The tennis world has been waiting for the Grand Slams to return for seven months. Now, like the buses, two of them have landed at once.
The French Open begins on Sunday, two weeks after the end of the US Open and a week after the Italian Open, a common warm-up event for Roland-Garros, having been relocated from its normal May start date.
Although fans were able to gorge on near-wall-to-wall action in September, it was far more difficult for players to handle the situation as they were forced to pick their actions carefully.
In the wake of coronavirus issues, current French Open champion Ashleigh Barty decided to miss both majors. Other stars, such as Rafael Nadal, 12-time French Open winner, and Simona Halep, champion of 2018, opted to pass on a trip to New York and concentrate on the training of the clay court instead, while Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic preferred to play both majors.
The top seeds and favourites in the men's draw are Djokovic and Nadal, ahead of freshly crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem, a two-time Paris finalist.
A near-impossible challenge is to choose an absolute favorite of the two top seeds.
Except the failure to hit a line judge with a ball at the US Open, world No. 1 Djokovic is unbeaten this year and won his fifth Italian Open win this week.
Nadal, on the other hand, has an unprecedented streak of having won 12 titles in the past 15 years at Roland-Garros. Victory in Paris will see him tie the men 's record of 20 grand slam singles titles by Roger Federer.
"Djokovic, who exceeded Nadal's Masters 1000 mark with his latest win in Rome, said," Most people would believe, he's the number one favourite and the reputation he has there, the background of his performances, you just can't put somebody in front of him.