All the information needed ahead of the second tennis Grand Slam of the year
TENNIS’ top stars will descend on Roland Garros for the French Open in May.
The second Grand Slam of the year following the Australian Open will have fans tuning all over the world to see who can conquer the clay.
Rafael Nadal is still the king with nine wins in the French capital but there is a whole hosts of stars ready to challenge.
Here’s all the information you need ahead of the French Open.
When is the French Open Final 2017?
The first of the finals will take place on the Saturday June 10 and will be for the women’s singles title.
And the finalists of the men will battle in out the next day on Sunday June 11.
When does the French Open 2017 start?
The tournament lasts for 14 days with the first day of matches starting on May 28th before running until the 11th June.
The men’s singles final take place on Sunday 11 June whilst the women’s singles final and men’s doubles final will begin on the day before.
What are the latest odds for the French Open?
King Of Clay Rafael Nadal is the current favourite for the title again on 6/4, with Novak Djokovic not far behind on 7/2. (get the latest)
Andy Murray can be backed at a generous 6/1.
For the women, a Serena Williams victory can be backed at 2/1 with Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep follow up the betting priced at 9/2 and 9/1 respectively.
Who are the defending champions?
In a duel between the best two players in the world, Novak Djokovic came out on top over Andy Murray despite the Brit winning the first set.
Djokovic’s victory was historic as his victory meant he completed a career Grand Slam, becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four major titles at once.
In the women’s singles Garbine Muguruza became just the second Spaniard to win the French Open when she defeated Serena Williams.
What TV channel is showing the French Open?
For UK viewers, ITV 1 and ITV2 have broadcasting rights to show live coverage and highlights of the French Open.
British EuroSport will also show a select number of matches whilst anybody who wishes to watch it abroad can tune into Eurosport 1&2.
When is the draw for the French Open?
The draw for the first round usually takes place a few days before the start of the tournament.
Depending on who is number one seed, they will be at the opposite end of the draw to the World No.2.
As the tournament gets under way on May 28, the draw will be held around May 25.
Where can I buy tickets for the French Open?
The best way to buy tickets is to go directly to the official website by clicking here.
But tickets don’t go for sale for the general public until Wednesday 22 March unless you are a licensed member then tickets are available from February 1.
They set a limit on four tickets for the main courts per person over the entire tournament and two tickets maximum for the final Sunday.
The site has a resale service from mid-April when you can buy and sell unwanted tickets.
How much are tickets?
Tickets can vary from £17 for the outside courts to around £200 for the best seat on the final day at centre court.
Most tickets average from around £40 to £65 depending on the category of seats and which court you want to see.