Roland Garros 2017 French Open - Predictions

Who will win the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros? Our research staff provides previews and predictions. The 2017 French Open is scheduled for May 28 through June 11 in Paris, France.



The Favorite 

Rafael Nadal
WR: 4
Outlook: 2017 is looking more and more like 2007. Federer is once again dominating the hard courts and Nadal is having another magical clay season. The Spaniard won three straight major tournaments before losing in Rome, most likely due to fatigue. With Federer skipping Roland Garros and rivals Djokovic, Wawrinka and Murray struggling with form, this French Open is Nadal to lose.

The Contenders 

Novak Djokovic
WR: 2
Outlook: What a difference a year makes! Last year, the then world no. 1 player Djokovic completed the career grand slam on the clay of the Paris. Fast-forward to this year, the Serb has yet to win a slam or a Masters 1000 event in five tries. The last time this happened was when Federer and Nadal were still the indisputable kings of tennis. The recent hiring of Agassi won't change much, at least in Paris, as the American was not much a clay courter despite winning a French Open title. The good news is that Djokovic has been playing decent tennis of late. He reached the semifinal of the Madrid Open and the final of the Italian Open, both of which were on clay. Djokovic's ranking does ensure him a solid draw, so we should not discount him yet.

Stan Wawrinka
WR: 3
Outlook: Like fellow stars Djokovic and Murray, the 3-time grand slam winner has been suffering from poor form in recent months. However, Wawrinka is what we would call a big-time player. He always outperforms at the bigger events while underperforms elsewhere. Case in point, the Swiss star failed to reach the quarterfinals of an event five times this year. Yet, he gave Federer a run for his money at the Australian Open and again at the Paribas Open. An under-the-radar Wawrinka is the most dangerous Wawrinka.

Alexander Zverev
WR: 10
Outlook: The recent rise of young Zverev is both expected and surprising. Although not known for his clay court prowess, the German has the second best record of the clay season. He won two clay titles including a Masters 1000 title–a rare feat in the era of the Big Five. I think the sky is the limit for him and Roland Garros could be the place where his star shines.

Dark Horse 

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
WR: 13
Outlook: It's France's national open, so we inevitably have to find a Frenchman with the best chance of winning the coveted title. Pouille? He is solid but is not a grand-slam winning candidate. Gasquet? Too injury-prone. Even at 32 years of age, Tsonga is still the best French hope for a slam title. He does have a good record at Roland Garros, advancing to the semifinals twice. After witnessing what Federer did at 35, one should not be surprised if Tsonga finally fulfills his promise and wins a grand slam.


The Favorites 

Elina Svitolina
WR: 6
Outlook: With Serena Williams on the sidelines, Svitolina has been the star of the WTA Tour. The Ukrainian already won four times this year including two Premier 5 titles. At the Italian Open, she overcame Karolina Pliskova, defending French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza and Simona Halep en route to the clay title. There is no reason why she won't extend her outstanding form to Roland Garros.

Simona Halep
WR: 4
Outlook: After a poor start to the season in which she was soundly defeated in the first round of the Australian Open, Halep has been on a roll in the clay season. She won the Madrid Open and reached the final of the Italian Open. Halep was a finalist at Roland Garros, so she does have a record of doing well at the year's second slam. With Serena out, this is likely her best chance of winning a slam.

The Contenders 

Kristina Mladenovic
WR: 14
Outlook: The top-ranked doubles player is enjoying her best year as a singles player. She reached four finals and notched wins over Venus Williams, Pliskova, Halep and Sharapova. If she is given a good draw, she is a serious contender for a grand slam.

Svetlana Kuznetsova
WR: 9
Outlook: The two-time grand slam winner is always a dangerous player, especially on the clay. The Russian won the French Open in 2009 and has reached at least the quarterfinals on seven different occasions. She is what one would call a true clay-courter. At 31, this could be Kuznetsova's last best chance of winning another slam.

Dark Horse 

Venus Williams
WR: 11
Outlook: Venus is 36 but she is playing like she is 28. The 7-time grand slam winner reached this year's Australian Open final -- her first slam final since 2009. While the clay is not her best surface, she did reach the final of Roland Garros in 2002 losing to her sister. Venus defied expectations by reaching the Aussie Open final in January. I would not bet against her having a strong tournament in Paris.


Men's Winner: Rafael Nadal. Every time the Spaniard had a strong clay court season, he ended up winning the French Open in emphatic fashion. Unfortunately for everyone, he has had plenty of those which result in nine Roland Garros titles. With his current form, it would be almost foolish to bet against him winning a 10th title in Paris.

Women's Winner: Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian won the French Open in 2009 and has reached at least the quarterfinals on seven different occasions. She is what one would call a true clay-courter. With Serena not playing, the door is wide open for a lot of players. As a seasoned player with a strong clay-court record, Kuznetsova is a dangerous player to overlook.

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