The magical feeling of re-experiencing two weeks that can be historic fills the hearts of all tennis lovers. Roland Garros 2020 it is here and it comes loaded with unknowns, hopes, news and tennis players eager to explore their limits. The advance of COVID-19 in France does not seem to be able to put in check the celebration of what will be the third and last Grand Slam of the most atypical season ever seen. It will be played with severe public restrictions to avoid risks, in the middle of a health bubble with firm protocol and after a tour on express clay. Rafael Nadal wants to defend his crown before Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, while Serena Williams She is looking, for the umpteenth time, to reach the 24th major, but she is not the big favorite anymore.
Everything will be different in Paris this year, although we will always have this city to enjoy tennis. Huge and multiple changes. Autumn, cold, humidity, artificial lights for the first time in the history of the tournament, a truly revolutionary change of balls, little public in the stands … It seems the plot of a science fiction movie, but it does nothing more than portray the raw , and at the same time sweet, reality. It is a miracle that in times of coronavirus an event of this magnitude can be carried out and the effort of the FFT has been enormous. The revamped Philippe Chatrier, including a retractable roof, will dress up to be the center of world tennis for two weeks.
We analyze all the modifications that the Parisian tournament will undergo in a totally special edition. This is how Roland Garros 2020 will change
Wilson will be the brand of balls with which to play and the change is giving a lot to talk about because it seems to have lost liveliness and speed, precisely in a year where the weather conditions were already going to make the game slow down and the ball had a less high and aggressive boat. It remains to be seen how the foreseeable humidity and the leaden and cloudy environment of the French capital will influence this time of year, but what is evident is that it will be a very different tournament from the usual one.
This will continue to be the only Grand Slam that starts on Sunday, taking three days to carry out the first round matches and thus celebrating from September 27 to October 11. The dynamics of the event will be as usual, with the women’s semifinals on Thursday and the final on Saturday, while the two men’s semifinals will be played on Friday and the final on Sunday. The quarterfinals will take place between Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October, in marathon days full of emotion.
The great novelty is that there will be no night session as such, but the tournament has established that all matches be played without interruption, that is, concatenated as in previous years. The installation of artificial lights will allow you to continue playing when the sun goes down, but there will be no different ticket sales for the night session nor will there be a valley between morning and night games. The day is expected to start at 11:00 and consist of five games on each court, although there could be some that start the activity at 10:00 to gain hours of light.
- Draw and seeded
The draw can be followed LIVE through our YouTube and Twitch channels.
The whole world of tennis will be very attentive to what chance may bring in the individual male and female draw ceremony. It will take place on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. local time, with Rafael Nadal as the first seed among the men and Simona Halep among the women. Impressive confrontations can be given from the first round, since there are illustrious names in both tables that will not start as seeds; Murray, Nishikori, Cilic, Ostapenko or Bouchard are just some examples, but it is also worth taking a look at the seeded order at Roland Garros 2020.
We reveal the arrangement of the seeds, vital for Thursday’s draw, and analyze which great tennis players will not start with that condition.
The French tournament has carried out an exercise to redistribute the prize money in order to benefit the most modest tennis players, increasing the amounts to be distributed in the preliminary phase and first rounds, and reducing the prizes to the winners, finalists and semifinalists. They were movements much less abrupt than those made by their counterparts in New York, but they go along the line of offering a lifeline to those who are experiencing the worst economic crisis derived from the pandemic. This is the distribution of Roland Garros 2020 prize money round by round.
Round by round we break down the cash prizes that the French Grand Slam will distribute and compare them with those of last year, discovering great changes.
It is impossible not to remember Roger Federer before starting a tournament like this. The Swiss embodies the most sensitive loss in a male picture not as diminished as the female, where the number 1 in the world, Ashleigh Bartyis just one of many absences. And it is that other illustrious names like Naomi Osaka or Bianca Andreescu neither will they be from the game in Roland Garros 2020, where there are many candidates for glory.
Simona Halep and Garbiñe Muguruza seem to have an advantage over the rest, even on a Serena Williams that does not finish finding herself. The good work of Victoria Azarenka in recent weeks it has placed the Belarusian among the great favorites as well. On the part of men, no one can dispute the favoritism of Rafael Nadal, not even Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, which seem to arrive in better shape than the Spanish. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev, Daniil Medvedev o, incluso, Denis Shapovalov they have ballots to give the bell.
- Where to see Roland Garros 2020
Once again, Eurosport It holds the broadcasting rights of the Parisian Grand Slam and will cover its coverage during the two weeks of competition. The two channels available on Dazn and other platforms such as Movistar + or Orange TV will be in charge of broadcasting the best matches of the day and paying special attention to Spanish tennis players, while with Eurosport Player you will have access to all the tracks at the click of a button.