The draws at the four Grand Slams are at least double the size of the majority of the tournaments during the rest of the ATP and WTA seasons.
The 128 player draws create upsets by players that wouldn’t even qualify for most of the tournaments on the remainder of the tennis schedule each season.
These upsets and shocking results are a big reason why the slams are the pinnacle of interest for tennis.
Twelve American women are in the 2012 draw for the French Open.
The American women are ten for ten so far with Serena Williams and Jamie Hampton both scheduled to play Tuesday.
Lauren Davis and Bethany Mattek Sands scored impressive upsets over thirteenth ranked Mona Barthel and twelfth ranked Sabine Lisicki, both of Germany.
Davis crushed Barthel, 6-1, 6-1, and veteran Mattek-Sands ousted two time Wimbledon quarterfinalist Lisicki, 6-4, 6-3.
With Serena and Venus Williams both past 30, many have speculated on the future of American’s women’s tennis. Seven of the American women remaining are between 18 and 23.
This is the most American women through to the second round in Paris since 1991.
At least two American women will advance to the third round.
Azarenka entered the French Open having the best year of her career. She ascended to number one after winning the Australian Open in January.
After losing the first set in a tiebreak, Azarenka fell behind 4-0 in the second set.
She was able to overcome 60 unforced errors to just 32 winners to prevail.
She captured 12 of the last 14 games in the match to win 6-7, 6-4, 6-2.
She will face Dinah Pfizenmaier of Germany in the second round.
The two time Grand Slam Finalist had to withdraw with a shoulder injury that has been plaguing her all season.
The 11th seed has had to retire twice and withdraw once before this year.
She was replaced in the draw by lucky loser Sesil Kararantcheva of Kazakhstan who won her first round match 6-1, 6-0.
Lopez retired after losing the first five games in his first round match against Florent Sarra of France.
Lopez pulled a muscle in his thigh while practicing on Thursday.
Although he hasn’t traditionally fared well in France, the 15th seeded Lopez has made three Quarterfinal appearances at Wimbledon.
Although Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt and David Nalbandian are not the players they once were, to see all three lose in the first round was a surprise.
Roddick’s career record at the slams is 126-43, but just 9-10 at the French Open. He only made it as far as the fourth round once, in 2009.
Hewitt has two quarterfinal appearances in the French Open, but owns a respectable 28-12 career record in Paris. His loss in the first round was his first at the French since 1999.
Nalbandian has two semifinal appearances at the French and has advanced to at least the semifinal of all four majors.
The Argentine has had many early exits from slams in his career, but this was only his third first round loss in a Grand Slam.