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Roland Garros 2020 Preview
Written by Pablo Hernandez
24 May'20 - 16:08

The 2nd Grand Slam of the year is about to begin after a clay season which has so far has been dominated by Richie1308, who won in Monte Carlo and Madrid defeating in both finals Isniper.

So far during the clay season Isniper and Richie match ups are of the highest standard with both facing each other in both masters final, soon to be possibly 3 as they are once again in opposite sides of the draw in Rome.

Richie1308

He has been in superb form, it will be a task itsef to conquer the best claycourt that Itst ever hard, due to his mental toughness and level being of the highest of quality. Based on his results so far this year especially on Clay, he has to be considered to be favourite again to win it especially with the home crowd advantage.

Men's Singles SIM Record: 30 - 2 (93.8)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Dubai Tennis Championships, BNP Paribas Open, Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Mutua Madrid Open

Isniper

His form as been picking up as of late after a dissapointing Monte Carlo final, he pulled himself up and went through to the Madrid final without losing a set. It was a closely contested match and despite leading the second set with a break he could not keep his momentum and was shortly broken back. So far he has been the only player who has challenged Richie during the clay season, and in the best of five sets Isniper thrives on, shown by winning the last two slams he was part of.

Men's Singles SIM Record:19 - 4 (82.6%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Miami Open

Talwoutte

Talwoutte has proven himself to be one of the best players on tour this year by winning the Australian Open, and being one of two players to defeat Richie so far this year on his way to the title. He recently reached Madrid Semi Final losing to Isniper, but did win the Barcelona Open defeating Pablo in the final showing his class on clay which suits his play style.

Men's Singles SIM Record:33 - 6 (84.6%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Australian Open, Rio Open, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell

Pidzi

Pidzi who has previously won Roland Garros back in 2014 and being one of two players to ever defeat Richie at the french capital will look to impose his status as one of the best in the game by winning it a second time and equal Richie record on the red dirt. With the way he plays and imposes himself he takes the match out of his opponent racket, if he shows up in his best form then expect him to walk away from Paris with the title. He also holds a win vs Richie this year being one of two players to do so, in which he done in straight sets to reach the Miami Open final. 

Men's Singles SIM Record:11 - 6 (64.7%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Finalist: Miami Open

Pablo

Pablo has been able to rediscover some of his old form by beating Talwoutte on his way to the BMW title win amongst other top 10 wins during the clay season. He has also reached the Madrid Masters Semi Final but lost to Richie confortably and is currently in the Semi Finals of Rome hoping to prove himself after the dissapointment in Madrid.

Men's Singles SIM Record:39 - 8 (83.0%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: US Mens Clay Court Championship, BMW Open

Henrijames

Henrijames who has reached two Semi Finals one in Monte Carlo and the other at Barcelona, along with a Quarter Final appearance in Madrid he is assured to make a deep run at the French Open being the N1 seed. He has 2 Grand Slam finals in his last slam showings, US Open 19 and Australian Open 2020. 

Men's Singles SIM Record:32 - 10 (76.2%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Adelaide International, Open Sud de France


Players to watch:


TheRetroPrime

TheRetroPrime who is currently N5 in the ranking has not been in his best form of late however if he is able to regain his best form in which he displayed in the Australian Open run to the Semi Finals in which he lost a closely contested match then he will be a threat to win it.

Men's Singles SIM Record:22 - 12 (64.7%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Finalist: Adelaide International, BMW Open

Inoob

Inoob who will be playing in his home country will look to defend his points from his Semi Finals run from last year in which he eventually ended up losing to Latouur. He has proven his credentials on the red dirt by winning this year the Cordoba Open and the Argentina Open along with a Semi FInal appearance at Monte Carlo in which he failed to serve out to take the first set vs Richie.

Men's Singles SIM Record:12 - 5 (70.6%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Cordoba Open, Argentina Open

TesterAvi

TesterAvi is amongst the best clay courters on tour, with his defensive style that he brings making the opponent fight for every point he will be amongst one of the players that opponents wont want in their side of the draw. So far during the clay swing he has reached Barcelona, Madrid and Rome Quarter Finals.

Men's Singles SIM Record:20 - 8 (71.4%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Finalist: BNP Paribas Open

Jmills99

JMills99 has been a revelation this year, he reached the Australian Open Semi Finals and has reached the US mens claycourt final losing to Pablo. His style is suited to clay due to his consistent baseline game and the way he defends.

Men's Singles SIM Record:22 - 10 (68.8%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Finalist: US Mens Clay Court Championship

Magav

Magav is making once a again return to the tour the former two time Grand Slam finalist one of them was at Roland Garros back in 2015, will be unseeded to the horror of players around. If he can rediscover his old form then he will be assured to cause chaos at the tournament.

Men's Singles SIM Record:4 - 1 (80.0%)

Kenos

Kenos is another player from the old guard to make a return to the tour, once a top 10 he will look to rediscover his form which took him there. He will be also unseeded and will prove a test to anyone who faces him and should not be taken lightly.

Men's Singles SIM Record:5 - 1 (83.3%)

Alexjasmin

Alexjasmin the inagural Australian Open winner in ITST will look to add another Grand Slam to his name. He will be unseeded but due to his experience and if he can find his form then expect to see some big wins on the way.

Men's Singles SIM Record:11 - 1 (91.7%)

Rharm

Rharm within the last month has shown a significant improvement in his level, even taking current n5 in the world TheRetroPrime to 3 setters in both of their most recent matches. He has been making a mark in the futures tournaments winning the last 3 tournaments he has participated in, along with a semi final appearance at the US Mens Claycourt Championship and a Quarter Final showing in Madrid.

Men's Singles SIM Record:31 - 18 (63.3%)

2020 Best Result(s)
Winner: Futures NIGERIA F1 45+, Futures FRANCE F8 45+, Futures NIGERIA F3 45+


With the French Open soon to be underway expect to have some thrilling encounters to be played at the French Capital.


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History in Making (16 Jun'20 - 15:06)
Pablo Hernandez Cements His Clay Level (10 Jun'20 - 13:31)
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT - TALWOUTTE (09 Jun'20 - 21:38)
Richie Eyes Clay M1000 Triple Crown (30 May'20 - 20:39)

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