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The 2022 French Open runs from May 22 to June 5. Watch and bet on French Open tennis live from Roland Garros and get French Open live stream access with livetennis.com

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French Open 2022 dates and start times

Day Date Session Start Time (BST) Round
Sun May 22 Day 10am 1st Round
Mon May 23 Day 10am 1st Round
Mon May 23 Evening 8pm 1st Round
Tue May 24 Day 10am 1st Round
Tue May 24 Evening 8pm 1st Round
Wed May 25 Day 10am 2nd Round
Wed May 25 Evening 8pm 2nd Round
Thu May 26 Day 10am 2nd Round
Thu May 26 Evening 8pm 2nd Round
Fri May 27 Day 10am 3rd Round
Fri May 27 Evening 8pm 3rd Round
Sat May 28 Day 10am 3rd Round
Sat May 28 Evening 8pm 3rd Round
Sun May 29 Day 10am 4th Round
Sun May 29 Evening 8pm 4th Round
Mon May 30 Day 10am 4th Round
Mon May 30 Evening 9pm 4th Round
Tue May 31 Day 11am Quarter-Finals
Tue May 31 Evening 4pm Quarter-Finals
Wed June 1 Day 11am Quarter-Finals
Wed June 1 Evening 8pm Quarter-Finals
Thu June 2 Day 1pm Semi-Finals
Fri June 3 Day 2pm Semi-Finals
Sat June 4 Day 2pm Women’s Singles Final,
Men’s Doubles Final
Sun June 5 Day 2pm Men’s Singles Final

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Men’s, women’s and mixed doubles matches, as well as junior, legends and wheelchair doubles, are also available to watch and bet on live.

When is the 2022 French Open?

The 2021 French Open takes place from Sunday May 22 to Sunday June 5.

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 12 Roland Garros trophies (2005-08, 2010-14, 2017-19). 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. Nadal successfully defended his title in 2018, prevailing for the 11th time with a straight sets win over first-time major finalist Dominic Thiem. Nadal and Thiem would clash for the second year in a row in the 2019 final, and while the Austrian was able to match it with the King of Clay for the first two sets, he couldn’t maintain the superhuman level required to beat Nadal at Roland Garros, eventually succumbing in four as the Spaniard collected his 12th French Open title.

Nadal increased his record haul to 13 as he won the 2020 French Open without dropping a set despite the tournament having been most unusually rescheduled to chilly, damp autumn conditions. Nadal handed long-time rival Djokovic one of his most crushing defeats in the final, winning his 100th French Open match in the process and tying Roger Federer’s all-time Grand Slam title record of 20.

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.

Halep would bounce back in the 2018 showpiece, finally capturing her maiden Grand Slam title with a come-from-behind win over Sloane Stephens. The Romanian couldn’t become the first woman since Justin Henin in 2007 to defend her Roland Garros title, losing in the quarter-finals of her title defence to Amanda Anisimova, with Australian star Ashleigh Barty going on to beat Anisimova in the semis and Marketa Vondrousova in the final to win her first major crown.

Poland’s Iga Swiatek became the youngest French Open singles champion since Nadal in 2005 when she stormed through the draw without dropping a set, beating former winner Halep and Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin on the way.

In 2020, the French Open showed that despite its reverence for tradition, it was able to adapt to unexpected circumstances. With tennis shut down in mid-March for what turned out to be a lengthy period, the French Open was one of the first tournaments to adapt, taking a risk by rescheduling itself to the autumn.

The tournament returns to its regular May-June slot in 2021, with crowds expected to be allowed once more at Roland Garros.

Why is the French Open so hard to win?

Played on the traditional clay known as terre battue, the French Open has a serious claim to being the biggest physical and mental challenge in tennis. Unlike the skiddy grass at Wimbledon or the hard courts in New York, the crushed brick at Roland Garros means a slower court surface and high-bouncing balls, with contemporary players routinely able to load the ball with topspin, and vicious kick. That, in turn, means longer rallies, with the best in the world able to run each other from side to side in grueling exchanges under the scorching Paris sun.

Physical fitness, power and stamina are vital qualities for success at Roland Garros, but so are variety, tactical awareness and acuity – a well-executed drop shot can have the devastating effect of a big serve on other surfaces.

Also, the clay in Paris does have a tendency to swirl around in the wind, making conditions even more difficult for the players.

