Rafa Nadal retains it easy

Rafa Nadal began his title defence in style, beating unseeded Alexei Popyrin 6-3 6-3 7-6(3) in Round 1. 

Barty fights through

World No. 1 Ash Barty fought through a hip injury and a tricky opponent in Bernarda Pera with a 6-4 3-6 6-2 victory on her return to the French Open.

Local hope Monfils wins

Local favourite Gael Monfils came back from a set down to beat Spain’s Albert Ramos Vinolas 1-6 7-6(6) 6-4 6-4.

Svitolina survives

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina found herself trailing 5-2 in the second set but recovered to beat French teenager Oceane Babel 6-2 7-5.

Bopanna in Round 2

India’s Rohan Bopanna and Croatia’s Franko Skugor sailed into the men’s doubles second round at the French Open with a 6-4 6-2 win over Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili and Germany’s Andre Begemann.

Freaky day for Kvitova

Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from the French Open after injuring her ankle in a freak fall while performing her post-match media duties on Sunday, the 11th seeded Czech player said.

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