The French Open will come to an end with the men’s singles final, contested between Serbia’s Novak Djokovic and Norway’s Casper Rudd. Both players enter the final on the iconic Court Philippe Chatrier on good form, having brushed past their semifinal opponents with great quality and confidence.
Novak Djokovic is on a trifecta trail at Roland Garros. A record 23rd major crown, the first man to win each of the four majors at least three times and a return to the World No.1 ranking.
A third French Open title would put Djokovic halfway to the calendar Grand Slam. The promise and the possibilities.
The 36 year old Novak Djokovic ousted World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz of Spain in the semis to earn his title shot. Earlier in the quarters, he had accounted for world No. 11 Karen Kachanov.
World No. 4 Casper Rudd, meanwhile, will be playing for his maiden Grand Slam title. However, Grand Slam finals are no stranger to the Norwegian player, who made the finals of the French and US Open last year.
Casper Rudd defeated Elias Ymer, Giulio Olivieri, Zhang Zhizhen, Nicolas Jarry and sixth seed Holger Rune before out playing reigning Olympic Champion Alexander Zverev in the semis to make the French Open Final 2023.
Swiatek went down on her haunches and wept in disbelief. It was the Pole’s fourth Grand Slam title, her third French Open.
Even as Iga Swiatek ascended the ladder of elite women’s tennis, she downplayed the weight of expectation
For the first time in 62- week reign as the Hologic WTA Tour’s No. 1 player, that ranking could have been wrested away during at some point during Roland Garros.
Swiatek, who took home a cheque for Euros 2,300,000 along with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen, in her last two finals in Roland Garros, dropped five games against Sofia Kenin ( 2020 ) and four against Coco Gauff (2022) , such as her domination. The runnerup, who enjoyed her best pay day, Euros 1,150,000, underlined that this was just the beginning.
Miyu Kato back with mixed doubles title at French Open.
Kato, a 28 year old player from Japan, and her women’s doubles partner were defaulted during their third round match last week after Kato accidentally hit a ball girl in the neck after a point. Miyu Kato left behind the disappointment of her controversial disqualifation in doubles by claiming the mixed doubles title at the French Open on Thursday.
Kato also forfeited all her 21,500 euros in prize money and rankings points from women’s doubles but as allowed to keep participating in mixed doubles.