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Experts' picks: Rafa will run the table, but women's winner is up in the air

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Our group of experts unanimously picked Rafael Nadal to win the French Open, but as far as the women's winner ... that's much more debatable.

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ICYMI at French Open: Serena Williams the center of attention

Serena Williams was not at media day Friday at the French Open, but that didn't stop reporters from asking anyone they could what it means to have her back.

Serena Williams might not be ready to come back right now - but she will be

The tennis star is learning how to juggle being a wife, a mother and professional athlete. But there's no doubt she'll dominate all three.

French Open tournament schedule, scores and coverage

Get the 2018 French Open tennis tournament's dates, TV schedule, news coverage, live scores and results on ESPN.

French Open: Kvitova Speaks

Kvitova 'very happy' that suspect in custody

On the eve of the French Open, Petra Kvitova is "very happy" that her suspected attacker is in custody but looks forward to "when the story will end."

Petra Kvitova's remarkable recovery, in her own words

Less than 18 months after a violent attack almost ended her career, the two-time Wimbledon champ opens up about her injury, the recovery and how she plans to confront the clay at Roland Garros.

Tennis

French Open

French draw: Serena-Sharapova duel looms

Unseeded Serena Williams is in the same quarter of the French Open draw as Maria Sharapova, with the two possibly meeting in the fourth round.

The Long Clay Season

Does the clay-court season take up too much of the tennis calendar?

It seems like the clay swing goes on forever, and the truth is, it's not a short stretch by any means. It's time to switch things up.

Nadal relishing Roland Garros return

Rafael Nadal says he's as motivated as ever as he prepares to chase an 11th French Open title at Roland Garros.

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Countdown to French Open

Serena Williams might not be ready to come back right now - but she will be

The tennis star is learning how to juggle being a wife, a mother and professional athlete. But there's no doubt she'll dominate all three.

Relaxed Edmund leads British hopes at French Open

After storming to the Australian Open semifinals earlier this year, Kyle Edmund heads to the favourable clay of Paris as No. 16 seed and in the form of his life.

Noah Rubin's arc lands him at the French Open

The American, who earned a wild card, will have two (bigger) legs to stand on in Paris as he tries to advance his game on clay.

World Fame

Our third annual ranking of the biggest names in sports

To find the 100 most famous athletes in the world, we started with 600 of the biggest names in sports, drawn from 68 countries. ESPN's Sports Analytics Group then ranked them based on a proprietary formula that took into account three fame factors.

Who are the 25 most famous women athletes in the world?

We leveraged the power of ESPN's World Fame 100 to find the 25 most famous women athletes on the planet. Some you know, and some might surprise you.

Why reaching No. 1 wasn't enough for Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki says she's never chased fame, only tennis excellence. But her search for fulfillment? That's been a longer, tougher journey.

ITALIAN OPEN

Svitolina, Rafa in top form, but not all French Open contenders can say the same

We're getting close to the start of the French Open, and some players should be feeling good about their chances. As for others (ahem, Muguruza), there's work to be done.

Nadal wins eighth Rome crown in thrilling final

Rafael Nadal will head Roland Garros as the new world No. 1 after he claimed a record-extending eighth Italian Open title.

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The Royal Wedding

Serena Williams' amazing Royal Wedding shoes

We all know Serena Williams slayed at Saturday's Royal Wedding, but her shoes brought her look to another level.

Serena, Beckham among stars at royal wedding

Serena Williams and David Beckham were among the athletes invited to the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Beckham. Serena attend royal wedding

David Beckham and Serena Williams were among the guests at Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle.

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Rafael Nadal

Take that, Rog! Why Maria Sharapova thinks Rafael Nadal is the GOAT

So Maria Sharapova thinks Rafael Nadal is the GOAT, eh? Whether he is, or is not, Sharapova sure hopes his clay dominance rubs off on her at the French Open.

This just in: Rafael Nadal not the only player in the Roland Garros sweepstakes

OK, so it was just one loss, but looking ahead to the French Open, Rafael Nadal is that much less of a guarantee to be holding the winner's trophy.

Catching up with Osaka

Osaka on beating Serena and skydiving dreams

Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka talks about her impressive 2018 so far and her speech that she calls the "worst of all time."

Tiafoe time

Why Frances Tiafoe could be the last American standing at the French Open

He's got game, and he digs clay. Frances Tiafoe has every reason to believe he will thrive once Roland Garros rolls around.

Reax: Rafa rolls

Nadal takes the plunge after Barcelona win

Rafael Nadal celebrated his 11th title at the Barcelona Open by taking a shirtless-plunge into a swimming pool with the tournament's ball boys and girls.

WTA clay preview

Serena, Sloane, someone else? Who is going to rule the WTA this clay season?

It's a question without a good answer, but we have to ask it anyway: Which WTA player is going to rise up above everyone else on the dirt?

Why clay might be Serena Williams' best chance to get back on track

We don't know what Serena Williams' immediate plans are, but the best thing she can do is return right now for the long clay-season haul.

Serena Williams' slithering fear

Serena Williams has somehow overcome a crippling fear of being bit by a snake in the dark of night to win 23 Grand Slam titles.

State of U.S. tennis

U.S., Croatia, Spain, France to Davis Cup semis

The United States will take on Croatia in its first Davis Cup semifinals since 2012, with Spain matching up against France on the other side of the bracket.

Finally, an optimistic forecast for American tennis in 2018

The season could not have started off any worse for the Americans, but something clicked at the Miami Open, and suddenly the red, white and blue are shining bright.

A winner's trophy, a slice of pizza and a day to remember for Sloane Stephens

From victory lane at the Miami Open to her favorite pizza joint, perhaps for the final time, it was quite a day for Sloane Stephens.

Roger Federer

When did Roger Federer discover his dominance?

Roger Federer made this discovery in the 2004 U.S. Open final against Lleyton Hewitt, he discloses to writer Michael Steinberger. This is the never-before-told oral history of that moment.

Why Roger Federer might not be the best example for fellow players to follow

Word to the wise: Just because Roger Federer has thrived since a long hiatus from the tennis court doesn't mean other players will. Just look at Novak Djokovic.

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic's moment of dominance

In the past 10 years, Novak Djokovic has won 12 majors and 68 tournaments, seventh most in the Open era. Author Nathan Hill explores the 2011 forehand winner that defines the Djoker's now-storied career.

The Dominant 20

The Dominant 20: Usain Bolt, the 10th most dominant athlete of our time

He's a six-time IAAF Athlete of the Year, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Not bad! ESPN's Anthony Olivieri runs some other numbers on the fastest man in history.

The Dominant 20

In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.

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