Rafa Nadal 12 times champion of Roland Garros will begin the defense of the title against the Belarusian Egor Gerasimov, an unknown rival for the Spanish until the draw for this edition of the Parisian tournament marked by the coronavirus.
The final draw of the tournament will take place the next two weeks four months after its usual date. The world number 2, who arrives after having competed only last week in Rome after the hiatus due to the pandemic, will make his debut against Gerasimov, who is 83rd on the ATP list.
The best tennis player in history on clay would be measured in the hypothetical quarterfinals against the German Alexander Zverev while the final of the last two editions could not be repeated, since the Austrian Dominic Thiem would meet the Spanish in the semifinals.
For his part, number 1, the Serbian Novak Djokovic will play in the first round against the Swede Mikael Ymer.
Wawrinka – Murray
The electronic draw held this Thursday has led to some high-profile duels already in that initial instance, such as the one between the Swiss Stan Wawrinka against the Scotsman Andy Murray, who has been invited by the organization .
In addition, Roberto Bautista will meet the French Richard Gasquet and Pablo Carreño will do it with the Australian John Millman. The other duels with Spaniards already classified for the first round are: Munar – Tsitsipas ; Carballés – Johnson; Davidovich-Mayot; Ramos – Mannarino; and Andujar – Travaglia; while Feliciano López will start against a player from the qualifying phase.
In the women's draw, Garbiñe Muguruza champion in 2016, will be measured in the first round at young Slovenian Tamara Zidansek number 82 on the international list of the WTA. It will also be her first confrontation in the elite .
Another Spaniard, Sara Sorribes, will have a much more difficult start, as she will face the first seed and winner in 2018, the Romanian Simona Halep .
The other Spanish women already classified, Aliona Bolsava and Paula Badosa, will face, respectively, the Italian Jasmine Paoline and the Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova.