After almost four months since the Australian Open, tennis’ second major of the year has arrived as players hit the clay courts of Roland Garros for the 2019 French Open.
Last year, Rafa Nadal – the king of clay – won his all-time record 11th French Open title in men’s singles. Nadal is the 2-seed in this year’s event behind world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who defeated Nadal in this year’s Australian Open final in straight sets. Nadal is fresh off his first title of the year last week in beating Djokovic at the Italian Open.
Sentimental favorite and 20-time Grand Slam singles title winner Roger Federer is in the same half as Nadal. The 37-year-old Federer skipped the 2016 French Open with a back injury and the last two in an effort to preserve his body.
On the women’s side, Simona Halep will look to defend her title and improve off her fourth round exit in this year’s Australian Open after loosing to Serena Williams. If Williams wants to win her first major since becoming a mother, she will have to go through world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. Osaka is the defending U.S. Open and Australian Open champion.
Maria Sharapova will miss this year’s tournament with an injury.
Here is everything to know about the 2019 French Open, including a full TV schedule plus updated results from the men’s and women’s draws.
How to watch the French Open live
The entire French Open will be broadcast live on Tennis Channel or NBC, with replays being shown later in the day as well. Viewers also have the option to stream the tournament live on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app, as well as fuboTV, which offers a free 7-day trial.
French Open TV schedule
|Date||Round||Time (ET)||TV Channel|
|Sunday, May 26||First Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Monday, May 27||First Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Monday, May 27||First Round||Noon-3 p.m.||NBC|
|Tuesday, May 28||First Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Wednesday, May 29||Second Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Thursday, May 30||Second Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Friday, May 31||Third Round||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Saturday, June 1||Third Round||6 a.m. – Noon||Tennis|
|Saturday, June 1||Third Round||Noon – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
|Sunday, June 2||Round of 16||6 a.m. – Noon||Tennis|
|Sunday, June 2||Round of 16||Noon – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
|Monday, June 3||Round of 16||6 a.m. – 3 p.m.||Tennis|
|Tuesday, June 4||Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals||6 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Tennis|
|Wednesday, June 5||Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals||6 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Tennis|
|Thursday, June 6||Women’s Semifinals||6 a.m. – 1 p.m.||Tennis|
|Thursday, June 6||Women’s Semifinals||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
|Friday, June 7||Men’s Semifinal||6 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Tennis|
|Friday, June 7||Men’s Semifinal||11 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
|Saturday, June 8||Women’s Final, Men’s Doubles Final||8 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
|Sunday, June 9||Women’s Doubles Final||5:30 a.m. – 8 a.m.||Tennis|
|Sunday, June 9||Men’s Final||9 a.m. – 3 p.m.||NBC/fuboTV|
French Open results: Men’s singles scores
French Open results: Women’s singles scores
French Open facts
Opta has compiled a comprehensive list of stats and facts ahead of the tournament.
- Novak Djokovic has won the last three consecutive Grand Slams; only two players have won four consecutive Grand Slams in the Open era: Rod Laver in 1969 and Novak Djokovic in 2015-2016.
- Roger Federer (20), Rafael Nadal (17) and Novak Djokovic (15) have won 52 of the last 63 Grand Slam tournaments.
- Rafael Nadal has won Roland Garros 11 times, five more times than any other player in the Open era (Bjorn Borg 6).
- Since 2000 only Rafael Nadal (10) and Gustavo Kuerten (2) have won the French Open more than once.
- Rafael Nadal is the only player to have won the same Grand Slam title 10+ times; he has lost just two of 88 matches he has played in Paris, losing to Robin Söderling in the fourth round in 2009 and to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarter-finals.
- In the last 25 years only five times has the number 1 seed won the tournament: Rafael Nadal (2018, 2014 and 2011), Novak Djokovic (2016) and Gustavo Kuerten (2001).
- The last time an unseeded player won a Grand Slam was back in 2004 at Roland Garros, Gaston Gaudio beating Guillermo Coria in five sets.
