The 2020 French Open draw will be released later today even as the qualifying rounds continue to be played. All the information on the draw, qualifiers and wild-card entrants below.
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With the final Grand Slam of the season set to begin on Sunday, September 27, all eyes will be on the draw which will be held on Thursday. In the meantime, the second round of qualifiers have already begun even as the organisers have announced the wild-cards for both, the women’s and the men’s singles draw.
When will the French Open 2020 Draw be Held?
The 2020 French Open draw will be held on Thursday, September 24. It is scheduled to begin at around 6 pm local time (5 pm BST and 12 midnight Eastern). The men’s and women’s singles and doubles line-up will be known on the day.
The men’s draw will see Rafael Nadal, who is the second seed, start off as the favourite to add to his 12 titles at Roland-Garros, with the Rome Masters winner Novak Djokovic giving him company as one of the top players expected to go the distance.
Dominic Thiem, who win the US Open, opted not to play in any of the clay court competitions post the pandemic break. It will be interesting to see how that turns out for him, even as Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev complete the list of dark horses in the men’s section.
With Ash Barty, Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu out of the women’s singles, the onus will be on the in-form Simona Halep to lead the women’s draw. She starts off as a heavy favourite after having won the Prague Open and Italian Open since the resumption of tennis and if fit, has one of the best chances of seeing it through.
Serena Williams will always be a threat but among all the surfaces, clay has been her least favourite – she has won ‘only’ three of her 23 Grand Slams on it. Karolina Pliskova is the second seed, showing signs of form in Rome where she made the final but then retired from the match because of fitness concerns.
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Who are the French Open 2020 Wildcards?
The French Open wildcards have been awarded to French players majorly with Andy Murray, Eugenie Bouchard and Tsvetana Pironkova being the notable exceptions. The others include the following:
- Men’s Wildcards: Elliot Benchetrit, Hugo Gaston, Quentin Halys, Antoine Hoang, Maxime Janvier, Harold Mayot, Arthur Rinderknech
- Women’s Wildcards: Clara Burel, Elsa Jacquemot, Chloé Paquet, Pauline Parmentier, Diane Parry, Harmony Tan
A few other players have also been given an entry based on their protected ranking. These include Kevin Anderson, Kamil Majchrzak and Mackenzie McDonald in the men’s section, and Catherine Bellis, Daria Gavrilova and Anna Karolína Schmiedlová in the women’s section of the draw.
What about the Qualifiers?
16 men and 12 women will make it to the main draw of the French Open through the qualifiers. These have already begun and will be played between September 21 and 25.
The second of three rounds of qualifiers in the women’s section of the draw will be played on Thursday while the men’s draw will see its second and some third rounds of qualifiers played on the same day. On Friday, all the 26 qualifiers will be unveiled before the tournament main draw kicks off on Sunday.
Some of the players in contention to make it to the main draw include Pedro Martinez, Marco Cecchinato, Sebastian Korda, Jack Sock, Dustin Brown, Ann Li, Marta Kostyuk, Caty McNally, Tereza Martincova, Sara Errani, Harriet Dart, Varvara Lepchenko and Vera Zvonareva.