PARIS – The new world No. 1 player, Ega Swiatek, currently has an irresistible streak of 28 wins, which has only been surpassed three times since the beginning of the 2000s – Venus Williams (35 in 2000) and Serena Williams (34 in 2013) and Justin Henin (32 in 2008), all former #1 in the world with a well-stocked roster for Grand Slam tournaments.
In short, a selection.
“I am aware of the pressure that comes with that, and I know that on clay, the media will consider me the favorite,” said Swiatek, the 2020 Roland Garros champion, who will face the 121st racket. The first round is on Monday.
Pole explained, “But honestly, I don’t know what to expect, because it’s going to be my first time being world number one. One thing I know is that I’m going to have fun on the mud… I’m always more excited as Roland-Garros gets closer, so I’ll have fun with it, That’s for sure.
The 20-year-old has won her last five tournaments, and 42 of her last 43 sets.
“She obviously sets the standards very high,” admitted Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, from Ontario. It is very inspiring.”
Everyone in the tennis world knows this.
“She’s dynamic. She’s natural. She’s young, summed up by the 13 French Open champion, Rafael Nadal. And she seems unstoppable.
Maybe not far away. Because Swiatek understands that such a sequence will not be eternal.
However, if you can extend it by seven matches, spread over a little less than two weeks, the first Polish player to be ranked number one in the world could win a second career title.
“I’m aware that this streak may end very soon, so I won’t be sad, you know, when it happens,” Swiatek said plainly. It is very healthy to approach it in this way.
Here are more diversion topics heading into the campaign’s second major tournament:
French Open champion Barbora Krejsikova of the Czech Republic wasn’t sure if she would be able to defend her title due to a right elbow injury that is slow to heal.
“I really don’t have any expectations, says Kryczicova, the second player in the world after coming close to Roland Garros at level 33 last year. I am healthy now. I hope it stays that way. And I feel mentally fine.”
The men’s main draw is completely unbalanced: the top half of the draw is occupied by world number one champion Novak Djokovic, 13-times Paris champion Rafael Nadal, rising Spanish tennis star Carlos Alcaraz, and world number 3 Alexander Zverev. And of course Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime.
“Very difficult,” Zverev admitted. I think the Roland-Garros champion will come from this part of the table.
Alcaraz and Auger-Aliassime will be the only members of this quintet to play on Sunday; The other three will follow on Monday.
Among the lucky ones to make it past the segment are world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas, who reached the finals last year, and Denis Shapovalov of Ontario, in Monday’s competition.
After three strict restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, health restrictions have been eased in France. As a result, after capping crowds at Roland-Garros last year, organizers have allowed entire homes to return – and if we can trust what’s happening elsewhere in Paris, it’s mandatory.
Vaccination against COVID-19 is no longer mandatory for travel to French soil, provided that visitors submit a negative screening test. So Djokovic will be able to participate in the tournament, unlike the Australian Open in January, when he was denied access to the territory because he was not vaccinated against the Corona virus.
Serena Williams, who has been sidelined since sustaining an injury at Wimbledon last year, and her sister Venus who has not played since the tournament in Chicago last August. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who reached the Roland Garros final in 2021, is also absent with a knee injury. On the men’s side, Roger Federer has been out of action since July 2021, last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini, who underwent wrist surgery, as well as two “fun” players Nick Kyrgios and Gael Monfils.
See you soon
The 37-year-old French who made it to the top 10 in the world will bid farewell to Roland Garros: 2008 Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gilles Simon. This will be the last tournament in Tsonga’s career. Simon will hang up his racket at the end of the campaign.
“I am fortunate to have been able to live off my passion,” Tsonga said.