Rafael Nadal’s iron-grip on the French Open over the course of a generation is not normal. His 12 singles titles are double his nearest Open era challenger, Bjorn Borg, and while a fit Nadal will stay the firm favourite for the next few years, there will come a time, sooner rather than later, when the 33-year-old Spaniard will make way for a new era at Roland Garros.
On the women’s side, the competition has been far more open in recent times. In fact, each of the past four years has enjoyed first-time winners, and the most dominant champion of her generation, Serena Williams, can only lay claim to three Suzanne Lenglen Cups.
So, as the younger generation patiently wait on the men’s side and continue to push for major honours on the women’s, who are the players we expect to be in contention in the future?
To mark what should have been Day 2 of the 2020 French Open before the coronavirus forced its rescheduling to September, the photo gallery above looks at 10 players under the age of 24 – five men, five women – who could make the ultimate breakthrough on the Parisian clay.
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After you have looked through the gallery, take part in the ultimate French Open quiz below - 20 questions to test your knowledge of all things Roland Garros. Good luck!