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ROLAND GARROS — Carlos Alcaraz has never played a grand slam as a No 1 seed. You would forgive him for being a little nervous.

Nerves are not something we necessarily associated with Alcaraz, the 20-year-old who won his first grand slam and topped the world rankings while still a teenager.

He arrived at the French Open last year as one of the world’s form players, still riding the crest of a wave that had seen him win titles on home soil and beat two of the greatest clay-court players of all-time en route to one of them.

The Spaniard was downed in the last eight on that occasion, losing to Alexander Zverev in four sets. He cannot meet the German until an unlikely final this time around.

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Before any thoughts of the second Sunday though there is Monday, and qualifier Flavio Cobolli. The Italian qualified for the main draw with three wins last week and even won the boys’ doubles title here three years ago, but otherwise his greatest achievement in tennis is winning a Challenger in Croatia last year. When he walks on to Suzanne Lenglen at around 1.30pm UK time, he will have the chance to top that and then some.

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It’s hard to believe that Fabio Fognini has fallen as far as 130 in the world, but that is probably a sign that even one of the tour’s great agitators is starting to recede at the age of 36.

He still sneaks in as a main draw entry here, perhaps for the last time, and provides tricky first-round fodder for No 10 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime. Due on Simonne Mathieu at around 11.30am, the fiery temperament of Fognini and relentlessly entertaining shotmaking of Auger-Aliassime is sure to make worthy watching.

It seems unlikely the Italian will triumph, but he will at least give fans on Roland Garros’s third court their money’s worth.


There are at least two worthy picks for upsets of the day on Monday, both in the men’s draw.

Firstly, Filip Krajinovic is a nightmare draw for big-hitting Frances Tiafoe (around 1pm on Court 7), the No 12 seed who is undoubtedly talented but at his worst on clay. Krajinovic has had a poor year on clay and may not be glad of the hot, dry conditions (which render a court quicker) but will make Tiafoe work for his points nevertheless.

The more likely upset appears to be the opener on the same court, starting at 10am, where Brandon Nakashima takes on No 26 seed Denis Shapovalov.

The Canadian has only won one singles match on clay so far this year, while up-and-coming American Nakashima came within two points of reaching the final in Lyon last week. He took Nick Kyrgios to five sets at Wimbledon last year too, suggesting he has plenty of stamina in the locker.

Brits abroad

File photo dated 14-09-2022 of Cameron Norrie. It has been a rather underwhelming spring for Britain's leading players and hopes of a strong French Open appear remote. Issue date: Wednesday May 24, 2023. PA Photo. See PA story TENNIS French Talking Points. Photo credit should read Steve Welsh/PA Wire.
Norrie will be hoping to make a deep at Roland Garros (Photo: PA)

For perhaps the only time in this year’s French Open (especially after Dan Evans’s one-sided exit), there are two British players in singles action on one day.

First of all, British No 1 Cameron Norrie will take on the enigmatic Benoit Paire on Suzanne Lenglen, due on court at the bright and early hour of 10am. Paire usually provides entertainment of some description, whether his powerful backhand or eccentric on-court antics, but it seems unlikely he will get anywhere near beating Norrie.

If the New Zealand-born Brit can turn Paire over in short order, he will avoid overlapping with Jack Draper, who has overcome a hip complaint to be at Roland Garros and takes on Tomas Martin Etcheverry in the first round at around 11.30am. The understated surrounds of Court 9 will play host to the match, which will be Draper’s first ever in the main draw of the French Open.

French Open order of play, day 2

(All courts start at 10am BST unless stated)

Court Philippe Chatrier (from 10.45am)

  • Karolina Pliskova (16) vs Sloane Stephens
  • Novak Djokovic (3) vs Aleksandar Kovacevic
  • Caroline Garcia (5) vs Wang Xiyu
  • (Not before 7.15pm) Jannik Sinner (8) vs Alexandre Muller

Court Suzanne Lenglen

  • Benoit Paire vs Cameron Norrie (14)
  • Elina Avanesyan vs Belinda Bencic (12)
  • Carlos Alcaraz (1) vs Flavio Cobolli
  • Petra Kvitova (10) vs Elisabetta Cocciaretto

Court Simonne Mathieu

  • Kayla Day vs Kristina Mladenovic
  • Felix Auger-Aliassime (10) vs Fabio Fognini
  • Elina Svitolina vs Martina Trevisan (26)
  • Arthur Fils vs Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (29)

Court 14

  • Kaia Kanepi vs Madison Keys (20)
  • Stan Wawrinka vs Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Tatjana Maria vs Beatriz Haddad Maia (14)
  • (Not before 4pm) Luca Van Assche vs Marco Cecchinato

Court 7

  • Brandon Nakashima vs Denis Shapovalov (26)
  • Yulia Putintseva vs Maryna Zanevska
  • Filip Krajinovic vs Frances Tiafoe (12)
  • Jelena Ostapenko (17) vs Tereza Martincova

Court 6

  • Ilya Ivashka vs Alex De Minaur (18)
  • Marketa Vondrousova vs Alycia Parks
  • Dominic Thiem vs Pedro Cachin
  • Veronika Kudermetova (11) vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Court 4

  • Caty McNally vs Ana Bogdan
  • Christopher O’Connell vs Taro Daniel
  • Hamad Medjedovic vs Marcos Giron
  • Nao Hibino vs Anna-Lena Friedsam

Court 5

  • Shang Juncheng vs Juan Pablo Varillas
  • Rebecca Marino vs Diana Shnaider
  • Peyton Stearns vs Katerina Siniakova
  • Zhang Zhizhen vs Dusan Lajovic

Court 8

  • Dayana Yastremska vs Donna Vekic (22)
  • Alexei Popyrin vs Aslan Karatsev
  • Aliona Bolsova vs Kristina Kucova
  • Daniel Altmaier vs Marc-Andrea Huesler

Court 9

  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Linda Fruhvirtova
  • Jack Draper vs Tomas Martin Etcheverry
  • Botic Van De Zandschulp (25) vs Thiago Agustin Tirante
  • Anna Blinkova vs Ysaline Bonaventure

Court 12

  • Anett Kontaveit vs Bernarda Pera
  • Roberto Bautista Agut (19) vs Wu Yibing
  • Borna Coric (15) vs Federico Coria
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova (23) vs Viktoriya Tomova

Court 13

  • Bernabe Zapata Miralles (32) vs Diego Schwartzman
  • Varvara Gracheva vs Dalma Galfi
  • Jiri Lehecka vs Jan-Lennard Struff (21)
  • Simona Waltert vs Elizabeth Mandlik

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