There will be a lot of people this Monday on the courts of Roland-Garros.
Day and night.
The first “night session” of 2022, starting at 9 p.m. on the Central, will put defending champion and world number 1 Novak Djokovic back in the spotlight.
Also on the menu for a busy day, Rafael Nadal, the number 1 of the girls Iga Swiatek and Richard Gasquet.
Djokovic is back at night
Holder of the title and world number 1, Novak Djokovic therefore has the honors of the first night session of the tournament.
The Serb, absent from the last Grand Slam in Australia due to his positions against the Covid vaccine, should have a relatively easy first round.
He is opposed to the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka, ranked 94th in the world.
This should only be a good appetizer in a tournament strewn with traps: “Roland-Garros is in my head every day, it's been like this since I've been playing, he said on Friday.
Winning in Rome last Sunday was important for my confidence.
I feel good now on the court.
I hope to get far in the tournament.
I am inspired and motivated to reach the final once again.
“Djokovic in the best case will not enter the center before 8:45 p.m.
Nadal, back to earth...
He says it himself, he is not the favorite of the tournament.
But he also says that even when he was, he ignored it.
In what state is Rafael Nadal at the start of this new epic on earth?
Only he knows it and we will quickly find out: "I suffered for a few days but I feel better and that's why I'm here, slips the world No. 5, whose approach we watch to guess any embarrassed.
Everyone knows what's going on, I was clear on the subject.
It's something I live with on a daily basis, it's no surprise.
If I didn't think it could be okay, I wouldn't be here,” he said on Friday.
For his entry into the running, Nadal seeded number 5 is opposed at the end of the afternoon to the mustachioed Australian Jordan Thompson, ranked in 82nd place.
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Iga Swiatek begins his conquest
We will have the opportunity to see her again because except for a big, very big surprise, she will be in the final in a fortnight.
The Polish and world number 1 Iga Swiatek begins her tournament at the opening of the day on the central against the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko.
Even if we like to see Ukrainians win at the moment, it should go well for the Pole who remains on 28 games without defeat in a row.
“I know this streak may end soon.
I don't want to be heartbroken the day it happens” smiles the winner of the tournament in 2020. Another headliner of the day for the ladies: Naomi Osaka back in Paris.
She faces the American Amanda Anisimova (27) without any real certainty of emerging victorious
A little blue in the greyness
French people are also entering the race this Monday.
Starting with Richard Gasquet opposed on the Suzanne-Lenglen court to the South African Lloyd Harris (N°37).
Tough task for Biarrot which arrives at Porte d'Auteuil with a more modest ranking (75th).
Previously, on the same court, Corentin Moutet (139th) will take up the bet Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss fell to 257th place in the world.
Also to follow, the entry into the running of Manuel Guinard against Cameron Norrie, the first round of the survivor of the qualifications Geoffrey Blancaneaux against the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics, that of Benoit Paire against the Belarussian Ilya Ivashka and among the ladies, the entry into the tournament of Elsa Jacquemot against the English Heather Watson and Léolia Jeanjean against the Spaniard Nuria Parrizas.
The program (from 11 a.m.)
Iga Swiatek (Pol / N.1) - Lesia Tsurenko (UKR);
Diane Parry (Fra) - Barbora Krejcikova (Cze/2);
Jordan Thompson (Aus) - Rafael Nadal (Esp/5);
(not before 8:45 p.m.) Novak Djokovic (Srb / 1) - Yoshihito Nishioka (Jap)
Amanda Anisimova (USA/27) - Naomi Osaka (Jap.);
Stan Wawrinka (Sui) - Corentin Moutet (Fra);
Anett Kontaveit (East/5) - Ajla Tomljanovic (Aus);
Lloyd Harris (AF) - Richard Gasquet (Fra)
Océane Dodin (Fra) - Andrea Petkovic (Ger);
Cameron Norrie (Eng./10) - Manuel Guinard (Fra);
Linda Noskova (Cze) - Emma Raducanu (Eng./12);
Benoît Paire (FRA) - Ilya Ivashka (Bel.)
Léolia Jeanjean (Fra) - Nuria Parrizas (Spain)
Marton Fucsovics (Hon.) - Geoffrey Blancaneaux (Fra)
Heather Watson (Eng.) - Elsa Jacquemot (Fra)