Maria Sharapova

Grand slam winner Maria Sharapova will be a prominent representative of the Russian Olympic team at the London Olympics.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia drinks water during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
2012 Olympic Games - Opening Ceremony
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 27: Maria Sharapova of the Russia Olympic tennis team carries her country's flag during the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a forehand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia smiles during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia serves during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 26: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the practice session ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
Maria Sharapova at ESPYs
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Championships - Wimbledon 2012: Day Five
LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball during her Ladies' singles third round match against Su-Wei Hsieh of Taipei on day five of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
French Open Women's Champion Maria Sharapova Of Russia Poses Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: French Open women's champion Maria Sharapova of Russia poses with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen near the Eiffel Tower after her victory earlier in the day in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
Russia's Maria Sharapova Poses AFP/Getty Images
Russia's Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in the clockrooms after winning against Italy's Sara Errani the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 9, 2012 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / POOL SINDY THOMASSINDY THOMAS/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Plays Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia kisses the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen after the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Is Sprayed With Champagne By Her Physical Trainer Juan Reque (L) And Her Hitting Partner Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia is sprayed with champagne by her physical trainer Juan Reque (L) and her hitting partner Cecil Mamiit (R) as she makes her way to her changing room after her women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sindy Thomas - Pool/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Plays Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
TOPSHOTS Russian Tennis Player Maria Sharapova Poses With Her Trophy In Front The Eiffel Tower On June 9, 2012 In Paris, AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOTS Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova poses with her trophy in front the Eiffel tower on June 9, 2012 in Paris, after winning the Women's Singles final tennis match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIKPATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/GettyImages
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Halep will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament that begins on Sunday, May 27.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
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FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Halep will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament that begins on Sunday, May 27.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
Australia's Ashleigh Barty serves the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)
Ashleigh Barty reaches quarterfinals in Strasbourg
Australia's Ashleigh Barty serves the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova, during the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (Claudio Onorati/ANSA via AP)
Maria Sharapova won her last Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2014 (AFP Photo/PATRICK KOVARIK)
Maria Sharapova won her last Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2014
Maria Sharapova won her last Grand Slam title at the French Open in 2014 (AFP Photo/PATRICK KOVARIK)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Australia's Ashleigh Barty in action during her first round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
Rafael Nadal is world tennis number one again after Rome Masters win
