Prior to this week, Andreescu’s entire tour-level experience on clay consists of one main-draw match at Roland-Garros in 2019 (along with two Fed Cup matches).
Her previous two trips to Paris saw her exit in the qualifying stages but she has many fond memories of the tournament, both from her junior days and from following on television.
“Obviously watching Nadal just winning year after year after year was really cool to watch,” Andreescu recalls.
“Roland-Garros was the first ever Grand Slam I’d ever been to, it was super surreal. I was 14, 15, I lost first round, I was super devastated but I was super happy to be there, like amongst all the top athletes, so that was really cool.
“And then I won the doubles title in juniors with my partner, Carson Branstine [in 2017], so that was really cool, I have great memories.”
'My game style suits the clay'
The 2019 US Open champion has an attractive game style that boasts great variety and showcases her problem-solving skills.
Andreescu reached the second round at Roland-Garros two years ago but gave Sofia Kenin a walkover in round two due to injury. The 20-year-old is keen to show the world what she is capable of on the surface, and hopes to get as many matches as possible under her belt in Strasbourg this week before heading to the French capital.
“I think my game style really suits the clay, just because of the variety I have, and some of the heavy, high balls that I hit are obviously more effective on clay just because the ball bounces more,” she explained on Sunday.
“And also my drop shots, if I hit it right, and it’s been showing in practice and practice matches and all that, so I’m super excited to bring that into the match court.”