Lhe first day of the Roland-Garros Grand Slam tournament, Sunday May 22, delivered its first verdicts. Surprise defeat for Ons Jabeur, fright for Félix Auger-Aliassime, berezina of the French women… Find the results of the main seeds, the French players, the day’s statement or the next day’s program every day.
- What did the headliners do today?
We were expecting it, Carlos Alcaraz, for his debut in the Roland-Garros tournament. The young Spaniard did not disappoint, who crunched the Argentinian Londero in three dry sets (6-4, 6-2, 6-0) and less than two hours of play. His compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas is already trembling at the idea of meeting the young conqueror of world tennis in the next round.
Big surprise in the women’s draw, with the elimination by the back door early in the afternoon ofOns Jabeur (world number 6). Considered one of the favorites and impressive since the start of the season on clay, the Tunisian lost in three sets against the Polish Magda Linette (6-3, 6-7, 5-7). Jabeur is already saying goodbye to his dream of winning Roland-Garros.
Garbine Muguruza won the trophy in 2016. But the world number 10 is no longer the player she was and also suffered the affront of being eliminated as soon as she entered the tournament, beaten by the Estonian Kaia Kanepi (6-2, 3-6, 4-6).
Felix Auger-Aliassime himself was very scared. For the very first time in his career, the world number 9 has managed to go up two sets in a Grand Slam. Led against the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas (122and world, from qualifying), the Canadian finally won in five sets (2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3).
Less difficulty for Grigor Dimitrov (21and), winner of Marcos Giron (6-1, 6-1, 6-1), and Diego Schwartzman (16and) by Andrey Kuznetsov (6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2). Alexander Zverev did not shake during this first round either: the German got rid in less than two hours (6-2, 6-4, 6-4) of Sebastian Ofner, a modest Austrian player (218and), passed through the qualifications.
Double finalist at Roland-Garros in 2018 and 2019, Dominic Thiem, fell back to the 194and world place, was ingloriously eliminated by the Bolivian Hugo Dellien (3-6, 2-6, 4-6). The Austrian, who recently returned after nine months without playing, has yet to win a match in six tournaments since the start of the year.
Gregoire Barrere honored the invitation he received from the organizers of Roland-Garros. Sunday, the 209ᵉ world was defeated in pain by the Japanese Taro Daniel (105ᵉ) in five sets (3-6, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4). At 28, the Val-de-Marnais is the first Frenchman qualified for the second round of the Parisian Grand Slam. In the next match, he will be opposed to the American John Isner, who fell for the French Quentin Halys (7-6, 4-6, 7-6, 7-6).
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They were four in the running on Sunday on the courts. And none has won the right to turn back the clay at Roland-Garros. Kristina Mladenovic (107and) was outclassed in the evening (6-0, 7-5) by the Canadian Leylah Ferandez (18and), Harmony Tan (106ᵉ) was beaten (6-4, 6-3) by Colombian Camila Osorio (66ᵉ), Carole Monnet (20 years old, 253ᵉ) did not deserve against the Czech Karolina Muchova (81and) for 1h48 of play (6-3,6-3). Unfortunate outcome also for Clara Burel (94and), who will not see the aisles of Roland-Garros this year in singles, released by the Greek Maria Sakkari (6-2, 6-3), fourth player in the world.
“Honestly, I was not happy to play at 11 o’clock on Sunday. »
Ons Jabeur has not yet fully digested his defeat against Magda Linette. In a press conference, after being eliminated in the first round of Roland-Garros, the Tunisian regretted the programming of her match: “Honestly, I was not happy to play at 11 o’clock on Sunday. Especially on the Philippe-Chatrier, which is a very nice court, but on which I unfortunately lose every time. » A match played very early, which apparently served him, unlike a very sharp Linette.
While she had affirmed that he would not be “acceptable for [elle] not to be in the second week”of the tournament before the match, Jabeur will already have to turn to the next deadlines of the season.
Monday, May 23, the big favorites for the final victory will make their entry into the running. Starting with the Polish Iga Swiatek, who will play at 11 a.m. against the Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko on the Philippe-Chatrier court. Two games later, it will be the turn of Rafael Nadal to launch his Parisian fortnight with a confrontation against Jordan Thompson.
The same evening, during the first “night session” of this tournament, the defending champion Novak Djokovic will face Yoshihito Nishioka. To note the first match of the seeded number 2 in women, Barbora Krejcikova against the French Diane Parryand a first match which promises to be played on the Suzanne-Lenglen court at 11 a.m., between Naomi Osaka and Amanda Anisimova.
tricolor side, Richard Gasquet, Arthur Rinderknech, Geoffrey Blancaneaux, Benoit Pair and Corentin Moutet will make their debut among the gentlemen. In addition to Diane Parry, Oceane Dodin, Leolia Jeanjean and Elsa Jacquemot will, for their part, play their first round in the women’s draw.