French Open: We preview opening day at Roland Garros
Nick Kyrgios, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Simona Halep and Heather Watson are all in action on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Japanese ace Nishikori is the leading male player in action as the second Grand Slam of the year gets underway and the fifth seed will have to be at his best to see off experienced Italian Simone Bolelli.
Bolelli may be regarded more as a doubles specialist these days, indeed he won the Australian Open in 2015 with Fabio Fognini, but he has twice taken Nishikori to five sets and is at home on the clay courts.
Nishikori, however, pushed Novak Djokovic to the limit in their Rome semi-final last week and has two semi-finals and a final under his belt on the European clay-court swing this season
Kyrgios, who has shown a new-found sense of maturity to claim his first ATP title this season, and a Masters-best semi-final run at the Miami Open, is up against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.
And home fans will have plenty to look forward to with Jeremy Chardy, seeded 30th, in action against Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and the enigmatic Benoit Paire taking on Radu Albot of Moldova.
Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza heads the list of women in action on the opening day. She should have little trouble against Slovakia’s Anna Schmiedlova while sixth seed Halep takes on Japan’s Nao Hibino.
Petra Kvitova will start the day on Philippe-Chartrier, the 10th seed takes on Danko Kovinic, and Sloane Stephens meets Russia’s Maragarita Gasparyan.