French Open 2022: When does it start, odds, draw and preview with top seeds Novak Djokovic and Iga Swiatek


he second tennis Grand Slam of the season is upon us as attention turns to the clay courts of Roland Garros.

It’s been many, many years since Rafael Nadal was the favorite at Roland Garros, but that’s exactly the case this time, with Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz ahead of him in the betting market.

With those three, Alexander Zverev is also in a stacked top half of the draw, which will delight Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev in the bottom half as they avoid this treacherous section.

Nadal has 13 French Open titles to his name and won his 20th Grand Slam with a shock win in Melbourne earlier this year, but injury troubles and defeats in Madrid and Rome have dampened expectations. If he and Djokovic make it through the early rounds, they will meet in the quarter-finals.

Alcaraz was the man to beat fellow Spaniard Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open and the 19-year-old is increasingly facing comparisons to his idol. Titles in Madrid and Miami ensure that there are high expectations on Alcaraz, just his sixth Grand Slam main draw appearance.

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On the women’s side of the draw, there’s no doubt who the star of the show will be heading to Roland Garros. Iga Swiatek arrives in Paris on a 28-game winning streak, a run that has seen her claim titles at the Qatar Open, Indian Wells, Miami Open, Stuttgart Open and the ‘Italian Open.

The 20-year-old is the one to beat over the next fortnight, in a tournament she won in 2020 when she stormed through her maiden Grand Slam without dropping a set. The signs are ominous for the rest of the field.

Emma Raducanu makes her first appearance at Roland-Garros, seeded 12th, and will launch her campaign against a qualifier.

Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova is the second seed, despite not having played since February, while 2018 winner Simona Halep hopes to find her best form and put any injury issues behind her as She continues to work with Serena Williams’ trainer Patrick Mouratoglou, who teamed up with Halep while the American continues her absence from court.

When is the French Open 2022?

The 2022 French Open takes place from May 22 to June 5 at Roland Garros in Paris.

How can I watch Roland-Garros 2022?

TV channel: The French Open 2022 will be broadcast on Eurosport.

Eurosport 1 HD is channel 410 on Sky, 435 on BT and 521 on Virgin Media.

Direct: The tournament will be available online via Discovery+, with a monthly pass priced at £6.99. Every match on all grounds will be broadcast live and on demand.

Seeds of Roland-Garros 2022

Top 16 seeds, men’s draw:

  1. Novak Djokovic
  2. Daniel Medvedev
  3. Alexander Zverev
  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas
  5. Rafael Nadal
  6. Carlos Alcaraz
  7. Andrei Rublev
  8. Casper Ruud
  9. Felix Auger-Aliassime
  10. Cameron Norrie
  11. Jannik Sinner
  12. Hurbert Hurkacz
  13. Taylor Fritz
  14. Denis Shapovalov
  15. Diego Schwartzman
  16. Pablo Carreno Busta

Top 16 seeds, women’s draw:

  1. Iga Swiatek
  2. Barbora Krejcikova
  3. Paula Badosa
  4. Maria Sakkari
  5. Anet Kontaveit
  6. Ons Jabeur
  7. Aryna Sabalenka
  8. Karolina Pliskova
  9. Danielle Collins
  10. Garbine Muguruza
  11. Jessica Pegula
  12. Emma Raducanu
  13. Jelena Ostapenko
  14. Belinda Bencic
  15. Victoria Azarenka
  16. Elena Rybakina
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Roland-Garros 2022 latest odds

Male champ:

Novak Djokovic 15/8

Carlos Alcaraz 2/1

Raphael Nadal 4/1

Stefanos Tsitsipas 5/1

Alexander Zverev 16/1

Casper Ruud 25/1

Women’s Champion:

Iga Swiatek 5/6

Simona Halep 9/1

Ons Jabeur12/1

Paula Badosa 16/1

Maria Sakkari 18/1

Aryna Sabalenka 18/1

Odds via betting fair. Subject to change.

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