As it happened: May 29

Follow along as we bring you all the updates from around the grounds at Roland-Garros 2023

Petra Kvitova, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Cédric Lecocq/FFT
 - Reem Abulleil

10:18pm Sinner untroubled

No.8 seed Jannik Sinner seemed in a hurry under the lights of Court Philippe-Chatrier in the first night session of RG2023.

The Italian swept past France's Alexandre Muller 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 with a masterful display of clay-court tennis in just one hour and 46 minutes.

He will take on Daniel Altmaier in the next round.


10:00pm Kvitova bows out

Czech No.10 seed Petra Kvitova suffered an opening-round exit today at the hands of Italian world No.44 Elisabetta Cocciaretto 6-3, 6-4 in under 90 minutes.

A two-time semi-finalist in Paris, Kvitova hadn't lost in the first round here since 2010 prior to today.

Meanwhile, it was Cocciaretto's first main-draw win at Roland-Garros and her second at any Grand Slam.

Elisabetta Cocciaretto, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Cédric Lecocq/FFT

8:25pm First night session gets underway

Italian No.8 seed Jannik Sinner and Frenchman Alexandre Muller are on court for the first night-session match of the fortnight.

We sat down with Sinner ahead of the tournament to discuss his ambitions for Roland-Garros 2023, his developing rivalry with Carlos Alcaraz and lots more. You can read the interview HERE.

8:00pm Big Foe's celebrity row

Spotted: New York Knicks' Derrick Rose cheering on Frances Tiafoe out on Court 7.

The American No.12 seed, who defeated Serbia's Filip Krajinovic in straight sets, later revealed Rose, Joakim Noah and Queen Latifah were all there for his match.

We caught up with Tiafoe to discuss his victory, his star-studded audience, and who he thinks will clinch Game 7 in the NBA Eastern Conference final tonight.

Derrick Rose, Roland-Garros 2023, Frances Tiafoe entourage, first round© Loïc Wacziak/FFT

7:30pm Alcaraz closes it out on second attempt

Italian qualifier Flavio Cobolli saved three match points on his own serve to hold for 4-5 in the third set against top seed Carlos Alcaraz, then broke the Spaniard to level for 5-5.

Alcaraz then nudged ahead with a break of serve for 6-5 and this time did not falter when serving for the victory, as he completed a 6-0, 6-2, 7-5 result to book a second round meeting with Taro Daniel.


Carlos Alcaraz, 1er tour, Roland-Garros 2023©Cédric Lecocq / FFT

7:25pm Garcia powers into round two

French world No.5 Caroline Garcia gave the Chatrier home crowd something to cheer for as she squeezed past Chinese lefty Wang Xiyu 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-4.

Garcia needed 2hr 38min to overcome the tricky 22-year-old and book a second round meeting with Anna Blinkova.

Caroline Garcia, 1er tour, Roland-Garros 2023©Nicolas Gouhier / FFT

7:00pm Alcaraz up two sets

Seeded No.1 at a Grand Slam for the first time, Carlos Alcaraz is enjoying a positive start to his Roland-Garros 2023 campaign, leading Italian qualifier Flavio Cobolli 6-0, 6-2, 3-3 on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.


'Before' to debut at 8:00pm

Building up to an exciting night session, which will feature Jannik Sinner against Alexandre Muller, 'Before', will see the crowd entertained by world beatbox champions 'Berywam'.

Every evening from today until June 7, fans will be treated to an all-new 'Before' warm-up, an original and interactive show that will last a short but sweet seven minutes, and will see spectators take part in a giant game of 'Guess the Song' via a digital interface.

5:30pm Impressive Elina

Playing her first Grand Slam since becoming a mother, and fresh off a title run in Strasbourg, former world No.3 Elina Svitolina eased past last year's semi-finalist Martina Trevisan 6-2, 6-2 in just 70 minutes.

The 28-year-old Ukrainian returned to tour in April after giving birth to daughter Skaï in October and is already playing great tennis. Her second-round opponent will be Australian Storm Hunter.

Elina Svitolina, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Corinne Dubreuil/FFT

4:30pm Tuesday's order of play is out

The last remaining first rounds are scheduled for Tuesday, as defending champion Iga Swiatek, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and former US Open champion Daniil Medvedev all get their campaigns underway in Paris.



Azarenka / Andreescu

4:18pm Novak avoids a fourth set

Two-time Roland-Garros champion Novak Djokovic was broken while serving for the match late in the third set and was forced by Aleksandar Kovacevic into a tiebreak but still managed to move into the second round in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(1) over the 24-year-old American.

The No.3 seed, who improved to 19-0 in Roland-Garros first-round matches, will next face Hungarian Marton Fucsovics in the last 64.


