Photos: Players get ready for the French Open
PARIS -- It hasn't been easy for players to get a good practice in this week in Paris, with rain a constant threat and court-minders standing at the ready to run the covers out during a deluge. Despite the weather, qualifying finished on time, the players fine-tuned their games, and the tournament is set to begin under blue skies on Sunday.
Here are some of the best photos from the final week before the French Open.
Roger Federer: When he takes the court against Lukas Lacko on Sunday he'll be competing in his 58th straight major, extending his record for the longest streak in the Open Era. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)
Andy Murray: Murray was forced to skip the tournament last year due to a back problem. He made the semifinals in 2011. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal: The No. 1 ranking is up for grabs over the fortnight. Nadal must make the semifinals for a chance to hold on to No. 1 after the tournament. (Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images)
Ryan Harrison: Grace Min was the only American to make it through qualifying. Harrison lost in the second round. (Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
Paris: Good thing they can play through the rain on clay... (Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images)
Roger Federer: The Federer vest returns. But only for practice. We hope. (Bertrand Combaldieu/AP)
Andy Murray: "Break Your Own Record". (Michel Euler/AP)
Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal: Nice to see you dressed up for the draw ceremony, Rafa! (Michel Euler/AP)