Tennis Tips & Predictions: French Open Men's Tournament Preview

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With Rafael Nadal’s absence from his usual dominance of a tournament, the Roland Garros 2023 open field will be sighing with relief but also wishing the legend of the game a speedy recovery.

For now, this year’s French Open will be without the best clay player of all time, which means there is something brewing in Paris.

The French will be commanded by the top seeds in each half of the draw, but there are definitely some upsets waiting to happen and games waiting to be won by some of the players you would least expect.

Regarding the potential winners of this tournament, you have your favourites but also dark hoses to keep an eye out for.

These next two weeks will be hugely taxing on the energy and mentality of all players in the draw, especially those who are able to advance round by round.

Keeping your composure over five sets is a whole different ball game, and you can easily lose a match in one game if you are not focused.

Let’s get into some of the best players to watch out for these next two weeks at Roland Garros !

Players to Watch For

Carlos Alcaraz - Time to Shine

Carlos Alcaraz will be a bit sad that his idol and mentor Rafael Nadal will not be able to play in the RG 2023, but also very much relieved.

The high-flying Spaniard is eyeing his second Grand Slam of his career, this time in Paris on the clay.

Alcaraz had an injury-filled 2023 so far, but when he has been able to play fully and healthy, he has dominated most opponents he has faced.

Winning the Madrid Masters was a tough feat, and although shaky at times, he was able to come out with a relatively great mindset heading into the big tournament.

Alcaraz is without a doubt the best clay player in this draw, and there is going to be a time period where he has to face Novak Djokovic in the process.

Alcaraz believes his timing is perfect, and this tournament will be a showcase of the best of his abilities.

Daniil Medvedev - Dark Horse?

My oh my, Daniil Medvedev has found out how to play on the clay, which is a hugely scary prospect for everyone involved.

Medvedev is finally getting used to the weird bounces and inability of players to truly play points to his liking.

In spite of all these circumstances, Daniil has delivered a hugely impressive record to the table, winning the Rome Masters in the process.

Medvedev has taken his level up to different gears since the season has started, and he is a scary dark horse for the RG this year.

Arthur Fils - The Future is Now

A bit of a wildcard and completely underdog of a pick, Arthur Fils is playing some great tennis at the mere age of nineteen, and his French crowd support should do him well in Paris.

The Former Junior RG Champion of doubles is playing up levels and levels, which he has gained from all the tour experience this year.

Fils is one of the top prospects of the tennis world, and he has a great game both on hard and clay courts.

Look out for Fils to possibly upset a few big names, and even go far in this wide-open draw.