Paris in spring? Must be Rafa time…
Rafael Nadal is back in Paris and bidding to stretch his record to 11 French Open titles after beating Stan Wawrinka in last year’s final at Roland Garros.
Spain’s Nadal is known as the “King of Clay” and is the red-hot favorite in Paris.
The French Open oozes Parisian chic and is a springtime rite in the capital.
Novak Djokovic’s recent results suggest the 12-time grand slam champion could be turning the corner in his recent struggles. A win on day two was a decent start for the 2016 champion, who has slipped to 22 in the world.
A year on from her return from a knife attack in her own home, Petra Kvitova tells CNN she is living “a dream.” The Czech star, a two-time Wimbledon champion, has yet to reach the final in Paris but escapes on day two after losing the first set.
On day one in 2018, defending champion Jelena Ostapenko was dethroned by Kateryna Kozlova.
Bad news travels in two as Venus Williams also suffered a shock exit after losing to Wang Qiang.
No Frenchman has triumphed on home clay since Yannick Noah in 1983.
Famous faces are fixtures in the stands at Roland Garros. Last year actress Nicole Kidman took in the men’s final.
Maybe some of those famous faces watched Serena Williams on Tuesday. Williams won as she returned to grand slams after becoming a mum last year.
Maria Sharapova also made her return to Roland Garros on the third day after a drug ban in 2016 and not receiving a wildcard last year.