The superleague tennis version.
The Roland-Garros draw has reserved a demonic top of the table for tennis aficionados: we find Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz, the three big favorites for the final victory on the Porte d'Auteuil side.
With a potential quarter between Rafa and Nole, if the foot of the Spaniard agrees to accompany him so far.
Not sure that the French will get to this stage of the competition, especially given the face of the draw.
Starting with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who will put away the rackets at the end of the tournament: from the first round, the former world No. 5, who has fallen to 267th place, will be opposed to one of the terrors of clay, the Norwegian Casper Ruud (8th).
Affordable draw but not too much for Gasquet
For his last Roland-Garros, Gilles Simon, who will retire at the end of the year, will face the Spaniard Pablo Carreno (17th).
The other "old man" of French tennis, Richard Gasquet (75th) who will play the semi-finals in Geneva, will have to have regained all his strength to face the South African Lloyd Harris (37th), especially since a victory would likely face the American Sebastian Korda (30th) in the 2nd round.
In the absence of French No. 1 Gaël Monfils (22nd) who withdrew, the best Habs in the table is Ugo Humbert (45th).
After a difficult start to the season since he has not passed the 2nd round in any of the tournaments played in 2021, he will have a hard time facing the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori (61st) who notably reached the quarters in Munich.
Moutet targets Nadal, Tstistpas for Pouille in the 2nd round
Difficult also for Hugo Gaston (68th) against the Australian Alex de Minaur (21st) and for Arthur Rinderknech (65th) against the whimsical Alexander Bublik (41st).
Not easy either for Benjamin Bonzi (53rd) who falls on the American Frances Tiafoe (27th), even if the latter was eliminated in the first round in Madrid and Rome.
Adrian Mannarino (73rd) will have more chances against Argentinian Federico Del Bonis (62nd), but if successful he should then find himself facing Russian slugger Andrey Rublev (7th).
Benoît Paire (67th) will start against the Belarusian Ilya Ivashka (50th) with on his way then the Chilean Cristian Garin (36th) or the American Tommy Paul (33rd), then possibly Rublev.
Lucas Pouille (163rd), he will play a qualifier but in the event of victory, it is the finalist of last year Stefanos Tsitsipas (4th) who awaits him.
Finally, Corentin Moutet (139th) will be opposed to the returning Stan Wawrinka (257th), winner in 2015 and who is trying to recover from a foot injury.
The winner will be rewarded with a duel in the next round against King Rafael Nadal, 5th in the world and in search of a 14th title on Parisian soil.
“When the bar is too high…”
For women, the fate was even more cruel: of the 13 registered in the main draw, 6 fell on seeded, and not the least (the n°2, 3, 4, 7, 8 and 17) .
“Playing a top seed also means having nothing to lose.
Now, when the bar is too high, it is too high,” commented the president of the French Federation (FFT), Gilles Moretton.
Thus, Diane Parry (96th) will face the Czech defending champion Barbora Krejcikova (2nd).
Although she has not played since her defeat in the third round in Doha, due to an elbow injury, she appeared smiling at Roland-Garros: "Last year I had an incredible season and I hope it will be as beautiful, ”she said on the sidelines of the draw ceremony.
Fiona Ferro (139th) will face Spaniard Paula Badosa (3rd), Chloé Paquet (102nd) will play against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (7th), guest Tessah Andrianjafritimo (142nd) will face Karolina Pliskova (8th), Clara Burel ( 95th) to the Greek Maria Sakkari (4th), semi-finalist last year, and Kristina Mladenovic (110th) to the Canadian Leylah Fernandez (17th), finalist of the last US Open.
For their part, Caroline Garcia (73rd) will start against the American Taylor Townsend (334th), and Alizé Cornet (40th), French n°1 and quarter-finalist for the first time in a Major in Australia in January, will enter the running. against the Japanese Misaki Doi (97th).
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