It’s no surprise that the French Open has been sorting the best from the rest since it was first opened to all amateurs back in 1925. Some of the greatest in tennis history, including Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, have found the Coupe des Mousquetaires eluding them and, with it, their dream of winning all four majors. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic both endured years of frustration and multiple experiences of falling short at the final hurdle before completing the career Grand Slam in Paris.

On the other hand, there are those for whom Roland Garros has been the rock on which their greatness was built. Bjorn Borg won the title six times between 1974 and 1981, becoming the most successful player at the French Open in the Open Era – a record decimated when a certain Rafael Nadal came along, winning an incredible 12 titles between 2005 and 2019. Nadal’s extraordinary movement and defensive skills have rendered him almost unbeatable on the surface. While defence is a key requirement for success at Roland Garros, it is not the sole requirement. For all of Nadal’s defensive genius, the great Spaniard wields one of the most devastating forehands in the sport, and his use of the top-spin high-bouncing forehand to force his opponents back has been a constant feature of his clay-court dominance over the years.

Who are the greatest French Open players?

The great Rafael Nadal is unarguably the greatest human to ever step foot at Roland Garros. Nadal’s dominance of the tournament is staggering, with 13 titles and a 100-2 record in the French capital. A teenage Nadal claimed the title in his first attempt in 2005, beating Roger Federer in the semi-finals, and taking out Mariano Puerta in the title match. He would retain the Coupe des Mousquetaires in the next three seasons before Swede Robin Soderling ended his reign in 2009, causing one of the most seismic upsets in Grand Slam history with a four-set victory over the Spaniard in the fourth round.

Nadal came back with a vengeance, claiming an Open Era-record five straight titles between 2010 and 2014. He suffered his second defeat at the French Open to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarterfinals, and was forced out mid-tournament by injury in 2016, but increased his title haul to 13 with victories in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, beating 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem and Djokovic in the finals.

The closest man to Nadal in the Open Era was Sweden’s Bjorn Borg, who wound up with six Roland Garros crowns, including four straight successes between 1978 and 1981. Borg’s big rival Ivan Lendl won three, as did Mats Wilander and the likeable Brazilian, Gustavo Kuerten.

Prior to the advent of the Open Era, Frenchman Max Decugis won his eight titles before the first World War, while Henri Cochet, one of the Mousquetaires, had five titles.

Chris Evert leads the women’s all-time field with seven titles, while Steffi Graf and Suzanne Lenglen, the great Frenchwoman who has one of the main show courts and the women’s singles’ trophy named after her, are joint second with six crowns. Margaret Court is one of a couple of women with five titles, while modern day French Open great Justin Henin picked up four. Henin and Monica Seles are the only women to win three straight Roland Garros crowns in the Open Era. How about Serena Williams, you ask? Well, the great American has hoisted the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen on three occasions – 2002, 2013 and 2015.

French Open Records

Most titles (men):
Pre-1925 (French-only event) – Max Decugis, who won eight titles between 1903 and 1914
Amateur era (1925-67) – Henri Cochet, who won four titles between 1926 and 1932
Open Era (post-1967) – Rafael Nadal, with 13 titles between 2005 and 2020
All-time – Rafael Nadal (2005-9, 2010-14, 2017-20)

Most titles (women):
Pre-1967 – Suzanne Lenglen, who won six titles between 1920 and 1926
Open Era (post-1967) – Chris Evert, who won seven titles between 1974-1986
All-time – Chris Evert (1974-5, 1979-80, 1983, 1985-6)

Most consecutive singles titles (men)
Pre-1925 (French-only event) – Paul Ayme, who won four straight titles 1897-1900
Amateur era (1925-67) – Frank Parker (1948-49), Jaroslav Drobny (1951-2), Tony Trabert (1954-55), Nicola Pietrangeli (1959-60)
Open Era (post-1967) – Rafael Nadal, who won five straight titles 2010-2014
All-time – Rafael Nadal 2010-14

Most consecutive singles titles (women)
Pre-1967 – Suzanne Lenglen (four titles between 1920-1923) and Jeanne Mathey (1909-1912)
Open Era (post-1967) – Monica Seles (three titles between 1990-92) and Justine Henin (three titles 2005-7)

Most finals appearances (men)
Rafael Nadal made 13 finals between 2005-2020 (and has a 13-0 record)

Most finals appearances (women)
Chris Evert made nine finals between 1973-1986 (7-2 record)

