French Open 2021 order of play for Monday, 31 May: UK time, schedule, who is playing on day 2 at Roland Garros

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 (REUTERS)
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It’s day two at the French Open with evergreen 39-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer attempting to roll back the years and Iga Swiatek will begin the defence of her title.

Federer, the oldest player in men's singles this year, is scheduled for the third match on Court Philippe Chatrier. It will the first Grand Slam match since the 2020 Australian Open for the holder of 20 major titles, making a comeback from double surgery on his right knee.

No8 seed Federer plays Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan, who reached the main draw via the qualifying competition. He has not advanced beyond the second round in 10 previous Roland Garros appearances.

Williams plays Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania in the last match on Philippe Chatrier, not scheduled to start before 8pm BST. Matches at last year's tournament — held in autumn due to Covid — also stretched late into the night on newly floodlit courts. But scheduled night sessions are a novelty this year at Roland Garros.

No7 seed Williams is chasing a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title while Begu's best result in nine previous appearances in Paris was reaching the fourth round in 2016.

Swiatek opens her title defence against Kaja Juvan of Slovenia, in the first match on Chatrier. Swiatek, who turned 20 on Monday, didn't drop a set on her way to victory last year.

French Open order of play | Monday, May 31

Court Philippe Chatrier (from 9am BST)

Kaja Juvan (Slovenia) v 8-Iga Swiatek (Poland)

Alexander Bublik (Kazakhstan) v 2-Daniil Medvedev (Russia)

Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) v 8-Roger Federer (Switzerland)

7-Serena Williams (U.S.) v Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania)

Court Suzanne Lenglen

18-Jannik Sinner (Italy) v Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France)

Laura Siegemund (Germany) v Caroline Garcia (France)

4-Sofia Kenin (U.S.) v Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia)

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) v Yoshihito Nishioka (Japan)

Court Simonne Mathieu

Alize Cornet (France) v Harmony Tan (France)

15-Casper Ruud (Norway) v Benoit Paire (France)

Marin Cilic (Croatia) v Arthur Rinderknech (France)

12-Garbine Muguruza (Spain) v Marta Kostyuk (Ukraine)

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