For first time in 28 years, 35 American players make main draw at French Open

Sunday, 28 May 2023 at 03:15
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The 2023 French Open will feature the highest number of American tennis players in 28 years, with Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff, and Taylor Fritz leading the charge.
American tennis can celebrate the great moment it is experiencing both on the ATP and WTA tours. Since the beginning of the Open Era, only three American players have won the French Open: Michael Chang (1989), Jim Courier (1991, 1992), and Andre Agassi (1999).
In the case of women's tennis, the success has also been limited. Apart from the rivalry between Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova (who together won 9 French Open titles), only Jennifer Capriati (2001) and Serena Williams (2002, 2013, and 2015) have lifted the Roland Garros trophy. Despite these records, it remains the Grand Slam with the least dominance by Americans.
This year, there will be 35 American players vying for the title. Sixteen will compete on the men's side, led by Taylor Fritz (world No. 9), Frances Tiafoe (world No. 12), Tommy Paul (world No. 17), and Sebastian Korda (world No. 30).
On the women's side, there will be 19 American players in the main draw, including some strong contenders such as last year's finalist Coco Gauff (world No. 6) and her frequent doubles partner Jessica Pegula (world No. 3).
The first round will commence on Sunday, with several Americans making their debut, including Korda, Ben Shelton, Pegula, and Townsend.

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