Youngest winner (men) – Michael Chang, aged 17 years and 3 months in 1989

Youngest winner (women) – Monica Seles, aged 16 years and 6 months in 1990

Oldest winner (men) – Andre Vacherot, aged 40 years and 8 months in 1901

Oldest winner (women) – Zsusza Kormoczy, aged 33 years and 10 months in 1958

Unseeded winners (men)
Marcel Bernard (1946)
Mats Wilander (1982)
Gustavo Kuerten (1997)
Gaston Gaudio (2004)

Unseeded winners (women)
Margaret Scriven (1933)
Jelena Ostapenko (2017)
Iga Swiatek (2020)

Longest match (men)
By time – Fabrice Santoro d. Arnaud Clement (R1, 2004), 6-4, 6-3, 6-7(5), 3-6, 16-14 in 6 hours, 33 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) – Paul-Henri Mathieu d. John Isner (R2, 2012), 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-4, 3-6, 18-16, 76 games total
In a singles final – Mats Wilander d. Guillermo Vilas (1982), 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-0, 6-4 in 4 hours, 42 minutes

Longest match (women)
By time – Virginie Buisson d. Noelle van Lottum (R1, 1995), 6-7(3), 7-5, 6-2 in 4 hours, 7 minutes
By games (with tie break scoring) – Linda Harvey-Wild d. Laura Gildemeister (R2, 1991), 7-6(7), 6-7(7), 11-9, 46 games total

Most aces in a single match (men)
Ivo Karlovic of Croatia served 55 aces in a win over Lleyton Hewitt at the 2009 French Open

Most aces in a single match (women)

Ekaterina Bychkova of Russia served 21 aces in a win over Lindsay Lee-Waters at the 2011 French Open

French Open Champions

Here is a complete list of all the men’s and women’s singles champions during the Open Era.

Active players are given in bold.

Former French Open champions (Open Era)

Year Men’s Champion Men’s Runner-up Women’s Champion Women’s Runner-up
1968 Ken Rosewall Rod Laver Nancy Richey Ann Haydon Jones
1969 Rod Laver (2) Ken Rosewall Margaret Court (3) Ann Haydon Jones
1970 Jan Kodes Zeljko Franulovic Margaret Court (4) Helga Niessen
1971 Jan Kodes (2) Ilie Nastase Evonne Goolagong Helen Gourlay
1972 Andres Gimeno Patrick Proisy Billie Jean King Evonne Goolagong
1973 Ilie Nastase Nikola Pilic Margaret Court (5) Chris Evert
1974 Bjorn Borg Manuel Orantes Chris Evert Olga Mozorova
1975 Bjorn Borg (2) Guillermo Vilas Chris Evert (2) Martina Navratilova
1976 Adriano Pannatta Harold Solomon Sue Barker Renata Tomanova
1977 Guillermo Vilas Brian Gottfried Mima Jausovec Florenta Mihai
1978 Bjorn Borg (3) Guillermo Vilas Virginia Ruzici Mima Jausovec
1979 Bjorn Borg (4) Victor Pecci Chris Evert (3) Wendy Turnbull
1980 Bjorn Borg (5) Vitus Gerulaitis Chris Evert (4) Virginia Ruzici
1981 Bjorn Borg (6) Ivan Lendl Hana Mandlikova Sylvia Hanika
1982 Mats Wilander Guillermo Vilas Martina Navratilova Andrea Jaeger
1983 Yannick Noah Mats Wilander Chris Evert (5) Mima Jausovec
1984 Ivan Lendl John McEnroe Martina Navratilova (2) Chris Evert
1985 Mats Wilander Ivan Lendl Chris Evert (6) Martina Navratilova
1986 Ivan Lendl (2) Mikael Pernfors Chris Evert (7) Martina Navratilova
1987 Ivan Lendl (3) Mats Wilander Steffi Graf Martina Navratilova
1988 Mats Wilander Henri Laconte Steffi Graf (2) Natasha Zvereva
1989 Michael Chang Stefan Edberg Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Steffi Graf
1990 Andres Gomez Andre Agassi Monica Seles Steffi Graf
1991 Jim Courier Andre Agassi Monica Seles (2) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1992 Jim Courier (2) Petr Korda Monica Seles (3) Steffi Graf
1993 Sergi Bruguera Jim Courier Steffi Graf (3) Mary Joe Fernandez
1994 Sergi Bruguera (2) Alberto Beratesegui Arantxa Sanchez Vicario Mary Pierce
1995 Thomas Muster Michael Chang Steffi Graf (4) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikov Michael Stich Steffi Graf (5) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario
1997 Gustavo Kuerten Sergi Bruguera Iva Majoli Martina Hingis
1998 Carlos Moya Alex Corretja Arantxa Sanchez Vicario (2) Monica Seles
1999 Andre Agassi Andrei Medvedev Steffi Graf (6) Martina Hingis
2000 Gustavo Kuerten (2) Magnus Norman Mary Pierce Conchita Martinez
2001 Gustavo Kuerten (3) Alex Corretja Jennifer Capriati Kim Clijsters
2002 Albert Costa Juan Carlos Ferrero Serena Williams Venus Williams
2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero Martin Verkerk Justine Henin Kim Clijsters
2004 Gaston Gaudio Guillermo Coria Anastasia Myskina Elena Dementieva
2005 Rafael Nadal Mariano Puerta Justine Henin (2) Mary Pierce
2006 Rafael Nadal (2) Roger Federer Justine Henin (3) Svetlana Kuznetsova
2007 Rafael Nadal (3) Roger Federer Justine Henin (4) Ana Ivanovic
2008 Rafael Nadal (4) Roger Federer Ana Ivanovic Dinara Safina
2009 Roger Federer Robin Soderling Svetlana Kuznetsova Dinara Safina
2010 Rafael Nadal (5) Robin Soderling Francesca Schiavone Samantha Stosur
2011 Rafael Nadal (6) Roger Federer Li Na Francesca Schiavone
2012 Rafael Nadal (7) Novak Djokovic Maria Sharapova Sara Errani
2013 Rafael Nadal (8) David Ferrer Serena Williams (2) Maria Sharapova
2014 Rafael Nadal (9) Novak Djokovic Maria Sharapova (2) Simona Halep
2015 Stan Wawrinka Novak Djokovic Serena Williams (3) Lucie Safarova
2016 Novak Djokovic Andy Murray Garbine Muguruza Serena Williams
2017 Rafael Nadal (10) Stan Wawrinka Jelena Ostapenko Simona Halep
2018 Rafael Nadal (11) Dominic Thiem Simona Halep Sloane Stephens
2019 Rafael Nadal (12) Dominic Thiem Ashleigh Barty Marketa Vondrousova
2020 Rafael Nadal (13) Novak Djokovic Iga Swiatek Sofia Kenin

