PARIS - MAY 23: Thiemo De Bakker of the Netherlands plays a backhand as he returns the ball to Olivier Patience of France during their men's singles first round match on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
The 2012 French Open begins on Sunday. Will Rafael Nadal emerge victorious on the men's side once again?
The 2012 French Open begins on Sunday, and there are some interesting matchups to ponder even though some big names -- like Gael Monfils, Robin Soderling, Mardy Fish, Daniela Hantuchova and Andrea Petkovic -- have withdrawn from the event. On the Men's side Rafael Nadal has won the tournament six of the last seven years and is once again a favorite to truimph at Roland Garros. Novak Djokovic is the top overall seed, but he could face a tough match against Lleyton Hewitt in the second round and has yet to flash dominance on the clay.
As for Women's singles, the field is hard to predict. There have been no repeat winners since Justine Henin's three-year run from 2005-2008, and since then Ana Ivanovic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Francesca Schiavone and Li Na have claimed the title while Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams have failed to even appear in the finals.
The Tennis Channel will carry plenty of action at Roland Garros, while ESPN broadcasts select weekday matches and NBC covers the weekend matches.