As it happened: Wednesday May 24

Follow along as we bring you all the latest from around the grounds

Iga Swiatek, Roland-Garros 2023, practice© Cédric Lecocq/FFT
 - Reem Abulleil

Iga comes to site

After training at the nearby Jean Bouin facility yesterday, defending champion Iga Swiatek has graced the grounds of Roland-Garros today, spending an hour hitting on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

Accompanied by her coach Tomasz Wiktorowski and her sports psychologist Daria Abramowicz, the three-time Grand Slam winner also had an earlier session at Jean Bouin - a positive sign that perhaps the injury that forced her to retire in Rome last week has subsided.


World No.8 Jannik Sinner and two-time Roland-Garros finalist Dominic Thiem practised together on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Wednesday, reprising a tradition they started two years ago here in Paris.

Here's a photo from a hitting session they had on Court Simonne-Mathieu in 2021. Thiem was ranked No.4 in the world at the time, while Sinner was a 19-year-old ranked just inside the top 20.


Dominic Thiem, Jannik Sinner, Roland-Garros 2021, practice

Draw ceremony timing announced

The ceremony for men's and women's singles will take place at 2:00pm Paris time on Thursday at L'Orangerie at Roland-Garros.

Three lucky losers will make their way into the women's main draw following the withdrawal of Jennifer Brady, Patricia Maria Tig and Ajla Tomljanovic, while one lucky loser will join the men's event due to the withdrawal of Cristian Garin.

You can follow the draw ceremony on our YouTube channel HERE.


4:35pm Pouille roars through

Court 14 at Roland-Garros is fast becoming the Lucas Pouille Stadium as the former world No.10 pulled off another victory in front of his home crowd to inch closer to the main draw.

After coming through a tricky opening round of qualifying against Tomas Machac, Pouille fought back from a set down to defeat an ailing Tseng Chun-Hsin on Wednesday.

The Frenchman's reward is a final round meeting with Austria's Jurij Rodionov.


Lucas Pouille / 2e tour Qualifications 2023©Philippe Montigny / FFT

Best of frenemies

Caroline Garcia and Ons Jabeur go way back, since the junior days, and they've always maintained a great relationship.

The pair practised together this morning in front of some lucky fans on Court Philippe-Chatrier, as they continue to fine-tune their games ahead of tournament kick-off.

Fun fact: Garcia's current coach Bertrand Perret is Jabeur's former coach. The Frenchman helped guide Jabeur to a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final back in 2020 in Australia. Here is a great snap of Perret amidst his current and former charges.

Ons Jabeur, Bertrand Perret, Caroline Garcia, Roland-Garros 2023, practice, entrainement© Cédric Lecocq/FFT

3:30pm Hanfmann untroubled

Germany's Yannick Hanfmann went from being a quarter-finalist at the ATP Masters 1000 in Rome to playing in qualifying at Roland-Garros; he seems to be totally fine with it though.

The world No.64 eased into the final round of qualifying with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Czech Republic's Zdenek Kolar and is just one win away from a third Roland-Garros main draw appearance. Next up for Hanfmann is Sweden's Elias Ymer.

2:10pm Brenda moves on

Czech teenager Brenda Fruhvirtova continued her march towards what would be a second consecutive Grand Slam main draw thanks to a 7-6(4), 6-1 win over Liechtenstein's Kathinka Von Deichmann.

A tug-of-war opening set lasted 64 minutes but the 16-year-old hit her stride in the second to book a final round of qualifying clash with home favourite Alice Robbe.

Brenda Fruhvirtova, Roland-Garros qualifying, first round©Cédric Lecocq/FFT

Shelton preps for maiden RG

One of the most exciting young talents on the men's tour, Ben Shelton is all set to make his Roland-Garros debut and the 20-year-old American enjoyed a first hit on Court Simonne-Mathieu this morning.

The left-handed Shelton, who reached the Australian Open quarter-finals this year on his first appearance at the tournament, practised with Australian Rinky Hijikata.

Ben Shelton, Roland-Garros 2023, practice© Julien Crosnier/FFT

11:32am Stricker into third round

Former Roland-Garros junior champion Dominic Stricker is one step away from the main draw in Paris thanks to a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Czech world No.228 Dalibor Svrcina.

The 20-year-old Swiss lefty is searching for a maiden Grand Slam main draw on his sixth qualifying attempt.


Dominic Stricker, Roland-Garros 2023, qualifying first round © Philippe Montigny/FFT

11:22am Andreeva sets up Osorio clash

It was a potential match-up flagged by many the moment the qualifying draw was released: Camila Osorio v Mirra Andreeva.

The 16-year-old Andreeva advances to the final round of qualifying with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Emiliana Arango and another Colombian will stand between the teenager and a maiden Grand Slam main draw berth.

Cami v Mirra is not to be missed!


Mirra Andreeva 2e tour qualifications Roland-Garros©Philippe Montigny / FFT

11:10am Gone in 50 minutes

The first player to move into the final round of qualifying is 21-year-old Colombian Camila Osorio, who knocked out Sesil Karatantcheva 6-0, 6-1 in 50 minutes.

Osorio, a former world No.33, is the top seed in qualifying this week in Paris and is looking to feature in the Roland-Garros main draw for a third consecutive year.

Camila Osorio, 2e tour, qualifications, Roland-Garros 2023©Julien Crosnier / FFT

10:55am Bagels for breakfast

Qualifying top seed Camila Osorio and 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva have both delivered 6-0 opening sets in their respective second rounds this morning.

Colombian 21-year-old Osorio led the 33-year-old Sesil Karatantcheva 6-0, 3-0 before the Bulgarian finally got on the board.

Meanwhile, Andreeva, who made waves with her impressive run to the last-16 stage at the WTA 1000 in Madrid earlier this month, handed Emiliana Arango a first-set bagel but they are locked at 2-2 in the second set.


10:00am A busy Wednesday promises action all around

The third day of qualifying is upon us and second round action begins with many fan favourites on the schedule.

Meanwhile, more main draw stars are set to arrive today with the likes of Jannik Sinner, Holger Rune, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sakkari all appearing on the practice schedule for the first time ahead of Roland-Garros 2023.