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10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open

In 2 days, the 2020 French Open will commence, which means 2 whole weeks of grand slam tennis in Paris. This is the weirdest environment sports has had, but needless to say, there are still 128 participants on the men’s and women’s singles draw. These are 10 things to look forward to during these two weeks of spectacular tennis.

Can Dominic Thiem finally take down Rafa in the French Open?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Dominic and Rafa have matched up 14 times and Nadal is leading the H2H 9-5, but these two are probably the two best clay players on tour

Thiem’s previous French Open Results: Finalist in 2018 and 2019

Nadal’s previous French Open Results: Champion in 2018 and 2019 and …10 times before that!

Thiem and Rafa have created a rivalry, especially on clay, making it to the finals of Roland Garros for two straight years. Thiem hasn’t been able to take more than a set in their finals matchups, but he has proven he can beat Rafa in other match-ups, beating him 5 times, including the Australian Open this year. Nadal is definitely still the heavy favorite, but he proved he could be beaten on clay as he lost in straight sets to Diego Schwartzman in Rome. Although it may seem impossible for anyone to beat Nadal in a best of 5 set match on clay, Thiem is one of the only men who would have a chance. Thiem has really improved his hard court game this year, winning his 1st grand slam title two weeks ago at the US Open. He has always been good on clay and this could be the year where Rafa doesn’t win in Roland Garros.

What youngster will have a breakout French Open?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
How about Casper Ruud these last 2 weeks? He made the SF’s at Rome and now is at the SF’s at Hamburg. On his best surface, will Ruud be a dark horse at Roland Garros

Players Under the age of 24 who made the Quarter-Finals in a Grand Slam 2020

Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, Alex De Minaur, Borna Coric, Alexander Zverev

Almost every grand slam, there is a young player that breaks out and goes far. We often see top players like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev go far in grand slams, but they have already solidified themselves as superstars. However, we saw Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, and Borna Coric make career best grand slam runs at the US Open. Which youngster will make a career run at the French Open? It could be any of those three as they all have made good runs either at Rome or Hamburg. Casper Ruud made the Semi-Finals at Rome where he lost to Novak Djokovic, but he showed he could be dangerous at the French Open. He has beaten Marin Cilic, Fabio Fognini, and Matteo Berretini in the past 2 weeks and that streak might carry on to France. Felix Auger Alliaseme is another player that could make a run if he can adjust to the clay surface.

Will Denis make a run at Roland Garros?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Denis had his best grand slam result of his young career two weeks ago at New York as a Quarter-Finalist. Can he make another deep run at Roland Garros?

Denis Shapovalov previous Grand Slam Results 2020

US Open 2020: Quarter-Finals                    Australian Open 2020: 1st Round

With Shapovalov cracking into the top 10 for the first time in his career, it’s about time for Denis to enter superstar status by going deeper and deeper in grand slams. The 21 year old is coming off a Semi-Final at Rome, which was surprising since he hasn’t been successful on clay so far in his career. He can be a dark horse to go deep in Roland Garros because of his recent success, but he will have to get through a very tough draw. He will face former Quarter-Finalist Gilles Simon in the 1st Round and has a chance to play Steve Johnson in the 2nd Round. He also has 3 other young stars in his quarter: Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitispas, and Andrey Rublev. This will be one of Denis’ toughest draws to get through in his entire career and only his best tennis will win him these tough matches. It is possible he can make a run, but he has a lot of work cut out for him.

With the defending champion not participating, who will come out on top in the women’s draw?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina are two of the top seeds in the women’s draw and both have serious chances to win Roland Garros

Players with top odds to win the Women’s Singles title in France

1: Simona Halep

2: Serena Williams

3: Elina Svitolina

4: Victoria Azarenka

5: Karolina Pliskova

It seems like every grand slam, the women’s singles draw is open as we’ve had 9 different grand slam winners in the last 12, and the same thing will remain in this year’s French Open. Defending Champion and World No 1 Ashleigh Barty won’t participate in this year’s Roland Garros, so the field is open for many contestants to lift that trophy up. Former Roland Garros champion Simona Halep is the top seed and will be the favorite at Roland Garros with a 55% chance odds and reputation for being the “Queen of Clay”. However, there are plenty of players you have to look out for. Two-Time Rome Champion and Semi-Finalist at last year’s Wimbeldon and US Open, Elina Svitolina, is looking to win her 1st major and is someone that you should look out for. Former Grand Slam champions such as Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, and Garbine Muguruza have made runs at plenty of grand slams, and can this year too. Serena Williams continues her chase for Grand Slam #24 and, despite not winning a grand slam since 2017, she will still be one of the favorites in whatever grand slams she participates in. With more players back at the French Open, this women’s draw will be tough for anyone to make it all the way, but who will succeed and lift the trophy?

