The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

by Savannah

It’s no secret. For those of you who have been reading me for a long time you know that I love, no, that I’m fanatical about clay court tennis. A player has to be able to pose questions and if he or she doesn’t like the answer rephrase it and throw it back at his or her opponent. Conversations can be long with a lot of different tangents and changes of subject. It requires patience and constant vigilance. A slight break of concentration can cause not only a game but a match.

Not every player, or every fan for that matter, is temperamentally suited to clay court tennis and that’s fine. While my favorite surface is clay I can appreciate the aesthetics of hard court and grass court tennis. It’s a different way of thinking and each surface demands a different skill set from a player.

But on Sunday the Grand Slam event dedicated to perfection on the terre battue as it’s called in France begins so enough of my blathering. Below are the mens singles main draw and the women’s singles main draw.

 

ATP Main Draw

DJOKOVIC, Novak SRB [1] vs LU, Yen-Hsun TPE
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs BEDENE, Aljaz GBR
CARRENO BUSTA, Pablo ESP vs DELBONIS, Federico ARG [31]

TOMIC, Bernard AUS [20] vs BAKER, Brian USA
CORIC, Borna CRO vs FRITZ, Taylor USA
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA vs GIRALDO, Santiago COL
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS vs BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto ESP [14]

FERRER, David ESP [11] vs DONSKOY, Evgeny RUS
ISTOMIN, Denis UZB vs MONACO, Juan ARG
ESTRELLA BURGOS, Victor DOM vs MARCHENKO, Illya UKR
JOHNSON, Steve USA vs LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP [21]

CUEVAS, Pablo URU [25] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
CHUNG, Hyeon KOR vs HALYS, Quentin FRA (W)
JAZIRI, Malek TUN vs MAYER, Florian GER
POSPISIL, Vasek CAN vs BERDYCH, Tomas CZE [7]

NADAL, Rafael ESP [4] vs GROTH, Sam AUS
BAGNIS, Facundo ARG vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
MAHUT, Nicolas FRA vs BERANKIS, Ricardas LTU
GRANOLLERS, Marcel ESP vs FOGNINI, Fabio ITA [32]

ANDERSON, Kevin RSA [18] vs ROBERT, Stephane FRA (W)
ZVEREV, Alexander GER vs HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues FRA
DE BAKKER, Thiemo NED vs GARCIA-LOPEZ, Guillermo ESP
CERVANTES, Inigo ESP vs THIEM, Dominic AUT [13]

GOFFIN, David BEL [12] vs BARRERE, Gregoire FRA (W)
LORENZI, Paolo ITA vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
RAM, Rajeev USA vs VESELY, Jiri CZE
ALMAGRO, Nicolas ESP vs KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp GER [24]

SOUSA, Joao POR [26] vs DZUMHUR, Damir BIH
SEPPI, Andreas ITA vs GULBIS, Ernests LAT
MULLER, Gilles LUX vs BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried FRA [6]

RAONIC, Milos CAN [8] vs TIPSAREVIC, Janko SRB
KUKUSHKIN, Mikhail KAZ vs MANNARINO, Adrian FRA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs MUNOZ DE LA NAVA, Daniel ESP
BENNETEAU, Julien FRA (W) vs POUILLE, Lucas FRA [29]

SOCK, Jack USA [23] vs HAASE, Robin NED
SELA, Dudi ISR vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
RAMOS-VINOLAS, Albert ESP vs ZEBALLOS, Horacio ARG
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs CILIC, Marin CRO [10]

SIMON, Gilles FRA [16] vs DUTRA SILVA, Rogerio BRA
SCHWARTZMAN, Diego ARG vs PELLA, Guido ARG
LAJOVIC, Dusan SRB vs KUDLA, Denis USA
DIMITROV, Grigor BUL vs TROICKI, Viktor SRB [22]

CHARDY, Jeremy FRA [30] vs MAYER, Leonardo ARG
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
KLIZAN, Martin SVK vs DANIEL, Taro JPN
ROSOL, Lukas CZE vs WAWRINKA, Stan SUI [3]

NISHIKORI, Kei JPN [5] vs BOLELLI, Simone ITA
KUZNETSOV, Andrey RUS vs BECKER, Benjamin GER
DODIG, Ivan CRO vs YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
VERDASCO, Fernando ESP vs DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr UKR [28]

KYRGIOS, Nick AUS [17] vs CECCHINATO, Marco ITA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUERREY, Sam USA vs FRATANGELO, Bjorn USA (W)
BELLUCCI, Thomaz BRA vs GASQUET, Richard FRA [9]

ISNER, John USA [15] vs MILLMAN, John AUS
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs EDMUND, Kyle GBR
GABASHVILI, Teymuraz RUS vs YOUNG, Donald USA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs PAIRE, Benoit FRA [19]

KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO [27] vs MONTANES, Albert ESP
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs THOMPSON, Jordan AUS (W)
BOURGUE, Mathias FRA (W) vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs MURRAY, Andy GBR [2]

I think this draw speaks for itself so there isn’t much to say about it that it doesn’t say.

