| By Long Island Tennis Magazine Staff

The French Open is the world's premier clay court tournament and the second of the four Grand Slam events. The 2010 French Open is set for May 23-June 6 at the historic Roland Garros in Paris, France. This year’s event promises to deliver a wide array of dramatics, as well as some heart pumping and intriguing clay court tennis.

In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal had his dreams of a second consecutive Grand Slam title and his fifth consecutive French Open title dashed in 2009 as he played injured and was knocked out early. This year, he is back to full health and the favorite to win. Defending champion Roger Federer meanwhile, will be hoping to win his second consecutive French Open title, but this year’s road to the championship will be tougher as he will most likely have to go through Rafa to get it.

The women’s draw of the 2010 French Open promises to be a tough battle, with the Williams Sisters playing well right now. They will likely have their hands full with defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and strong contention from Justine Henin who will be playing her first French Open's since her return to the pro tour.

A few sleepers to possibly win their first ever French Open titles include:

Fernando Verdasco came within minutes of upsetting Rafael Nadal in a tense semifinal at the 2008 French Open. Verdasco's game is best suited for clay and he has the game to take this years title.

Jelena Jankovic has been playing much better in 2010 and is back in the top 10 after her win at Indian Wells. This year, she should be a tough out at Roland Garros.