Translation: “Surprise, surprise: it is raining in Paris this morning. Incredible, right? No…”
Kvitova and Dodin have started under the roof on Chatrier as play is yet to begin elsewhere. It’s going to be a long two weeks.
The players are on-court and ready to begin. On Chatrier, Petra Kvitova opens with a quick love service game. Few players are expecting Kvitova to thrive in these heavy conditions on clay, but the roof may just be to her liking.
Here is today’s order of play on the main courts. Liam Broady is third on court 10 against Jiri Vesely and Cameron Norrie follows on the same court against Daniel Galan. Both are pretty good draws.
Hello! Welcome to our coverage on day 2 of Roland Garros. Today marks the second of the French Open’s unique three-day first round action and we will get our first glimpses of Petra Kvitova, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Garbine Muguruza. After Johanna Konta, Andy Murray and Dan Evans faced three tough first round draws and were each bundled out, Britain’s Liam Broady and Cameron Norrie are left to see if they can make the second round. Heather Watson will play on Tuesday.
Considering so many of those players come in with either minimal match practice after skipping the US Open [Nadal] or not much preparation on clay after going deep in New York [Thiem, Serena, Medvedev], it feels like these early rounds have rarely counted more. It’s not just about settling into the tournament and finding their games early, but every minute counts as they look to acclimate themselves to the surface and matchplay. The rainy, cold conditions will only further complicate things for those not fortunate enough to compete under the new roof on Chatrier. We’ll see who adapts best.