French Open draw LIVE: Latest updates as Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz learn fate

Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz are yet to meet at a grand slam

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The French Open draw takes place this afternoon ahead of the tournament beginning on May 28th at Roland Garros.

Defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal has withdrawn due to injury leaving the field open for a new clay champion. World No 1 Carlos Alcaraz and two-time French Open champion Novak Djokovic are among the leading contenders in the men’s side, and could now been put in the same half of the draw after Daniil Medvedev moved up to World No 2 following his victory at the Italian Open last week.

Meanwhile, reigning women’s champion Iga Swiatek looks set to defend her crown and claim a third French Open title but will face stiff competition from world No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka and Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina.

Britain’s hopes of a shock win lay with Cameron Norrie despite his early season struggles on clay. Andy Murray has pulled out of the tournament to prioritise training for Wimbledon while Emma Raducanu faces a long spell on the sidelines after surgery.

Follow all the updates from the French Open draw:


French Open 2023 draw live

It seems as though French international rugby star Antoine Dupont will be helping to draw the remaining players.

French Open 2023 draw live

The non-seeded players will be drawn first at random.

There’s a lot of them so we’ll focus on who the big names in the women’s game get drawn against.

The seeded players will be added into the bracket in a specific order with the No. 1 seed, Iga Swiatek placed in the first line and the No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka placed on the 128th.

French Open 2023 draw live

The bracket for the women’s singles tournament will be drawn first.

French Open 2023 draw live

After the welcome from the president there’s a highlights package of last years’s tournament which saw Rafa Nadal lift the trophy for a 14th time while Iga Swiatek won her second French Open title.

French Open 2023 draw live

The opening statement mentions the men’s defending champion Rafael Nadal and how he isn’t able to take part this year to defend his title.

The 14-time champion has never missed the French Open, holding an astonishing 112-3 record but he has not appeared on the match court since picking up an intractable hip problem during January’s Australian Open.

French Open 2023 draw live

Here we go. The draw for the 2023 French Open is about to get started and can be watched live on the Roland Garros YouTube channel.

We’ll have all the updates here too for you to follow along with.

Ten stars to watch at Roland Garros including Carlos Alcaraz, Aryna Sabalenka and more

The French Open starts this weekend and takes place without Rafael Nadal for the first time since 2004.

The Spaniard’s withdrawal through injury opens the door for the rest of the men’s field, while two-time champion Iga Swiatek will look to cement her dominance of the women’s event.

Here, we pick out 10 players to watch at Roland Garros:

Ten stars to watch at Roland Garros including Alcaraz and Sabalenka

The likely contenders at the French Open with serial winner Rafael Nadal not taking part

Rafael Nadal sights set on 2024 farewell tour after pulling out of French Open

Rafael Nadal admitted he is staring at the end of his tennis career after announcing he will miss the French Open and the majority of the season ahead of what he expects to be a farewell tour in 2024.

The 22-time grand-slam champion has not played since his second-round exit at the Australian Open in January.

Nadal struggled with a hip injury during the straight-sets defeat to Mackenzie McDonald and the ongoing issue has failed to recover sufficiently in order for the 36-year-old to chase a 15th title at Roland Garros.

It means the Spaniard, who has only lost three matches on the Parisian clay, will miss the tournament for the first time since 2004 but he admitted during a press conference at his academy in Manacor that it feels the only option.

Rafael Nadal sights set on 2024 farewell tour after pulling out of French Open

The 22-time grand slam champion has been sidelined since January with a hip injury.

Can Swiatek defend her title?

Iga Swiatek is the favourite to regain her French Open title and lift the trophy for a third time. She was the dominant force in the tournament last year but can she repeat that performance this time around?

What is the French Open schedule?

The French Open will run for 15 days and see plenty of tennis action on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros. Here’s the upcoming schedule for the second grand slam of the year:

  • First round: May 28-30
  • Second round: May 31-June 1
  • Third round: June 2-3
  • Fourth round: June 4-5
  • Quarter-finals: June 6-7
  • Women’s semi-finals: June 8
  • Men’s semi-finals: June 9
  • Women’s final: June 10
  • Men’s final: June 11

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