As everyone had expected at the start of the week, Rafael Nadal left his traditional bite-mark on the Rome Masters trophy on Sunday. But no-one predicted that he would need a perfectly timed rain-shower to help him win the final, and move back to the top of the world rankings in the process. This final against Alexander Zverev, the German 20-year-old who now stands at No 3 in the world, appeared to be heading for an upset early in the deciding set. After dominating the opening set so emphatically that it occupied only 32 minutes, Nadal then lost seven of the next nine games. Zverev was apparently heading for a fourth ATP Masters 1000 title. He had established a 1-6, 6-1, 3-1 advantage when the rain arrived. The players then came back on for a single game, which saw Nadal hold serve for 2-3, before a second shower arrived. After that, it was one-way traffic. Nadal reeled off the final four games to take the decider 6-3 and claim this title for the eighth time. “If we analyse now, of course we can say that the rain delay helped me,” admitted Nadal afterwards. “But really, in my opinion, what helped me is that I came back with a clear idea in terms of tactical issues and in terms of decisions that I take.” Nadal thus extended his dominance over Zverev – who will be the second seed at the French Open in a week’s time – to five wins from as many matches. As Zverev admitted afterwards, the exertions of the past fortnight – which also saw him lift the title in Madrid – caught up with him in the end. “Next time, I have to find a way to come out better after the rain and play better tennis,” he said. “The fatigue I had because of the last few weeks – because of the break, it took me very long time to get activated again.” Back on top: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates with the trophy after victory in his Mens Final match against Alexander Zverev of Germany Credit: Getty This result means that Nadal once again leapfrogs the absent Roger Federer and moves back to the top of the rankings for the sixth time in his glorious career. Even so, he will need to claim the Coupe des Mousquetaires in Paris for an 11th time if he wants to hold on to the No 1 spot going into the grass-court season. That's how it's done: Elina Svitolina of Ukraine kisses the trophy in celebration after the Women's Singles Credit: Getty In the women’s final in Rome, fourth seed Elina Svitolina ran out a 6-0, 6-4 winner over world No 1 Simona Halep. Again, fatigue from previous rounds played a part. Halep admitted that she started out feeling stiff after Saturday’s 2hr 23min semi-final against Maria Sharapova. “The match for me yesterday, every time I play against Sharapova, the ball is coming very flat and I bend a lot so my back gets a little bit sore,” said Halep. “Today, I was not fresh enough to start the match better.”ends
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Maria Sharapova Of Russia Celebrates With The Coupe Suzanne Lenglen In The Women's Singles Final Against Sara Errani Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates with the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen in the women's singles final against Sara Errani of Italy during day 14 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2018 Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in action during her second round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Tony Gentile
WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2018 Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in action during her second round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2018 Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in action during her second round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Tony Gentile
WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 16, 2018 Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in action during her second round match against Russia's Maria Sharapova REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 19, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Tony Gentile
WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 19, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Tony Gentile
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 19, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Tony Gentile
WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 19, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her semi final match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Tony Gentile
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
How to pick a French Open women’s champion - including our bold prediction
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
How to pick a French Open women’s champion - including our bold prediction
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
How to pick a French Open women’s champion - including our bold prediction
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
How to pick a French Open women’s champion - including our bold prediction
