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French Open draw LIVE: Latest updates as Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz learn fate

Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu have all withdrawn due to injury

Michael Jones
Thursday 25 May 2023 14:32 BST
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Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are yet to meet at a grand slam
Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are yet to meet at a grand slam (Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz could meet in the French Open semi-finals after they were drawn in the same half of the tournament, while defending women’s champion Iga Swiatek was handed a tough route to the final.

British No 1 Cameron Norrie could face Alcaraz in the fourth round, with Stefanos Tsitsipas a potential quarter-final opponent for the 20-year-old Spaniard. Djokovic, who will attempt to win a record 23rd grand slam title in Paris, was drawn in the same quarter as Andrey Rublev.

In the women’s draw, defending champion Swiatek and Barbora Krejcikova - the winners of the last three women’s singles titles at Roland Garros - could meet in the fourth round, with Victoria Azarenka also a potential opponent at that stage.

Swiatek is also projected to play Coco Gauff in the quarter-finals - in what would be a rematch of last year’s final - while the Pole also landed in the same half of the draw as Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina - who has won all three of their meetings this season.

Follow all the updates from the French Open draw:

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Who are the top seeds at the French Open?

Carlos Alcaraz is the top men’s seed despite an early exit at the Italian Open, as he overtook Novak Djokovic as world No. 1 after the tournament.

Daniil Medvedev moved up to world No. 2 following his victory in Italy and will be the second seed with Djokovic third ahead of last year’s French Open runner-up Casper Ruud.

The top two women’s seeds are Iga Swiatek and Aryna Sabalenka.

Swiatek is the defending champion and is aiming for a third French Open title, while world No. 2 Sabalenka will be looking to make it past the third round for the first time.

Jessica Pegula is the third seed ahead of Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:24
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Why a reset for Emma Raducanu can be a step in the right direction

As Emma Raducanu sat down in Madrid last month, the British No 1 was determined to give away as little as possible. The former US Open champion was asked 16 questions, ranging from her fitness ahead of the clay court tournament to her friendship with fellow British player Jodie Burrage, and Raducanu replied with a total of 58 words.

After a series of short, sharp returns down the line, the press conference was cut short. A few hours later, Raducanu withdrew from Madrid due to a right hand injury. Raducanu posted an update from a hospital bed, her right hand wrapped in a cast.

The news that the 20-year-old will miss the “next few months”, including Wimbledon, as she undergoes surgeries on both hands and her ankle belatedly provided some answers. Raducanu had been dealing with a recurring injury on a bone on the top of both hands, and had been playing through pain for the past 10 months.

In Madrid, her frustration could no longer be downplayed.

Why a reset for Emma Raducanu can be a step in the right direction

The British No 1 will miss Wimbledon but has taken decisive action to tackle injuries which have led to a frustratingly stop-start season

Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:20
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The British hopefuls

With both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu withdrawing from the French Open, Britain will have four players competing to win the title. Here’s a look at how they should fare:

4. Kyle Edmund

The road back from a long-term knee injury that required three operations has been slow for Edmund, who is ranked down at 445.

A protected ranking of 48 has allowed him to enter the French Open for the first time since 2019 and he will hope for a more favourable draw than in recent major tournaments.

The former world number 14 is yet to win a tour level match this year but he has had some success at lower levels and, at 28, still has time on his side if his knee allows.

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Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:16
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The British hopefuls

With both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu withdrawing from the French Open, Britain will have four players competing to win the title. Here’s a look at how they should fare:

3. Jack Draper

There have been more glimpses this season of what a phenomenal player the 21-year-old left-hander could be, including victories over Murray and Evans in Indian Wells.

But frustratingly he has again been restricted by physical problems, the latest an abdominal injury that dogged him for two months.

Like his good friend Raducanu, the most important priority for Draper, who will be making his Roland Garros debut, is ensuring his body is not his most difficult opponent.

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Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:12
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The British hopefuls

With both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu withdrawing from the French Open, Britain will have four players competing to win the title. Here’s a look at how they should fare:

2. Dan Evans

A committed ‘clayphobe’ for most of his career, Evans has found his feet on the red stuff over the last couple of seasons and finally won his first match at Roland Garros last year.

After a difficult spell post Australian Open when he lost five straight matches, clay has seen the 33-year-old hit form, with runs to the semi-finals of ATP events in Marrakech and Barcelona keeping him in the top 25.

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Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:08
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The British hopefuls

With both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu withdrawing from the French Open, Britain will have four players competing to win the title. Here’s a look at how they should fare:

1. Cameron Norrie

The British number one’s form has tailed off after a spectacular start to the season, which included victories over Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz - the latter bringing him his second biggest title at the ATP Tour event in Rio.

Norrie’s heavy, spinning forehand and athletic prowess make him well suited to clay and his position in the top 16 keeps him away from the big guns through the early rounds.

A place in the second week will be his target.

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Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:04
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Andy Murray withdraws from French Open to prioritise Wimbledon buildup

Andy Murray has withdrawn from this year’s French Open, it is understood.

The second grand slam of the year begins next week, but after struggling to find his best form on clay in recent weeks, the Scot will prioritise a busy grass-court schedule in the build-up to Wimbledon.

Murray was beaten in the first round of the Italian Open and earlier this week made another early exit on clay after losing to Stan Wawrinka at an ATP Challenger event in Bordeaux.

The 36-year-old is understood to still be considering which tournaments to target and they may include Surbiton from June 4-11 and then Queen’s from June 19-25. Wimbledon is scheduled to start on July 3.

Mike Jones25 May 2023 12:00
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French Open draw live

Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of the French Open draw that will decide the brackets for the second grand slam of the year.

The draw will take place around 1pm BST and will determine the opponents for the first round as well as the routes the favourites will need to navigate in order to reach the final.

The defending men’s champion, Rafael Nadal, has withdrawn from the tournament and will not feature at Roland Garros for the first time since 2005 meaning that Carlos Alcaraz, the world No. 1, is the favourite to win. He is seeded first in the men’s draw with Italian Open champion Daniil Medvedev second and Novak Djokovic third.

Britain’s Cameron Norrie is the 14th seed and will fly the flag for the UK after both Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu pulled out of the grand slam.

In the women’s event Iga Swiatek will attempt to defend her title and win the French Open for a third time. She’s the No. 1 seed but will face strong competition from the likes of orld No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

The tournament starts on May 28th and runs until June 11th.

Mike Jones25 May 2023 11:26

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