Follow the draw live!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
By Guillaume Baraise
The draw for the French Open will take place at 11.30 am in the Tenniseum at Roland Garros. Fans the world over will be able to follow the event live on the official website simply by clicking on this link: the names of the players will appear as soon as they have been drawn, with the suspense building up as the draw progresses!
Click on this link
> Follow the draw live (from 11.30 am)
> Women's draw (from 12.15 am)
> Men's draw (from 12.45 am)
Seeds and qualifiers alike will be on tenterhooks, waiting to see what fate the draw has in store for them. Some mouth-watering ties are guaranteed as early the men's first round, and the draw will give Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal a clearer idea of what to expect during the opening week.
The top 32 players will be seeded, but outside of this group there are some real clay-court specialists, including Russia's Igor Andreev, local boy Paul-Henri Mathieu, Spain's Nicolas Almagro and Italy's Filipo Volandri, all of whom could be more than a match for anyone on this, their favourite surface.
In the women's draw, all eyes will be on the seeds, with Venus Williams possibly having to face a top 10 player as early as the third round. And what are the odds on her having to play her sister Serena...?
The French contingent will also be keeping a close eye on the draw for their home tournament, and with so many of them involved, some are bound to find themselves drawn against one of the favourites in the first round.
Chez les dames, on suivra surtout l'emplacement des têtes de série. Venus Williams pourrait par exemple affronter une "top 10" dès le troisième tour. Pourquoi pas sa soeur Serena...