Andy Murray withdraws from the 2023 French Open alongside Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios

The 2023 French Open is around the corner and we have all the ins and outs that you need to know ahead of the red-dirt Grand Slam in Paris.

When does the 2023 French Open take place?The 127th edition of the French Open – officially known as Roland Garros – will start on Sunday May 28 and the grand finale will be on Sunday June 11 with the men’s final (the women’s final takes place on Saturday June 10). The qualifying tournament gets underway on Monday May 22.

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This year will mark the 93rd time it is played as a Grand Slam and it will comprise of singles, doubles and mixed doubles as well as junior, wheelchair legends tournaments.

The magnificent Stade Roland Garros in Paris has hosted the French Open since 1928 and the modern-day facility boasts Court Philippe Chatrier, Court Suzanne Lenglen and Court Simonne Mathieu as its three main show courts.

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Court Philippe Chatrier – previously known as Court Central – can host up to 15,225 spectators and it has a retractable roof and floodlights, which was first used in 2020. Chatrier will once again host night sessions following its introduction in 2021.

Court Suzanne Lenglen has a capacity of 10,068 spectators while Court Simonne Mathieu can host 5,000 people. Court Simonne Mathieu underwent a major renovation ahead of the 2019 edition and was constructed four metres below ground level with greenhouses on all four sides.image

Who are the defending champions?Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 14th French Open title last year when he brushed aside Casper Ruud 6–3, 6–3, 6–0 in the final. He also defeated Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final. Of course, he won’t be back to defend his title (more on that below.

Iga Swiatek won her second Grand Slam and second title in Paris when she defeated first-time major finalist Coco Gauff 6–1, 6–3 in the women’s final.

Salvadoran Marcelo Arévalo became the first Grand Slam winner from Central America when he teamed up with Jean-Julien Rojer from the Netherlands to win the men’s doubles while there was home delight in the women’s doubles as French duo Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic won the title. Ena Shibahara and Wesley Koolhof won the mixed doubles.

As mentioned above, defending champion Rafael Nadal won’t be in the main draw at Roland Garros for the first time since he made his debut in Paris in 2005. The Spaniard is struggling with a hip injury, but hopes to return in 2024.

And in case you didn’t know, this will be the first time since 1998 that there will be no Roger Federer (who retired last year) or Rafael Nadal at the French Open.

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Nick Kyrgios is another player who will be absent as he has a foot injury, which he sustained during an armed robbery at his house (!).

In the women’s draw, former champion Simona Halep is still out as she continues to fight her doping suspension while Emma Raducanu is recovering from surgery.

When does the main draw take place?

The singles main draw for the 2023 tournament will take place on Thursday May 25 at 14:00 local time (13:00 BST).

What about the seeds for the 2023 event?Carlos Alcaraz headlines the main draw after returning to No 1 in the ATP Rankings following his second-round win in Rome. He is followed by Novak Djokovic, Daniil Medvedev, Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Holger Rune, Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz and Félix Auger-Aliassime.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Iga Swiatek is the top seed and Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula, Caroline Garcia, Elena Rybakina, Coco Gauff, Ons Jabeur, Maria Sakkari, Daria Kasatkina and Petra Kvitova complete the top 10.

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