Big program on Monday for the second day of the French Open. World number one and two, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal make their entry. Thirteen tricolors are on track, including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Richard Gasquet and Benoit Paire or Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
For the beginnings of King Nadal
For the second match on Philippe Chatrier on Monday, Rafael Nadal will make his debut against the German Yannick Hanfmann. A modest player, 184th in the world, from qualifying, who faces the undecuperable winner of the tournament, seems to have no chance. Hanfmann? A qualifier like no other, aged 27, who suffers from an embarrassing handicap: he suffers from partial deafness. If he is likely to take the broth against the master of the place, the German can already enjoy his presence in the big picture. Before qualifying, he had collected only $ 3,600 in singles this season. By losing (logically) against Nadal on Monday, he will be sure to receive 46,000 euros!
For the entry into the running of the boss Djokovic
While his great rival Rafael Nadal should know a smooth entry, the Serb could get out the warm blue against Hubert Hurkacz, 43e World and recent quarter-finalist in Madrid. The two men clash for the first time. Novak Djokovic had left Paris from the quarters and furious last year. Since then, he has become the boss of the circuit by pocketing the last three titles of the Grand Slam: "A year ago, everything was different, he conceded. I was just recovering from my elbow surgery, I was out of the Top 20, it was complicated. "Winner in Madrid, finalist in Rome, he found form and confidence at the best time. Ideal before starting the Paris Grand Slam against probably one of the players to avoid among the non-seeded.
For Benoît Paire, the Frenchman in confidence
After his title in Marrakech in April, Benoît Paire won a second title in 2019 in Lyon dominating Felix Auger-Aliassime last week. Back in the top 40, the Avignonnais is fit and confident. The now 38th at ATP favorite share on court 14 this Monday against the Romanian Marius Copil (83). Mistrust however with the unpredictable tricolor. It is he who says it in the Team: "I play Monday at Roland Garros, I will be a little tired, but confident. (Marius) Copil, it's not easy. We will see the matches one after the other. "This is the first duel between the two men.
For Serena Williams in the unknown
Scheduled in fourth match on the Philippe Chatrier, Serena Williams addresses Roland Garros a little in the unknown and lack of reference. Nine games played, one on land, and three current tournament packages (Rome, Indian Wells, Miami). In her left knee, she had abandoned against Garbine Muguruza at Indian Wells in March, and then faced Qiang Wang in Miami. The 10th World did not play on the circuit for two and a half months between Miami and Rome and threw in the towel before facing his sister, Venus, in the 3rd round in Rome. Worrying. Vitalia Diatchenko, 83rd player in the world, could benefit …
For Pauline Parmentier in search of a feat
The mission looks very complicated for Pauline Parmentier, 66th worldwide. Facing her in opening program Suzanne Lenglen, Kiki Bertens. Victorious in Madrid against Simona Halep, semi-finalist in Rome and Stuttgart, the 27-year-old Dutchman is in good form and stands out as an outsider of choice. The Nordic, always at home on earth, can rely on the tournament in Madrid where she had eliminated the number 9 world. So why not the 4th at Roland Garros?
Court Philippe Chatrier:
From 11am :
Caroline Wozniacki (Dan, 13) – Veronika Kudermetova (Rus)
Yannick Hanfmann (All) – Rafael Nadal (Spain, 2)
Novak Djokovic (Srb, 1) – Hubert Hurkacz (Pol)
Serena Williams (USA, 10) – Vitalia Diachenko (Rus)
Court Suzanne Lenglen :
From 11am :
Pauline PArmentier – Kiki Bertens (P-B, 4)
Soran Cirstea (Ru) – Petra Kvitova (Cze, 6)
Jo-Wilfriedtsonga – Peter Gojowczyk (All)
Dominic Thiem (Aut, 4) – Tommy Paul (USA)
Court Simonne Mathieu
Viktoria Kuzmova (Svq) – Alizé Cornet (Fra)
Mischa Zverev (All) – Richard Gasquet (FRA)
Stan Wawrinka (Sui, 24) – Jozef Kovalik (Svq)
Barbora Strykova (Cze) – Samantha Stsosur (Aus)