The sense of normality returns to Roland-Garros

The first Grand Slam tournament without any COVID-19 restrictions since the pandemic began in early 2020 kicked off under threatening skies at Roland Garros on Sunday.

The French Open was the first major tournament to be affected by the pandemic when it was postponed two years ago, but all security measures have been lifted for this tournament, restoring a sense of normalcy to the fortnight. welcome.

Thousands of maskless spectators poured into the stadium ahead of the start of play at 11 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) as Roland Garros opened for the start of the main tournament.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur, one of the favorites to win the women’s singles, opened the proceedings on the main court Philippe Chatrier against Poland’s Magda Linette who equalized at one set all by winning the tie-break of the second set.

The highlight of the day will be teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz who will start his campaign against Argentinian Juan Ignacio Londero in the final match at Chatrier.

World number one and defending champion Novak Djokovic is due to make his Grand Slam return on Monday after he was barred from the Australian Open due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 19.

The Serb is trying to equal the men’s record 21 Grand Slam titles of 13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal, and the two are on a collision course in the quarter-finals.

Iga Swiatek, the big favorite in the women’s draw, is expected to play her first match on Monday or Tuesday

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