Roland Garros, one of the four most important tournaments of the tennis season with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, is being played for the 122nd time this year between 28 May and 11 June.
36-year-old Nadal, whose statue is located on the campus hosting the French Open, has not been able to play tennis for more than 4 months due to an injury in his left hip.
Besides Nadal, Matteo Berrettini, Pablo Carreno Busta, Marin Cilic and Nick Kyrgios in men’s and Paula Badosa in women’s will not be able to compete at the French Open due to injury.
In the absence of Nadal, Carlos Alcaraz is shown alongside tournament favourites, Novak Djokovic.
Spaniard Alcaraz became the youngest male tennis player to reach No. 1 in the world classification, achieving his first career grand slam title at the 2022 US Open.
Alcaraz, who won the Barcelona Open and Madrid Masters, the important tournaments of the clay court season this year, awaits tough opponents such as Daniil Medvedev, Holger Rune and Andrey Rublev, as well as Novak Djokovic, who has 2 trophies at Roland Garros.
After the 2023 Australian Open, where she won her first grand slam title with Iga Swiatek, who has been at the top of the women’s world rankings since April last year, Aryna Sabalenka, who rose to number 2 in the classification, will be on the court for both the cup and the number 1 title.
The total prize money distributed at the 2023 French Open increased by 12.3 percent compared to the previous year and reached 49.6 million euros. The women’s and men’s singles champions, who were awarded 2.2 million euros last year, will receive 2.3 million euros in 2023.