The 2019 French Open will commence from Tuesday, October 22nd, 2018. It is a Super 750 tournament which has a total purse of $750,000. It is the 17th tournament of the 2019 BWF World Tour and has been held since 1909. The tournament will take place at Stade Pierre de Coubertin, in Paris, France.
Defending champions Chen Long from China in the men’s singles and Akane Yamaguchi from Japan in the women’s singles will be looking to retain their titles.
The Indian contingent, however, has been provided with tough draws. The elite Indian shuttlers have had a poor run for the last few tournaments and will be looking to go deep in this tournament.
Fifth-seeded PV Sindhu, who made early exits from the Asian tournaments as well as the Denmark Open, will begin her campaign against Canadian Michelle Li, who remains a tricky opposition despite the 5-2 head-to-head record that Sindhu holds against the world number nine.
Eighth seed Saina Nehwal, who has had miserable run recently, will start off against Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the first round.
The London Olympic bronze medallist, who has been embroiled in injuries and health issues, exited in the first round at the Denmark Open. It was her third successive first-round exit and the sixth overall this season.
Meanwhile, in the men’s draw, Srikanth Kidambi, who is on the comeback trail after sustaining a knee injury, will open against World number 2 Chou Tien Chen of Chinese Taipei. He has defeated him thrice in the last three meetings. The only time the Indian has managed to beat Chen was at the 2014 Hong Kong Open.
Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap; will face off against Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long Angus, who has reached the finals at Thailand Open and New Zealand Open this year. While World Championship bronze medalist B Sai Praneeth will face the legendary Lin Dan in the first round.
Men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairajj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty, who won the Thailand Open, will play against Dutch duo of Jelle Maas and Robin Tabeling.
Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will take on England pair of Ben Lane and Sean Vendy in the opening round. Meantime, Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy, who finished runners-up at the Maldives, will contest South Korean fifth seeds Lee So Hee and Shin Seung Chan.
The tournament, running from October 22 to October 27. All Round 1 games will be held on the first two days, with the finals scheduled for October 27.
When and where to watch
The French Open 2019 will be aired on the Star Sports Network, with Jio TV live streaming the competition as well.