Will it be a safe environment to play grand slam tennis?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
This year, the French Open will still be allowing some fans to the stadiums and are one of the opens to do so. The question is, will it be safe?

This might not be something to look forward to, but it’s the most important question of all. This year, the French Open has decided to let 50% of the usual fans come this year in spite of the pandemic. Sure, its not the full crowd, but there are still people attending which could lead to some safety considerations. It will only be people in Paris, which means people around the world will be sitting and watching it on TV, but this is one of the first opens we see letting fans in. No fans or some fans, all sports have been able to make it work, but time will tell if this French Open will be a safe environment for the top tennis players in the world to compete.

How will Andrey Rublev perform in Roland Garros?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
The 22 year old has recently played the best tennis of his career as he reached a career high ranking of number 12 after the US Open concluded

Ever since Rublev came off a win against Roger Federer in Cincinnati last year, he has been playing the best tennis of his young career, as he recently made his 2nd major Quarter-Finals a few weeks ago at the US Open. Rublev is one player you should look out for to make a run at Roland Garros, despite never winning a match at Roland Garros. He has also participated in this event only once back in 2017 where he lost in the opening round. Ever since then, he has gotten miles better on all surfaces as he has turned from a solid young player, to one of the top 15 best players in the world. Hard court has always been Rublev’s best surface, but since he has improved, it seems like he goes deep in every tournament he enters. He has a tough quarter filled with young talent, but Rublev has a chance to make another QF and possibly even deeper run at Roland Garros.

Can Zverev make another Grand Slam finals run, this time on clay?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
The world #7 is coming off his best result in a Grand Slam being the finalist at the US Open.

Zverev is a 2-time Quarter-Finalist here at Roland Garros and certainly has a chance to make a run coming off a finals run at the US Open. However, his job won’t be easy. If he makes a run to the Quarter-Finals, he will most likely play 12-time Roland Garros champion and world #2 Rafael Nadal who hasn’t lost a match here since 2016, and he also has Dominic Thiem in his half. However, Zverev has beaten them both on big stages when he won the Nitto ATP title. Zverev has turned into a grand slam performer this year, but the question is, will he able to overcome the challenges in his draw?

Will Coco make a move on clay?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Gauff’s last year has been something to watch especially on the big stages, but can she get it done against no 9 seed Johanna Konta

The young 16 year old is always one of the players to look out for because everyone is starting to admire her talent at a historically young age. Last year, Gauff was 15 and played in her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon where she made it to the final 16, being the youngest player to ever compete in Wimbledon. She also climbed into the top 50 earlier this year after making it to the final 16 at the Australian Open. This year, she will have her toughest first round opponent yet. She is playing no 9 seed and former Semi-Finalist, Johanna Konta, in her 1st round match where she has to really battle to win that match. She has beaten top players though as she beat Naomi Osaka this year at the Australian Open, but this is still going to be a challenge for her. She has plenty of years to go, but she could be an early exit again this year at Roland Garros.

Stan vs Andy, which former Roland Garros champion will win?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray meet in the 1st round of Roland Garros in a highly anticipated match

Two 3-time Grand Slam champions and former Roland Garros champions, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, will play on the main court for their 1st round match. Wawrinka is just coming back as he has only played one match since tennis returned and he is coming back to his best surface to play former world number 1. This is one of the most anticipated matches as we hardly ever see two grand slam champions, but this might be a 5-setter or a straight setter. Andy Murray has made a comeback to the tour, but Stan is still a top 20 player in the world and he still can play at his peak while Andy is nowhere near his top shape. However, Andy still survived a 5-setter in the 1st round of the US Open so this could be a fight, but it is clear that Stan is the favorite.

Is Victoria Azarenka a dark horse or a favorite?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
In a 4 week span from the Western & Southern to the end of the US Open, Azarenka jumped up 34 ranking spots and his looking extremely strong entering Roland Garros

Azarenka is coming off a comeback grand slam at the US Open making her first Grand Slam final since 2014. However, is that enough to consider her a favorite at Roland Garros? Azarenka has played the best tennis of her career only dropping 2 sets on her way to the final and demolishing Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-0 6-0 in Rome. Clay has never been her best surface, but she can make a run anywhere as she was a former #1. With more top players participating in the women’s draw, Azarenka will have to overcome some challenges in the draw. Even if she is a dark horse or a favorite, there is no doubt she can win this title.

https://sportscastr.com/KabeerChampSports
Kabeer talks about the French Open on his channel

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open

In 2 days, the 2020 French Open will commence, which means 2 whole weeks of grand slam tennis in Paris. This is the weirdest environment sports has had, but needless to say, there are still 128 participants on the men’s and women’s singles draw. These are 10 things to look forward to during these two weeks of spectacular tennis.

