French Open 2024 Preview: What the chances for Nagal, Nadal and Bopanna? | In Focus podcast

N. Sudarshan speaks to us about what fans can expect from this upcoming season of the French Open, and what India’s chances are in the doubles, where Australian Open champion Rohan Bopanna will be in action.

Published - May 25, 2024 03:52 pm IST

The French Open will kick off on Sunday in Paris. This would be the last time the tournament will host 14-time champion Rafael Nadal. The ‘King of Clay’ has been struggling with injuries, and as this is his last year on tour, he would be hoping to make a deep run in the major where he’s tasted the greatest success.

But there are a lot of younger players standing in his way, including the in-form German Alexander Zverev in Round 1. Also hungry for a title is world no. 1 Novak Djokovic, who would be keen to make amends for a lacklustre year so far. On the women’s side, Iga Swiatek will start as a firm favourite, with none of the big names looking likely to cause her major trouble.

There will also be, after a long gap, an Indian challenger in the main draw, in the form of Sumit Nagal.

How many rounds can Nagal, and Nadal, go? Is there a chance for one last Nadal-Djokovic final this time? And what are India’s chances in the doubles, where Australian Open champion Rohan Bopanna will be in action?

Guest: N Sudarshan from The Hindu’s Sports Bureau.

Host: G. Sampath, Social Affairs Editor, The Hindu.

Edited by Sharmada Venkatasubramanian.

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