Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is gunning for the ninth French Open title of his career. Reuters

The 2014 Roland Garros is all set to commence from 25 May as Tennis' second Grand Slam event of the year will once again witness top ranked players in Men's and Women's sections pitting their skills against their challengers in the clay courts of Paris.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal has been known as the 'King of Clay' courtesy of his exploits in the French capital. The tournament favourite has made this arena a happy hunting ground for a record eight times in the last nine years.

Where to Watch Live

The matches will begin at 10am BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4 and British Eurosport. Radio commentary, regular updates and live scores are available on Roland Garros' official website.


Men's Singles

Seed - ATP Ranking - Player Name

1 - 1 - Rafael Nadal

2 - 2 - Novak Djokovic

3 - 3 - Stanislas Wawrinka

4 - 4 - Roger Federer

5 - 5 - David Ferrer

6 - 6 - Tomas Berdych

7 - 8 - Andy Murray

Nadal will begin his title defence against 31-year-old veteran wildcard entrant Robby Ginperi. Barring any upsets the 27-year-old Spaniard faces a potential quarterfinal against his compatriot David Ferrer. If successful, the 13-time Grand Slam winner is likely to meet British no 1, Andy Murray or the 2014 Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka in the semi-final.

Fifth seeded, Ferrer faces Dutchman Igor Sijsling while Murray is pitted against Andrey Golubev and Wawrinka takes on Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in their respective first round clashes.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic poses with Internazionali BNL d'Italia trophy after beating Nadal earlier this month. Reuters

Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic lands in the French capital brimming with confidence having triumphed over the World No 1 in the 2014 Rome Masters final this month. The Serbian has twice beaten Nadal in the ATP Masters finals (Miami Masters in March) and will be eager to clinch the Spaniard's crown for the first time in his career.

The World No 2 kick-starts his French Open adventure against 25-year-old Portuguese Joao Sousa. Djokovic is likely to be handed a tougher route into the final given that he could face Roger Federer in the semi-final.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner will attempt to win only his second French Open title with a first round clash against 88<sup>th ranked Slovakian, Lukas Lacko. If all goes well, the Swiss maestro is likely to meet sixth seed, Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinal. The 28-year-old Czech Republican will take on qualifier Peter Polansky.

Women's Singles

Seed - WTA Ranking - Player Name

1 - 1 - Serena Williams

2 - 2 - Na Li

3 - 3 - Agnieszka Radwanska

4 - 5 - Simona Halep

5 - 6 - Petra Kvitova

Serena Williams won her second title in Paris last year by denying Maria Sharapova her second straight French Open crown. The 32-year-old American begins her title defence against 23-year old French counterpart Alize Lim.

Serena Williams
Serena Williams poses for the photoshoot with her Roland Garros trophy after beating Maria Sharapova last year.Reuters

The 17-time Grand Slam winner is likely to face her sister Venus Williams in the third round and could also face Sharapova in the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, 2014 Australian Open winner Na Li takes on Kristina Mladenovic in the first round. The 32-year-old Japanese player is aiming to lift the title in Paris for the second time, having done so earlier in 2011.

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