WTA Main Draw

WILLIAMS, Serena USA [1] vs RYBARIKOVA, Magdalena SVK
PEREIRA, Teliana BRA vs PLISKOVA, Kristyna CZE
CRAWFORD, Samantha USA vs BABOS, Timea HUN
SCHIAVONE, Francesca ITA vs MLADENOVIC, Kristina FRA [26]

SVITOLINA, Elina UKR [18] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
TOWNSEND, Taylor USA (W) vs HESSE, Amandine FRA (W)
NARA, Kurumi JPN vs ALLERTOVA, Denisa CZE
DODIN, Oceane FRA (W) vs IVANOVIC, Ana SRB [14]

SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla ESP [12] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
WANG, Qiang CHN vs ANDRIANJAFITRIMO, Tessah FRA (W)
RODIONOVA, Arina AUS (W) vs KONJUH, Ana CRO
ZHENG, Saisai CHN vs CIBULKOVA, Dominika SVK [22]

PETKOVIC, Andrea GER [28] vs ROBSON, Laura GBR
PUTINTSEVA, Yulia KAZ vs WOZNIAK, Aleksandra CAN
SEVASTOVA, Anastasija LAT vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
KNAPP, Karin ITA vs AZARENKA, Victoria BLR [5]

KERBER, Angelique GER [3] vs BERTENS, Kiki NED
LIM, Alize FRA (W) vs GIORGI, Camila ITA
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs RAZZANO, Virginie FRA (W)
FRIEDSAM, Anna-Lena GER vs KASATKINA, Daria RUS [29]

KONTA, Johanna GBR [20] vs GOERGES, Julia GER
PUIG, Monica PUR vs GOVORTSOVA, Olga BLR
GAVRILOVA, Daria AUS vs DUQUE-MARINO, Mariana COL
VEKIC, Donna CRO vs KEYS, Madison USA [15]

WILLIAMS, Venus USA [9] vs KONTAVEIT, Anett EST
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs DAVIS, Lauren USA
CORNET, Alize FRA vs FLIPKENS, Kirsten BEL
MARIA, Tatjana GER vs JANKOVIC, Jelena SRB [23]

NICULESCU, Monica ROU [31] vs PARMENTIER, Pauline FRA
FALCONI, Irina USA vs BARTHEL, Mona GER
SIEGEMUND, Laura GER vs BOUCHARD, Eugenie CAN
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs BACSINSZKY, Timea SUI [8]

VINCI, Roberta ITA [7] vs BONDARENKO, Kateryna UKR
BECK, Annika GER vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
VANDEWEGHE, Coco USA vs BROADY, Naomi GBR
MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie USA vs BEGU, Irina-Camelia ROU [25]

PLISKOVA, Karolina CZE [17] vs ROGERS, Shelby USA
VESNINA, Elena RUS vs BRENGLE, Madison USA
ARRUABARRENA, Lara ESP vs HSIEH, Su-Wei TPE
KOVINIC, Danka MNE vs KVITOVA, Petra CZE [10]

KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana RUS [13] vs SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava KAZ
GIBBS, Nicole USA vs WATSON, Heather GBR
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs SASNOVICH, Aliaksandra BLR
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia RUS [24]

MAKAROVA, Ekaterina RUS [27] vs LEPCHENKO, Varvara USA
WICKMAYER, Yanina BEL vs DULGHERU, Alexandra ROU
GEORGES, Myrtille FRA (W) vs MCHALE, Christina USA
SCHMIEDLOVA, Anna Karolina SVK vs MUGURUZA, Garbine ESP [4]

HALEP, Simona ROU [6] vs HIBINO, Nao JPN
DIYAS, Zarina KAZ vs WITTHOEFT, Carina GER
LUCIC-BARONI, Mirjana CRO vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
OSAKA, Naomi JPN vs OSTAPENKO, Jelena LAT [32]

STOSUR, Samantha AUS [21] vs DOI, Misaki JPN
ZHANG, Shuai CHN vs VOSKOBOEVA, Galina KAZ
RISKE, Alison USA vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
DIATCHENKO, Vitalia RUS vs SAFAROVA, Lucie CZE [11]

ERRANI, Sara ITA [16] vs PIRONKOVA, Tsvetana BUL
LARSSON, Johanna SWE vs LINETTE, Magda POL
QUALIFIER, (Q) vs LISICKI, Sabine GER
GASPARYAN, Margarita RUS vs STEPHENS, Sloane USA [19]

STRYCOVA, Barbora CZE [30] vs QUALIFIER, (Q)
HERCOG, Polona SLO vs DOMINGUEZ LINO, Lourdes ESP
TSURENKO, Lesia UKR vs GARCIA, Caroline FRA
JOVANOVSKI, Bojana SRB vs RADWANSKA, Agnieszka POL [2]

In both draws the seeds are pretty well protected with an exception or two.
Once again we see a wide open bottom half of the women’s draw while the top half is truly a war.

I’m that person who has said for years that draws weren’t as random as we’d like to think they are. I’ve also been severely criticized for saying that. Imagine my laughter when someone on Tennis Twitter said this morning that it’s time for the ATP and WTA to find a new seeding mechanism when he saw the ATP draw. Ironic isn’t it?

There’s no nonsensical Middle Sunday break in Paris but the weather forecast is not good. Play will start with the bottom half of both draws on Sunday. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tennis. I’ll check back in as needed before the first week is completed. Otherwise I’ll be back on Middle Sunday.

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