Player Profiles

(1) Roger Federer

Federer - defending champ.
Age: 29
Nationality: Swiss
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.85

Arguably the greatest player of all time defends his first French Open title this year.
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(2) Rafael Nadal

Nadal - red-hot favourite.
Age: 24
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.85

The king of clay is an even-hotter favourite this year than 12 months ago despite losing his crown.
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(3) Novak Djokovic

Djokovic: Claycourt pedigree
Age: 23
Nationality: Serbian
Became Pro: 2003
Height: 1.90

The Serbian star has his sights set on an improvement on the semi-final appearances of 2007 and 2008.
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(4) Andy Murray

Murray: Finding his form
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.91

A quarter-finalist in 2009, the British number one hopes to be back to his best at Roland Garros.
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(5) Robin Soderling

Soderling - Finalist last year
Age: 26
Nationality: Swedish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.91

Last year's runner-up cannot be ruled out as a title contender again.
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(6) Andy Roddick

Roddick - huge heart
Age: 28
Nationality: American
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.88

The 2009 Wimbledon finalist is not anticipating any major success in Paris.
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(7) Fernando Verdasco

Verdasco - Barcelona champ.
Age: 27
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2001
Height: 1.88

The huge-hitting lefty showed his Roland Garros credentials by winning the title in Barcelona.
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(8) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Tsonga - Fan favourite
Age: 25
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.88

Undisputed home favourite will be hoping to use the partisan crowd to push his way to glory.
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(9) David Ferrer

Ferrer - impressive claycourt form.
Age: 28
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 2000
Height: 1.75

No-one has more claycourt victories this season than this Spaniard.
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(10) Marin Cilic

Cilic - Australian Open semi-finalist.
Age: 22
Nationality: Croatian
Became Pro: 2005
Height: 1.98

The Croat announced himself to the tennis world with his run to the Australian Open semis in January.
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(11) Mikhail Youzhny

Youzhny - starred on YouTube.
Age: 28
Nationality: Russian
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.83

Won in Munich recently but is better known for a starring role on YouTube.
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(12) Fernando Gonzalez

Gonzalez - lost in semis last year.
Age: 30
Nationality: Chilean
Became Pro: 1999
Height: 1.83

One of the game's great entertainers, Gonzalez made the semi-finals here in 2009.
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(13) Gael Monfils

Monfils - home favourite.
Age: 24
Nationality: French
Became Pro: 2004
Height: 1.93

Arguably the host nation's leading hope to become the first French winner since Yannick Noah.
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(14) Ivan Ljubicic

Ljubicic - winner in Indian Wells.
Age: 31
Nationality: Croatian
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.93

The former world number three is surging back up the rankings having fallen out of the game's elite.
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(15) Tomas Berdych

Berdych - dangerous.
Age: 25
Nationality: Czech
Became Pro: 2002
Height: 1.96

The big-serving Czech is enjoying a good season but is not the best on clay.
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(16) Juan Carlos Ferrero

Ferrero - winner in Paris in 2003.
Age: 30
Nationality: Spanish
Became Pro: 1998
Height: 1.83

The 2003 champion is back in the world's top 20 after a fine run over the past 12 months.
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Experts & Blogs

Barry Cowan

Simply incredible!

French Open winner Rafael Nadal will feel unbeatable going into this year's Wimbledon, says Barry Cowan.

Barry Cowan

It's win time in Paris

Barry Cowan gives his thoughts on how the French Open will pan out, from the quarter-finals onwards...