In France on the «Roland Garros»: Rafael Nadal goes for the tenth title

© AFP 2017 / Miguel MedinaШвейцарский tennis player Roger Federer. Archival photoIn France on the «Roland Garros»: Rafael Nadal goes for the tenth title© 2017 AFP / Miguel Medina

Main matches of the second season of the tournament series Grand slam «Roland Garros», will start in Paris on Sunday. The prize Fund of the Open championship of France on tennis in 2017 increased by 12% compared to last year’s tournament and will be 36 million euros.

«Roland Garros» will continue in the French capital until 11 June, when will be the final in the men’s singles. The tournament, as usual, will be the culmination of the clay season in tennis. Competitions can be completed by a momentous event: the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has already won 9 times the «Musketeers Cup» and can do it in the anniversary, tenth time.

Who’s going to stop Rafa?

Nadal has fed his schedule dirt part of the season and before the «Roland Garros» has won several significant victories. The Spaniard in the tenth time in his career won the «Masters» in Monte Carlo, won one of the ward win the tournament in Barcelona, then in the final of the Madrid masters won the Austrian Dominic Thiem. The only defeat on clay this year, Nadal suffered from the same Tim at the «Masters» in Rome.

Preparing for the «Roland Garros» was fruitful, its results can not but rejoice fans of Nadal, also in Madrid in the semifinals was defeated by one of the most inconvenient rivals — Serb Novak Djokovic. In Paris, the former first racket of the world can meet before the finals because she was in one half of the grid.

In the spring of the game of the Spaniard flashed with new colors on his favorite ground, and now Rafael reasonably considered the main favorite of the «Roland Garros», like in the old days, when his superiority over rivals on this surface did not cause any doubts. At the moment, based on the level of the game, the main opponents of the Spaniard on the ground should be considered rapidly progressing Tim and the German Alexander Zverev.

Without Federer will not be bored

Champion of the French Open 2009 Roger Federer has decided not to participate in the competition. The Swiss after a series of brilliant victories on hard this year (Australian Open, Indian wells, Miami) missed the dirt part of the season. For the ex-first racket of the world the soil has always been the most difficult coating, and Federer chose to save his strength in order to better prepare for her beloved Wimbledon. In August Federer will be 36 years, and his decision not to play on «Rolan Garros» can understand.

«Unfortunately, I made the decision not to participate in the Open championship of France. I worked very hard on and off the court in the last month, but to continue to play in the ATP tour for many years, I believe that it is better to miss part of the season on clay courts this year and prepare for performances on grass and hard courts,» said Federer, whose words are given on the official website of the athlete.

But in the absence of Federer have tennis players who are willing to prove themselves. Never «Roland Garros» did not obey the first racket of the world to Briton Andy Murray, determined to win again in Paris, the Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka. Russia in the men’s draw will present Karen Khachanov, Konstantin Kravchuk, Mikhail Youzhny, Evgeny Donskoy, Daniel Medvedev, Teimuraz Gabashvili, Andrey Rublev and Andrey Kuznetsov. The latter is already in the opening match will meet with Murray and try to battle with the leader of the ATP tour.

Promises to be interesting and don meeting with Serbian Viktor Troicki. After the March victory over Federer in Dubai from Eugene, you can expect miracles in France, besides the first contender from the category of those to beat Donskoy. Curious is likely to be a match with Rublev, opponents whose gruntovik from Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.

Sharapova and Serena Williams will not play

A few years ago the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova at the same time in the grid Grand slam, it was impossible to imagine. The President of Federation of tennis of France (FFT), Bernard Giudicelli in may reported that two-time winner of the «Roland Garros» Sharapova served a suspension for the use of Meldonium, you will not get a wild card neither the qualifications nor the main draw and, thus, will not compete at the tournament. However, Sharapova could miss the «Roland Garros» even if it were admitted.

At the tournament in Rome, which preceded the Open championship of France, she injured her left thigh in a duel with Croat Headed Lucic-Baroni. On the extent of damage is still not known.

The President of Federation of tennis of Russia Shamil Tarpischev said the Agency «R-Sport» that he believes the wrong decision on not allowing Sharapova at the «Roland Garros». «I would do this calmly. First, everything depends on the people. The decision in this case, the Federation… Who it wants and decides. But my opinion is absolutely wrong. Maria two-time winner. On the other hand, is a man with impeccable reputation,» Tarpischev said on the phone.

Another ex-first racket of the world Serena Williams will miss the «Roland Garros» for another reason: American made the decision to finish playing this season due to pregnancy. The most interesting match of the first round with the participation of the Russians should be meeting Ekaterina Makarova with the first racket of the world German Angelika Kerber.

In France on the «Roland Garros»: Rafael Nadal goes for the tenth title© AFP 2017 / Luis AcostaКузнецова shocked by the news of the pregnancy of Serena williamsgrove the matches with the participation of representatives of Russia: Evgeniya Rodina — Bettany Mattek-Sands (USA), Svetlana Kuznetsova (8th seeded) — Christina McHale (USA), Andy Murray — Johan Larsson (Sweden), Elena Vesnina (14) — Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil), Darya Kasatkina (26) — Yanina Wickmayer (Belgium), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (16) — Patricia Maria TIG (Romania), Irina Khromacheva — Pauline Parmentier (France), Ekaterina Alexandrova — Katerina Sinyakova (Czech Republic).