Can Dominic Thiem finally take down Rafa in the French Open?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Dominic and Rafa have matched up 14 times and Nadal is leading the H2H 9-5, but these two are probably the two best clay players on tour

Thiem’s previous French Open Results: Finalist in 2018 and 2019

Nadal’s previous French Open Results: Champion in 2018 and 2019 and …10 times before that!

Thiem and Rafa have created a rivalry, especially on clay, making it to the finals of Roland Garros for two straight years. Thiem hasn’t been able to take more than a set in their finals matchups, but he has proven he can beat Rafa in other match-ups, beating him 5 times, including the Australian Open this year. Nadal is definitely still the heavy favorite, but he proved he could be beaten on clay as he lost in straight sets to Diego Schwartzman in Rome. Although it may seem impossible for anyone to beat Nadal in a best of 5 set match on clay, Thiem is one of the only men who would have a chance. Thiem has really improved his hard court game this year, winning his 1st grand slam title two weeks ago at the US Open. He has always been good on clay and this could be the year where Rafa doesn’t win in Roland Garros.

What youngster will have a breakout French Open?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
How about Casper Ruud these last 2 weeks? He made the SF’s at Rome and now is at the SF’s at Hamburg. On his best surface, will Ruud be a dark horse at Roland Garros

Players Under the age of 24 who made the Quarter-Finals in a Grand Slam 2020

Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, Alex De Minaur, Borna Coric, Alexander Zverev

Almost every grand slam, there is a young player that breaks out and goes far. We often see top players like Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Daniil Medvedev go far in grand slams, but they have already solidified themselves as superstars. However, we saw Denis Shapovalov, Andrey Rublev, and Borna Coric make career best grand slam runs at the US Open. Which youngster will make a career run at the French Open? It could be any of those three as they all have made good runs either at Rome or Hamburg. Casper Ruud made the Semi-Finals at Rome where he lost to Novak Djokovic, but he showed he could be dangerous at the French Open. He has beaten Marin Cilic, Fabio Fognini, and Matteo Berretini in the past 2 weeks and that streak might carry on to France. Felix Auger Alliaseme is another player that could make a run if he can adjust to the clay surface.

Will Denis make a run at Roland Garros?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Denis had his best grand slam result of his young career two weeks ago at New York as a Quarter-Finalist. Can he make another deep run at Roland Garros?

Denis Shapovalov previous Grand Slam Results 2020

US Open 2020: Quarter-Finals                    Australian Open 2020: 1st Round

With Shapovalov cracking into the top 10 for the first time in his career, it’s about time for Denis to enter superstar status by going deeper and deeper in grand slams. The 21 year old is coming off a Semi-Final at Rome, which was surprising since he hasn’t been successful on clay so far in his career. He can be a dark horse to go deep in Roland Garros because of his recent success, but he will have to get through a very tough draw. He will face former Quarter-Finalist Gilles Simon in the 1st Round and has a chance to play Steve Johnson in the 2nd Round. He also has 3 other young stars in his quarter: Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitispas, and Andrey Rublev. This will be one of Denis’ toughest draws to get through in his entire career and only his best tennis will win him these tough matches. It is possible he can make a run, but he has a lot of work cut out for him.

With the defending champion not participating, who will come out on top in the women’s draw?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina are two of the top seeds in the women’s draw and both have serious chances to win Roland Garros

Players with top odds to win the Women’s Singles title in France

1: Simona Halep

2: Serena Williams

3: Elina Svitolina

4: Victoria Azarenka

5: Karolina Pliskova

It seems like every grand slam, the women’s singles draw is open as we’ve had 9 different grand slam winners in the last 12, and the same thing will remain in this year’s French Open. Defending Champion and World No 1 Ashleigh Barty won’t participate in this year’s Roland Garros, so the field is open for many contestants to lift that trophy up. Former Roland Garros champion Simona Halep is the top seed and will be the favorite at Roland Garros with a 55% chance odds and reputation for being the “Queen of Clay”. However, there are plenty of players you have to look out for. Two-Time Rome Champion and Semi-Finalist at last year’s Wimbeldon and US Open, Elina Svitolina, is looking to win her 1st major and is someone that you should look out for. Former Grand Slam champions such as Karolina Pliskova, Sofia Kenin, and Garbine Muguruza have made runs at plenty of grand slams, and can this year too. Serena Williams continues her chase for Grand Slam #24 and, despite not winning a grand slam since 2017, she will still be one of the favorites in whatever grand slams she participates in. With more players back at the French Open, this women’s draw will be tough for anyone to make it all the way, but who will succeed and lift the trophy?

