Roland-Garros 2022: the Alcaraz phenomenon, the latest from Tsonga and Simon, the return of the public without restrictions... The five reasons to follow the 2022 edition

Roland-Garros 2022: the Alcaraz phenomenon, the latest from Tsonga and Simon, the return of the public without restrictions… The five reasons to follow the 2022 edition

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Roland is back! Between Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek, these are all the headliners facing each other for the French Open, from Sunday May 22 to June 5. HAS the day before the start of Roland-Garros, here are the five reasons not to miss the 2022 edition of the biggest French tennis tournament.

The public finally free

After two years of a tournament interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic, fans will finally find the stands of the Porte d’Auteuil without curfew or gauge. Amélie Mauresmo, director of the event, is delighted: “All the land must be filled”asTickets are more than 90-95% sold out.”

Likewise, all categories (including the Legends Trophy) return to Parisian clay. Children’s Day also returns. In sum, youAll the lights are green to offer the public a great fortnight.

Tsonga and Simon’s last dance

This Roland-Garros will be the opportunity to say goodbye to two emblematic French players. Gilles Simon (159th in the ATP) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (267th) received an invitation to the final table of the organizing committee.

First announced that he would leave the professional circuit at the end of the year. Sixth player in the world at his peak in January 2009, Gilles Simon, winner of 14 ATP tournaments, reached two Grand Slam quarter-finals and participated in 2017 in the Blues coronation in the Davis Cup. Present on the ATP circuit since 2004, the niçois will play his 17th Roland-Garros at the age of 37.

“Jo” announced in early April that this fortnight in paris it would be the last tournament of his career, for his 13th participation in the French Major. Winner of two Masters 1000s (at Bercy in 2008 and then at Toronto in 2014), but also a finalist at the Australian Open in 2008 and winner of the Davis Cup, Manceau has the second best French men’s tennis record in the world. , with 18 titles. Only Yannick Noah did better with his 23 coronations.

Despite a first-round elimination from the Lyon tournament earlier in the week, the former world number 5 (in 2012) hopes to delight the heart of French fans at Roland-Garros. He had reached the semi-finals of the tournament in 2013 and 2015.

Possible reunion between Nadal and Djokovic

Rafael Nadal is right at home on the clay courts of Roland-Garros. A thirteen-time winner, the Mallorcan is coming for his 22nd Grand Slam title, which would allow him to widen the gap with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic (20 wins). The only unknown on the board: his chronic foot injury (which caused him the defeat in the round of 16 in Rome) that could harm him during the fortnight. In the last two years, the Spaniard has already defied the odds on his health status by winning the 2020 edition and reaching the semi-final in 2021.

But Novak Djokovic does not intend to give him his property. The two men could also meet in the quarter-finals.

The world number one, defending champion of Roland-Garros, also dreams of adding a great trophy to his showcase, especially the year his name made headlines at the Australian Open, due to his desire not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 . With his victory in the tournament in Rome, the Serbian has put himself in the best conditions to come and lift the Musketeers Cup.

the record of sisters Williams in sight for Swiatek

Iga Swiatek is unstoppable. World number one, former winner of Roland-Garros in 2020, empress of Rome after her quick win against Ons Jabeur, the 20-year-old is having an impressive season. This will be her first participation in a Grand Slam tournament as the leader of the WTA.

On the courts of Roland-Garros, he could add a new feat to his record. With 28 consecutive victories on the clock, she would surpass the marks of Justine Henin (32), Serena Williams (34) and even Venus Williams (35) in the event of victory in the final, on June 4. The Pole would, however, stay far from the legendary feat of the American Martina Navratilova, who had chained 74 games without knowing her defeat in 1984.

How far will the prodigy Alcaraz go?

Whoever is not interested in this edition of Roland-Garros may miss the advent of a new era: that of Carlos Alcaraz. jmost successful player this seasonthe young Spaniard is already one of the punters’ favorites for victory in Paris.

HAS At 19, he has just won his first major title in Madrid, defeating his idol Rafael Nadal in the quarters, Novak Djokovic in the semis, and then Alexander Zverev in the final. No one had yet managed to beat “Rafa” and “Nole” on clay in the same tournament. Resigned to Rome, the Murcian preferred to focus on his recovery before Roland-Garros. HAS Paris, the prodigy from Alcaraz will have the mission of confirming his new status, in addition to assuming his next challenge: winning a Grand Slam.

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