French Open

As we reach the culmination of the clay court season, all eyes turn to the 2018 French Open, held at Paris’ Stade Roland Garros on the surprisingly named Avenue Gordon Bennett. Less surprising is the fact that Rafael Nadal tends to come away with the spoils, given that he is by some considerable distance the greatest clay court player of all time, recently becoming the first man to win 400 matches on clay. Barring injury, the outcome tends to be a foregone conclusion and has been for all but three of the past fourteen years as he makes his relentless progress through the tournament, and this year was no different as he saw off Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, exacting brutal revenge for a surprise defeat in Madrid in May. The Ladies draw tends to be a more open affair, and so it proved as Romania’s Simona Halep overcame Sloane Stephens over three sets in the final to secure her first major title, and now has her eyes firmly fixed on a tilt at a first Wimbledon crown.