With just 48 hours to go before the official start of the French Open, Roland Garros and the city of Paris are alive with the speculation and excitement from the arrival of the world’s greatest tennis competitors.
On the men’s side of the action the Big Four are back in town and are anticipated to be the frontrunners in the hunt for the title. In the last ten years only two men have won the French Open. Roger Federer logged a championship in 2009 but besides that the clay crown has lived atop the head of fan favorite Rafael Nadal. That being said Novak Djokovic, current #1 ranked tennis player in the world, has won four Masters 1000 titles and the Australian Open in Melbourne this season, enters Roland Garros in the best form of his career. Attempting to win his elusive title, Djokovic will hope to fend off the likes of recently married Andy Murray (who is 11-0 on clay this year), former champion Roger Federer in addition to 9-time former champion Rafa Nadal. The Spaniard, who isn’t at his best in 2015, has only lost 1 match at Roland Garros in 10 appearances. Will Nadal come to life and win his 15th Major and 10th French Open Title? Paris waits with anticipation.
Outside the Big Four keep an eye out for Stanislas Wawrinka who ousted Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Rome Masters and is playing phenomenal tennis when focussed. Also Kei Nishikori, despite his disappointing first round exit in the French Open last year is playing with one of the best and most confounding backhands on tour. As the only male Japanese tennis player to ever rank in the top 10 in ATP Singles Ranking, Nishikori squeaked into the top 5 after Milos Rainic of Canada dropped two spots just prior to the French Open. Nishikori’s athleticism and hunger to establish himself within the Top 5 may produce interesting results this year in Paris.