Evergreen 39-year-old Serena Williams and Roger Federer will try to bring back the years of Day 2 of the French Open, where the first round of sun-kissed clay courts is played and Iga Suatek will begin defending his title.
Federer, the oldest player in the men’s singles this year, is scheduled for the third game of Court Philippe Chatrie. This will be the first Grand Slam match since the Australian Open in 2020 for the holder of 20 major titles, returning from double surgery on his right knee.
Federer plays Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan. Istomin reached the main draw through the qualifying race. He has not advanced since the second round in 10 previous appearances at Roland Garros. Federer is ranked eighth this year.
Williams plays after Federer against Istomin, in the last match of Philippe Chatrie, which is not scheduled to start before 21:00. The matches of last year’s tournament – held exclusively in the autumn – also stretched until late at night on newly lit courts. But the planned night sessions are a novelty this year at Roland Garros.
Williams. chasing the record title of the 24th single from the Grand Slam, Irina-Camelia Begu from Romania plays. Begu’s best result in nine previous appearances in Paris was reaching the fourth round in 2016.
Swatek opened their title defense against Kaya Juvan of Slovenia in Chatrier’s first match. Swiatek, who turned 20 on Monday, missed a set on her way to victory last year.