PARIS (AP) – The latest on the French Open (all local):
Evergreen 39-year-olds Serena Williams and Roger Federer will try to push back the years on the second day of the French Open, where the first-round game takes place on the sun-drenched clay courts and Iga Swiatek starts defending the title.
Federer, the oldest player in men’s singles this year, is slated for the third game on Court Philippe Chatrier. It’s the first Grand Slam game since the 2020 Australian Open for the 20 major title holder to make a comeback Double operation on his right knee.
Federer plays Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan. Istomin reached the main draw via the qualifying competition. He has not exceeded the second round in 10 previous Roland Garros appearances. Federer is eighth this year.
Williams will play after Federer against Istomin in the last game on Philippe Chatrier, which should not start before 9 p.m. The games of last year’s tournament, which was held exceptionally in autumn, also lasted late into the night on newly lit courts. But scheduled night sessions are a novelty at Roland Garros this year.
Williams. Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania is chasing a record-breaking 24th Grand Slam individual title. Begu’s best result in nine previous appearances in Paris reached the fourth round in 2016.
Swiatek opened their title defense against Kaja Juvan from Slovenia in the first game on Chatrier. Swiatek, who turned 20 on Monday, didn’t drop a sentence on her way to victory last year.
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