French Open 2015: Meet the BritsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
French Open 2015 | 24 May – 7 June, 2015 | Roland Garros, Paris
Qualifying is well underway for the French Open 2015 which starts this Sunday. We take a look at the Brits involved in the action this year.
The only clay court Grand Slam competition begins on Sunday and could feature several Brits, including an in-form Andy Murray. Murray will be going for his first French Open win but faces stiff competition in Rafael Nadal, who’ll be looking to add a tenth French Open title to his belt.
We take a look at the British competitors travelling to the Roland Garros this year.
Andy Murray is the best known Brit in the men’s competition. He heads into the contest on an impressive 10 match winning streak with his first two clay titles recorded this year in Munich and Madrid.
In Madrid, Murray beat “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal in the final to take the title and the world no. 7 will certainly be looking for revenge at Roland Garros.
Aljaz Bedene, the new British no. 2, is generally more at home on clay than Murray. The 25-year-old already has 11 career titles, although only one of those as a British citizen, most recently beating Adam Pavlasek in straight sets in the final of the ATP Challenger Tour event in Rome.
James Ward, Liam Broady and Brydan Klein have already been knocked out in the qualifiers, while Kyle Edmund remains. Edmund must win in the third round on Friday in order to reach the main draw.
Heather Watson had to face the qualifiers for the French Open in 2014 but is straight through to the main draw this year, the only female Brit to automatically qualify.
Watson has fought hard to recover from glandular fever and get back in form. Her best performance at Roland Garros to date saw her reach the second round but she’s hoping to go further this year, reproducing the form that saw her beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-1 in Rome.
Johanna Konta closes in on a spot in the main draw as she faces Clothilde De Bernardi in the third round of qualifying on Friday. The British no. 2 beat Russia’s Elizaveta Kulichkova 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 to reach the third round and hopes to go a step further than last year where she fell at the final hurdle.
Fellow Brit Naomi Broady was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova in the second round.
The Brits have several teams entering the doubles contest this year, with pairings as follows:
Jamie Murray and John Peers
Jonny Marray and Colin Fleming
Aljaz Bedene and Alber Tamos-Vinolas
Heather Watson and Marina Erakovic
French Open 2015 Betting Tips
Novak Djokovic is favourite to win the men’s singles title at 8/11, while Rafael Nadal is at 3/1 and Murray a strong outsider at 8/1 (Betway).
Serena Williams looks set to claim her 20th Grand Slam title at 11/4, with Maria Sharapova just behind at 4/1 (Betway).