16Roland Garros
04 Jun 2018 10:00R16Roland Garros
05 Jun 2018 13:00QFsRoland Garros
06 Jun 2018 13:00QFsRoland Garros
07 Jun 2018 14:00Women's semifinalsRoland Garros
08 Jun 2018 11:45Men's semifinalsRoland Garros
09 Jun 2018 14:00Women's finalRoland Garros
10 Jun 2018 14:00Men's finalRoland Garros


Who is playing the French Open in 2018?

The second Grand Slam of the year welcomes all the best of the tennis world to Roland Garros once more when the 2018 French Open begins on Sunday 27 May.

Twelve months on from an unpredictable 2017 edition, defending French Open champions Rafael Nadal and Jelena Ostapenko lead the field when the stars start assembling in Paris once more for another tilt at a famous title.

Arguably the high-water mark of a superbly resurgent season which saw him reclaim the world no. 1 ranking, Nadal's progress through the draw at Roland Garros in 2017 proved that reports of the 'King of Clay's dethroning were wildly exaggerated. The Spaniard smashed every opponent he faced without dropping a single set, beating Pablo Carreno Busta in the quarterfinals and Dominic Thiem in the semifinals before thumping 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka in the final to claim a stunning tenth Roland Garros crown - 'La Decima'. Nadal would go on to win the US Open, among other accolades, in 2017 and ended the year on top - but the climax of his season was clouded by injury. Have we already seen the best of Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros, or will the greatest player the French Open has ever seen write another chapter in his story in 2018?

Joining Nadal when the 2018 French Open begins on Sunday 27 May will be three former champions, led by 2009 winner Roger Federer, whose own resurgence and superb season in 2017 was indissolubly linked to Nadal's. Federer chose to sit out the clay-court season in 2017 as he continued to recover from knee surgery the spring before, but the Swiss great continues to redefine what's possible even as his age climbs past the mid-thirties and you would have to be very brave to write off his chances of making the final in Paris for the first time in seven years. 2016 champion Novak Djokovic and 2014 winner Stan Wawrinka will both be making comebacks from injury difficulties in 2018 and might just have found their best tennis by the time the French Open comes around.

Andy Murray, who has become a clay-court force and made his first French Open final in 2016, will also be looking to cement his comeback to the ATP World Tour - but there are a new generation of top stars hoping to make that Grand Slam breakthrough. Grigor Dimitrov is out to use his Nitto ATP Finals victory in 2017 as a springboard to major glory, while Dominic Thiem has made the final four in Paris each of the past two years and might just be Wawrinka's natural successor on clay - and Alexander Zverev has proven himself capable of winning massive titles on clay. And that's not even counting the much-improved David Goffin, Jack Sock or Pablo Carreno Busta - or French favourites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet.

Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 made one of the most incredible Grand Slam breakthroughs tennis has ever witnessed as the unseeded Latvian teenager, ranked world no. 47, found a rich vein of form which brought out the best in her fearsome power game. The Latvian had to come back from a set down five times over the fortnight, but posted increasingly impressive victories over Samantha Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki and Timea Bacsinszky before she pulled off a sensational comeback from 4-6, 0-3 down against Simona Halep in the final to relegate the Romanian to her second runner-up finish. Audacity and fearlessness were the hallmarks of Ostapenko's 2017 run - can she channel the same qualities as the defending champion in 2018?

Simona Halep, now a two-time runner-up at her best Grand Slam, took a huge stride forward in 2017 when she reached world no. 1 and will be out to make the French Open final for a third time, while 2015 Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza - herself now a former world no. 1, too - looks to add a third Grand Slam title to her haul after dazzling at Wimbledon in 2017. French hopes will be focused on Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia, the former doubles partners who each made immense progress into the game's upper echelons in 2017 after dissolving their partnership, and Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova - a semifinalist in 2017 - and CoCo Vandeweghe all proved that they can seriously compete on the Grand Slam stage.

But the focus on the women's side at the 2018 French Open will be on the return of two of its great champions. Three-time winner Serena Williams, now a mother and the winner of most Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, will be out to reclaim the title she most recently won in 2015, while two-time champion Maria Sharapova has a point to prove after her suspension for doping violations, which saw her miss Roland Garros in 2016 and 2017 - and the French Open is the place where she has the best chance of doing so. 

Rivalries resumed, the return of big stars, new generations jostling for a major breakthrough and two contrasting but intriguing champions defending their titles tooth and nail - the 2018 French Open is set to be a fascinating, gladiatorial battle stretched over two weeks from Sunday May 27 to Sunday 10 June. 


French Open 2018 seeds

Check back here for a full list of French Open seeds when the draw is released!


