Denis Shapovalov pumps his fist.

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This week on Match Point Canada, Ben and Mike welcome esteemed tennis writer Christopher Clarey back to the pod to preview Roland-Garros. Having covered the event 32 times before, Clarey offers some great insight into what we can expect from the challengers on both the men’s and women’s sides of the draw.

The three discuss the impact of Rafael Nadal’s absence from the tournament this year and who might benefit the most from this opportunity. Will it be a first French Open title for a young gun like Carlos Alcaraz or Holger Rune, or will Novak Djokovic step-up his recent level and capture his third title at the clay-court major?

On the women’s side, how much of a favourite is World No.1 Iga Swiatek? And what can we expect from talented Canadians like Bianca Andreescu and Leylah Annie Fernandez who both got dealt difficult draws?

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Clarey also discusses his next writing endeavour which will be a look at Nadal’s incredible career entitled “The Warrior.” This follows his very successful book called “The Master,” which examined the greatness achieved by Roger Federer.

Listen to our newest episode of Match Point Canada, available on MegaphoneApple Podcasts, or Spotify below. Enjoy!