Djokovic, Sabalenka, Ruud and Rybakina headline 2024 French Open Roland Garros Tuesday Schedule

Tuesday, 28 May 2024 at 09:30
The schedule has been confirmed on Tuesday at the 2024 French Open with Novak Djokovic, Aryna Sabalenka, Casper Ruud and Elena Rybakina all starting their campaigns in Paris.
Djokovic will aim to bounce back after his recent poor form which saw him defeated by Tomas Machac in the semi-finals of the Geneva Open. Whilst Sabalenka and Rybakina are the two main threats to Iga Swiatek in the draw. Our preview looks ahead to the main matches and talking points for Tuesday 28 May.

Djokovic set for Night Session against French veteran

Novak Djokovic as he often does will headline the Night Session at Roland Garros with the 24-time Grand Slam champion set to battle against another fellow veteran in Pierre Hugues Herbert. The World No.1 has faced real doubts over his form in recent months after a myriad of crushing losses including to Alejandro Tabilo in Rome and Luca Nardi at Indian Wells.
But can Herbert who got in through a wildcard find the way to roll back the years and spring the ultimate shock. The crowd will certainly be willing him on to do so against the top dog of men's tennis. Now ranked 142nd, Herbert has played Djokovic before. But the latter sealed a win at the Paris Masters back in 2013 7-6, 6-3 during the start of his career. He went on to be a top 40 player, but is mainly known for doubles more than anything else. He has previously reached the third round of the French Open before. But it will likely be an uphill task despite Djokovic's struggles.

Sabalenka, Ruud and Rybakina headline other top ties

Starting off on Court Philippe Chatrier on Tuesday is Qinwen Zheng who will aim to continue her great form and also send Alize Cornet packing who is in her last ever French Open. But what would be the odds for the ultimate spoiler in Cornet to find a way to seal the win. She is often a giant killer and Zheng could find a rude awakening if she doesn't take the Frenchwoman seriously.
Casper Ruud instead of Jakub Mensik will return to the scene of his two French Open finals to face Bruno Meligeni Alves, a Brazilian qualifier. Slightly easier for the Geneva Open champion than Mensik. But the onus is now on him to make count a favourite tag of sorts. Despite playing down his status among the best for this tournament, he has the record to back it up. Despite recent injury scares, he will start aiming to get through the first round and build from there.
Whilst Aryna Sabalenka is usually in destructive form to start Grand Slams. She won't face Mirra Andreeva though who is on one of the outer courts and could play at the same time as sister Erika Andreeva. The older sister of the duo, she hasn't made the same strides yet of the younger 17-year-old prodigy. But she will aim to make her mark against Sabalenka on Tuesday. Ordinarily though, Sabalenka has a bit of a habit of swatting players aside who aren't at her level. So this could be a pretty easy win.
Elena Rybakina technically headlines Suzanne-Lenglen albeit in starting off as she faces Greet Minnen. Looking to dispel recent illness fears, she faces the Belgian looking to have the campaign she was robbed of last year. Holger Rune, Alex de Minaur, Taylor Fritz, Victoria Azarenka, Madison Keys and Angelique Kerber also form part of an interesting day again at the French Open as the first round concludes.
Court Philippe-Chatrier
Starts at 11:00am
Qinwen Zheng (7) v Alize Cornet
Bruno Meligeni Alves v Casper Ruud (7)
Erika Andreeva v Aryna Sabalenka (2)
Night Session
Novak Djokovic (1) v Pierre Hugues Herbert
Court Suzanne-Lenglen
Starts at 11:00am
Greet Minnen v Elena Rybakina (4)
Tomas Martin Etcheverry (28) v Arthur Cazaux
Magdalena Frech v Daria Kasatkina (10)
Dan Evans v Holger Rune (13)
Court Simonne-Mathieu
Starts at 11:00am
Alex de Minaur (11) v Alex Michelsen
Taylor Fritz (12) v Facundo Coria
Madison Keys (14) v Renata Zarazua
Victoria Azarenka (19) v Nadia Podoroska
Court 14
Starts at 11:00am
Petra Martic v Kristina Mladenovic
David Goffin v Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard
Katie Boulter (26) v Paula Badosa
Gregoire Barrere v Alexander Bublik (19)
Court 7
Starts at 11:00am
Elise Mertens (25) v Maria Lourdes Carle
Giulio Zeppieri v Adrian Mannarino (22)
Roman Andres Burruchaga v Jan Lennard Struff
Yulia Putintseva v Sloane Stephens
Court 6
Starts at 11:00am
Arthur Rinderknech v Adam Walton
Arantxa Rus v Angelique Kerber
Zeynep Sonmez v Emma Navarro (22)
Roberto Carballes Baena v Constant Lestienne
Court 4
Starts at 11:00am
Mariano Navone (31) v Pablo Carreno Busta
Yue Yuan v Mayar Sherif
Court 5
Starts at 11:00am
Anna Blinkova v Sorana Cirstea (28)
Rinky Hijikata v Luc`iano Darderi
Court 8
Starts at 11:00am
Nuno Borges v Tomas Machac
Alexei Popyrin v Thanasi Kokkinakis
Court 9
Starts at 11:00am
Lin Zhu v Elina Avanesyan
Valentin Vacherot v Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
Mirra Andreeva v Emina Bektas
Court 12
Starts at 11:00am
Jaume Munar v Roberto Bautista Agut
Lucija Ciric Bagaric v Peyton Stearns
Sara Errani v Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
Court 13
Starts at 11:00am
Ashlyn Krueger v Tamara Korpatsch
Mackenzie McDonald v Tallon Griekspoor (26)
Flavio Cobolli v Hamad Medjedovic
Irene Burillo Escorihuela v Moyuka Uchijima

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