The second Grand Slam of the tennis season is set to start in Paris on May 22 as tennis’ top stars challenge for the French Open.
Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz are looking to compete for the men’s title while women’s world No. 1 Iga Swiatek is the leading contender for the women’s title.
But which big names could be set to miss the 2022 French Open, and will Emma Raducanu overcome a back injury to play?
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Rafael Nadal

Nadal's French Open preparations appeared to take a big hit at the Italian Open as he was hampered by a foot problem in defeat to Denis Shapovalov.
“I had my foot again with a lot of pain,” Nadal said afterwards. “I am a player living with an injury; it is nothing new. It's something that is there."
Nadal started the year in stunning form by winning 20 matches in a row and lifting a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open.
He is hopeful that his injury will improve to allow him to compete for a record-extending 14th title in Paris.
"Still the goal, in one week and a couple of days. I'll still keep dreaming.
"It's true that during the French Open, Roland Garros, I’m going to have my doctor there with me. That sometimes helps because you can do things."
Nadal has not missed the French Open since his first victory at the tournament in 2005.

Roger Federer

Federer, 40, hasn’t played since Wimbledon last year due to a knee issue and it looks unlikely that he will return to the All England Club this summer.
He could also miss the US Open; if so it would be the first time in his career that he hasn’t played any Grand Slam tournament in a season.
He is expected to be a part of Team Europe at the Laver Cup in London in September and has been confirmed for the Swiss Indoors Basel in late October.
Federer's only victory at the French Open came in 2009 when he beat Robin Soderling in the final.

Serena Williams

Like Federer, there’s been no competitive action for Williams since she retired from the first round at Wimbledon last summer.
The 23-time Grand Slam champion has not given any clear indication when she will return to the court, except for teasing that she hopes to be back for Wimbledon.
Williams has also spoken about wanting to “have more kids” to join daughter Olympia.
The 40-year-old has dropped down to No. 248 in the world rankings and her long-time coach Patrick Mouratoglou has started to work with Simona Halep, a sign that perhaps she is not coming back anytime soon.

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Andy Murray

Three-time Grand Slam champion Murray will skip the French Open and instead prepare for the grass season.
Murray changed his original plan of missing the entire clay swing to play at the Madrid Open, where he looked impressive in beating Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov in the opening rounds. He was set for a first meeting since 2017 with Novak Djokovic but pulled out due to illness.
He is not playing the Italian Open and has only played the French Open once since 2017, losing in the first round to Stan Wawrinka in 2020.
The grass-court season appears the priority for Murray as he continues to work with coach Ivan Lendl for the third time.

Emma Raducanu

British No. 1 Raducanu showed some encouraging signs early in the clay season as she won her first professional match on the surface and reached the quarter-finals of the Stuttgart Open and last 16 of the Madrid Open.
However, she left Madrid with a back issue that flared up at the Italian Open and saw her retire from her first-round match against Bianca Andreescu.
Speaking after the match she did not rule out missing the French Open.
“Obviously I would not want to miss the French Open. The whole clay season leads up to it," she said.

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"But I have to make sure that my back is totally healed, I don't want to play my next match still with physical problems… despite everything, these weeks have been positive and I just have to continue on this path."
Raducanu also said her body probably needs a “little break” as she continues to get accustomed to the demands of the WTA Tour.
“It’s probably the match load, just getting used to it, just playing week in, week out.
“Looking back, since the Fed Cup [a month ago], I’ve been home for one day. It’s just been four weeks of constantly getting ready for the next match, then recovering. I think that everything is just taking a toll. It’s probably just my body crying out — it needs a little break.”
Raducanu is set to play in Birmingham ahead of Wimbledon.

Naomi Osaka

Osaka looks set to return to the French Open 12 months on from her withdrawal after being fined for failing to attend post-match press conferences.
The four-time Grand Slam champion pulled out of the Italian Open to give her more time to recover from an injury she suffered at the Madrid Open.
“Unfortunately I’m going to have to withdraw from Rome as the injury which I picked up last week in Madrid hasn’t healed yet,” she said in a statement. “It’s an Achilles injury so I need to be careful especially in advance of Roland-Garros.”
Osaka pulled out of the French Open last year due to mental health issues, and tournament director Amelie Mauresmo says changes have been made to the press process to ease the burden on players and ensure there is “common sense at certain moments".

Venus Williams

Williams has been out of action since August 2021, and like with sister Serena, there’s no set date for her return.
The 41-year-old, whose best result at the French Open was making the final in 2002, said recently that she is keeping her plans a “surprise”.

Venus Williams

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“I look forward to getting back on the court. And of course, I’ll let you know as soon as I know, but I swear it’s soon,” she told her YouTube channel.
“I can’t wait. I’ve got so many questions like ‘Are you playing the French Open’, ‘Are you playing Wimbledon’. I’m gonna leave a little bit of mystery, I can’t tell you exactly when because I feel like I want it to be a surprise. So I will definitely surprise you.”

Elina Svitolina and Gael Monfils

World No. 32 Svitolina took a break from tennis in March as she said she was finding it difficult to play following Russia’s invasion of her home country Ukraine.
She has since announced that she will not play the French Open, and
. She said earlier this month that she plans to travel to Paris to support husband Gael Monfils, but he has pulled out with a heel injury.
“I will not be playing Roland-Garros unfortunately,” Svitolina told insidethegames. “This is a decision that I made a couple of days ago.
“For me, I just need to take time to settle down and be ready when I am [ready]."
Monfils was a French Open semi-finalist in 2008 and last reached the quarters in 2014, but he will not play his home Slam.
"I have been bothered by a calcaneal spur since Monte-Carlo at my right heel which prevents me from moving properly on court,” Monfils said on Twitter.
“I have decided to undergo a small procedure this week to treat the issue before returning to competitive play. I will keep you updated about my progress when I have more news.”

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Last year’s women’s runner-up Pavlyuchenkova has pulled out of the tournament and shut down her season due to a knee injury.
Pavlyuchenkova won the Italian Open doubles title last week, but says she is in too much pain to continue.
“I’m very sad to say that I’m forced to withdraw from Roland Garros and the rest of the tournaments this year,” she wrote on Twitter.
“I have been playing this in my head for the last week and it has been a really tough decision to make as Roland Garros was always very special to me, especially after a dream run last year. But due to the pain for a long time now the injury is limiting me physically and mentally to compete and practice fully.
“After rehabbing for months this year and only played three events, the last two tournaments haved showed me that the pain was still there and I wasn’t ready, so I have decided to take more time and come back stronger next year.
“Thanks for the support. Until next year.”

Marketa Vondrousova

The 2019 French Open finalist, Marketa Vondrousova, will miss the Slam after undergoing wrist surgery.
"The last few weeks were not easy, I have been experiencing recurring pain in my wrist," the world No.35 said on Instagram.
"After seeing a couple of doctors I decided to get this small surgery done to be able to play pain-free."

Are Russian and Belarusian players allowed to compete?

Yes.
Unlike Wimbledon, which has banned Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament following the invasion of Ukraine, the likes of Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev and Aryna Sabalenka will be allowed to play in Paris.
They will not compete under the name or flags of Russia and Belarus though.

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