2019 French Open Brackets and Facts
Vive la France.
With the coming of the 2019 French Open, we must ask one, and only one, thing: is anyone going to beat Rafael Nadal?
He is called the “King of Clay” for a reason. Count up his 11 French Open tournament titles and then let me know if you wish to dispute that statement. Nadal may be from Spain, but he owns Roland Garros. More than any tournament with any other player, the men’s singles draw is Rafael Nadal’s to lose. As you may recall, he also won the 2017 and 2018 French Opens.
Yet, when you go up and down our huge brackets, 256 singles players, 128 men and 128 women, will compete for the second Grand Slam trophy of the year. Not to mention, the two winners will bag 2.3 million Euros1, which on 25 May 2019 converts to just south of $2.6 million US dollars.2 My assumption is that the tournament organizers already have the cardboard novelty prize check made out to Nadal somewhere in the back office. They use those in France, right?
If you like jumbo-sized brackets, tennis is your sport. Check out the men’s singles and women’s singles draws below to see where your favorite players landed.
2019 French Open Brackets: Men’s Singles
Click to enlarge the 2019 French Open men’s draw.
Should the top-seeded player, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, win the 2019 French Open, he will be the reigning champion of all four Grand Slam events at the same time. Djokovic had a few years battling injury, but when he came back, he came back with a vengeance. On his current run, he won 2018 Wimbledon, the 2018 US Open, and the 2019 Australian Open. That Nadal is a tough one to beat, however, on the clay surface. If this boils down to a Djokovic-Nadal title fight, that would be epic, as the kids say. Djokovic leads the all-time series, 28-26, but just on clay surfaces, it’s Nadal with a distinct 17-7 advantage.3
We cannot publish this article without noting the other elephant in the room, so to speak: Roger Federer. Some say he is the greatest tennis player of all-time, and he sits there at the number three seed. Of all the Grand Slam tournaments, however, this is not his strongest: he won it once in 2009, but has won every other major at least five times. In an historical sense, he does not dominate at Roland-Garros.
2019 French Open Brackets: Women’s Singles
Click to enlarge the 2019 French Open women’s draw.
She is not the top seeded player in the women’s draw, but many eyes will watch 10th seed Serena Williams, the phenomenal American talent. A win here in France would mean a 24th Grand Slam title, tying the all-time record. All Serena has to do is show up and she is a threat to win the tournament.
As for an impressive run, Naomi Osaka, the top seed, is on one right now. She has won back-to-back majors in the 2018 US Open and 2019 Australian Open. In previous years, she did not get very far into the French Open, but that was before her big breakthrough late in 2018.
Romania’s Simona Halep, the three seed this year, is the defending champion from 2018. In fact, for this former world number one, that Roland-Garros was her only Grand Slam victory to date. She lost in two tournament finals earlier this year but has yet to win a tournament in 2019.
Second seed Karolína Plíšková will seek her first-ever major tournament win in Paris. Her best French finish came in 2017 when she lost in the semifinals to Simona Halep.
1: “Roland-Garros 2019: The New Prize Money Unveiled” (Roland-Garros web site, published 21 March 2019, accessed 25 May 2019)
2: (XE.com web site, accessed 25 May 2019)
3: “Novak Djokovic VS Rafael Nadal” (ATP Head2Head web site, accessed 25 May 2019)