ROLAND GARROS IN DETAILS: SCHEDULE, PRIZE MONEY AND ATP POINTS, CHARTS, HISTORY AND PLAYERS:

Roland Garros is the hot subject of the moment. The most glamourous Grand Slam of the tennis calendar starts on Sunday, May 27th, 2018, and ends on June 10th, when the champion will have the honor to raise the Musketeers’ Cup. Rafael Nadal, the biggest name in the tournament history, will fight for his 11th title in the French clay. Among the women, Simona Halep is the one everyone is talking about, as she looks forward to capturing her first major trophy.

 

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ROLAND GARROS: PRIZE MONEY & ATP AND WTA POINTS

Roland Garros will distribute this year a record of 39 million euros in prizes. The men and women champions will take home a 2.2 million euros check, while the runners-up will also be worth 1.12 million euros. In 2018 Roland Garros raised 14% the prize (when compared to the previous year) for players who only participate in the first round, and thus the players who play a single match in Paris will take home 40,000 euros. The doubles champions in Roland Garros will receive a prize of 560 thousand euros.

It is interesting to note, however, that while giving ATP players a significant prize, Roland Garros is still the Grand Slam with the lowest awards. The US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, remains unbeatable as the tournament that best rewards the players. The champion (female and male) in New York will bring home a check for $ 3.7 million dollars.

When it comes to points-wise, Roland Garros follows the same pattern as the other Majors. The champion will sum 2,000 points in the ATP / WTA rankings and the runners-up 1,200 points. Players who lose in the first round add only 10 points.

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The Roland Garros points and prize money chart is as follows:

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ROLAND GARROS: SCHEDULE

Roland Garros takes place during 2 weeks in Paris, France. There are 128 players in the main male and female draws. There are also men and women doubles tournaments as well as junior tournaments and wheelchair tournaments (male and female).

The Roland Garros qualifying round, which offers 16 places for the main draw, sets the beginning of the matches. Following the qualifying round the main draw is released, and on Sunday May 27th the first round begins featuring international tennis crème de la crème.

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ROLAND GARROS: THE STARS AND THE MAIN FAVORITES FOR THE TITLE.

As it is the case since 2005, when he won the Cup of the Musketeers for the first out of the ten times he would conquer it, Rafael Nadal is the Roland Garros superstar. Nadal has an impressive record of 79 wins and only 2 losses, and leads the odds as the big favorite for the title.

The players that can make life difficult for Rafael Nadal at the moment are Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and the Serbian Novak Djokovic. It is very likely that one out of these four should be the great champion of this year.

However, some players may surprise the top favorites at Roland Garros. Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro and Stan Wawrinka have the experience and talent to face the big favorites. It is also possible to expect some good surprises coming from NextGen raising stars like Denis Shapovalov, Stefano Tsitsipas or Frances Tiafoe. And the clay specialists who are rising up, like Diego Schwartzman and David Goffin, can also cause damage to the main title contenders.

In the women section, the battle is open: Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbiñe Muguruza are the main favorites. But since Serena Williams walked away from the WTA circuit it is usual for tennis fans to watch some surprises in the women competitions. Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kivtova will fight for the title, as will the young women Jelena Ostapenko (Roland Garros champion in 2017), Daria Kasatkina and the surprising Japanese Naomi Osaka. And Serena Williams herself is back to the game in Roland Garros, and will fight for the title indeed.

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ROLAND GARROS: THE TOURNAMENT HISTORY

Despite being one of the main tennis tournaments in the world, the name “Roland Garros” does not pay homage to any tennis player. The tournament is named after a French pilot, who fought in the first world war. Recognized as a hero, Roland Garros was killed before his 30th birthday.

The tournament, also known as the French Open, had its first edition in 1891 and for many years was disputed only by players from French clubs. From 1920 (female) and 1925 (male) on, the tournament was finally open to players from all over the world.

The female French player Suzanne Lenglen was the first big star of the tournament, winning six times between 1920 and 1926. Today, the second Roland Garros complex most important court takes her name and is the scene of great matches during the tournament. The women’s title is also called the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.

In Roland Garros history the biggest male champions are Rafael Nadal (10 titles), Max Decugis (8 titles) and Bjorn Borg (6 titles). Interestingly, tennis superstars such as Pete Sampras, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors have never won the French Open. The greatest Grand Slam champion in tennis history, Roger Federer, had the honor of winning Roland Garros only once in 2009, when he defeated Robin Soderling in the final.

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ROLAND GARROS: ATTENDENCE AND OTHER CURIOSITIES

In 2017, the Roland Garros tournament was visited by a total audience of 472,000 spectators, which represents a 16,000 people increase compared to the 2016 French Open.

The Roland Garros complex was originally built to host Davis Cup games in 1928. Its main stadium called Phillipe Chatrier has a capacity of 14,840 spectators. The Suzanne Lenglen court, built in 1994, can receive up to 10,068 fans.

Ticket prices for Roland Garros can vary a lot. For the opening day there are cheap tickets, such as the ones to the outdoor courts that cost only 35 euros. However, it is not cheap to watch the most important matches. The ticket price for the Roland Garros final is 1,490 euros in the Passion category, the noblest of the Phillipe Chatrier. The cheapest ticket for the final costs 175 euros, in category 3.

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