This year's French Open promises to be a special one.

Novak Djokovic has been on a historic hot streak in 2011, and will be favored to win the Men's title, while top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki attempts to win her first major.

Meanwhile, defending champion Rafael Nadal and 2009 winner Roger Federer will look to stand in Djokovic's way. Last year's surprise champion, Francesca Schiavone, will have plenty of upstart challengers to contend with, like 21-year-old Victoria Azarenka of Belarus.

The tournament's first round begins on Sunday, May 22nd at Roland Garros Stadium. However, the qualifying rounds begin on May 17th.

The women's final will be on Saturday, June 4th, while the men's final will be on Sunday, June 5th.

In the United States, ESPN and NBC Sports will have joint coverage, while BBC1 will cover the games in the United Kingdom. Tickets went on sale in Paris in December 2010. 

Played on red clay, the French Open is considered to be the most physically demanding major tennis tournament.