French Open at a glance
ABS-CBN Sports on May 22, 2016 10:46 AM
FILE - In this June 6, 2015, file photo, Serena Williams, of the United States, holds the trophy after winning the final of the French Open tennis tournament against Lucie Safarova, of the Czech Republic, at Roland Garros stadium, in Paris. The French Open beginds on Sunday, May 22. The 34-year-old American seeks her 22nd singles title at a Grand Slam tournament, equaling Steffi Graf's record for the Open era, which began in 1968. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)PARIS (AP) — A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Site: Roland Garros.
Surface: Red clay.
Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 11 a.m. local time (0900 GMT, 5 a.m. EDT). The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 4, and men's singles final June 5.
Top Players On Court Sunday: No. 5 Kei Nishikori vs. Simone Bolelli, No. 8 Milos Raonic vs. Janko Tipsarevic, No. 15 John Isner vs. John Millman, No. 17 Nick Kyrgios vs. Marco Cecchinato; No. 4 Garbine Muguruza vs. Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, No. 6 Simona Halep vs. Nao Hibino, No. 10 Petra Kvitova vs. Danka Kovinic, No. 11 Lucie Safarova vs. Vitalia Diatchenko
Sunday's Forecast: Rain. High of 63 degrees (17 C).
2015 Men's Singles Champion: Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.
2015 Women's Singles Champion: Serena Williams of the United States.
Last Year: Wawrinka used his terrific one-handed backhand to upset Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4, thanks in large part to a 60-30 edge in winners, for his second Grand Slam title and first in Paris. It was Djokovic's third loss in the past four finals at Roland Garros, the only major tournament he hasn't won. Williams collected her third French Open trophy by beating Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2 to get halfway to a calendar-year Grand Slam. The two weeks were a struggle for Williams, who was dealing with an illness and four times rallied to win after dropping the opening set of a match.
Key Statistic I: 21 — Consecutive Grand Slam matches won by Djokovic, including titles at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2015, and the Australian Open in 2016.
Key Statistic II: 70-2 — Rafael Nadal's career record at Roland Garros, where he has won a record nine championships. The only losses came against Djokovic in the quarterfinals last year, and against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.
Key Statistic III: 21 — Grand Slam singles trophies earned by Williams, one shy of Steffi Graf's professional-era record.
Prize Money: Total is about 32 million euros (about $36 million), an increase of 4 million euros (about $4.5 million) from 2015, with 2 million euros (about $2.25 million) each for the men's and women's singles champions.