- The 2004 French Open men’s final was the last Grand Slam final which saw a player winning the trophy after trailing by two sets.
- Only three players have previously won the French Open without losing a single set: Ilie Nastase in 1973, Bjorn Borg in 1978 & 1980 & Rafael Nadal in 2008, 2010 and 2017.
- The youngest winner of the French Open is Michael Chang, 17 years, 3 months and 20 days, in 1989.
- Four of the five youngest Grand Slams winners in the Open era have done so at Roland Garros: Michael Chang in 1989 (17y 3m 20d), Mats Wilander in 1982 (17y 9m 15d), Björn Borg in 1974 (18y 10d) & Rafael Nadal in 2005 (19y & 3d).
- Juan Martin del Potro was the last non-European player to win a men’s singles Grand Slam (US Open 2009).
- Only one qualifier has reached the semifinal stage at Roland Garros, Filip Dewulf in 1997 (eliminated by Gustavo Kuerten, who won the tournament).
- 18 different players have won the French Open since the last time it was won by a French player (Yannick Noah in 1983).
- Novak Djokovic has not made it past the quarterfinals in his last two appearances at the French Open after reaching the semifinals in his six previous appearances, including four finals.
- Roger Federer has not appeared at the French Open since 2015 and has not reached the semifinals of this tournament since 2012. Federer has won 20 Grand Slam titles but only one at Roland Garros.
- Simona Halep is aiming to become the first woman to win successive French Open titles since Justine Henin (2005, 2006, 2007).
- If Simona Halep reaches the final she will be only the third player, after Justin Henin (2005, 2006, 2007) and Maria Sharapova (2012, 2013, 2014), to play in three consecutive finals at Roland Garros since 2000.
- Simona Halep has not reached the quarter-finals in any of the three Grand Slam tournaments she has appeared in since she won the title at Roland Garros in 2018.
- A European player has won 27 of the last 32 tournaments at Roland Garros, with Serena Williams (3), Jennifer Capriati (1) and Li Na (1) winning the remaining titles.
- Naomi Osaka is aiming to become the first woman to win three successive Grand Slam titles since Serena Williams in 2014 (US Open) and 2015 (Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon).
- Naomi Osaka has won the last two Grand Slam tournaments (US Open and Australian Open) but has never reached the last 16 at Roland Garros.
- Serena Williams’ next Grand Slam victory will be her 24th, equalling Margaret Court for the most of all-time in women’s tennis.
- Serena Williams has not won any of the last eight Grand Slams, with her last win coming at the Australian Open in 2017 – this is Serena Williams’ longest span without a Grand Slam title since 2002.
- Petra Kvitova has not reached the last 16 in her last three appearances at Roland Garros: she has reached the quarter-finals only once in her 10 appearances at Roland Garros (semi-final in 2012).
- Karolina Pliskova has reached at least the quarter-finals in seven of her last 10 Grand Slam appearances, after failing to reach the last 16 in her first 17.
- Sloane Stephens reached the final at Roland Garros in 2018 but had never reached the quarter-finals in any of her six previous appearances in the tournament.
- Caroline Wozniacki has never reached the semi-finals at Roland Garros, being eliminated twice in the quarter-finals (2017 and 2010).
- Garbine Muguruza has reached at least the quarter-finals in four of her six appearances at Roland Garros (quarter-finals in 2014 & 2015, semi-finals in 2018, winner in 2016).
- Angelique Kerber has reached the quarter-finals in only two of her nine most recent appearances at Roland Garros: she has never made it past that phase.
- Kiki Bertens has reached the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament in just one of her 27 appearances in a Grand Slam main draw: at Roland Garros in 2016.
- The youngest winner at Roland Garros in the Open era remains Monica Seles, aged 16 years and 6 months old as she lifted the trophy in 1990 (the first of three consecutive titles for her at the event).