Things get started at Roland Garros on Tuesday, May 22, but that is only the qualifiers and wild cards—the start of the French Open truly doesn't get started until the seeds are drawn.
The reigning men's champion, Rafael Nadal, is no stranger to victory on the red clay. The reigning women's champion, Li Na, claims last year's French as her only Grand Slam and has her work cut out for her.
Soon enough these two stars will know exactly what their road to a repeat looks like.
When: Friday, May 25
Where: Roland Garros, Paris, France
Live Stream: Roland Garros TV
Anything can happen in Slams, but Andy Murray is the only other men who appears to stand a chance at Roland Garros—the big three are simply that good.
On the women's side things are much more wide open. Maria Sharapova has regained form in the last year and held on to defeat Na this weekend in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. She's the current world's No. 2 behind Victoria Azarenka, while Na is No. 7.
As always, Serena Williams is a threat after moving up in the rankings again this week, but she's only won the French once.
Soon enough we'll know what the road looks like for all the stars involved and then the fun begins.