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Published Time: 26.05.2024 - 11:01:53 Modified Time: 26.05.2024 - 11:01:53

The fact that Nadal is unseeded is wild, as is the fact that he is playing Zverev in the first round. I think it will be two tournaments: The first week, we'll see how many top seeds get through, and then a second-week tournament from there. There might be good opportunities for Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud and Zverev if he gets through Nadal. I could easily see something very unpredictable happening 17 days from now. French Open, Nadal

Defending champion Novak Djokovic hasn't won a tournament this season, but will be chasing a record 25th Grand Slam title in Paris. Clive Brunskill/Getty ImagesIf you're Zverev, Tsitsipas, Ruud or Holger Rune, or anyone else hoping that the top tier slips up at some point and gives you a shot at an actual Slam title, your odds might be as good right now as they've been in quite a while (or will be moving forward). Now's your chance.

I'm not picking any of those guys, however. If Sinner hadn't hurt his hip, I'd have kept riding that wave. Instead, I'll give this Djokovic guy a shot. I hear he's pretty good in best-of-five matches.

Tom Hamilton: This has to be the most open field in a while. Sinner comes into this recovering from his hip injury, Nadal could yet roll back the stone, Djokovic could end up sweeping the field, and then there's Alcaraz, who's recovering from an arm injury. And don't discount the others like Zverev, Andrey Rublev, Rune and Ruud. So having comfortably sat on the fence, I'm going to go with Alcaraz -- if he's fit. If he's not 100%, then I think Djokovic has a brilliant chance, but it could be Ruud's turn as well, in his third attempt here.

I don't think I've ever had such a tough time predicting a men's champion at a major. There are so many contenders -- and perhaps even more questions almost all of them. Before the draw came out, I thought Sinner had a decent chance, assuming his hip was at, or near, 100%, but his path to the final might be too much coming off that injury.

So, I'm instead going to pick Ruud, who has reached the Roland Garros final the past two years. He won the title in Barcelona this year and reached the final in Monte Carlo. He would need to get past Djokovic in the quarters, but he beat him in Monte Carlo for the first time in six tries and now knows he can.

Iga Swiatek seems poised to claim her fourth French Open title. Robert Prange/Getty Images

Shriver: Swiatek will win her fourth Roland Garros. She is already starting to be compared to Nadal in terms of success in Paris, and given Swiatek won both Madrid and Rome, she is the obvious pick to win her fifth major. Swiatek's idol is Nadal, therefore it's satisfying to pick them both one more time.