FRENCH OPEN 2013: Tournament at a glance

FRENCH OPEN 2013: Tournament at a glance

Published May. 25, 2013 4:57 p.m. ET

A quick glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament, which starts Sunday:

Site: Roland Garros.

Surface: Red clay.

Schedule: The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final on June 8, and the men's singles final on June 9.


On Court Sunday: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Anna Tatishvili, No. 5 Sara Errani vs. Arantxa Rus, No. 14 Ana Ivanovic vs. Petra Martic, No. 30 Venus Williams vs. Urszula Radwanska; No. 2 Roger Federer vs. Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 4 David Ferrer vs. Marinko Matosevic, No. 15 Gilles Simon vs. Lleyton Hewitt, No. 18 Sam Querrey vs. Lukas Lacko.

Sunday's Forecast: Cloudy and windy, with a high of 57 degrees (14 C).

2012 Men's Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.

2012 Women's Singles Champion: Maria Sharapova of Russia.

Last Year: Nadal beat Novak Djokovic of Serbia 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 for his record seventh French Open championship and 11th Grand Slam title overall. The loss ended Djokovic's 27-match winning streak at major tournaments and stopped his bid to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 with four consecutive Grand Slam titles. The final was interrupted by rain in the fourth set and concluded Monday, the first time since 1973 that the French Open didn't finish on a Sunday. Sharapova defeated Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to complete a career Grand Slam, adding to her titles at Wimbledon in 2004, the U.S. Open in 2006, and the Australian Open in 2008.

Key Statistic I: 52-1. That's Nadal's career record at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

Key Statistic II: 30. The number of years since a man from France (Yannick Noah, the father of current Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah) won the country's major tennis tournament - or any Grand Slam singles title.

Prize Money: Total is about 22 million euros (about $28.4 million), an increase of nearly 18 percent from 2012, with 1.5 million euros (about $1.9 million) each to the men's and women's singles champions, an increase of 20 percent.



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