|Dates: May 28 – June 11 Premises: Roland Garros, Paris
|Reception: Live text and radio commentary on selected matches on BBC Radio 5 Sports Extra, on the BBC Sport website and app
Cameron Norrie and Jack Draper will aim to maintain British interest in the French Open singles draw as they kick off their campaigns on day two in Paris.
British number one Norrie opens to French wildcard Benoit Paire while main draw rookie Draper faces Argentinian Tomas Martin Etcheverry.
Two-time champion Novak Djokovic and male number one in the world Carlos Alcaraz They also operate on Monday.
Djokovic plays Aleksandar Kovacević and Alcaraz meets Flavio Cobolli.
In the women’s draw, French fifth place Carolina Garcia will want to impress her fans when she takes on China’s Xiyu Wang at Philippe Chatrier.
2017 Latvian Champion Elena Ostapenko will face the Czech Tereza Martincova, a two-time semi-finalist Piotr Kwitow will face Elisabetta Cocciaretto from Italy.
In the first night session of the 2023 tournament, the Italian finished eighth Jannik Sinner Alexandre Muller will play (no earlier than 7.15pm BST).
The organizers of the tournament were criticized last year after only one of the 10 matches in the night session featured female players. However, tournament director Amelie Mauresmo said yes couldn’t promise equal share of men’s and women’s matches in the slot in 2023.
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Dan Evans’ defeat on Sunday left Norrie and Draper the only Brits left at Roland Garros singles, with no Brits making it through qualifiers.
Norrie, who reached his first major semi-final at Wimbledon last year, reached the third round in his previous two appearances at the French Open and won the Rio Open on clay in February.
His match against Paire is Suzanne Lenglen’s first of the day and kicks off at 10:00 BST.
Draper, 21, is looking to capitalize on a breakout 2022 season and improve his first-round finish at the Australian Open earlier this year when he meets world No. 49 Etcheverry, who is six spots above him.
Meanwhile, 20-year-old Spaniard Alcaraz is starting a Grand Slam tournament as a top seed for the first time in his career.
As the youngest number one seed in Paris since Bjorn Borg (19) in 1976, Alcaraz was forced to miss the first Grand Slam of the year due to injury, but quickly recovered, taking titles back to titles on clay in Barcelona and Madrid.
Speaking after his first-round win on Sunday, Greece’s fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas paid tribute to the US Open champion’s approach to the sport.
“The other day I had a training session with Carlitos and I said thank you, so by chance, and I don’t know if he understood it or not,” said Tsitsipas.
“I owe him a lot because he is such a breath of fresh air. He is so competitive and always has a smile on his face. He has so much charisma and so much positive energy that he gives out.
“I think it contributed a lot to his development as a tennis player and also to his consistency. He seems to be having a good time. I admire him for who he is.”
Serbian Djokovic, 36, is seeking a record 23rd men’s Grand Slam title, with record 14-time men’s champion Rafael Nadal missing due to injury.
“It’s no secret that one of the main reasons I play and compete in professional tennis today is to try to break more records and make history,” said Djokovic.
“It is extremely motivating and inspiring for me. The story is on the line, which is very flattering and very motivating, there’s no doubt about it.”