Roland-Garros 2022: Which talented players could become stars at Roland-Garros?
Tennis stars are often created – or discovered – at Grand Slam tournaments, and the upcoming French Open is expected to feature plenty of new and existing talent.
sports news looks back at the players who could stand out at Roland-Garros.
Jannik Sinner has won five ATP singles titles, becoming the youngest male player to do so since Novak Djokovic in 2007.
Fearlessness, composure and a powerful backhand are some of the Italian’s best qualities, with the 20-year-old possessing maturity beyond his years.
The enduring dominance of players like Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has made it difficult for young players to win majors, but Sinner is maturing at a blistering pace and will be with a shot on the clay courts of Paris.
The 19-year-old Spaniard has exploded onto the men’s tennis scene this year, breaking into the ATP top 10 and earning recent victories over Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
He’s proven he can beat the best of the best and is in great shape. However, Grand Slam tennis is a different kind of tennis.
Alcaraz has proven he can win tournaments – winning in Miami, Barcelona and Madrid so far in 2022 – and has the chance to make a name for himself at Roland Garros.
His similarities – in terms of nationality and style of play – with clay-court superstar Rafael Nadal will certainly put him in good stead for the French Open as well.
Taylor Fritz has been quietly developing as a player since turning professional in 2015.
The 24-year-old from San Diego won his first Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells this year and seems to be hitting his braces at just the right time.
Despite dominating women’s tennis, the United States has not seen a homegrown player win a men’s singles Grand Slam tournament since Andy Roddick at the US Open in 2003. Andre Agassi was the last American to win the French Open in 1999.
It may take patience, but Fritz is set to change that record, and Roland Garros could be the perfect place to display his credentials.
2022 has been a year of redemption for Thanasi Kokkinakis, with the Aussie finding his stride after battling long-term injuries.
A win at the international tournament in his hometown of Adelaide proved he still has the ability to play with – and outclass – the best.
He also enjoyed success as a doubles player alongside childhood friend Nick Kyrgios, winning the Australian Open title despite falling in the first round of the singles draw.
The 26-year-old has had mixed results in singles since then but could put his name back on the world stage in France.
No doubt already a star, Iga Świątek could establish herself as the undisputed best current player in the world with a solid performance at Roland-Garros.
The 20-year-old took over Ash Barty’s world ranking after the Australian’s surprise retirement earlier this year and has quickly asserted her dominance despite her age, winning recent tournaments in Miami and Indian Wells.
Świątek was an unlikely French Open champion in 2020 and will now return to the clay courts of Paris as a true contender.
The tenacious Aussie has enjoyed a rapid rise in the world rankings this year after a two-year battle with injury.
Saville is currently ranked 134th in the world in women’s singles, coming from as low as 627th in February 2022. She previously reached a career high of 20th in 2017.
Eliminated in the first round of this year’s Australian Open, Saville will have her sights set on a strong tournament in Paris. His recent quarter-final run at the Miami Open was an impressive feat, demonstrating his ability to fight in a tournament despite his underdog status.
Emma Raducanu has become a household name in the UK after her historic and unexpected victory at the US Open last year. The 19-year-old became the first qualifier to win the tournament and was immediately thrust into the spotlight.
However, it hasn’t exactly been easy to navigate since then, with the young Briton hampered by a number of injury setbacks. Raducanu is also without a coach for this French Open but has put in solid performances since his split with Torben Beltz.
Many have suggested his US Open win was a fluke, but Roland Garros could be the perfect place to prove those doubters wrong.
Clara Tauson is one of the many exciting young women in tennis. The 19-year-old has been doing her job quietly, putting in consistently good performances and rising to No. 41 in the WTA rankings.
She is certainly the most promising Danish prospect since Caroline Wozniacki, who turned professional at the age of 17.
At this year’s Australian Open, she pushed eventual runner-up Danielle Collins to three sets in the third round. If she strings together victories in France, she may no longer be able to fly under the radar.