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The French Open is shaping up to be an intergenerational battle after the Big Three – Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer – found themselves on the same side of the draw for the first time in Grand Slam history.
So the final is likely to feature one of those giants taking on a younger man, with the leader in his 20s being Stefanos Tsitsipas – winner of two clay court titles in the past six weeks – and recent US finalists. Open Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem.
If this draw seems out of balance, this is what happens when the world rankings do not match the odds of the bookmakers. Nadal is almost tied with most trades to win the title for a stunning 14e time. He even saw a statue of himself unveiled at Roland Garros on Thursday. And yet, he’s only listed as the third seed here based on his performance throughout the year.
This anomaly makes one wonder if we’d better stick to the older, more subjective methods of selecting a seed list. Instead, the work has been delegated to the Global Ranking Algorithm – which becomes especially problematic when that algorithm has been distorted by the pandemic. The same problem is likely to happen again at Wimbledon, after the All England Club also abandoned their grass ranking formula last year in favor of the main ranking.
From the British point of view, four singles players will participate in Paris, after the defeat of Harriet Dart in qualifying. With luck, this small cohort will improve from September, when there was not a single Briton in the second round.
Cameron Norrie has been the form horse of late, reaching the final in Lyon, and will open against a qualifier, while Dan Evans will face Miomir Kecmanovic of Serbia.
Among the women, Heather Watson drew Zarina Dyas of Kazakhstan and Johanna Konta – who has concocted just three tour-level wins this season – takes on Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, a woman she had a difference of opinion with during the season. of a Fed Cup match. in 2017.
Meanwhile, world No.2 Naomi Osaka – who faces fines of up to £ 14,000 for every game she plays after announcing she will not be giving a press conference during the tournament – has collected a promising draw.
Osaka has never accepted the unique challenges of clay, but she could face another pair of Romanians – the unannounced Patricia Maria Tig and Anna Bogdan – in her first two rounds. The first seed Osaka has to meet is world No.28 Alison Riske, a woman who recently suffered from a foot injury.
When does the French Open start?
Unlike other majors, the French Open starts on a Sunday and this year’s event kicks off on May 30.