The 2012 French Open begins on Sunday to start what promises to be a fantastic and historic event this year at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal looks to not only defend his title, but win a record-breaking seventh title. Novak Djokovic can become the third player to win four consecutive Grand Slams. The aging, but still capable Roger Federer, can complete the double career Grand Slam with another triumph on the red clay courts in Paris.
On the women's side, Li Na looks to repeat as champion, a feat not accomplished since Justine Henin won three-straight French Open titles from 2005 to 2007. World's No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is in the field, as is Maria Sharapova, who's still in search of her first championship at Roland Garros.
Here's a TV guide to the first day of action.
TV Schedule for May 27th
5:00 to 10:00 am, ESPN2 and streaming live on ESPN360.com
Men's matches to watch
Andrey Kuznetsov vs. No. 5 JoWilly Tsonga
No. 9 Juan Manuel Del Potro vs. Albert Montanes
Nicolas Mahut (FRA) vs. No. 26 Andy Roddick
Tsonga has never advanced past the fourth round at Roland Garros. Roddick, once the world's No. 1 in 2003, hasn't gotten past the fourth round, either. Del Potro, the 23-year-old Argentinian, made it to the semi-finals in 2009.
Women's matches to watch
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino vs. No. 13 Ana Ivanovic
Paula Ormaechea vs. Venus Williams
Elena Baltacha vs. No. 6 Samantha Stosur
Ivanovic won the 2008 French Open. She knows her away around the clay courts. Stosur lost in the 2010 finals to Francesca Schiavone. Williams is the last American-born female to win at Roland Garros, when she captured the title in 2002.
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