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Top five players who are doubtful for 2024 French Open

Published at :May 6, 2024 at 1:17 AM
Modified at :May 6, 2024 at 1:18 AM
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Shashank Tripathi


The 2024 French Open will start on May 26.

Only a few weeks remain for the clay court grand slam — The French Open. Scheduled to take place in Paris from May 26 to June 9, the Roland Garros will be the second major of the season after the Australian Open. While tennis stars will certainly be looking forward to competing at Roland Garros, their remains doubts over the participation of several top stars due to the growing list of injuries on the tour.

The recently held Madrid Open saw, several stars pull out of the tournament or give walkover before crucial matches due to injury concerns. Few players have also withdrawn from the upcoming ATP 1000 Rome Masters 2024, which is scheduled to start on May 7.

Hence, without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five players who are doubtful for the 2024 French Open:

#1: Jannik Sinner

The ATP World No. #2 was enjoying a breakthrough year before the 2024 Madrid Open. Sinner won the 2024 Australian Open with a stellar comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the final. In addition to that, he also won the Miami Open and ATP Rotterdam. Even at the Monte Carlo Masters and Indian Wells, the 22-year-old reached the semifinals.

At the 2024 Madrid Open, in his post-match on-court interview after a win over Pavel Kotov, Sinner revealed that he was feeling that something wasn’t fine, but he stated that it wasn’t serious. However, after his three-setter against Karen Khachanov, the ATP World No. 2’s troubles increased. As a result, he had to withdraw from the Madrid Open and then the Rome Masters. Thus, his participation in the 2024 French Open remains uncertain.

#2: Carlos Alcaraz

Carlos Alcaraz has been facing injury issues in his arm since last year. At the 2024 Australian Open, he lost against Alexander Zverev in the quarterfinals. He faced similar issues at the Rio Open in February, but Alcaraz eventually made his comeback at Indian Wells in March.

The former World No. 1 exacted his revenge against Alexander Zevrav by defeating him in the quarterfinals and then stunning Daniil Medvedev in the final to win the title. Nevertheless, his forearm issues returned after the Miami Open, due to which Alcaraz had to withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters and the Barcelona Open.

A returning Carlos Alcaraz suffered another blow at the Madrid Open after his injury flared following his loss against Andrey Rublev in the last eight stage. Now, he has withdrawn from the Rome Masters and his participation in the French Open is uncertain.

#3: Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal, who is playing his farewell campaign on the ATP tour, has played a total of nine matches this season. After his hip injury flared up at the Brisbane International against Jordan Thompson in January, he returned to the sport at the Barcelona Open. However, his campaign ended early with a loss against Australia’s Alex de Minaur.

Nadal also played in the Madrid Open, where he reached the round of 16 before eventually losing against Jiri Lehecka in straight sets. The Spaniard has arrived in Rome and is set to play at the ATP 1000 event. However, as Rafael Nadal has stated earlier, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of withdrawing from the 2024 French Open.

#4: Daniil Medvedev

Daniil Medvedev is one of the unluckiest stars on the tour. This season, he reached the final of the Australian Open and the Indian Wells, but eventually lost against Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz, respectively. Moreover, he also sustained a hip injury during his recent game against Jiri Lehecka in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.

The Russian tennis star is yet to reveal his participation status in the Italian Open. However, he can possibly miss the tournament to recover for the second grand slam of the year. And if his hip injury is problematic, the Russian tennis star can also miss Roland Garros. Last year, he was eliminated in the first round of the French Open by Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild.

#5: Andy Murray

Two-time Australian Open winner Andy Murray is also ruled out of the 2024 Rome Masters. The 36-year-old hasn’t been in his best form for a long time; however, he’s still a fan favourite on the ATP tour. Earlier this year, he defeated the likes of Matteo Berrettini and Tomas Martin Etcheverry to reach the third round of the Miami Open.

However, he lost against Tomas Machac in a close three-set thriller in the third round. Andy Murray also suffered an ankle injury during the deciding set against Machac. It depends on his recovery and with that, he’s uncertain to play in the upcoming French Open. Moreover, he also wishes to participate in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

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