At a glance
A glance at the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament:
Site: Roland Garros, Paris.
Surface: Red clay.
Schedule: Play begins Sunday on all courts at 4 a.m. CDT. The 15-day tournament closes with the women’s singles final June 7 and men’s singles final June 8.
Top players on court Sunday: MEN: No. 4 Roger Federer vs. Lukas Lacko, No. 6 Tomas Berdych vs. Peter Polansky, No. 8 Milos Raonic vs. Nick Kyrgios, No. 10 John Isner vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert; WOMEN: No. 1 Serena Williams vs. Alize Lim, No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Zhang Shuai, No. 8 Angelique Kerber vs. Katarzyna Piter, No. 29 Venus Williams vs. Belinda Bencic.
Sunday’s forecast: Cloudy and windy, with a high temperature of 70.
2013 men’s singles champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.
2013 women’s singles champion: Serena Williams of the U.S.
Last year: Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record eighth French Open championship — no other man has won that many titles at one of the Grand Slam tournaments — and fourth in a row. Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 for her second French Open title and first since 2002.
Key Statistic I: 59-1. Rafael Nadal’s career record at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
Key Statistic II: 53-2. Serena Williams’ record on clay since the start of the 2012 season, a .964 winning percentage.
Prize money: Total is about $34 million, an increase of about $4 million from 2013, with about $2.25 million each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.
1. Rafael Nadal, Spain
2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
3. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
4. Roger Federer, Switzerland
5. David Ferrer, Spain
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7. Andy Murray, Britain
8. Milos Raonic, Canada
9. Kei Nishikori, Japan
10. John Isner, United States
11. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
12. Richard Gasquet, France
13. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
14. Fabio Fognini, Italy
15. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
16. Tommy Haas, Germany
17. Tommy Robredo, Spain
18. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia
19. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
20. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine
21. Nicolas Almagro, Spain
22. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland
23. Gael Monfils, France
24. Fernando Verdasco, Spain
25. Marin Cilic, Croatia
26. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
27. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
28. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
29. Gilles Simon, France
30. Vasek Pospisil, Canada
31. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia
32. Andreas Seppi, Italy
1. Serena Williams, United States
2. Li Na, China
3. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland
4. Simona Halep, Romania
5. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic
6. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia
7. Maria Sharapova, Russia
8. Angelique Kerber, Germany
9. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia
10. Sara Errani, Italy
11. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia
12. Flavia Pennetta, Italy
13. Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark
14. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain
15. Sloane Stephens, United States
16. Sabine Lisicki, Germany
17. Roberta Vinci, Italy
18. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada
19. Sam Stosur, Australia
20. Alize Cornet, France
21. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium
22. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia
23. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic
24. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia
25. Kaia Kanepi, Estonia
26. Sorana Cirstea, Romania
27. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia
28. Andrea Petkovic, Germany
29. Venus Williams, United States
30. Klara Koukalova, Czech Republic
31. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia
32. Elena Vesnina, Russia