Thursday, May 22, 2014
2014 FRENCH OPEN: Tournament at a glance
PARIS -- A glance at the French Open, the year's second Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Site: Roland Garros.
Surface: Red clay.
Schedule: Play begins Sunday. The 15-day tournament closes with the women's singles final June 7 and men's singles final June 8.
Sunday's Forecast: Cloudy, with a 50 percent chance of rain and a high temperature of 68 degrees (20 Celsius). Rain is forecast for most of the first week.
2013 Men's Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.
2013 Women's Singles Champion: Serena Williams of the U.S.
Last Year: Nadal beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record eighth French Open championship -- no other man has won that many titles at one of the Grand Slam tournaments -- and fourth in a row. Williams defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 for her second French Open title and first since 2002.
Key Statistic I: 59-1. Nadal's career record at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
Key Statistic II: 3. Number of losses on clay already in 2014 for Nadal, the most he's had in any season since 2004.
Prize Money: Total is more than 25 million euros (about $34 million), an increase of 3 million euros (about $4 million) from 2013, with 1.65 million euros (about $2.25 million) each to the men's and women's singles champions.