French Open Player Performance

Top Men

Player Titles Finals Main draw appearances Win-loss record 2020 result
Rafael Nadal 13 (2005-8, 2010-14, 2017-20) 16 100-2 Champion (d. Novak Djokovic)
Novak Djokovic 1 (2016) 4 (2012, 2014-15, 2020) 16 74-15 Runner-up (lost to Rafael Nadal)
Stan Wawrinka 1 (2015) 1 (2017) 16 44-15 R3 (lost to Hugo Gaston)
Roger Federer 1 (2009) 4 (2006-8, 2011) 18 70-17 Did not play
Dominic Thiem 2 (2018-19) 7 28-9 QF (lost to Diego Schwartzman)
Andy Murray 1 (2016) 11 39-11 R1 (lost to Stan Wawrinka)

Top Women

Player Titles Finals Main-draw appearances Win-loss record 2020 result
Serena Williams 3 (2003, 2013, 2015) 1 (2016) 18 66-13 R2 (withdrew)
Maria Sharapova 2 (2012, 2014) 1 (2013) 14 56-12 Did not play
Iga Swiatek 1 (2020) 2 10-1 Champion (d. Sofia Kenin)
Ashleigh Barty 1 (2019) 6 9-5 Did not play
Simona Halep 1 (2018) 2 (2014, 2017) 11 31-10 R16 (lost to Iga Swiatek)
Jelena Ostapenko 1 (2017) 5 9-4 R3 (lost to Paula Badosa)
Garbine Muguruza 1 (2016) 8 29-7 R3 (lost to Danielle Collins)
Svetlana Kuznetsova 1 (2009) 1 (2006) 18 52-17 R1 (lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova)
Sofia Kenin 1 (2020) 3 9-3 Runner-up (lost to Iga Swiatek)
Marketa Vondrousova 1 (2019) 4 7-4 R1 (lost to Iga Swiatek)
Sloane Stephens 1 (2018) 9 25-9 R2 (lost to Paula Badosa)

 

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