For a second year running, the women’s field at the French Open remains wide open. Jelena Ostapenko came out of nowhere to win last year’s Roland Garros, but what are the chances of another unknown and unseeded player taking Paris by storm? We look back on the last 10 years of the major, to find out if we can glean any information as to who win capture the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen this fortnight and boldly make our outright prediction for the title from the evidence gathered. We will look at age, ranking, country and form over the past decade to ascertain who is primed to win the second grand slam of the year. Age At 20 years and two days old when she won in Paris, Ostapenko became the youngest first-time grand slam champion since 2004 when Svetlana Kuznetsova won the US Open at 19 years, two months. In contrast, 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone was the second oldest first-time grand slam winner at 29 years, 11 months and 14 days. In the last 10 years, only one player has won the title in Paris being 30 or older, unsurprisingly that of Serena Williams. Serena was 31 at the time of her second French Open in 2013, 11 years after her first. And was 33 when she became only the third player - male or female - to win 20 major singles titles in 2015. Maria Sharapova, who heads into this year’s major in good touch, was 25 and 27 at the time of her triumphs in 2012 and 2014. Average age of Paris winner: 25 years 8 months Francesca Schiavone was 29 years old when she won Roland Garros in 2010 Credit: AFP Ranking The previously unheralded Ostapenko was the first unseeded woman to win at Roland Garros since 1933 when her fearless style of play shocked Simona Halep and the rest of the tennis world in last year’s final. Previously to Ostapenko’s success, the lowest seeded player to win in Paris over the last 10 years was the 17th ranked Schiavone. French Open women's winners of last 10 years Serena Williams’ two titles came when she was top seed, while both Sharapova in 2012 and Ana Ivanovic in 2008 were second seeds for their successes. Lucky number seven lived up to his name for Sharapova when she won her second Roland Garros and for Kuznetsova back in 2009. Average age of ranking: Nine. Although if you take out Ostapenko’s ranking the mean would be five. Left/right hander While left-hander Rafael Nadal dominates the Roland Garros clay in the men’s draw, you have to go as far back as 1992 for the last leftie to win the women’s title. Not since Monica Seles’ blockbuster 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 win over Steffi Graf has a left-hander enjoyed success on the red stuff. It means lefties Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Ekaterina Makarova, Lucie Safarova and Kristyna Pliskova are all statistically unlikely to stop the wave of dominance from the right-handers. Petra Kvitova would become the first left-hander to win the French Open since 1992 if she wins the 2018 edition Credit: Getty Images Country With Ostapenko our point of reference again, the French Open in recent years has produced champions for the first time in their homeland’s history. Not only does Latvia now have a grand slam champion to their name, but Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a single’s major and Lia Na the first Asian and Chinese grand slam champion back in 2011. Of the current top 20 players, only three countries are yet to boast a women’s major winner. They are Ukraine, Holland and Slovakia. Form It’s always preferable to have a decent run of form behind you heading into a slam. For all bar one of the last 10 champions in Paris, they have all reached at least the semi-finals of one clay-court warm-up event. Schiavone had been in patchy form on the red stuff before her 2010 victory. The Italian was a first-round loser in Stuttgart, went one round further in Rome and reached the fourth of the Madrid Open. Ostapenko won the Charleston Open last spring, while solid runs in Rome assisted Garbine Muguruza, Li Na and Kuznetsova’s charges in Paris. While Sharapova won two warm-up tournaments in Rome and Stuttgart in 2012, Serena Williams went one better the following year to win a hat-trick of titles and then wasn’t fatigued in Paris as she clinched a then 16th grand slam by dropping just one set and 28 games. 2018 Clay court season | Who has won what? Prediction With all of the above categories considered, our pick for this year’s French Open is, drum roll please…Elina Svitolina. At just 23-years-old, she is slightly younger than the average winner of the last 10 years, although four past champions have been the same age as the right-hander (of course) or younger. A world ranking of four puts Svitolina slightly higher up the chain than the average winner, but taking Ostapenko’s lowly ranking out of the equation, puts her right in the mix. Born in Odessa, the Ukraine has not yet produced a women’s champion since it’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Another box that could be potentially ticked. Elina Svitolina is our tip to win this year's French Open Credit: Getty Images Svitolina, finally, heads to Paris on the back of winning the Italian Open last weekend – her third WTA title of the year. While she has yet to move beyond the quarter-finals of a major, reaching the last eight in Paris twice in the last three years, she has achieved great things at Roland Garros before having won the girls' title as a 15-year-old. Watch this space...
