a first Sad sunday on the French side, as expected, and already a small explosion in the women’s draw with the elimination of Ons Jabeur, who was nevertheless a credible outsider (the only one?) to Swiatek’s ultradominance for years and weeks. Let’s see what awaits us on Monday at Roland Garros.
The Central Popcorn Poster
Last year he was at the origin of the mini-scandal of the fortnight by leaving the tournament on the verge of a nervous breakdown, drawing a tasty pushback from the authorities who had first ridiculed him before confusing themselves with excuses. Naomi Osaka promised, this year she “is no longer afraid” in the eyes of the people and journalistseven if “she is ready” in case people insult her like in Indian Wells”.
No, what worries the Japanese is above all the hot ball that gave Anisimova a scratch again. The American had won her in Australia, and the former world number 1 describes her “as the worst rival she could face. yum.
The state of his left foot. is the object of all worries since the Rome tournament, so much so that Rafael Nadal’s personal physician made the trip to Roland to pamper the Iberian legend’s bruised bones. So we will especially analyze Rafa’s first match in the third rotation at Central against the (not at all) formidable Aussie Jordan Thompson. Djokovic will open alongside him the first full-bore night session against Nishioka as the campaign darkens.
We’re not too worried about Poland’s Swiatek, with her 72,000 consecutive wins on the circuit, or Raducanu, although the British pearl takes difficult paths to follow at times. She will oppose the Czech Noskova.
The French of the day
A pack, and that’s good considering we’re still in the first round. Let’s start with those to whom we wish much good. So Diane Parry, just entering the top 100, will have a crazy duel on her role to negotiate against last year’s finalist Barbora Krejcikova. But beware, the latter has not been on the track for three months between injuries and a certain mental fatigue.
There is also no raffle of gifts for Manuel Guinard who will have to struggle with Cameron Norrie, a specialist in large fields. But the Breton comes out of a good tournament in Lyon and has a decanter from hell… a bit like Benoît Paire, from whom we don’t know what to expect against Ivashka on the Serres court. Who else ? Gasquet, a semi-finalist in Geneva, has an affordable match against Harris, and we are curious to see if Océane Dodin can do it against Petkovic.
Of course, after a month of sunshine and the accompanying drought, the rain had to come for Roland. Lots of interruptions are expected in the afternoon, where it should go down hard, even if we should watch tennis.
Bold tip of the day.
What if Coco Moutet came looking for Stan Wawrinka physically? The Frenchman, a bit on the street this year, only owes his presence to a wild card, but he knows how to put on a show when he shows up at the Porte d’Auteuil. In 2020, in a processional atmosphere, had played push ball for over 6 hours against an Italian qualifier, and last year, he lasted 4:26 against Djere in a nightclub setting before losing behind closed doors, blamed on this damn curfew. Against the Swiss bison, who had the courage to come back at the age of 37 despite another serious injury, he smells good in the bookies.