For this first day on Parisian clay, some twists and turns have already taken place. Placed among the favorites of the tournament, the Tunisian Ons Jabeur was eliminated from the start. For his part, Grégoire Barrère obtained the sixth victory of his career in Grand Slam, his second at Roland-Garros, by winning against Taro Daniel. Here is a brief summary of the day.
Who else but him? The new gem of tennis, and recent winner of the Madrid tournament, Carlos Alcaraz made an impression this Sunday at Roland-Garros. For his entry into the running, the Spaniard played against Juan Ignacio Londero (6-4, 6-2, 6-0, in 1h50 of play), without necessarily being flamboyant.
Thanks to his very good forehand (28 points won), the Murcian did not force against the Argentinian, in front of an audience from Philippe-Chatrier completely committed to his cause. “It’s unique to play here. It’s one of the tournaments I watched when I was little and it’s a pleasure and an honor for me to play on this court. I had to adapt a bit at the start because he is tall”, analyzed the winner of the day after his victory.
This is the first Porte d’Auteuil thunderbolt. One of the favorites for the coronation, and current sixth in the world, Ons Jabeur was eliminated (3-6, 7-6, 7-5) to everyone’s surprise by Magda Linette (52nd in the world). After winning the first round, the Tunisian, unrecognizable, missed everything, sometimes making gross mistakes.
The one who had announced before starting Roland-Garros “that it would be unacceptable not to be in the second week” must bite her fingers. Especially since a few weeks ago she became the first Arab player to win a WTA 1000 by winning in Madrid.
The sentence: “I could have done the celebration of Kylian Mbappé”
And yes, even at Roland-Garros, the extension of the French striker is talking. After beating the Japanese Taro Daniel (105th in the world) (3-6, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4), Grégoire Barrère wanted to pay tribute to the PSG winger.
“I am very happy and relieved that Kylian announced his decision yesterday (Saturday). For my match today, I was calm. I’m in a bit of a fight with my physical preparation which is for Real Madrid. I told him that I could have done Kylian’s celebration at the end of the game to finish him off, he would have been disgusted. I did not dare”, explained the first (and the only one for the moment) French qualified for the second round of Roland-Garros. A tribute that must have made the Parisian striker smile.
The number: 0
Like the number of Dominic Thiem’s victories since May 2021. Back on the circuit at the end of March after wrist surgery and ten months off, the double Roland-Garros finalist and winner of the US Open 2020 is no longer only a shadow of himself since his return.
And for his entry into the running at Porte d’Auteuil, the Austrian went out the back door against Hugo Dellien (6-3, 6-2, 6-4) on clay in Paris. “I’m still looking for the right sensations but I’m far from it,” explained the 194th in the world.
The main results
Results of the first day of Roland-Garros played this Sunday:
Men’s singles (1st round): John Isner (USA / N.23) beats Quentin HALYS (FRA) 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 7-6 (7/1), 7-6 (8/6); Gregoire Barrere (FRA) bat Taro Daniel (JPN) 3-6, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4 ; Hugo Dellien (BOL) beat Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 ; Karen Khachanov (RUS/N.21) beat Nuno Borges (POR) 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 ; Carlos Alcaraz (ESP/N.6) beat Juan Ignacio Londero (ARG) 6-4, 6-2, 6-0; Pablo Cuevas (URU) beat Jenson Brooksby (USA/N.31) 6-2, 6-1, 6-2 ; Grigor Dimitrov (BUL/N.18) beat Marcos Giron (USA) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 ; Diego Schwartzman (ARG/N.15) beat Andrey Kuznetsov (RUS) 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 ; Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN/N.9) beat Juan Pablo Varillas (PER) 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 ; Alexander Zverev (GER/N.3) beat Sebastian Ofner (AUT) 6-2, 6-4, 6-4.
Simple dames (1er tour) : Magda Linette (POL) bat Ons Jabeur (TUN/N.6) 3-6, 7-6 (7/4), 7-5 ; Leylah Fernandez (CAN/N.17) bat Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) 6-0, 7-5; Karolina Muchova (CZE) bat Carole MONNET (FRA) 6-3, 6-3; Maria Sakkari (GRE / N.4) bat Clara BUREL (FRA) 6-2, 6-3; Elise Mertens (BEL/N.31) bat Gabriela Ruse (ROM) 6-3, 6-1 ; Cori Gauff (USA/N.18) beat Rebecca Marino (CAN) 7-5, 6-0 ; Kaia Kanepi (EST) beat Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP/N.10) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 ; Maria Camila Osorio (COL) bat Harmony TAN (FRA) 6-4, 6-3.