The 2011 French Open is set to begin in less than 24 hours. Roland Garros is one of the more entertaining tournaments of the year, and there's a lot of interesting storylines going into this one. Naturally, at SB Nation Bay Area, we'll be casting a long look at the 24th-ranked Sam Querrey and how he does, as he's a guy who is based in California and born in San Francisco.
Querrey's French Open history is not the best, however. In his four appearances in the tournament, he's failed to win a single match, being bounced out in the opening round each time. Querrey's failings in the French Open mirror his struggles early on in the 2011 season, sporting a losing record at 7-10. He sits at 26th in the world, a respectable number, but it's down from his career high of 17.
Of course, he's playing for a French Open victory like everyone else in the tournament, but Querrey's sights are set firmly on his opening matchup against Philipp Kohlschreiber. Getting past Kohlschreiber is Querrey's number one priority, and after him (if he wins), he'll consider potential opponents. But not before the win.
Outside of Querrey, the closest thing we have to a Bay Area representative would be somebody like Robert Kendrick, who was born in Fresno, California, but now resides in Florida. That being said, you can expect coverage outside of these Bay Area guys, from day one all the way to the end.
Play is set to begin on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in Paris, and for those of you in the Bay Area, that's 2:00 a.m. for you. For TV coverage in America, you're looking at mostly Tennis Channel stuff for the first rounds before ESPN kicks in. Plenty of providers and now providing coverage of the grand slams, so you may want to see if you have a multi-view option.