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British No. 3 Cameron Norrie had won only four tour-level matches heading into this week’s ATP 250 event in Lyon, but on Thursday he took out world No. 10 John Isner to move into the semi-finals. This was probably the best win of Norrie’s career, even if the Lyon tournament is not televised on the BBC like his victory over 21st-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut during February’s Davis Cup tie against Spain. Remarkably, both results came on clay – a surface that Norrie has barely played on. Even if Norrie loses to the experienced Frenchman Gilles Simon in today’s semi-final, he is still projected to climb 17 places to No 85 in the world when the next set of rankings are published. "I'm so stoked with my performance today," said Norrie, who shares a background in American college tennis with Isner. "He was a big idol of mine. It's crazy to be competing against guys like that now." Norrie also learned that he will face Peter Gojowczyk, the hardest man to spell in the top 100, in his first match at Roland Garros early next week. The French Open draw was held on Thursday night and threw up winnable opening rounds for all four British players. Kyle Edmund will face young Australian Alex De Minaur, while Johanna Konta plays Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan – a woman she thrashed in Rome last year – and Heather Watson drew the big-serving Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin. The draw has only strengthened Rafael Nadal’s chances of lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires for an 11th time, as most of his leading threats – Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic – landed in the opposite half. Meanwhile three-time champion Serena Williams, who did not receive a seeding despite heavy pressure from her admirers, will start against No. 70 Kristyna Pliskova. Should she reach the second week, Williams could face old foe Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
Britain's Cameron Norrie defeats John Isner to reach Lyon semi-finals
British No. 3 Cameron Norrie had won only four tour-level matches heading into this week’s ATP 250 event in Lyon, but on Thursday he took out world No. 10 John Isner to move into the semi-finals. This was probably the best win of Norrie’s career, even if the Lyon tournament is not televised on the BBC like his victory over 21st-ranked Roberto Bautista Agut during February’s Davis Cup tie against Spain. Remarkably, both results came on clay – a surface that Norrie has barely played on. Even if Norrie loses to the experienced Frenchman Gilles Simon in today’s semi-final, he is still projected to climb 17 places to No 85 in the world when the next set of rankings are published. "I'm so stoked with my performance today," said Norrie, who shares a background in American college tennis with Isner. "He was a big idol of mine. It's crazy to be competing against guys like that now." Norrie also learned that he will face Peter Gojowczyk, the hardest man to spell in the top 100, in his first match at Roland Garros early next week. The French Open draw was held on Thursday night and threw up winnable opening rounds for all four British players. Kyle Edmund will face young Australian Alex De Minaur, while Johanna Konta plays Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan – a woman she thrashed in Rome last year – and Heather Watson drew the big-serving Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin. The draw has only strengthened Rafael Nadal’s chances of lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires for an 11th time, as most of his leading threats – Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Novak Djokovic – landed in the opposite half. Meanwhile three-time champion Serena Williams, who did not receive a seeding despite heavy pressure from her admirers, will start against No. 70 Kristyna Pliskova. Should she reach the second week, Williams could face old foe Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
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See you in Paris: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the French Open last 16 (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN)
See you in Paris: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the French Open last 16
See you in Paris: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova could meet in the French Open last 16 (AFP Photo/SAEED KHAN)
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: Kyle Edmund given tough run before possible Rafael Nadal semi-final
Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday. The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time. Edmund's projected draw then sees him face Fabio Fognini in the third round, Marin Cilic in the fourth round, Juan Martin Del Potro in the quarter-final and the great Rafael Nadal in the semis. Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk. Defending champion Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov. His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier. Rafael Nadal is the heavy favourite to win an 11th French Open title Credit: Getty Images British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan. Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin. Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova. Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske. Via Press Association 6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough) R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: live updates