Will it be a safe environment to play grand slam tennis?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
This year, the French Open will still be allowing some fans to the stadiums and are one of the opens to do so. The question is, will it be safe?

This might not be something to look forward to, but it’s the most important question of all. This year, the French Open has decided to let 50% of the usual fans come this year in spite of the pandemic. Sure, its not the full crowd, but there are still people attending which could lead to some safety considerations. It will only be people in Paris, which means people around the world will be sitting and watching it on TV, but this is one of the first opens we see letting fans in. No fans or some fans, all sports have been able to make it work, but time will tell if this French Open will be a safe environment for the top tennis players in the world to compete.

How will Andrey Rublev perform in Roland Garros?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
The 22 year old has recently played the best tennis of his career as he reached a career high ranking of number 12 after the US Open concluded

Ever since Rublev came off a win against Roger Federer in Cincinnati last year, he has been playing the best tennis of his young career, as he recently made his 2nd major Quarter-Finals a few weeks ago at the US Open. Rublev is one player you should look out for to make a run at Roland Garros, despite never winning a match at Roland Garros. He has also participated in this event only once back in 2017 where he lost in the opening round. Ever since then, he has gotten miles better on all surfaces as he has turned from a solid young player, to one of the top 15 best players in the world. Hard court has always been Rublev’s best surface, but since he has improved, it seems like he goes deep in every tournament he enters. He has a tough quarter filled with young talent, but Rublev has a chance to make another QF and possibly even deeper run at Roland Garros.

Can Zverev make another Grand Slam finals run, this time on clay?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
The world #7 is coming off his best result in a Grand Slam being the finalist at the US Open.

Zverev is a 2-time Quarter-Finalist here at Roland Garros and certainly has a chance to make a run coming off a finals run at the US Open. However, his job won’t be easy. If he makes a run to the Quarter-Finals, he will most likely play 12-time Roland Garros champion and world #2 Rafael Nadal who hasn’t lost a match here since 2016, and he also has Dominic Thiem in his half. However, Zverev has beaten them both on big stages when he won the Nitto ATP title. Zverev has turned into a grand slam performer this year, but the question is, will he able to overcome the challenges in his draw?

Will Coco make a move on clay?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Gauff’s last year has been something to watch especially on the big stages, but can she get it done against no 9 seed Johanna Konta

The young 16 year old is always one of the players to look out for because everyone is starting to admire her talent at a historically young age. Last year, Gauff was 15 and played in her first Grand Slam at Wimbledon where she made it to the final 16, being the youngest player to ever compete in Wimbledon. She also climbed into the top 50 earlier this year after making it to the final 16 at the Australian Open. This year, she will have her toughest first round opponent yet. She is playing no 9 seed and former Semi-Finalist, Johanna Konta, in her 1st round match where she has to really battle to win that match. She has beaten top players though as she beat Naomi Osaka this year at the Australian Open, but this is still going to be a challenge for her. She has plenty of years to go, but she could be an early exit again this year at Roland Garros.

Stan vs Andy, which former Roland Garros champion will win?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray meet in the 1st round of Roland Garros in a highly anticipated match

Two 3-time Grand Slam champions and former Roland Garros champions, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray, will play on the main court for their 1st round match. Wawrinka is just coming back as he has only played one match since tennis returned and he is coming back to his best surface to play former world number 1. This is one of the most anticipated matches as we hardly ever see two grand slam champions, but this might be a 5-setter or a straight setter. Andy Murray has made a comeback to the tour, but Stan is still a top 20 player in the world and he still can play at his peak while Andy is nowhere near his top shape. However, Andy still survived a 5-setter in the 1st round of the US Open so this could be a fight, but it is clear that Stan is the favorite.

Is Victoria Azarenka a dark horse or a favorite?

10 things to look forward to during the 2020 French Open
In a 4 week span from the Western & Southern to the end of the US Open, Azarenka jumped up 34 ranking spots and his looking extremely strong entering Roland Garros

Azarenka is coming off a comeback grand slam at the US Open making her first Grand Slam final since 2014. However, is that enough to consider her a favorite at Roland Garros? Azarenka has played the best tennis of her career only dropping 2 sets on her way to the final and demolishing Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-0 6-0 in Rome. Clay has never been her best surface, but she can make a run anywhere as she was a former #1. With more top players participating in the women’s draw, Azarenka will have to overcome some challenges in the draw. Even if she is a dark horse or a favorite, there is no doubt she can win this title.

https://sportscastr.com/KabeerChampSports
Kabeer talks about the French Open on his channel

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