PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 06: Andy Murray of Great Britain stretches for a forehand in his Men's Semi Final match against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day fourteen of the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros on June 6, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

French Open 2017: Who’s on the road to Grand Slam success?

With just a couple of months to go until this year’s French Open, anticipation is already building regarding who will be victorious when the world’s best tennis players visit the clay courts of Roland Garros. It is safe to say that the tennis world has been gripped by all manner of thrills, spills and debate across recent weeks, but who is currently on the right track as the year’s next Grand Slam edges ever closer?

More Murray magic?

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When it comes to the men’s singles, world number one Andy Murray has been back to his best recently after beating Fernando Veradasco in straight sets in the final of the Dubai Championships for the first time. However, despite his position in the rankings, his recent success and him reaching the final of Roland Garros last year, current odds from bet365 suggest he is only third favourite for the French Open title.

The favourite is Novak Djokovic, who many still believe will add to his haul of titles despite a disappointing year which has seen him uncharacteristically exit a host of competitions in the early rounds. He was also recently knocked out of the Mexico Open at the quarter finals stage by the current bad boy of the sport, Nick Krygios.

Sandwiched between Djokovic and Murray is second-favourite Rafael Nadal, who was of course a beaten finalist at the Australian Open earlier in the year. He has also recently tasted defeat after Sam Querrey pulled off a shock to win the final of the Mexico Open, but the Spaniard’s desire for success cannot be underestimated after an injury-plagued few years.

Can anyone Stop Serena?

In terms of the women’s singles, it is hard to see past Serena Williams as a potential champion. She’s been in such good spirits recently that she took to Snapchat to capture the moment when she asked a couple of male tennis players in a park if she could play them.

However, there are of course several challengers who will be looking to ensure she is not so relaxed when she reaches Roland Garros. Among those is Angelique Kerber, whose recent defeat in the Dubai Championship semi-finals prevented her from taking the world number one spot from Williams. Furthermore, Garbine Murguruza will be keen to retain the title she won by beating Serena in last year’s final.

Another player who could yet have a role to play in how events pan out at the French Open is Maria Sharapova. Speculation is currently rife as to whether she will be at the tournament as her suspension will end in April. Much of the discussion has related to her potentially receiving a wildcard, although some have called into question whether doing so would send out the right message.

Lots to look forward to

All in all, considering recent form the jury is well and truly out as to who will claim victory at Roland Garros. With both the men’s and women’s singles tournaments being too close to call, and so much debate around other matters, it safe to say all eyes will be on the French Open when the first round begins on May 28th.

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