Qualifying begins: 26 June
The Draw: 30 June
Pre-event Press Conferences: 1 & 2 July
Order of Play: 2 July
Championships begin: 3 July
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Stan Wawrinka, the defending champion, needed five sets to get past Lukas Rosol and more drama was saved for the twilight as Andy Murray flirted with disaster before recovering to push his clash with Czech veteran Radek Stepanek into a second day.
After four hours were lost to rain on Sunday, another 12 matches were cancelled and six more were held over until Tuesday, including Murray’s surprisingly tough tussle with 37-year-old qualifier Stepanek.
Murray, widely seen as a genuine title contender after a strong clay-court season, was completely outplayed by the experienced Czech in the first two sets before regaining his composure in the next two. Their match was suspended for darkness at 9:22PM local time with Stepanek leading 6-3, 6-3, 0-6, 2-4.
IMO - better for Andy to stop sooner rather than later. Give himself time to get into match tomorrow and be ready to go in 5th.— Jamie Murray (@jamie_murray) May 23, 2016
Judging by a tweet by Jamie Murray, Andy’s brother, this was probably just as well: “Better for Andy to stop sooner rather than later. Give himself time to get into the match tomorrow and be ready to go in 5th.”
Most seeds in action on Monday reached the second round in straight sets, including US Open finalist and No.5 seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, No.2 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, former Wimbledon semi-finalist and No.8 seed Milos Raonic of Canada and 2014 Roland Garros runner-up Simona Halep, the No.6 seed from Romania.
Here are the rest of the highlights from day two:
A point away from trailing 3-1 in the final set against her American doubles partner Nicole Gibbs late Sunday afternoon in heavy drizzle, the rain could not have come at a better time for Heather Watson.
Although the 56th-ranked Briton said she’d been lying awake for half the night, she took the first point upon resumption on Monday and then rattled off five games in a row to reach the second round – and secure a spot on the British Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro.
“My first goal was to win that first point, because I knew it was very important,” said Watson, who will face former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia next.
And it was also a great effort by her fellow Briton Kyle Edmund, who beat the fading light to reach the second round for the second year running with a four-set win against Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili. Edmund, 21, fired off 16 aces.
A defending men’s champion has never lost in the opening round of Roland Garros and Stan Wawrinka wasn’t about to change that statistic.
A year after thumping sixty winners past world No.1 Novak Djokovic to clinch his first French Open title, a rusty Wawrinka needed three hours, eleven minutes and one 31 shot rally to beat Lukas Rosol, 4-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
As he did in his stunning defeat of Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012, Rosol played like he had nothing to lose.
“Really tough match today,” Wawrinka said. “Conditions were really slow and heavy.”
“Didn't play my best tennis,” added the Swiss. “But he was playing really well. He was going for his shots. Didn't miss much until he start to be a little bit tired in the fourth set and fifth. But before that I was always under pressure.”
Not a great day for Italian tennis with 2012 runner-up and No. 6 seed Sara Errani losing to Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova while US Open finalist and Serena Williams-slayer Roberta Vinci was beaten by Kateryna Bondarenko.
Although technically not an upset, crowd favorite Grigor Dimitrov continued his disappointing record on the Parisian clay as he lost in the opening round for the third year in succession, this time to No.22 seed Viktor Troicki of Serbia in five sets.
Touted as the next Roger Federer a few years ago, the former world No. 8 from Bulgaria has had a tough season and was brutally honest after losing having led two sets to one and 4-2 in the fourth set, saying he’d “lost confidence” in himself.
Cagla Buyukakcay outlasted Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 5-7, 7-6 (7-2), 6-2 to become the first Turkish woman since tennis turned professional in 1968 to reach the second round of a grand slam tournament.
After a few hours of non-stop rain, newly appointed French Open tournament director Guy Forget gave a press conference to talk about the roof, or rather the lack thereof:
“We wait and wait and wait and wait,” Forget said about being the only grand slam event without one. “While Wimbledon, Melbourne and New York now have the new roof, we'll have to wait until 2020 to have ours.”