Roland Garros 2024: key dates, participants, favorites and where to watch the tournament

Tennis news 26 may 2024, 02:45
Robert Sykes Dailysports's expert Robert Sykes
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Today in the capital of France, Paris, the 123rd edition of the annual professional tennis Grand Slam tournament – the French Open 2024, also known by the name of the tennis center where it is held, Roland Garros, commences.

Qualifying matches began on May 20th, and today, the main draw matches will kick off. The first players will take to the courts at 11:00 Central European Time. The tournament will run until June 9th, when the finals will be held.

This year, the prize fund is a record €46.9 million for Roland Garros, with the winners receiving €2.3 million each.

The French Open traditionally concludes the spring clay court season and is the second of the four Grand Slam events following the Australian Open.

All ATP top-10 male players will participate in the tournament. The championship title will be defended by the world number one, Novak Djokovic.

In the women's draw, all but one of the WTA top-10 players will compete. The world number five, Jessica Pegula from the USA, will miss the tournament as she continues to recover from an injury that also kept her out of the WTA 1000 event in Rome. Pegula stated that she was about a week away from full recovery and plans to return for the next tournament. The reigning champion, world number one Iga Świątek, will also defend her title.

Bookmakers consider the third number of the ATP ranking from Spain, Carlos Alcaraz, to win the men's tournament. The odds for his victory in the tournament are 3.6. The second on this list is the current champion. The odds for Djokovic's victory are 4.0. The top three is completed by the second racket of the world from Italy, Janik Sinner, with odds of 5.5.

Among the women, there were fewer surprises from bookmakers, and they ranked according to their position in the WTA rankings. The odds for Swiatek's victory are 1.6, Sabalenka's are 5.5, and Coco Gauff has even less faith in her chances and the odds for the US representative to win are 9.0.

Fans can watch the tournament live in their respective countries. The broadcasters vary by region:

  • Europe (excluding France) – Eurosport
  • Latin America – ESPN
  • North Africa and the Middle East – BeIN Sports
  • Sub-Saharan Africa – SuperSport, Canal+
  • Asia – BeIN Sports

In some countries worldwide and in parts of Europe, broadcasters may differ from the official regional broadcaster. The Dailysports team has compiled information on where to watch the French Open in various countries:

  • France – France TV Sport, Prime Video
  • Australia – Nine Sports, Stan Sport
  • Austria – Servus TV
  • Belgium – RTBF
  • Brazil – ESPN
  • Vietnam – VTV
  • India – Sony Ten
  • Canada – RDS, TSN
  • China – CMG iQiyi
  • Mongolia – Premier Sports
  • New Zealand – Sky
  • USA – NBC, Peacock, Tennis Channel, Live Tennis, Bally Sports
  • Taiwan – ELTA
  • Switzerland – SRG SSR
  • South Korea – CJ ENM
  • Japan – WOWOW

Additionally, you can follow the most intriguing news and results of top tennis players on our website.

You can also find predictions for matches of top tennis players at the upcoming tournament.

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