All eyes on French Open Tennis
It is time for the first of two Grand Slams in Europe to get underway. The French Open at Roland Garros will not only witness, as usual, fierce and absorbing contests for supremacy in singles, doubles and mixed doubles in all sections, including men, women, junior boys and junior girls.
A total of six Canadian and eight Indian players (two of them representing the US) will be competing in the event. For Canada, limelight will be on Félix Auger-Aliassime (Montreal), Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill), Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga), Laylah Annie Fernandez (Laval), and Rebecca Marino (Vancouver) who all are set to compete in singles.
Besides, Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) will be participating in doubles, joining Fernandez and Marino who have both entered the doubles draw with their respective partners.
The flagbearer of Indian women’s tennis after Sania Mirza, the now 30 year old Ankita Raina has been enjoying a good season so far. After a disappointing 2022, when she fell to 301 in the WTA Rankings, Raina has boosted her ranking back up to 218, getting closer to her highest ranking of 160. This will be Raina’s first Grand Slam appearance since the 2022 Australian Open.
Just this week, the Gujarati-Kashmiri had a confidence boosting week at the WTA 125K clay court event in Florence, Italy, beating 122nd ranked Elina Avanesyan, and running 78th ranked Sara Errani close in a three-setter.
The 43 year old Rohan Bopanna has been having a terrific season so far, with one Masters title, one Masters and one ATP 500 final, one ATP 250 title. He also made the mixed doubles final of the Australian Open partnering good friend Sania Mirza. He and his Aussie partner Matt Ebden seem to be combining well and will look to go deep in the draw.
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