The tournament will be broadcast on both channels through until the final day on Sunday 10th of June.
When are the finals?
The women’s final – featuring Simona Halep and Sloane Stevens – takes place on Saturday 9th June at 2pm.
The men’s final – featuring Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem – follows on Sunday 10th June at 2pm.
Coverage of both finals will begin at 1:30pm on ITV.
Where are Andy Murray and Roger Federer?
World no.2 Roger Federer has decided to skip the clay court season entirely – a savvy move as he attempts to prolong his career (he turns 37 in August). He’s only won here once (in 2009), and knows he has a better chance of besting long-term rival Rafael Nadal on grass in Wimbledon next month.
Murray, on the other hand, is not yet fully recovered after undergoing hip surgery in January. The Scot hopes to make it back in time for Wimbledon, however. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed.
Who are the favourites?
World no.1 Rafael Nadal, often referred to as “the king of clay”, is the all-time record holder at the French Open, with a staggering ten wins, is a strong favourite, particularly with his closest rivals sitting the tournament out. Could Del Petro, Thiem or unseeded Cecchinato stop the Spaniard in his tracks?
“My only and real motivation is to win the title. My feelings and what really makes me happy is to feel myself competitive. To play all the events I want to play and to have success at this important event.”@RafaelNadal#RG18pic.twitter.com/2FuWKH3e2R
In the women’s, Serena Williams – the most successful female player of the Open era – pulled out with injury from her first major tournament since giving birth to her daughter last September. Instead, world number one Simona Halep is bidding for her first Grand Slam title in Saturday’s final, taking on American Sloane Stephens who will be hoping to build on her US Open win last year.
How much is the prize money in the men and women’s singles tournaments?
The winner in both the men and women’s singles tournaments stands to take home an eye-watering €2.2m.
Why was Serena Williams not seeded?
Both are new mothers and both are unseeded.
But who will fare better at #RG18 – Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka?
Serena Williams has plummeted down the rankings during her maternity leave, meaning that she will have to start from scratch in the first round. The Women’s Tennis Association is considering a rule change that would protect all seeds and rankings while female players are on maternity leave – but that won’t come into effect until next year if the motion is passed.
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