Roland Garros 2020: players, favorites and absences

The great clay court tennis event is held in Paris from September 27 to October 11. Djokovic seeks to avoid Rafa Nadal's thirteenth title.


The big date of the clay court tennis season has arrived. Despite being held almost four months later than expected due to the coronavirus pandemic, Roland Garros is already here and it will do so with multiple news, many of them derived from the current situation.

Many rackets return to a Grand Slam after giving up competing during the last US Open, so Roland Garros will have a luxurious participation to fight for the Musketeers Cup and the Suzanne Lenglen Trophy. Here we review who are the favorites to win the title at Roland Garros.


128 players will make up the men's and women's teams at Roland Garros respectively. Both tables will have the 104 best tennis players in the ranking who are not injured and those who have a protected ranking, in addition to the eight tennis players who enter each table by invitation and the 16 tennis players who will access each table after passing the preliminary phase.

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Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard returns to Roland Garros with the thorn of his defeat at the 1000 Masters in Rome. Despite the new balls of the tournament and the difference in tempoerature compared to May and June, Nadal wants to continue expanding his legend on the clay of Paris and win his thirteenth title at Roland Garros.

Novak Djokovic

The Serbian is running as Nadal's great rival at Roland Garros. After winning the title at the 1,000 Masters in Rome, Djokovic arrives in Paris with the aim of adding his second title at Roland Garros after the one he achieved in 2015 to reach 18 Grand Slam, just one behind Nadal and two behind Federer.

Dominic Thiem

The Austrian, current US Open champion, wants to make good the saying "the third time is the charm" after losing to Rafa Nadal in the last two finals of the tournament. Thiem arrives at Roland Garros 2020 with more maturity and experience and willing to make things difficult for both Nadal, with whom he could be seen in the semifinals, and Djokovic.

Other Favorites

At Roland Garros 2020, tennis players such as Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev (finalist in the US Open), Stefanos Tsitsipas, Matteo Berrettini, Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista, the great Spanish asset along with Rafa Nadal, are expected to take a step forward.


Roger Federer, who will miss the remainder of the season, will be the great absence at Roland Garros 2020, where he will not be able to reissue his duels with Rafa Nadal. The Paris clay will also miss the Argentine Juan Martín del Potro, who underwent knee surgery last August, and the Australian Nick Kyrgios, who has given up competing in Europe for fear of the coronavirus pandemic (he also did not compete in the US Open) .

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Romanian Simona Halep, 2018 Roland Garros champion, starts as a big favorite for the title on her return to a Grand Slam after not competing at the US Open. Her great rival will be, a priori, Czech Karolina Pliskova, with whom she recently faced in the final of the Premier 5 in Rome. Along with Halep and Pliskova, in the shortlist of favorites there are also names such as Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Johanna Konta, Serena Williams, Aryna Sabalenka, Victoria Azarenka, Sofia Kenin (Australian Open champion) or the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, who dreams with revalidation of the title obtained in 2016.


Two are the most notable absences in the 2020 Roland Garros women's draw: that of the Australian Ashleigh Barty, champion of the tournament in 2019, who has given up competing because of the coronavirus pandemic (she also did not compete in the US Open) and the Japan's Naomi Osaka, 2020 US Open champion, who resigned from the tournament due to hamstring problems.

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