Shapovalov has a date with Ron in the first round of the French Open

On Thursday, organizers announced after the draw that Canadian Denis Shapovalov will meet Denmark’s Holger Ron in the first round of the French Open.

Thus, for the first time in his career, Shapovalov, ranked 14th in the world, will face Ron, the 40th player in the world, on clay in Paris.

For his part, Felix Auger-Aliassime, the ninth seed, will set an appointment with a qualified player. Quebec could find its way in the round of 16, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, and in the next round favorite in the tournament, Novak Djokovic.

The latter, the defending champion at Roland Garros, finds himself in the same part of the table as Nadal and compatriot Carlos Alcaraz. Djokovic sent Nadal out in the quarter-finals last year.

Nadal has 21 Grand Slam titles, more than Djokovic and Roger Federer. This will be Duker’s first major tournament since last year’s US Open. He was unable to play in the Australian Open due to his COVID-19 vaccination status.

If the Djokovic-Nadal duel in the quarter-finals materializes, the winner can meet the sixth seed, Alcaraz, in the semi-finals. Alcaraz, just 19 years old, recently won the Madrid Open on clay and became the youngest tennis player to top the top 10 in the world since Nadal in 2005.

Alcaraz may face third seed Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals. Another potential quarter-final in the men’s team could put Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (No. 2) against compatriot Andrei Rublev (No. 7) – a duel that may never happen at Wimbledon due to the penalties that tournament organizers have imposed on Russian players. Due to the invasion of Ukraine – Summer 2021 Stefanos Tsitsipas to Norway’s Casper Ruud (No. 8).

Fernandez vs Mladenovic

Among the women, Leila Annie Fernandez will start her tournament against local candidate Kristina Mladenovic. Quebec, ranked 17th, did not pass swordsmanship in her career against Mladenovic, 110th in the world.

For her part, Bianca Andreescu of Ontario, ranked 72 in the world, will face a qualified player in the first round. He may face the 2019 US Open champion in the third round, Fernandes.

British Columbian Rebecca Marino, ranked 116th in the world, could join Fernandez and Andreescu in the women’s main draw. However, she will have to beat Australia’s Seone, ranked 223 in the world, in the third and final round of qualifying on Friday morning.

In addition, Naomi Osaka’s return to Paris is likely to be full-bodied as she will face the player she defeated at the Australian Open, Amanda Anisimova.

Osaka won four Grand Slam titles during her career and ranked number one in the world, before dropping to 38th place due to a long hiatus. In particular, she took a break to regain her mental health, after withdrawing from the French Open before her second round match last year due to symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Since it is not a French Open seed, you could have faced a seed in the first round. That is why she will intersect with Anisimova (No. 27).

The latter had defeated Osaka 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (5) in the third round at Melbourne Park in January.

Another possible quarter-final match in Paris is between Anas Jaber and Maria Skari.

The French Open officially begins on Sunday.

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