It won't be easy for either athlete—Nadal could face the likes of Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer and Andy Murray early in the competition, and Williams may have to deal with Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber in early rounds.
With the order now set, anticipation for this prestigious tournament is at an all-time high. Needless to say, not a single serve should be missed as we get underway from Paris, France.
Here's a look at the tournament's complete viewing information to ensure you don't miss any of your favorite players in action.
2014 French Open Viewing Information
|Sun., May 25||1||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Sun., May 25||1||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sun., May 25||1||12 p.m.||NBC|
|Mon., May 26||1||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Mon., May 26||1||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Mon., May 26||1||12 p.m.||NBC|
|Tue., May 27||1||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Tue., May 27||1||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Wed., May 28||2||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Wed., May 28||2||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thu., May 29||2||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Thu., May 29||2||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Fri., May 30||3||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Fri., May 30||3||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sat., May 31||3||5 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sat., May 31||3||12 p.m.||NBC|
|Sun., June 1||Round of 16||5 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Sun., June 1||Round of 16||1 p.m.||NBC|
|Mon., June 2||Round of 16||5 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Mon., June 2||Round of 16||10 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tue., June 3||Quarterfinals (Live)||8 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Tue., June 3||Quarterfinals (Tape)||1 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Wed., June 4||Quarterfinals (Live)||8 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Wed., June 4||Quarterfinals (Tape)||1 p.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thu., June 5||Doubles Final||6 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Thu., June 5||Women's Semifinals||9 a.m.||ESPN2|
|Thu., June 5||Women's Semifinals||11 a.m.||NBC|
|Fri., June 6||Men's Semifinals||7 a.m.||Tennis Channel|
|Fri., June 6||Men's Semifinals||11 a.m.||NBC|
|Sat., June 7||Women's Final||9 a.m.||NBC|
|Sun., June 8||Men's Final||9 a.m.||NBC|
An in-depth look at the schedule can be viewed on TennisChannel.com.
With the world's most talented players on hand, plenty relayed their thoughts on the tournament during media day at Roland Garros, as reported by Drew Lilley of RolandGarros.com.
Entering the 2014 French Open, Roger Federer is now father to two sets of twins. It's easy to speculate he's recently experienced a whole new meaning to the word "fatigue."
Federer spoke of his mentality entering the tournament:
It's an important stretch now for me, and I don't want to come into this tournament uninspired or tired. That will be the worst thing. It's really about being fresh mentally more than anything at this point. We have seen some surprises this year already with Stan, for example, in Australia. But at the French you need to play a lot, you get worn out. Some matches are really a trap. You can't rely on your serve to get out of it. So I think maybe the best ones will be at the end of the tournament.
Luckily for the father of four, Federer had a rather favorable draw, with his toughest competition in his half being No. 2 Novak Djokovic. Federer will have plenty of time to get some momentum going before potentially facing the Serb.
After all, according to a tweet from ATP World Tour, Federer may be stronger now than before the new additions to his family:
Rafael Nadal drew a rather unfavorable path to a successful title defense. He could see Nicolas Almagro in the fourth round and possibly David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.
Nadal spoke of continuing his recent momentum as the tournament gets underway:
During the clay court season I get a little bit better week by week. Last week in Rome, it was tough physically. I played a lot of time, but in the end sometimes you need these things. I was not that happy about what I did in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, but that's sport. The dynamic is positive, so that's always important for confidence. I felt that in Rome I was able to play without the nerves, the anxiety that I had in the first two tournaments and at some moments in Madrid, too. So that's always a positive thing.
Although, during a recent interview with Time, Nadal indicated his confidence may not be at an all-time high, according to the publication's Twitter account:
On the women's side, Serena Williams comes in as the tournament's big favorite despite a rather unfortunate draw. She could potentially face sister Venus in the third round and Maria Sharapova in the quarterfinals.
Williams spoke of the pressure as defending champion and looked back at past success during her press conference on media day:
I don't remember the last time I was defending champ, so it feels really good. I like being seeded No. 1. The favorite part is definitely more pressure, but as Billie Jean King tells me, pressure is a privilege. For me, the French Open is extremely important because it's a Grand Slam I won only twice and I want to win more and more. I won five times Wimbledon, Australian, the US Open. I started learning French because I saw the children in Africa and I told my parents, ‘One day I want to go to Africa and I want to be able to talk to the crowd there’. I know French is a very important language in Africa, so I started studying French.
Sports Illustrated tweeted exactly how much of a favorite Williams is:
The French Open figures to bring plenty of fireworks, as these athletes prepare to square off on one of tennis' biggest stages.
With such a strong field on hand, the excitement and anticipation will certainly grow larger by the day.
This year's tournament may very well be one for the ages.