Friday, May 13, 2011

News from the French

Monfils in Paris

Monfils tests the clay

After being forced to withdraw midway through Madrid due to an allergic reaction to some cheese he had eaten then pull out of Rome suffering from a virus, Gaël Monfils was delighted to get some court-time under his belt at Roland Garros on Friday. The world no.9 and 2008 French Open semi-finalist immediately headed out to Philippe Chatrier and had a relaxed knock-up with his Australian coach Roger Rasheed.

Sanchez to make it five at the French

The final wild card for the women's singles has been awarded by the tournament directors to Olivia Sanchez. The 28-year-old Frenchwoman is currently no.136 in the WTA rankings, and this will be her fifth time in the main draw at the Paris slam.

Wild cards for the qualifiers

The tournament directors also announced the list of wild cards for the qualifying competition of the men's and women's singles on Friday afternoon.

For the men, French players Charles-Antoine Brézac, Nicolas Devilder, Jonathan Eysseric, Pierre-Hugues Herbert, Romain Jouan, Axel Michon, Gianni Mina and Albano Olivetti and Argentina's Agustin Velotti (who won the junior tournament in 2010) have all been given an invitation, while Séverine Beltrame, Audrey Bergot, Julie Coin, Claire de Gubernatis, Claire Feuerstein, Anaïs Laurendon, Irena Pavlovic and Ukrainian Elina Svitolina (who like Velotti won the junior title in 2010) will be trying to make it into the women's main draw.

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