Paris (AP) – After Alexander Zverev’s successful start at the French Open, a German five wants to follow suit today, Monday. Angelique Kerber, among others, has her first appearance and US Open champion Dominic Thiem and top favorite Rafael Nadal intervene in the action.
THE GERMAN LADIES: Andrea Petkovic starts the second day of the tournament. For the 33-year-old girl from Darmstadt, it is the first competition since October last year. She has a good chance of advancing against the Bulgarian Zwetana Pironkowa. The first performance of Angelique Kerber against the Slovenian Kaja Juvan is eagerly awaited. The three-time Grand Slam tournament winner enters the tournament without much match practice on clay. Tamara Korpatsch also plays against American Amanda Anisimova.
THE GERMAN MEN: Alexander Zverev and Dominik Koepfer showed it, now Jan-Lennard Struff and qualifier Daniel Altmaier are required. Struff has struggled on the sand so far, losing both in Rome and Hamburg at the beginning. Things should get better now against Frances Tiafoe from the USA. Altmaier has to deal with the experienced Spaniard Feliciano Lopez is certainly not without a chance.
THE STARS: Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Serena Williams – it will be a spectacular Monday in Paris. Above all, everyone is looking forward to the first game of top favorite Nadal. The Spaniard had skipped the US Open, surprisingly the quarter finals were over in Rome. US Open winner Thiem has not played since his triumph in New York. This includes Serena Williams, who is making the next attempt to take her 24th Grand Slam title.
THE WEATHER: The forecasts don’t promise anything good: Temperatures just above ten degrees and rain – especially Nadal will not like these conditions.