Day Two is incoming at the 2023 French Open with the clay courts at Roland Garros welcoming two-time champion Novak Djokovic and heir to the throne of Rafael Nadal in a lot of people's minds in Carlos Alcaraz.
Also flanked by the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Jannik Sinner and Caroline Garcia on the show court, with Cameron Norrie, Petra Kvitova, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Elina Svitolina all starting their campaigns too.
As are Dominic Thiem and Stan Wawrinka but both are on outside courts which considering their respective records at Roland Garros is a tad surprising.
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Matches to watch
Novak Djokovic v Aleksander Kovacevic
From USA by Belgrade, Aleksandar Kovacevic will face the ultimate task on his French Open debut when he faces the two-time champion Novak Djokovic.
Djokovic will aim to seal the Grand Slam record in the absence of Rafael Nadal albeit having not been in the best form in the lead up.
Losing to Holger Rune in Rome after missing Madrid, he also has suffered as of late with an elbow injury which he has since refuted is bothering him.
But will Kovacevic be over awed by a player who he has said is his idol. In terms of head to head of course they have never played but will be a good gauge as to where Djokovic is at in his first task in Paris.
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Caroline Garcia v Xiyu Wang
Another match to watch also comes on Court Phillippe Chatrier with home hope Caroline Garcia in action on the WTA side of the draw.
After a whirlwind 12 months including winning the WTA Finals, it has not been easy to back up for Garcia.
Especially since sacking coach Bertrand Perret but they are back together and she will hope to anchor home hopes on Monday afternoon at around 15 local time. Same as Djokovic in no head to head between her and Xiyu Wang.
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Carlos Alcaraz v Flavio Cobolli
As per the scheduling being heavy weighted towards the French players instead of the big names, Carlos Alcaraz will start his campaign on Court Suzanne Lenglen instead of Chatrier.
First up is Flavio Cobolli who has reached a Grand Slam for the first time. He has also made a maiden Quarter-FInal on the ATP tour at the BMW Open so could be a tricky start for Alcaraz.
Especially given the pressure imparted due to Rafael Nadal's absence. They have one recorded meeting three years ago in a Challenger Qualifier which was taken by Alcaraz in straight sets.
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Kvitova, Svitolina, Fils and Auger-Aliassime all in action
On Lenglen, Cameron Norrie will begin proceedings against Benoit Paire in a home hope clash, Belinda Bencic and Petra Kvitova are between the Alcaraz tie.
Elina Svitolina faces an intriguing tie after her return to title winning form in Strasbourg. She faces Martina Trevisan, a clay court specialist in what is bound to be a superb tiee.
Arthur FIls also faces Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. Fils was winner in Lyon and is one of the underrated clashes of the opening round.
Frances Tiafoe, Jelena Ostapenko, Dominic Thiem, Jack Draper, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Stan Wawrinka and Beatriz Haddad-Maia are also among the top names on the outside courts.
Schedule Day Two
Monday, May 29, 2023
Court Philippe Chatrier Starts At 10:45 AM
R128 Karolina Pliskova VS Sloane Stephens
R128 Novak Djokovic VS Aleksandar Kovacevic
R128 Caroline Garcia VS Xiyu Wang
R128 Jannik Sinner VS Alexandre Muller
Court Suzanne Lenglen Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Benoit Paire VS Cameron Norrie
R128 Elina Avanesyan VS Belinda Bencic
R128 Carlos Alcaraz VS Flavio Cobolli
R128 Petra Kvitova VS Elisabetta Cocciaretto
Court Simonne Mathieu Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Kayla Day VS Kristina Mladenovic
R128 Felix Auger-Aliassime VS Fabio Fognini
R128 Elina Svitolina VS Martina Trevisan
R128 Arthur Fils VS Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Court 7 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Brandon Nakashima VS Denis Shapovalov
R128 Yulia Putintseva VS Maryna Zanevska
R128 Filip Krajinovic VS Frances Tiafoe
R128 Jelena Ostapenko VS Tereza Martincova
Court 6 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Ilya Ivashka VS Alex de Minaur
R128 Marketa Vondrousova VS Alycia Parks
R128 Dominic Thiem VS Pedro Cachin
R128 Veronika Kudermetova VS Anna-Karolina Schmiedlova
Court 12 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Anett Kontaveit VS Bernarda Pera
R128 Roberto Bautista Agut VS Yibing Wu
R128 Borna Coric VS Federico Coria
R128 Ekaterina Alexandrova VS Viktoriya Tomova
Court 9 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova VS Linda Fruhvirtova
R128 Jack Draper VS Tomas Martin Etcheverry
R128 Botic Van de Zandschulp VS Thiago Agustin Tirante
R128 Anna Blinkova VS Ysaline Bonaventure
Court 8 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Dayana Yastremska VS Donna Vekic
R128 Alexei Popyrin VS Aslan Karatsev
R128 Aliona Bolsova VS Kristina Kucova
R128 Daniel Altmaier VS Marc-Andrea Huesler
Court 4 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Camila Osorio VS Ana Bogdan
R128 Christopher O'Connell VS Taro Daniel
R128 Hamad Medjedovic VS Marcos Giron
R128 Nao Hibino VS Anna-Lena Friedsam
Court 5 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Juncheng Shang VS Juan Pablo Varillas
R128 Rebecca Marino VS Diana Shnaider
R128 Peyton Stearns VS Katerina Siniakova
R128 Zhizhen Zhang VS Dusan Lajovic
Court 14 Starts At 10:00 AM
R128 Kaia Kanepi VS Madison Keys
R128 Bernabe Zapata Miralles VS Diego Schwartzman
R128 Stan Wawrinka VS Albert Ramos-Vinolas
R128 Varvara Gracheva VS Dalma Galfi
R128 Tatjana Maria VS Beatriz Haddad Maia
R128 Jiri Lehecka VS Jan-Lennard Struff
R128 Simona Waltert VS Elizabeth Mandlik
R128 Luca van Assche VS Marco Cecchinato