With British number one Andy Murray out of the French Open through injury, our attention turns to the women Brits. Number one Laura Robson has today been drawn against tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki, the former world number one. Heather Watson, who’s back on court after recovering from glandular fever, will take on Switzerland’s world number 58 Stefanie Voegele in round one. Meanwhile, Elana Baltacha will face New Zealand’s world number 91 Marina Erakovic.
In the men’s draw, reigning champion Rafael Nadal and world number one Novak Djokovic have been drawn in the same half of the draw. This means that they could face each other in the semi-finals. Germany’s Daniel Brands is Rafa’s first round opponent, as the Spaniard looks to win his eighth Roland Garros title. Belgium’s David Goffin stands in the way of Djokovic’s passage to the next round, as the Serb looks to win the one Grand Slam he’s yet to master. Nadal and Djokovic both fought out last year’s French Open final.
The second seed, Roger Federer, could face fourth seed David Ferrer in the semi-finals after receiving, what I’m sure he’ll consider, a good draw due to his separation of both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic until the final, should he make it that far. The 2009 winner begins the tournament against a qualifier.
In other news, 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer has joined Twitter! Within 19 hours of sending his first tweet, the Wimbledon champion gained more than 175,00 followers. @rogerfederer, as he’s know on Twitter through his username, has a considerable way to go to beat or equal Rafael Nadal, who’s got more than 4.2 million followers, Noavk Djokovic, who’s got more than 1.8 million followers and Andy Murray, who’s got more than 1.4 million followers. Surely it won’t take ‘the greatest player of all time’, as he’s considered by some tennis fans, long to gain plenty more.
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 23, 2013
– Nathan Morley