The three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 Angelique Kerber has already left the French Open with a third consecutive loss in the first round.
Kerber, 26th, was defeated 6-2, 6-4 against Angelina Kalinina, a 139th-ranked qualifier from Ukraine, who made her debut in the tournament.
Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam title that Kerber has not won and she often fights on his red clay.
Her defeat at Court 14 on opening Sunday was the eighth time of 14 appearances in Paris that she made in the first round.
Kerber’s best results in Paris reached the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2018.
She won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016 and Wimbledon in 2018.
Back in its usual slot from May to June, the French Open starts with Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka opening Court Philippe Chatrier
Just seven months after winning his 13th Roland Garros title, Rafael Nadal is once again the favorite to take the 14th crown of the French Open, which will give him 21 major titles, one more than Roger Federer.
Last year’s tournament was held exclusively in the autumn in Paris due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Neither Nadal nor 2020 women’s champion Iga Suatek will play on the opening Sunday.
The four-time main winner Osaka leads the women against Romanian Patricia Teague.
Two-time Roland Garros finalist Dominique Thiem follows them on Chatrie against Pablo Andujar of Spain.