About the French Open


The second Grand Slam of the year is one of the most gruelling and demanding of the tennis season – if not the most demanding for the men, who must compete in best-of-five set matches for a fortnight on the most endurance-requiring surface in the game.

The French Open – otherwise known as Roland Garros, named after the Stade Roland Garros, where the tournament has been held since 1928 – has a long and complicated history. This has seen the tournament change locations and identities multiple times since its founding in 1891. Before 1925, the tournament was open to members of French tennis clubs only, and named the Championnat de France. Originating as a men's event alone, a women's tournament was added for the first time in 1897 – with doubles tournaments beginning to be added in 1902. 

As the Championnat de France, the event changed both location and surface several times over. Initially, it was contested in Puteaux, and played on sand laid out on rubble. In moving on the the Racing Club of France, Paris, it changed surfaces to clay, and remained as such throughout periods of time spent in Bordeaux and Auteuil (Paris.)

After a couple more venue changes, the tournament finally came to rest at the Roland Garros stadium in 1928 – the year it officially became a Grand Slam tournament.

The tournament's history can be divided up into three stages: Before 1925 (the French club members only event), 1925-1967, and the Open Era - which is 1968 and beyond. It was only at the beginning of the Open Era that the tournament dropped its title of the 'French Championships' and adopted the major title of the French Open.

In the 1925-1967 era, France's own Henry Cochet won the most editions of the French Open, achieving four (1926, 1928, 1930, 1932). Bjorn Borg of the Open Era bested this record with six titles (1974-75, 1978-81), a tally which nobody expected would be broken. Nevertheless, Rafael Nadal – still an active player – has gone above and beyond with his current all-time record of ten Roland Garros trophies (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017). The Spaniard also holds the record for most consecutive titles won with his five from 2010 to 2014. This also translates into an all-time record, as Frank Parker, Jaroslav Drobny, Tony Trabert and Nicola Pietrangeli of the pre-Open Era only scored two consecutive victories each.

Over with the women, the legendary Suzanne Lenglen won the most titles before the Open Era, triumphing six times (1920-23, 1925-26.) Chris Evert's seven title victories hold the record from 1968 onwards (1974-75, 1979-80, 1983, 1985-86.) Lenglen also holds the pre-Open Era record for most consecutive titles – four – and shares that status with fellow Frenchwoman Jeanne Matthey (1909-12.) In the Open Era, Monica Seles (1990-92) and Justine Henin (2005-07) share the status.

In recent years, the reign of Rafael Nadal, which saw him win nine of ten years between 2005 and 2014 (the exception being 2009 when he suffered a shock defeat to Robin Soderling, creating an opening for Roger Federer to finally complete his career Grand Slam), was suspended by titles for Stan Wawrinka in 2015 and Novak Djokovic in 2016 before Nadal returned in triumph in 2017, capturing 'La Decima' - a tenth title - without dropping a set despite facing Wawrinka in the final. On the women's side, recent years have seen Maria Sharapova (2012, 2014) and Serena WIlliams (2013, 2015) ending a string of one-time champions which included Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na, while Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario in 1998 to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen when she claimed her maiden Grand Slam title at the 2016 French Open and Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, just 19 years old, became the first unseeded player in history to win the crown when she captured the title in 2017, defeating Simona Halep in the final.


French Open tournament information

Fast facts about Roland Garros

French OpenRoland Garros
Dates27 May-10 June 2018
LocationParis, France
VenueStade Roland Garros
SurfaceRed clay (outdoors)
CategoryGrand Slam
Governing bodyFrench Tennis Federation (FFT)
First played1891
Draw size128 singles/64 doubles
Most men's singles titles Rafael Nadal (10)
Most women's singles titlesChris Evert (7)
Most consecutive titles (men)Rafael Nadal (5, 2010-14)
Most consecutive titles (women)Monica Seles (3, 1990-92), Justine Henin (3, 2005-7)
Youngest winner (men)Michael Chang (17 years, 3 months)
Youngest winner (women)Monica Seles (16 years, 6 months)
Oldest winner (men)Andre Vacherot (40 years, 9 months)
Oldest winner (women)Zsuzsa Kormorczy (33 years, 10 months)
Current men's singles championRafael Nadal
Current women's singles championJelena Ostapenko
Current men's doubles championsRyan Harrison/Michael Venus
Current women's doubles championsBethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova
Current mixed doubles championsGabriela Dabrowski/Rohan Bopanna




Previous French Open champions

Previous winners at Roland Garros (in the Open Era)

