It’s that time of the year. The French Open, held on the iconic red clay courts of Paris, is almost here. The qualifying competition starts on Monday, 22nd May, while the main draw begins on Sunday, 28th May. Find the list of Indian and Indian origin players taking part below:
Women’s Singles Qualifying: Ankita Raina
Men’s Doubles: Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden, Yuki Bhambri/Saketh Myneni, Rajeev Ram🇺🇸/Joe Salisbury
Junior Boys Singles: Yuvan Nandal
Junior Boys Singles Qualifying: Aryan Shah
Junior Girls Singles Qualifying: Anya Murthy🇺🇸
Let’s get to know about these players and their form coming into Roland Garros –
– ANKITA RAINA
The flagbearer of Indian women’s tennis after Sania Mirza, the now 30 year old Ankita Raina has been enjoying a good season so far. After a disappointing 2022, when she fell to 301 in the WTA Rankings, Raina has boosted her ranking back up to 218, getting closer to her highest ranking of 160. This will be Raina’s first Grand Slam appearance since the 2022 Australian Open.
Just this week, the Gujarati-Kashmiri had a confidence boosting week at the WTA 125K clay court event in Florence, Italy, beating 122nd ranked Elina Avanesyan, and running 78th ranked Sara Errani close in a three-setter.
– ROHAN BOPANNA & MATTHEW EBDEN
The 43 year old Rohan Bopanna has been having a terrific season so far, with one Masters title, one Masters and one ATP 500 final, one ATP 250 title. He also made the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open partnering good friend Sania Mirza. Him and his Aussie partner Matt Ebden seem to be combining well and will look to go deep in the draw.
– YUKI BHAMBRI & SAKETH MYNENI
After having made their Grand Slam debut as a pair at the Australian Open this year, the duo will play their second Grand Slam together. Bhambri had retired from singles at the start of this year to focus on transitioning into full time doubles. The pair had a breakthrough season last year, and would like to graduate to the next level by winning a few matches (or more) on the Parisian clay courts.