The wait is over as the second Grand Slam of the year has already kicked off with its qualifiers on May 16. The 126th edition of the tournament will run until June 5 in Paris, France. Let us have a look at the top three heavy favourites at the Roland Garros major in the men’s singles category.
1- Novak Djokovic
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic leads the list of the heavy favourite in the men’s singles category. Djokovic did not have a very good start to the 2022 tennis season where he suffered a withdrawal at the first Grand Slam of the year and was not able to defend his title at the Australian Open. The No. 1 ATP player was deported from Australia following visa cancellation twice due to controversial medical exemption and vaccination status.
The vaccination mandatory rules limited his participation in several events. He debuted the season at the Dubai Tennis Championships where he faced an early-round exit followed by another early departure at Monte Carlo Masters. The 34-year-old then reached his first final at the home ground before losing to Andrey Rublev at the Serbia Open. The Serb seemed to have regained his form since then and reached the semifinals of the Madrid Open where he was defeated by 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz the eventual winner in Spain. He recently won his first title of the season at the Italian Open where he looked much stronger and better in structure and shape.
2- Rafael Nadal
Everyone is aware of the 2022 season initially was owned by the Spaniard. The 35-year-old started the year with a trophy in Melbourne followed by a historical 21st Grand Slam title. He then clinched the Mexican Open title and reached the final at BNP Paribas Open losing to Taylor Fritz.
The reason why Nadal is not on top as he was seen limping and struggling during his last 16 match against Denis Shapovalov ahead of the French Open. The Spanish professional also complained of battle with his foot during Indian Wells Masters. The legendary player is expected to bounce back at his favourite tournament and continue his tremendous form.
3- Carlos Alcaraz
From qualifier to top favourite at the Roland Garros tournament. The newly turned 19-year-old has come a long way in his tennis journey within 12 months. The No. 6 ATP player could have been on top based on his form and physical health but the reason he is third is due to his lack of experience at the Grand Slam compared to the other two.
Alcaraz has already bagged four ATP Masters titles this season beating quality players. He has also defeated Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic back to back on clay followed by his win over No. 3 Alexander Zverev to clinch the Madrid Open title. The emerging star of Spain is ready to have his first Grand Slam.