Suzanne LenglenThe 2014 Roland Garros Championships are the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay courts. This tournament is one of the “BIG 14″ major prestigious events for both the men and the women. Roland Garros has been held at it’s current location since 1928 and is also known as “The French Open”.

The 2014 edition of Roland Garros run from the first day of qualifying on Tuesday 20 May through to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Sunday 8 June. If you cannot attend make sure you pick up your tennis rackets and hit the courts as often as possible in between watching Roland Garros live.

Roland Garros is held at held at Stade Roland Garros in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, France. OnCourt Advantage will be following this tournament in depth and recommends you buy your official tickets by pasting: http://rolandgarros.fft-tickets.com/uk/ticket-info/how-to-order into your address bar then pressing enter.

To support tennis, follow this event in detail and to be able to interact with the tournament, I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the official Facebook and Twitter pages just as I do. Paste http://www.facebook.com/RolandGarros into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there, then paste https://twitter.com/RolandGarros then pressing “Follow” once you are there. To follow the Roland Garros conversation on Twitter use the official hashtag  #RG14.

All Roland Garros 2014 coverage will be continually updated on this directory page. All coverage of the Roland Garros in previous years is listed in these directory pages-> Roland Garros 2013, Roland Garros 2012, Roland Garros 2011 and Roland Garros 2010.

 

David Ferrer’s straight sets loss to his fellow Spaniard came as little surprise to anyone, as Nadal’s stormed to his eighth victory at the French Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 victory.

However, there can be no doubt that Ferrer, who is currently ranked No.4 in the world, is a great player with a lot of ability. Nadal is by no means unbeatable, but to be in with any chance of defeating Nadal at next year’s French Open Ferrer must play a perfect match. To do this, Ferrer must improve on the following:

His first serve

This was a noticeably weak part of Ferrer’s game at this year’s event, and that he was able to survive his Quarter Final match against Tommy Robredo, despite faulting on 53% of his first serves is testament to much of the rest of his game. Fortunately for him, Ferrer was able to improve on this dismal statistic in his Semi-Final against Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, managing to play the ball accurately on 60% of his first serves during the match. During the Final, Ferrer again improved on this statistic, but only slightly – managing to get 62% of his first serves in play.

It is clear that to win any major tournament against a player of Nadal’s calibre, Ferrer must work to improve on this part of his game. This is especially true since Nadal is known for his ability to pounce on slower second serves. The use of creatine monohydrate is known to help tennis players’ increase serving velocity, so perhaps much of the answer in improving Ferrer’s serve could be to enhance his dietary intake. Like anyone however, Ferrer would be best advised to do some research on such health supplements before taking. For more information visit: a health and supplements guide.

Playing to his opponents’ weaknesses

Poor first serve accuracy is not the only way in which Ferrer plays to the strength of the greater opponents, rather than their weaknesses. To use the Nadal example again, it would have been very much in Ferrer’s interest to exploit the latter’s known weakness in his knees and stretch out the match as long as possible in order aggravate Nadal’s relative lack of fitness. In the future, Ferrer can do this by playing a defensive game and avoiding going to the net too often, thereby encouraging rallies and hopefully tiring out Nadal in the process.

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

The 2014 Roland Garros tennis championships will be the 117th edition of the men’s singles event, which was first played in 1891. Roland Garros is also known as the French Open and is held at Stade Roland Garros in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, France.

OnCourt Advantage lists what the 2014 prize money for every round is, the starting time plus what the schedule of play is for every single day of the tournament. The prize money for the men’s events –  singles, double and qualifying went up by € 1,448,000 from the 2013 prize money to 11,552,000, which is an increase of %14.33.

Pictured above from today’s semi final is 27-year-old Rafael Nadal preparing for his favourite stroke, his forehand, which was truly amazing in the fifth set today. The 1.88m left-hander hit 22 winners to 13 in the final set to win 9-7 after fighting back from 2-4 to emerge victorious with inspiring aggressive tennis forced from Rafa by a valiant Novak Djokovic in their 4 hour and 37 minute semi final classic.

Nadal became the first player in men’s tennis history to win eight of the same Grand Slam championship titles. Rafa’s championship match win over fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3 gave him a 59-1 event record from 2005 to 2013.

To watch the tennis in Singapore add 6 hours to the Paris local times listed below to work out the equivalent Singapore time.

The singles players receive prize money like this:

  1. The winner receives € 1,650,000;
  2. The runner-up receives € 825,000;
  3. The two semi finalists receive € 412,500;
  4. The four quarter finalists receive € 220,000;
  5. The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 receive € 125,000;
  6. The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round receive € 72,000;
  7. The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round receive € 42,000;
  8. The *players who lose in the 1st round receive € 24,000.

The players who lose in the 1st round of the qualifying event receive € 2,750. The players who lose in the 2nd round of qualifying receive € 5,500 and those who lose in the 3rd round of qualifying receive € 11,000.

Please note that the tournament management can alter the schedule from day to day.

The 2014 Roland Garros men’s singles event schedule of play is:

  • Tuesday 20 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 21 May: Qualifying 1st round from 11am;
  • Thursday 22 May: Qualifying 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 23 May: Qualifying 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 25 May: Main Draw 1st round from 11am;
  • Monday 26 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Tuesday 27 May: 1st round from 11am;
  • Wednesday 28 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Thursday 29 May: 2nd round from 11am;
  • Friday 30 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Saturday 31 May: 3rd round from 11am;
  • Sunday 1 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Monday 2 June: Round of 16 from 11am;
  • Tuesday 3 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Wednesday 4 June: Quarter Finals from 2pm;
  • Thursday 5 June: No men’s singles matches;
  • Friday 6 June: Semi Finals from 1pm;
  • Saturday 7 June: No men’s singles matches; and
  • Sunday 8 June: The Men’s Singles Final at 3:00pm.

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