Updated on 18/05/2022 at 10:45
- The French Open is the second Grand Slam tournament in 2022.
- German Alexander Zverev reached the semifinals last year and is also this time one of the favorites.
- All information about the tennis tournament in Paris here at a glance.
When does the French Open start and when is the final?
The French Open starts on May 22nd. Qualification for the tournament has already started. The women’s final will take place on June 4 and the men’s final on June 5.
Who are the men’s favorites?
Defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic is considered the top favorite. The Serb won the Masters tournament in Rome and is in top form. Spaniard Rafael Nadal has won the French Open 13 times, more than anyone else. Most recently, however, he suffered a foot injury.
Russian tennis professional Daniil Medvedev, who is number 2 in the world, also serves at the French Open. However, due to the war of aggression against Ukraine, he is not allowed to compete under the Russian flag. Germany’s Alexander Zverev is number 3 in the world and reached the semifinals last year. He could also go far. Swiss Roger Federer is working on his comeback but is not coming to the French Open.
Who are the favorites among the women?
For women, the world number one Iga Swiatek from Poland is the top favorite. She has had a winning streak of 28 matches and won the French Open in 2020. Last year’s winner Barbora Krejcikova from the Czech Republic is also a strong one.
For German Angelique Kerber, the French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament she was never able to win. In general, she has not played in a tournament final since June 2019 and is one of the outsiders in her current form.
Which German players compete in singles?
In addition to Zverev, Daniel Altmaier, Oscar Otte, Peter Gojowczyk and Jan-Lennard Struff are also in the main draw of the French Open for men. In addition to Kerber, Andrea Petkovic is another prominent representative in the women’s main draw.
According to former professional Alexander Waske, who was available for an interview with our editors, it would be a “very positive surprise if we had a player in the second week.”
Where can the French Open be seen on TV?
Eurosport broadcasts all 886 matches on the various platforms and promises more than 175 hours of tennis on free TV on Eurosport 1. The focus is on German players and international top stars. The transmission always starts at 10.30am through May 30th, later depending on schedule.
With the paid Joyn PLUS + (6.99 euros per month) you can follow all the matches in the French Open live and ad-free on Eurosport. Here the spectators can choose their desired match from all lanes.
- A little tip: Joyn PLUS + can be tested for a month for free. That would be enough to watch the French Open for free.
Who will replace Boris Becker as a television expert?
Normally, Boris Becker works as a TV expert at Eurosport. But because the German tennis legend is serving a prison sentence in England, a replacement was needed. The TV station announced that Mischa Zverev will act as an expert and occasionally as a co-commentator.
Mischa Zverev is the brother of Alexander Zverev, currently the most successful German tennis player. He himself reached the 3rd round of the French Open in 2018. In his new role, Zverev promises: “It will be two intensive weeks of tennis with top-class matches. I do not just want to explain to the spectators the small details that can often make a big difference, but also convey their enthusiasm for tennis. “
In addition, German national coach Barbara Rittner will serve as a TV expert.
How much is the prize money?
A total of 43.6 million euros in prize money will be paid out at the French Open. That already equates to a 6.8 percent increase over the 2019 tournament.
- The winner of the singles wins 2.2 million euros for both men and women.
- The defeated finalist receives 1.1 million euros.
- The semi-finalists each receive 600,000 euros, the quarter-finalists 380,000 euros.
- The additional levels amount to 220,000 euros (4th round), 125,800 euros (3rd round), 86,000 euros (2nd round) and 62,000 euros (1st round).
The winners of doubles collect 580,000 euros, the defeated finalists 290,000 euros. There is 15,500 euros in doubles for participation in the first round.
On what surface is the French Open played?
The French Open takes place on a clay surface. The ball’s flight speed on sand is significantly lower than on other surfaces because it loses speed when it hits the ground. But there are opportunities for long and therefore exciting events.
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