Andy Murray will make his first start at Roland Garros since 2017 when he takes on recent practice partner Stan Wawrinka in the first round as the French Open begins on Sunday.

The Scot who reached the semi-finals here in his last appearance in Paris three years ago and the Swiss who won the 2015 title had a hit on the redesigned Chatrier Showcourt this week.

The pair of three-time grand Slam winners have played 21 ties with Murray leading 13-8, The last played at the French in a semi-final won by Murray.

Rafael Nadal, bidding for an unheard-of 13th title on the Paris clay, will be playing his first Grand Slam since January’s Australian Open after skipping his US Open title defence due to COVID-19 health fears.

The 34-year-old Spanish second seed starts with Bulgaria’s Egor Gerasimov in the first round but is likely to run into New York finalist Alexander Zverev and a potential semi-final with US Open champion and two0-time Roland Garros finalist Dominic Thiem.

Top seed Novak Djokovic will hope to add to his fifth Rome clay title from the weekend, beginning with Swede Mikael Ymer,

Thiem will have a tougher ask, facing the possibility of opponents including Felix Auger-Aliassime, Gael Monfils, and Rome runner-up Diego Schwartzman.

In the women’s draw, Serena Williams – aiming to finally achieve a record 24th Grand Slam singles title – starts with compatriot Kristie Ahn. 

Top seed Simona Halep will play in the opening round against Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo while second seed Karolina Pliskova gets a qualifier.

American teen Coco Gauff starts with Brit Johann Konta.

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