Top Candidates for Roland Garros 2022 

The French Open is already here and we must talk about who will be the best positioned to win the Coupe des Mousquetaires.

The top tournament for tennis on clay starts this month and the world’s best tennis players will fight to become the champion.

With odds wide open and many feeling unsure about who will be the winner, bets are going off for those who visit to try and predict who will be lifting the trophy.

Let’s take a look at who are the top candidates for Roland Garros 2022. 

Rafael Nadal

Until the day he retires, you can’t discuss potential Roland Garros winners and not mention Rafael Nadal.

The Spaniard must always be in the list for potential winners, simply for the fact that he is the all time record winner. He may not get to the tournament 100%, feeling a lot of pain in his left foot (although he has denied any big issues) and arriving without having won any of the prior titles that are played ahead of this tournament (like the Conde de Godó at Barcelona or the  Masters of Monaco, Madrid and Roma) but, despite all that, his name will always appear among the main candidates because Roland Garros is synonymous with Rafael Nadal, and Rafael Nadal is synonymous with Roland Garros. 

Novak Djokovic 

Much in the same way, we can’t forget about Novak Djokovic either. At one point enemy number one for the ATP with his stance on several issues, he has gone from strenght to strenght and silenced the doubters and the critics.

Little by little he has improved on his early year faillings and stands today as the main favorites to win in Paris, particularly when taking into account Nadal’s foot problems.

Djokovic is a different player when it comes to Grand Slams and the Serbian transforms when he plays these big tournaments.

He’s surely thinking of going after Nadal’s record and equalizing things again, leaving both with 21 Grand Slams each.

It’s important to keep in mind that Nadal will be the fifth seed, so Nole could meet either Rafa in a heated quarterfinals matchup. 

Carlos Alcaraz 

It seems amazing, and it would have been unthinkable just a year prior, but Carlos Alcaraz is another of the top candidates to win at the Court Philippe Chatrier. It seems almost unbelievable considering that this will be just his sixth Grand Slam participation, but the year is 2022 and you’ll be very mistaken not to consider him among the key candidates.

Winner in the ATP Tour 500 of Barcelona and the ATP Masters 1000 of Madrid, he has only lost one match so far this year.

He beat Nadal and Djokovic consecutively in the Spanish capital, showing that he is ready to challenge for tennis’ most prestigious tournaments and that he can endure pressure of being at the top.

Alcaraz has been a sight to be seen on a tennis court this year, playing with confidence ahd showing great personality and immense quality.

Having recovered from the ankle issues that took him out from the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome, he’ll be fresh to tackle his biggest challenge since breaking out and will most assuredly be a man to take into account. 

Denis Shapovalov receives fine for umpire incident

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Umpire Arnaud Gabas after the hit. Photo Credit:

Canadian tennis star Denis Shapovalov has been fined £5,600, after he hit the umpire in the eye with a ball during his Davis Cup match against Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund.

Shapovalov was losing 6-3, 6-4, 2-1 when he sensationally hit the ball in anger. The 17-year-old had no intention of hitting umpire Arnaud Gabas, and has since stated that he was attempting to hit the ball out of court in frustration.

The moment of madness meant that GB were awarded a default win, prompting the youngster to release a statement apologising for “letting his country down”.

The fine is broken down into two different disciplinary sections: $2,000 is for the default, and $5,000 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Shapovalov will feel lucky, as he escaped the maximum fine of $12,000, because the incident was deemed to be unintentional.

The default handed GB the progression in the Cup, after Vasek Pospisil had beaten Dan Evans to make it 2-2 overall, setting up the decider between Shapovalov and Edmund.

The video of the incident happening quickly went viral on social media, and can be seen below:

In happier news, Tickets for Roland Garros are now available for purchase, and with the tournament now just a few months away it’s definitely time to consider making your purchase.

Novak Djokovic is the early favourite at 9/5, with Rafael Nadal at 11/4 and world number one Andy Murray 4/1.

Nadal will play at Queens club this summer

Rafael Nadal remains one of the biggest names in the sport of tennis, and is still many fans’ favourite despite having now not won one of the Grand Slam tournaments since 2014. But those fans will be delighted to hear that the Spaniard will be partaking in this summers Queens club tournament due to start on June 13th.

The 29-year-old is currently ranked 5th in the world and has played at Queens club on six different occasions, and even won the event back in 2008.

Nadal told the press that Queens club gives players the “perfect conditions” to prepare for Wimbledon, which begins a week after the conclusion of Queens on June 27th.

“I love playing at the Queen’s Club and I am very happy that I will be back this year. I will never forget winning the title in 2008; it was a special moment, and going on to win my first Wimbledon.

“Holding that trophy again would be amazing, although I am well aware of the difficulties because the tournament always has so many good players.”

Andy Murray has also confirmed his presence at the event, and will attempting to retain his crown having won last years tournament.

The Scot was left heartbroken after losing the Australian Open to Novak Djokovic in recent weeks, but will be looking to make amends back on home soil.

A recent post from the ‘Rafa Nadal Academy’ which looks to find the tennis stars of the future.