The French Open gets underway on Sunday, 28 May at 11:00 (10:00 BST), with the show courts set for a busy day.
Here we take a look at the matches that are scheduled to take place on the three Rolland Garros show courts.
Court Phillipe-Chatrier: Marta Kostyuk vs Aryna Sabalenka (2) 10:00
Aryna Sabalenka is among the favourites for the title in the women’s draw, but her first assignment is against a player who has called for her to be banned alongside other Belarusian and Russian players.
Sabalenka insists that she doesn’t need to be liked by Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk.
Court Suzanne-Lenglen: Karen Khachanov (11) vs Constant Lestienne 10:00
Australian Open semi-finalist Karen Khachanov starts off proceedings on Court Suzanne-Lenglen as he takes on home hope Constant Lestienne.
Khachanov won the only previous meeting between these players albeit at Futures Tour level, back in 2015.
Court Simonne-Mathieu: David Goffin vs Hubert Hurkacz (13) 10:00
Hubert Hurkacz has been handed a tough opener against an experienced player with a great clay pedigree.
Hurkacz won the last meeting between the two which came at Roland Garros last term in the Round of 32.
Court Phillipe-Chatrier: Jiri Vesely vs Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) 11:15*
Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jiri Vesely will play the first men’s singles match on centre court at Roland Garros this year.
An incredible 450 rankings places separate these two, with this being the first time they have met.
Court Suzanne-Lenglen: Maria Sakkari (8) vs Karolina Muchova 12:00*
While Maria Sakkari is the seeded player, Karolina Muchova has defeated her twice in three meetings.
Muchova has beaten at Roland Garros having knocked her out of the tournament last season.
Court Simonne-Mathieu: Magda Linette (21) vs Leylah Fernandez
Another fascinating women’s singles match No 21 seed Magda Linette faces Leylah Fernandez for the third time.
Linette won their last meeting but Fernandez owns a win over the Pole at Roland Garros from the 2020 season.
Court Phillipe-Chatrier: Alizé Cornet vs Camila Giorgi 13:15*
Frenchwoman Alizé Cornet is afforded pride of place for her opening match against Camila Giorgi on centre court.
These two have met seven times with Giorgi taking five of their meetings.
Court Suzanne-Lenglen: Laslo Djere vs Andrey Rublev (7) 13:15*
Title outsider Andrey Rublev is in action on day one of the French Open as he prepares to meet Laslo Djere.
At ATP Tour level Rublev is unbeaten in three encounters against Djere, but he has previously lost to him at Challenger level.
Court Simonne-Mathieu: Arthur Cazaux vs Corentin Moutet 13:15*
An All-French match takes over on the Court Simonne-Mathieu as 20-year-old wildcard Arthur Cazaux takes on French No 5 Corentin Moutet.
Their age difference of four years means they haven’t had any age group meetings, and they will enjoy their first ATP Tour-level clash in their home Slam.
Court Suzanne-Lenglen: Danielle Collins vs Jessica Pegula (3) 15:15*
It’s all about the USA when Danielle Collins takes on compatriot and third seed Jessica Pegula.
Pegula has won both of the previous meetings between the two.
Court Simonne-Mathieu: Jule Niemeier vs Daria Kasatkina (9) 15:15*
Daria Kasatkina will need to find a way to nullify the power of Jule Niemeier in order to avoid a first round upset.
Niemeir lost the only previous meeting with Kasatkina and is currently on a three-match losing streal
Court Phillipe-Chatrier: Adrian Mannarino vs Ugo Humbert not before 18:00
Sunday’s main event is the contest between the top two French men on the rankings.
While Humbert is the current French No 1, Mannarino has won their only previous meeting.
The article French Open 2023: Who is playing on the show courts on Sunday 28 May appeared first on Tennis365.com.