The German tennis star Alexander Zverev has another chance to win his first Grand Slam title. At the French Open he is challenged on the first day. All information in the news blog.
The French Open for tennis professionals in Paris begins on Sunday under strict hygiene and safety requirements. Unlike the previous US Open in New York, spectators are admitted to the Grand Slam tournament in the French capital. 1000 visitors are allowed to visit the facility per day.
US Open finalist Alexander Zverev will be in action on the first day of the tournament. The 23-year-old will face Dennis Novak from Austria in the fourth and last match of the day. For the number six seed from Hamburg, it is the first appearance since his five-set defeat in the final of the US Open against Austrian Dominic Thiem two weeks ago. You can watch the highlights of the thrilling finals again here.
++ All information about the French Open in the news blog ++
++ Day 1 in Paris ++
Top favorite Halep without any effort
Simona Halep is in the second round of the French Open. After initial difficulties, the Romanian tennis player prevailed on Sunday on her 29th birthday against Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain 6: 4, 6: 0. Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title in Paris in 2018, only needed 1:22 hours for her success. The number two in the world had only won the Masters 1000 event in Rome on Monday. Before that, she had decided not to take part in the US Open.
Azarenka reaches round 2
Co-favorite Victoria Asarenka has reached the second round at the French Open. The 31-year-old tennis player from Belarus defeated Danka Kovinic from Montenegro on Sunday 6: 1, 6: 2. The US Open finalist defied the difficult external conditions in the French capital. In cold, wet weather with temperatures just over ten degrees and drizzle, the challenges for the players were great, especially on the outdoor courts.
The game between Asarenka and Kovinic on the Suzanne Lenglen court was interrupted after just a few minutes when Asarenka was 2-1. Azarenka in particular complained about the conditions. After a half-hour break, the former number one in the world coped better with the circumstances and easily reached the next round. “I’m glad I’m through. Now I can see how the others are coping with these tough conditions,” said Asarenka.
Zverev and Kerber with feasible opening hurdles
Alexander Zverev is in action on the first day of the tournament. The 23-year-old will face Dennis Novak from Austria in the fourth and last match of the day (start of the games at 11.00 am / Eurosport).
Dominik Koepfer (Donaueschingen) and Anna-Lena Friedsam (Andernach) also play from the ten German professionals (five women, five men) in the main field. Koepfer, who recently only just lost to world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia in the quarter-finals in Rome, will play against Frenchman Antoine Hoang. It is peaceful with Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus.