Who are the best British tennis players before Roland-Garros?


The second Grand Slam of the year is fast approaching when the best tennis players in the world travel to Paris for Roland-Garros.

Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal heads into the tournament in the men’s draw among the favorites as he targets an incredible 14th Roland Garros title.

On the women’s side, it will be the first Grand Slam without reigning Australian Open 2022 champion Ashleigh Barty, who opted out of the sport following her home victory.

British tennis has not seen a winner from its ribs lift the French Open trophy since Sue Barker pulled off the feat in 1976, but many optimistic fans are hoping for success from Britain’s No.1s and the rest of the traveling party making the short trip across the Channel this month.

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Who is Britain’s No.1 male tennis player?

Cameron Norrie is the current UK No.1 and has held the top spot since October 2021.

The 26-year-old has enjoyed an excellent 2021 campaign and continued his impressive form in 2022, breaking into the world top 10 for the first time in his career last month.

Norrie’s rise last year saw him claim the biggest title of his Indian Wells career while reaching the third round in three of four Grand Slam events.

He will hope to put his first-round defeat at the Australian Open in January behind him at Roland Garros, although he has never made it past the third round of the clay-court tournament.

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Who is Britain’s No. 1 tennis player?

Emma Raducanu is currently Britain’s No. 1 following her meteoric rise to the top of the world rankings.

At the start of Wimbledon last year, the then 18-year-old was ranked 338th in the world as she grabbed headlines en route to reaching the fourth round.

A few months later, Raducanu made history to become the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam by going through the entire tournament without dropping a set.

Since then, the talented teenager has rocketed up the WTA rankings, won BBC Sports Personality of the Year and parted ways with three coaches already in her short career.

Raducanu hopes to go further than his second-round exit at the Australian Open in January, but enters the tournament after retiring from the Italian Open with a back injury.

She remains hopeful of playing, but you sense a deep run in week two in Paris will largely depend on how well her back has recovered.


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