- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

PARIS (AP) - A glance at the French Open, the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament:

Site: Roland Garros.

Surface: Red clay.

Schedule: Play begins Sunday. The 15-day tournament closes with the women’s singles final June 7 and men’s singles final June 8.

Sunday’s Forecast: Cloudy, with a 50 percent chance of rain and a high temperature of 68 degrees (20 Celsius). Rain is forecast for most of the first week.

2013 Men’s Singles Champion: Rafael Nadal of Spain.

2013 Women’s Singles Champion: Serena Williams of the U.S.

Last Year: Nadal beat David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 for his record eighth French Open championship - no other man has won that many titles at one of the Grand Slam tournaments - and fourth in a row. Williams defeated Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 for her second French Open title and first since 2002.

Key Statistic I: 59-1. Nadal’s career record at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009, against Robin Soderling in the fourth round.

Key Statistic II: 3. Number of losses on clay already in 2014 for Nadal, the most he’s had in any season since 2004.

Prize Money: Total is more than 25 million euros (about $34 million), an increase of 3 million euros (about $4 million) from 2013, with 1.65 million euros (about $2.25 million) each to the men’s and women’s singles champions.

Online: https://www.rolandgarros.com/index.html

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