Novak Djokovic 1er tour Roland-Garros 2023©Nicolas Gouhier / FFT

3:30pm Felix out in straights

Italian world No.130 Fabio Fognini knocked out No.10 seed Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 to reach the Roland-Garros second round for the 12th time in his career.

The former world No.9 next takes on Australian Jason Kubler.

3:10pm Shapovalov, Norrie complete five-set wins

Denis Shapovalov picked up his first Roland-Garros win since 2020 with a 6-4, 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-3 result against American Brandon Nakashima in 3hr 47min, while No.14 seed Cameron Norrie recovered from a break down in the fifth to deny home favourite Benoit Paire 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

Norrie will take on Lucas Pouille in round two, while the 26th-seeded Shapovalov faces Italian debutant Matteo Arnaldi.


2:30pm Djokovic kicks off campaign

World No.3 Novak Djokovic begins his quest for a men's all-time record-extending 23rd Grand Slam title today on Court Philippe-Chatrier against American world No.114 Aleksandar Kovacevic.

The Serbian two-time Roland-Garros champion has taken a 6-3, 1*-0 lead as he looks to book a second round meeting with Marton Fucsovics.

1:30pm Stephens bounces Pliskova

Back on her favourite surface and her favourite court - Philippe-Chatrier - 2018 finalist Sloane Stephens quickly found her clay legs to sweep past former world No.1 and RG No.16 seed Karolina Pliskova 6-0, 6-4 in under 90 minutes.

Stephens next faces Varvara Gracheva or Dalma Galfi in the last-64.


1:30 Paire gets Lenglen crowd fired up

Home favourite Benoit Paire has leapt to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 lead on British No.14 seed Cameron Norrie, much to the delight of the Court Suzanne-Lenglen crowd.

The 34-year-old French wildcard is looking to post his first Roland-Garros main-draw victory since 2020 and his first win over a top-20 opponent since Cincinnati 2021.

Benoit Paire, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Cédric Lecocq/FFT

1:20pm Shapo up two sets

Canadian Denis Shapovalov is leading American Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 7-5, 4-4 on Court 7 as he searches for a first Roland-Garros match-win since 2020.

Denis Shapovalov, Roland-Garros 2023, first round © Julien Crosnier/FFT

12:50pm Americans on the move

Minutes apart, Madison Keys and Kayla Day both secured passage to the second round, where they will square off in an all-American showdown.

Keys, the No.20 seed, beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, while qualifier Day ousted French wildcard Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 6-1.

Madison Keys, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Philippe Montigny/FFT

12:34pm Stephens delivers a bagel

Former runner-up Sloane Stephens has raced to a 6-0 lead inside 33 minutes over ex-world No.1 Karolina Pliskova on Court Philippe-Chatrier.

Stephens, a finalist in Paris in 2018, made the last-eight stage in Paris 12 months ago and enters this year's edition ranked 30 in the world.

Pliskova is the No.16 seed. The Czech's best result in the French capital came in 2017 when she reached the semi-finals.

Sloane Stephens, Roland-Garros 2023, first round© Nicolas Gouhier/FFT

12:20pm Pavlyuchenkova advances

Our first winner of the day is 2021 runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who eased past 18-year-old Czech Linda Fruhvirtova 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes. Up next for the 31-year-old is No.15 seed Liudmila Samsonova.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Roland-Garros 2023, first round © Julien Crosnier/FFT

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Radio RG, Roland-Garros 2023© Pauline Ballet/FFT

Morning pick

Play has already begun on all courts, except Court Philippe-Chatrier, which has an 11:45am start today, and our early pick of the day would be a generational clash on Court 9 between 2021 Roland-Garros finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and 18-year-old Czech Linda Fruhvirtova, who is making her tournament debut.

Fruhvirtova reached the Australian Open fourth round last January and is ranked 59 in the world.

The 31-year-old Pavlyuchenkova took a seven-month break from the game last year to recover from a knee injury and is making her way back up the rankings. The former world No.11 is ranked 333 this week.

Pavlyuchenkova is up 4-0 in the first set against Fruhvirtova.

You can follow the live scores here.

Krejcikova - Pavlyuchenkova / Finale Roland-Garros 2021©Corinne Dubreuil/FFT

Bonjour à tous!

Good morning from another sunny day in Paris. First round action resumes today with many fan favourites on the schedule including two-time Roland-Garros champion Novak Djokovic, world No.1 Carlos Alcaraz, world No.5 Caroline Garcia, and No.8 seed Jannik Sinner, who headlines the first night session of this year's tournament.

Here's some essential reading material to get you going before play kicks off at 11:00am.