Claycourt Empty Throne Who Will Be King

Rafael Nadal (#15-Spain), winner of 14 of his last 18 tournaments with just three defeats, will not be in attendance. The battle for the vacant ‘claycourt throne’ will be fierce. The second major of the season, the French Open, kicks off on 28 August at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France.

In the men’s singles, where Nadal has been ruled out through injury, the number one favourite is current world number one Carlos Alcaraz (Spain), who is seen as Nadal’s heir apparent. Alcaraz won his first major trophy at the US Open last September at the age of 19 years and four months, making him the youngest player ever to win the ATP singles world number one ranking.스포츠토토

He missed the first major of the season, the Australian Open, with a leg injury, but has already won four tournaments on tour this year.

Two-time French Open champion Novak Djokovic (3rd – Serbia) is also in the hunt. Djokovic won the Australian Open to move into a tie with Nadal for the most major men’s singles titles (22) and will be looking to add to his tally. The key will be how much he can regain his form since returning from a right arm injury.

2021 US Open winner Danil Medvedev (2nd-Russia) shook off a long-standing clay-court jinx last week at the Rome Open, a precursor to the French Open. Medvedev has always struggled at the French Open, but his first clay-court victory will give him a lot of confidence going into the tournament.

Holger Lune (6th DEN), who has been compared to Alcaraz on his recent meteoric rise, Kasper Lund (4th NOR) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th GRE), who have both lost in the final of a major, including the French Open, are other favourites. Top seeds Andrei Rublev (7th-Russia) and Yannick Cigner (8th-Italy) are also in contention for the title.

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