This is perhaps an expedition in absurdity. This is a ridiculous article, some may suggest: Why speculate? Aren't the Big Three—Nadal, Federer and Djokovic—the hands-down favourites for the French Open title (with Nadal a big way ahead)?
Yes, that probably is the case. For all the delinquents and misanthropes out there, however, who have chosen for whatever reason to oppose the natural trend of sanity and order, there will also be the buts. Nadal is the favourite by a long, long stretch, but, they will always say.
For every million fanatics and worshippers, there are the skeptics, and this article will cater to them. What of the underdogs and players who could make fools of us all? What of people like Soderling or Del Potro, who have stunned us in times before?
Here is a look at 10 contenders—or perhaps, possible heavily unlikely champions—for the French Open crown this May, whatever the state of tennis now. I only ask that you suspend rationality for the next few slides; it isn't in any particular order—it is far too arbitrary for it.