German tennis star Alexander Zverev has another chance to win his first Grand Slam title. He is challenged on the first day at the French Open. All information in the news blog.
The French Open for tennis professionals in Paris starts on Sunday under strict hygiene and safety requirements. Unlike the previous US Open in New York, spectators are admitted to the Grand Slam tournament in the French capital. 1000 visitors are allowed to visit the facility per day.
US Open finalist Alexander Zverev comes into action on the first day of the tournament. The 23-year-old takes on Dennis Novak from Austria in the fourth and last game of the day. For the number six seed from Hamburg, it is his first appearance since his five-set defeat in the US Open final against Austrian Dominic Thiem two weeks ago. Watch the highlights of the exciting final here again.
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++ Day 1 in Paris ++
Dominik Koepfer continues as the first German
Dominik Koepfer was the first German tennis player to reach the second round at the French Open in Paris. The Davis Cup professional beat Frenchman Antoine Hoang 6: 2, 3: 6, 6: 1, 6: 1 on Sunday, building on his last strong performance on clay. Koepfer used his first game ball after 2:04 p.m. In the second round, the 26-year-old now faces the winner of the game between the Swiss Stan Wawrinka and the Briton Andy Murray.
Peaceful fails in round 1
Anna-Lena Friedsam was the first German player to be eliminated at the French Open. The 26-year-old from Neuwied lost her opening match against Alexandra Sasnowitsch (Belarus) from Belarus 2: 6, 6: 2, 3: 6. At the tournament in Paris there are ten German pros in the race.
In the end, there was no consistency in their play. She initially had bigger problems with her opponent, but hit back into the set after the break. She now served safer, took two serve from Sasnovich and equalized after 64 minutes.
In the decisive lap it went back and forth. Friedsam fought, but always had problems with Sasnowitsch’s many stop balls.
Top favorite Halep without any effort
Simona Halep is in the second round of the French Open. After initial difficulties, the Romanian tennis player won 6: 4, 6: 0 on Sunday on her 29th birthday against Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain. Halep, who won her first Grand Slam title in Paris in 2018, only needed 1:22 hours for her good luck. The number two in the world had only won the Masters 1000 event in Rome on Monday. Before that, she did not participate in the US Open.
Azarenka reaches round 2
Fellow favorite Victoria Asarenka has reached the second round at the French Open. The 31-year-old tennis player from Belarus won 6: 1, 6: 2 against Danka Kovinic from Montenegro on Sunday. The US Open finalist braved the difficult external conditions in the French capital. In cold, wet weather with temperatures of just over ten degrees and drizzle, the challenges for the players were great, especially on the outdoor courts.
The match between Asarenka and Kovinic on the Suzanne Lenglen field was interrupted after a few minutes when Asarenka was 2-1. Azarenka in particular complained about the conditions. After a half-hour break, the former world number one was better able to cope with the circumstances and easily made it to the next lap. “I’m glad I’m done. Now I can see how the others are dealing with these difficult circumstances,” said Asarenka.
Zverev and Kerber with attainable opening obstacles
Alexander Zverev comes into action on the first day of the tournament. The 23-year-old faces Dennis Novak from Austria in the fourth and final game of the day (games start at 11:00 AM / Eurosport).
Dominik Koepfer (Donaueschingen) and Anna-Lena Friedsam (Andernach) also play the main field from the ten German pros (five women, five men). Koepfer, who recently lost to world number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia in the quarter-finals in Rome, plays against Frenchman Antoine Hoang. It’s peaceful with Alexandra Sasnowitsch from Belarus.