6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
French Open 2018 draw: live updates
6:50PM That concludes the draw All done. The first-round matches to look out for: Edmund v De Minaur in first round Cameron Norrie v Peter Gojowczyk Rafael Nadal v Alexandr Dolgopolov Alexander Zverev v Ricardas Berankis Heather Watson v Oceane Dodin Johanna Konta v Yulia Putintseva Garbine Muguruza v Svetlana Kuznetsova Serena Williams v Kristyna Pliskova 6:41PM Nadal's path to glory R1: Dolgopolov R2: Sousa/Pella R3: Gasquet R4: Shapovalov/Sock QF: Schwartzman/Anderson SF: Cilic F: Zverev Credit: AFP 6:40PM Novak Djokovic will begins against a qualifier, and can't play Nadal until the final. 6:39PM Let's get ahead of ourselves... Projected route for Kyle Edmund: R1: De Minaur R2: Pospisil/Fucsovics R3: Fognini (this would be extremely tough R4: Cilic QF: Isner/Del Potro SF: Nadal F: Zverev 6:38PM Projected fourth rounds Nadal-Sock Schwartzman-Anderson Cilic-Edmund (would be a repeat of the Australian Open semi-final) Isner-del Potro Goffin-Carreno Busta Bautista Agut-Dimitrov Thiem-Querrey Pouille-A. Zverev 6:37PM Projected men's quarters [1] Nadal vs [6] Anderson [3] Cilic vs [5] Del Potro [8] Goffin vs [4] Dimitrov [7] Thiem vs [2] A. Zverev 6:37PM More Brit Watch Edmund v Aussie youngster De Minaur in round one. 6:35PM Draw opening up Cilic in Nadal's half; Dimitrov in Zverev's half. 6:32PM Brit Watch Cameron Norrie will play Germany's world No 49 Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. 6:31PM At the bottom of the draw Ricardas Berankis' name comes out last - so he'll play Alex Zverev in round one. 6:30PM Pella or Sousa Will play winner of Dolgopolov/Nadal in round two. 6:28PM Men's draw has started The non-seeds are out first. Alexandr Dolgopolov's name is out first so he'll play Nadal in the first round. I remember seeing Dolgopolov beat Rafa at Queen's a few years ago. Will history repeat itself? To quote Nigel Pearson: My suspicion would be no. 6:27PM The draw in full Credit: Twitter 6:24PM That's the women's draw over with The men are up next. 6:24PM Serena could play Sharapova in fourth round! Full Serena draw projection: R1: Kristyna Pliskova R2: Vikhlyantseva/Barty R3: Goerges/Cibulkova/Van Uytvanck/Wallace R16: Karolina Pliskova/Sharapova QF: Garbine Muguruza SF: Simona Halep F: Svitolina/Wozniacki#RG18— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 24, 2018 6:23PM Serena's path Serena Williams' second round if she gets past Pliskova would be against the winner of Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Ash Barty. 6:22PM Konta's name is out of the hat She will play world No 93 Yulia Putintseva in the first round. 6:21PM Ostapenko could play Azarenka in round two! What a match that would be. 6:21PM Projected fourth round matches Halep-Mertens Kerber-Garcia Muguruza-Vandeweghe Goerges-Pliskova Ostapenko-Venus Williams Keys-Svitolina Kvitova-Stephens Kasatkina-Wozniacki 6:20PM Top seeds have learnt their fate [1] Halep vs Riske [2] Wozniacki vs Collins [3] Muguruza vs Kuznetsova [4] Svitolina vs Tomljanovic [5] Ostapenko vs Kozlova 6:20PM Projected women's quarter-finals Halep-Garcia Muguruza-Pliskova Ostapenko-Svitolina Kvitova-Wozniacki 6:19PM Some more matches coming out Huge match: 2016 winner Garbine Muguruza vs 2009 winner Svetlana Kuznetsova Heather Watson vs Oceane Dodin No.1 seed Simona Halep vs Alison Riske Azarenka vs Siniakova 6:17PM Spicy first-rounder No.2 Caroline Wozniacki will open against the American Danielle Collins. 6:17PM Next up A French Olympian ice dancer is then called to the stage. *Gallic shrug* 6:15PM Serena is unseeded remember... And she will play world No 70 Kristyna Pliskova in the first round! The non-seeded players are drawn first. 6:11PM Nearly there Remy Azemar the tournament referee has taken to the stage to conduct the draw. It's the women's draw first. Credit: AFP 6:07PM Quite a lot of preamble in French I'd be lying if I said I understood it all. One commenter on Facebook has written 'English please'. 6:03PM Before the draw... ...a snazzy virtual reality tour of the refurbished grounds at Roland Garros. Then the president of the French federation takes to the stage to make the draw. Come on fella, don't talk too long about the new facilities at RG. 6:00PM Here we go The draw is being broadcast live on Facebook, and some moody music has started playing. I think this is a good thing, and means the draw is about to get under way. 5:54PM The female seeds 1. Simona Halep 2. Caroline Wozniacki 3. Garbiñe Muguruza 4. Elina Svitolina 5. Jeļena Ostapenko 6. Karolína Plíšková 7. Caroline Garcia 8. Petra Kvitová 9. Venus Williams 10. Sloane Stephens 11. Julia Görges 12. Angelique Kerber 13. Madison Keys 14. Daria Kasatkina 15. CoCo Vandeweghe 16. Elise Mertens 17. Ashleigh Barty 18. Kiki Bertens 19. Magdaléna Rybáriková 20. Anastasija Sevastova 21. Naomi Osaka 22. Johanna Konta 23. Carla Suárez Navarro 24. Daria Gavrilova 25. Anett Kontaveit 26. Barbora Strýcová 27. Shuai Zhang 28. Maria Sharapova 29. Kristina Mladenovic 30. