Murray calls Agassi good hire for Djokovic

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

In the women's draw, top seed Angelique Kerber starts her French Open campaign against Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation.

The fifth seed from Thornhill, Ont., could potentially meet Grigor Dimitrov in the round of 16 and may face Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals. The Scot said the last few months had been hard and he had had some problems with his elbow early in the year.

"I have played a great week in Rome".

Garbine Muguruza took the French Open by storm past year, beating Serena Williams for her maiden Grand Slam singles title.

The women's game is notorious for its lack of consistency in the top seeds, with Williams completely dominating but absent here, and upsets are pretty much par for the course.

Fourth seed Nadal, who opens against unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire, has second seed Djokovic in his half.

"He has been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing grand slams, being the best in the world, and facing all the challenges that are present in the tennis, in the professional sport".

Thiem, who will take on Australian Bernard Tomic in the first round, has not left the top 10 of the ATP rankings since making his breakthrough when he reached the last four of the French Open a year ago.

"A couple of years ago against Djokovic that was about the only time I saw Rafa look like he didn't want to be on court".

Halep has an ankle injury and described her chances of making Roland Garros as "50-50" earlier this week.

"Andre had a renaissance later in his career, into his 30s where he had success late in his career", McEnroe, who will be imparting his wisdom for Eurosport during the French Open, said.

"I'm very excited for him being here, because it's a great opportunity for me to learn".

- Three of the last six Roland Garros winners were ranked number one when they won the tournament, unlike any of the previous nine. He did reach the finals of the Aussie Open this year. She has played just one match since Miami, an opening-round loss in Stuttgart, due to a foot injury.

- Eighteen different players have won the French Open since it was last won by a French player (Yannick Noah in 1983). "Winning here was one of the most special feelings on the court, one of the highlights of my career".

While the 27-year-old recently said she is "ready to start competing", her return is scheduled for next month's grass-court tournament in Mallorca as a tune-up ahead of Wimbledon.

With man-of-the-season Roger Federer sitting it out to focus on Wimbledon, defending champion Novak Djokovic just showing signs of finding his mojo and world No 1 Andy Murray badly out of sorts, could 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka upset the odds again?

In the women's draw, defending champion Garbine Muguruza was handed a tough first round match against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone.

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