YearMen's championRunner-upWomen's championRunner-up
1968Ken RosewallRod LaverNancy RicheyAnn Haydon-Jones
1969Rod Laver (2)Ken RosewallMargaret Court (3)Ann Haydon-Jones
1970Jan KodesZeljko FranulovicMargaret Court (4)Helga Niessen
1971Jan Kodes (2)Ilie NastaseEvonne GoolagongHelen Gourlay
1972Andres GimenoPatrick ProisyBillie Jean KingEvonne Goolagong
1973Ilie NastaseNikola PilicMargaret Court (5)Chris Evert
1974Bjorn BorgManuel OrantesChris EvertOlga Mozorova
1975Bjorn Borg (2)Guillermo VilasChris Evert (2)Martina Navratilova
1976Adriano PanattaHarold SolomonSue BarkerRenata Tomanova
1977Guillermo VilasBrian GottfriedMima JausovecFlorenta Mihai
1978Bjorn Borg (3)Guillermo VilasVirginia RuziciMima Jausovec
1979Bjorn Borg (4)Victor PecciChris Evert (3)Wendy Turnbull
1980Bjorn Borg (5)Vitas GerulaitisChris Evert (4)Virginia Ruzici
1981Bjorn Borg (6)Ivan LendlHana MandlikovaSylvia Hanika
1982Mats WilanderGuillermo VilasMartina NavratilovaAndrea Jaeger
1983Yannick NoahMats WilanderChris Evert (5)Mima Jausovec
1984Ivan LendlJohn McEnroeMartina Navratilova (2)Chris Evert
1985Mats WilanderIvan LendlChris Evert (6)Martina Navratilova
1986Ivan Lendl (2)Mikael PernforsChris Evert (7)Martina Navratilova
1987Ivan Lendl (3)Mats WilanderSteffi GrafMartina Navratilova
1988Mats Wilander (2)Henri LeconteSteffi Graf (2)Natasha Zvereva
1989Michael ChangStefan EdbergArantxa Sanchez VicarioSteffi Graf
1990Andres GomezAndre AgassiMonica SelesSteffi Graf
1991Jim CourierAndre AgassiMonica Seles (2)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1992Jim Courier (2)Petr KordaMonica Seles (3)Steffi Graf
1993Sergi BrugueraJim CourierSteffi Graf (3)Mary Joe Fernandez
1994Sergi Bruguera (2)Alberto BerasateguiArantxa Sanchez Vicario (2)Mary Pierce
1995Thomas MusterMichael ChangSteffi Graf (4)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996Yevgeny KafelnikovMichael StichSteffi Graf (5)Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997Gustavo KuertenSergi BrugueraIva MajoliMartina Hingis
1998Carlos MoyaAlex CorretjaArantxa Sanchez Vicario (3)Monica Seles
1999Andre AgassiAndrei MedvedevSteffi Graf (6)Martina Hingis
2000Gustavo Kuerten (2)Magnus NormanMary Pierce Conchita Martinez
2001Gustavo Kuerten (3)Alex CorretjaJennifer CapriatiKim Clijsters
2002Albert CostaJuan Carlos FerreroSerena WilliamsVenus Williams
2003Juan Carlos FerreroMartin VerkerkJustine HeninKim Clijsters
2004Gaston GaudioGuillermo CoriaAnastasia MyskinaElena Dementieva
2005Rafael NadalMariano PuertaJustine HeninMary Pierce
2006Rafael Nadal (2)Roger FedererJustine Henin (2)Svetlana Kuznetsova
2007Rafael Nadal (3)Roger FedererJustine Henin (3)Ana Ivanovic
2008Rafael Nadal (4)Roger FedererAna IvanovicDinara Safina
2009Roger FedererRobin SoderlingSvetlana KuznetsovaDinara Safina
2010Rafael Nadal (5)Robin SoderlingFrancesca SchiavoneSamantha Stosur
2011Rafael Nadal (6)Roger FedererLi NaFrancesca Schiavone
2012Rafael Nadal (7)Novak DjokovicMaria SharapovaSara Errani
2013Rafael Nadal (8)David FerrerSerena Williams (2)Maria Sharapova
2014Rafael Nadal (9)Novak DjokovicMaria Sharapova (2)Simona Halep
2015Stan WawrinkaNovak DjokovicSerena Williams (3)Lucie Safarova
2016Novak DjokovicAndy MurrayGarbine MuguruzaSerena Williams
2017Rafael Nadal (10)Stan WawrinkaJelena OstapenkoSimona Halep




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French Open 2018 live stream: How to watch and bet on the second Grand Slam of the year live from Roland Garros, 27 May-10 June 2018

Rafael Nadal goes for an eleventh French Open title, joined by Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, while Jelena Ostapenko leads the women's field at the second Grand Slam of the season: French Open 2018 tennis live from Roland Garros from 27 May-10 June 2018!

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