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 31. Mihaela Buzărnescu 32. Alizé Cornet 5:51PM The male seeds 1. Rafael Nadal 2. Alexander Zverev 3. Marin Čilić 4. Grigor Dimitrov 5. Juan Martín del Potro 6. Kevin Anderson 7. Dominic Thiem 8. David Goffin 9. John Isner 10. Pablo Carreño Busta 11. Diego Schwartzman 12. Sam Querrey 13. Roberto Bautista Agut 14. Jack Sock 15. Lucas Pouille 16. Kyle Edmund Rafael Nadal's 15 most outrageous ever shots 17. Tomáš Berdych 18. Fabio Fognini 19. Hyeon Chung 20. Kei Nishikori 21. Novak Djokovic 22. Nick Kyrgios 23. Philipp Kohlschreiber 24. Stan Wawrinka 25. Denis Shapovalov 26. Adrian Mannarino 27. Filip Krajinović 28. Damir Džumhur 29. Andrey Rublev 30. Richard Gasquet 31. Feliciano López 32. Gilles Müller 5:37PM Brits abroad Afternoon all, welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw, which will get underway at 6pm BST. Andy Murray is out of course, but there are four Brits in the singles draw - including the 16th seed in the men's competition Kyle Edmund, and the 22nd seed in the women's event Johanna Konta. Both draws have 32 seeds and 128 entrants, which makes for seven rounds. Below, our pals at the Press Association have helpfully profiled the British quartet. The seven greatest ever French Open matches Kyle Edmund Edmund goes into the tournament as Britain's main hope for success after a superb start to 2018. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman will be seeded at a slam for the first time after breaking into the top 20 and can hope to build on his stunning run to the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Edmund has developed a lot under his coaching team of Fredrik Rosengren and Mark Hilton and is unusual among British players in being totally at home on clay, which rewards his huge forehand. He reached the third round last year and will hope to go further. Cameron Norrie Norrie has qualified directly for a slam on ranking for the first time thanks to his swift progress. The 22-year-old only turned professional a year ago after a stellar college career in the United States but will break into the top 100 on Monday. Born in South Africa to British parents before growing up in New Zealand and now based in the States, Norrie made a remarkable Davis Cup debut in February by beating Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut from two sets down. That was virtually his first experience on clay but the left-hander has shown himself to be a quick learner and an excellent competitor. Johanna Konta Konta's dramatic slump at the end of 2017 carried over into 2018 but there have been signs over the last couple of months that the British number one is feeling more confident again. The 27-year-old now finds herself ranked down in the 20s having spent more than a year in the top 10 and has made only one quarter-final this season. Clay is Konta's weakest surface, although she insists she does not dislike it, and she has never won a main draw match at Roland Garros. Even one victory would be a welcome boost ahead of the grass-court season, where Konta has a huge number of ranking points to defend. Heather Watson Watson's career has been marked by inconsistency and 2018 has been miserable so far for the 26-year-old. She at least goes into the French Open having ended a lengthy losing run on the WTA Tour, which began with a semi-final loss in Hobart in January and extended until the first round in Nurnberg this week. On a positive note, Watson is in the main draw by right this year, unlike 12 months ago, and the world number 86 will hope to take belief from previous performances at Roland Garros, where she has made the second round five times.
FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Halep will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament that begins on Sunday, May 27.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
AP Interview: Halep hoping for 1st Grand Slam title in Paris
FILE - In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Romania's Simona Halep returns the ball to Russia's Maria Sharapova during their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Halep will be competing in the French Open tennis tournament that begins on Sunday, May 27.(AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Premier 5 - Italian Open - Foro Italico, Rome, Italy - May 15, 2018 Russia's Maria Sharapova in action during her first round match against Australia's Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi/File Photo

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