Roland-Garros 2024: The wait is over

The action begins on Sunday and the world's best players are in town

Carlos Alcaraz, practice, Roland-Garros 2024©Cedric Lecocq / FFT
 - Alex Sharp

Welcome, bienvenue, we are ready to go.

We've had a compelling week of qualifying, the draw has served up a smorgasbord of first-round treats, now it's time for the 123rd instalment of Roland-Garros to capture the sporting world's attention for the next fortnight.

The main draw begins on Sunday with 40 matches slotted into the Order of Play.

The first round is spaced across three days to ease us into the second Grand Slam of the season. So not everyone starts on Day 1 - 14-time champion Rafael Nadal enters the fray on Monday.

The likes of Grand Slam champions Naomi Osaka and Carlos Alcaraz, alongside home hope Caroline Garcia, headline the action on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday.

That's all before the spectacular night sessions begin with a firecracker, Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray – with three Grand Slam titles apiece – set to put on a show under the lights.

France No.1 Ugo Humbert opens proceedings on Court Suzanne-Lenglen with two previous champions, Jelena Ostapenko (2017) and Barbora Krejcikova (2021), hoping to clinch an opening victory too.

Whether you're lucky enough to secure a show court ticket, you're watching on TV, or heading on-site to catch the action with a ground pass, this is going to be an absorbing opening day. 

If rain threatens to spoil the party, fear not, we have another roof to keep the play ticking over in Paris.

With two 100m long, 20m wide, lateral wings weighing 325 tonnes each, it's the debut for the striking Court Suzanne-Lenglen retractable roof.

It's set to be a significant fortnight.

Can anyone deny Iga Swiatek a three-peat in Paris? The world No.1 has plenty of rivals poised to have their say, with No.2 seed Aryna Sabalenka, Coco Gauff and Elena Rybakina heralded as the 'big four' favourites.

On the men's side the script is tricky to predict. Can reigning champion Novak Djokovic rediscover his magic touch? Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner lack match practice, and Nadal can never be counted out on his beloved terre battue. The discussion of favourites is extensive, with Rome champion Alexander Zverev, 2021 runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas and 2022-23 finalist Casper Ruud all surely probing for a final ticket too.

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