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French Open 2024 Preview – All You Need to Know About the Tournament

French Open 2024 Preview – All You Need to Know About the Tournament
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The time has arrived, and my French Open preview for 2024 is officially ready for you to digest. As we can probably all agree, this is one of the most open French Open events we’ve had in recent years for the men’s event. Yet the total opposite is true for the women’s event, as all eyes are on the world number one – Iga Swiatek.


Naturally, these factors make my French Open preview both exciting and intriguing, and I’m pleased to cover the upcoming tournament with you today. That said, the following preview will cover the key players, French Open schedule, seeds and wildcards, and I’ve put together a few predictions, too. 

All of this should help paint a picture of what’s coming up over the next two weeks in Paris. So, let’s move forward and get into the main elements of this 2024 French Open preview now.

French Open preview 2024 – key tournament details

With the 2024 French Open officially underway, there’s plenty of ‘live’ information to get through here. But before we get to that, let’s take a quick look at the tournament as a whole to provide a solid foundation for this French Open preview.

Location, format, and surface

I’m sure you don’t need to be told that the 2024 French Open is held in Paris. It’s the second Grand Slam of the season, and it’s the only Grand Slam that’s played on clay. And with a 128 draw in both of the singles events, we are promised two full weeks of epic tennis. As for the format, the men play using the best of five format while the women play using the best of three format.

Defending champions

It was Novak Djokovic who brought home his 23rd Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2023. Of course, the Serb is back for more in 2024, yet he’s not exactly looking at his best. This has many people wondering whether Djokovic still has what it takes to go all the way in Paris. 

In contrast, the defending champion in the women’s event is Iga Swiatek. She’s in red-hot form coming into the French Open – fresh off the back of two successive 1000-level titles in Madrid and Rome. Naturally, you can watch both of these champions in action through French Open live streaming resources this year.

Prize money

Believe it or not, the prize money for the French Open this year (collectively) stands at an impressive €53.5 million. This is the total sum of money split between every person in the respective draws. As for what the winners of the singles events will receive in 2024, both the men’s and women’s singles winners will get €2.4 million each.

Tournament schedule

Lastly, I couldn’t put together this French Open preview without talking about the tournament schedule as a whole. So, on that note, the 2024 French Open will run from Sunday, May 26th through to Sunday, June 9th. However, as you might be aware, the women’s singles final will be played on Saturday, June 8th, while the men’s singles final will be played on Sunday, June 9th.

Draw breakdown, top players, and ones to watch – 2024 French Open preview

The French Open draw was made on Thursday, May 23rd, and it was full of surprises for many different reasons. As for what you can expect from the draw this year, it mirrors some standard figures we’ve seen in previous years. For example, both singles draws have 128 players and 32 seeds in each event. 

2024 French Open preview
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Additionally, the draws consist of French Open wildcards, qualifiers, lucky losers, as well as a few players who are in thanks to a protected ranking. Of course, there are also players who gained direct entry into the French Open main draws, too. As for the seeds, top matches to watch, and a few individuals you should have on your radar, I’ve covered those below:

ATP Roland Garros – top 8 seeds

Rather than give you a list of all 32 seeds, I’ve focused on the top 8 seeds for this French Open preview. For clarity, let me shortlist them now:

  • Seed 1 – Novak Djokovic
  • Seed 2 – Jannik Sinner
  • Seed 3 – Carlos Alcaraz
  • Seed 4 – Alexander Zverev
  • Seed 5 – Daniil Medvedev
  • Seed 6 – Andrey Rublev
  • Seed 7 – Casper Ruud
  • Seed 8 – Hubert Hurkacz

WTA Roland Garros – top 8 seeds

Much like the men’s singles event, I’ve listed the top 8 seeds for the women’s singles event below too:

  • Seed 1 – Iga Swiatek
  • Seed 2 – Aryna Sabalenka
  • Seed 3 – Coco Gauff
  • Seed 4 – Elena Rybakina
  • Seed 5 – Marketa Vondrousova
  • Seed 6 – Maria Sakkari
  • Seed 7 – Qinwen Zheng
  • Seed 8 – Ons Jabeur

Matches to lookout for

Based on the draw for the 2024 French Open, I’ve picked out a few matches that could turn into classics from the early stages of the event.

French Open preview 2024
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To get right to it, let me give you the respective matches below:

  • Zverev vs Nadal – round one
  • Boulter vs Badosa – round one
  • Murray vs Wawrinka – round one
  • Andreeva vs Sabalenka – round one
  • Swiatek vs Osaka – possible round two
  • Rune vs Evans – round one

French Open ones to watch

When it comes to ‘ones to watch’ at the French Open, I like to focus on the upcoming talents on the ATP and WTA Tours. These youngsters could become stars of the future, yet they may produce something special at the 2024 French Open too – as highlighted below:

  • Arthur Fils
  • Alejandro Tabilo
  • Thiago Seyboth Wild
  • Diane Parry
  • Amanda Anisimova
  • Mirra Andreeva

2024 French Open preview – my predictions for Roland Garros

To wrap up my French Open preview for 2024, as promised, I’ve got a couple of outright predictions for the tournament. Additionally, I’ve got plenty of tennis predictions today coming up over the next two weeks for individual matches. 

Men’s singles winner – Alexander Zverev

He might have the worst first round possible, but if he edges out Rafa, Zverev has to go down as one of the favourites. He’s made the semis here before, and he comes into Roland Garros off the back of a Rome Masters title. 

Women’s singles winner – Iga Swiatek

Swiatek has an even better record than Zverev coming into the event. The world number one has won Rome and Madrid, and she’s got her sights on a third consecutive French Open this year. And in my opinion, she will do exactly that.

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