Novak Djokovic intends to defend his title at Wimbledon and supports the decision by the ATP men’s tour to withhold ranking points from that tournament.
Tsurenko, who turns 33 in a week, is from Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. She is ranked 119th and her best Grand Slam showing was the quarterfinals at the 2018 U.S. Open.
As rain fell on the outside courts, Swiatek required just 54 minutes to dispatch Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-0 under the roof on Court Philippe Chatrier.
In the stands, they wore their white hats and cried 'Allez!' and punctuated points with rhythmic clapping.
On the very first point, which lasted 24 strokes, Dominic Thiem landed a backhand passing shot in the net and shook his head.
Three of his titles have come on clay in Rio, Barcelona and Madrid where he defeated Nadal, Djokovic and world number three Alexander Zverev to take the title.
There are no teammates to share the glory and their best work lends itself easily to heavily edited YouTube clips or Instagram reels. In 2022, all of the above is applicable to Carlos Alcaraz.
20-year-old Iga Swiatek has swept aside all-comers and transformed herself into the player to beat in women's tennis.
Speaking at the draw ceremony, Novak Djokovic expressed his happiness at the full return of fans at the second major of the year.
In a technical sense, this renders the event an exhibition, because there are no ranking points at stake.
World number one Djokovic, bidding for a third Paris title to move level with Nadal on 21 Grand Slams, comes into the tournament with a sixth Italian Open under his belt.
Second-seeded Casper Ruud advanced to the Geneva Open semi-finals in defence of his title by beating Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-4, 7-6 (3).
The former world number one pulled out of last year's French Open ahead of the second round, citing mental health issues.
Defending champion Casper Ruud eased into the quarterfinals of the Geneva Open on Wednesday, while three seeded players went out in the second round.
Marketa Vondrousova said she had undergone wrist surgery, which will rule her out of this year's edition of the Grand Slam tournament.