French Open 2022 qualifying and wild cards: When are qualifiers and who will compete at Roland-Garros?

The 2022 French Open is just around the corner with all eyes now on who will be competing at Roland-Garros.

A total of 128 men and women will be vying for singles’ titles with Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova looking to defend their crowns.

While the path to the French Open is simple for some players, it’s not so straightforward for others.

How does French Open qualifying work? 

The 104 highest-ranked men and women that sign up for the French Open automatically qualify for the Grand Slam.

Players can also qualify based on the protected ranking system which ensures a previous high-placing is honoured even if a player drops as a result of injury or inactivity. For example, Stan Wawrinka will compete in 2022 using this method despite seeing his ranking drop to No. 246 at the start of May.

For those without a good enough ranking or protected ranking, the next best players wanting to compete at the event are placed into qualifying rounds with 16 spots up for grabs.

Players are put in 16 groups of eight with whoever wins three straight games in their section securing their place at the French Open. Sometimes finalists, known as ‘lucky losers’, are also given a qualifying spot.

After all that, eight further players are then gifted a place at the French Open as wild cards.

These wild cards are selected at the discretion of the tournament organisers with local players and returning big names who have failed to qualify directly often selected.

In 2021, seven out of eight French Open wild cards for both the men’s and women’s singles draws were players from France.

When is French Open qualifying? 

French Open qualifying in 2022 is expected to begin on May 16 and conclude four days later on May 20.

The French Open officially begins on May 22 giving qualifiers a short turnaround to prepare for the Grand Slam.

Who has qualified for the French Open in 2022? Full list of qualifers and wild cards

Outside of those entering the French Open based upon their ranking, this section will be updated with players who have qualified or been granted wild cards.

Men’s singles

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Wild card Grégoire Barrère
Wild card  Lucas Pouille
Wild card Manuel Guinard
Wild card Gilles Simon
Wild card Michael Mmoh
Wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Wild card Corentin Moutet
Wild card Christopher O’Connell

*Last updated May 16

Women’s singles

Route Player
Qualifier TBC
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Wild card Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
Wild card Chloé Paquet
Wild card Fiona Ferro
Wild card Harmony Tan
Wild card  Elsa Jacquemot
Wild card Léolia Jeanjean
Wild card  Katie Volynets
Wild card Daria Saville

*Last updated May 16

Has a qualifier ever won a Grand Slam?

Emma Raducanu became the first qualifier in the Open Era to win a Grand Slam title when she triumphed at the US Open in 2021.

The British teenager remarkably didn’t drop a set during qualifying or in the tournament to show qualifiers are capable of causing an upset at Grand Slams.

At the French Open in 2021, no qualifier made it to the fourth round but both Carlos Alcaraz and Henri Laaksonen made it to the third round in the men’s singles.

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