Ticketing, Draws, Prize Money, Nadal: Everything you always wanted to know about Roland-Garros 2023 (but never had time to find out) – updated with draws
Here is everything you need to know about the 2023 edition of Roland-Garros, from the scheduled dates to former champions
When will Roland-Garros 2023 take place?
The 2023 edition of Roland-Garros is scheduled to take place from May 28 to June 11, 2023.
Who are the defending champions at Roland-Garros?
In 2022, Spain’s Rafael Nadal won his record-extending 14th Roland-Garros title with a straight-sets win over Norway’s Casper Ruud.
On the women’s side, Poland’s Iga Swiatek won her second Roland-Garros title in three years, with a straight-sets win over first-time Grand Slam finalist Coco Gauff.
Here are all the other 2022 champions:
- Men’s doubles: Marcelo Arévalo / Jean-Julien Rojer
- Women’s doubles: Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic
- Mixed doubles: Ena Shibahara / Wesley Koolhof
- Wheelchair men’s singles: Shingo Kunieda
- Wheelchair women’s singles: Diede de Groot
- Wheelchair quad singles: Niels Vink
- Wheelchair men’s doubles: Alfie Hewett / Gordon Reid
- Wheelchair women’s doubles: Diede de Groot / Aniek van Koot
- Wheelchair quad doubles: Sam Schröder / Niels Vink
- Boys’ singles: Gabriel Debru
- Girls’ singles: Lucie Havlíckova
- Boys’ doubles: Edas Butvilas / Mili Poljicak
- Girls’ doubles: Sára Bejlek / Lucie Havlíckova
When was the first Roland-Garros held?
The tournament was first held in 1881 and was known as the Championnat de France, or the French Championships. It was open only to players who were French club members at that time.
The first women’s singles event at Roland-Garros was held in 1897.
Who are the Roland-Garros trophies named after?
The men’s singles trophy is called the Coupe des Mousquetaires (The Musketeers’ Cup) and has been named in honour of the “Four Musketeers” whereas the women’s singles winner gets the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen (Suzanne Lenglen Cup) since 1979.
The trophies are manufactured by Mellerio dits Meller, a famous Parisian jewelry house and are all made of pure silver with finely etched decorations on their side.
Who has won the most titles at Roland-Garros?
Rafael Nadal has won an incredible 14 men’s singles titles at Roland-Garros, which is the most by any player at a single Grand Slam event.
American Chris Evert has won seven titles, the most by any woman in the French Grand Slam. French legend Suzanne Lenglen and German Steffi Graf are right behind her, with six titles each.
Are Alcaraz and Djokovic in the same half of the Roland-Garros draw?
Yes, the draw was released on Thursday with both Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokovic landing the in the top half while Daniil Medvedev and Casper Ruud in the bottom half.
On the women’s side, world No 1 Iga Swiatek and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina are in the same half while Australian Open Aryna Sabalenka and Jessica Pegula are in the bottom half.
Are the courts at Roland-Garros covered with a roof?
Currently, Court Philippe Chatrier has a roof, which was launched in 2021. Court Suzanne-Lenglen, the second largest court at the tournament with a capacity of 10,000 seats, should be fitted with a roof in time for the Paris Olympics in 2024.
Will there be night sessions at Roland-Garros 2023?
Yes. Night sessions were introduced for the first time at the French Open in 2021 and were also part of the 2022 edition. They will also be part of the 2023 event, but the start time has been moved forward. Matches will begin 30 minutes earlier than last year, at 8.30pm, after a pre-match entertainment show.
Will Rafael Nadal be playing at Roland-Garros 2023?
No. For the first time since 2005, when he made his debut in Paris and won the event on his first attempt, Rafael Nadal will not be playing at Roland-Garros in what is a huge absence for the tournament. Nadal has not recovered from an ongoing hip injury that has kept him out of action since the Australian Open. The 14-time French Open champion announced two weeks prior to tournament that he will take several months away from the sport to recover, before hopefully returning for what he believes will be his last season in 2024.
Which top players will be absent from Roland-Garros in 2023?
There are several marquee names who will not be present at the French Open in May 2023. One the men’s side, besides 14-time champion Rafael Nadal, the absentee list includes former Grand Slam champions Andy Murray and Marin Cilic, former Grand Slam finalists Nick Kyrgios and Matteo Berrettini, Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, American Jenson Brooksby and South Korea’s Soonwoo Kwon.
On the women’s side, four-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka, who is pregnant with her first child, former world No 2 Paula Badosa, former US Open champion Emma Raducanu and two-time Major winner Simona Halep (currently undergoing a doping suspension) are on the absentee list. Australia’s Ajla Tomjlanovic has also pulled out of the tournament as she continues to recover from knee surgery.
What is the prize money for the singles winners?
The winners of the two singles events will each receive 2.3 million euros ($2.5 million), up from 2.2 million in 2022. First-round losers will receive 69,000 euros while the qualifying events and wheelchair competitions also received increases from 2022.
How can I buy tickets for Roland-Garros?
The most reliable source of information on ticket prices and conditions is the ticketing tab of the official Roland-Garros website.
Who is the Tournament Director of Roland-Garros?
Former women’s world No 1 Amelie Mauresmo is the current Tournament Director at Roland-Garros. The two-time Grand Slam singles champion was named to the position in December 2021. Mauresmo is the first woman to hold the position in the history of the tournament.
“I am very proud to join the Roland-Garros team. I have accepted the position of Tournament Director with clear ambitions,” Mauresmo said at the time. “I will carry them out with the same high standards, freedom and passion that have always driven me.”
What are the greatest moments in Roland-Garros history?
Throughout its more than 100 years of existence, Roland-Garros has seen several watershed moments in its history. Some of the greatest moments in Paris have been captured by our team in our “On This Day” series, which looks back at some of the landmark moments in tennis history. Here is a sampling of some epic moments from the Roland-Garros archives.