Last year's victors were present as this season's draw was made, as reported by Roland Garros' official Twitter account:
Here's a full rundown of the top 32 seeds in both the men's and women's sections, plus a complete set of brackets for the competition that runs between the fortnight of May 25-June 8:
|27.||Roberto Bautista Agut||ESP|
|14.||Carla Suarez Navarro||ESP|
Top Men's Seeds/Routes to Watch
Nadal's dominance on clay is well-documented, legendary and intimidating heading into this year's tournament. His eight French Open wins were only halted by Roger Federer's victory in 2009, after Robin Soderling dumped the Spaniard out in a fifth-round result that Mark Hodgkinson of The Telegraph called "the biggest upset in grand slam history."
The first seed should have no problem strolling beyond his opening match of this year's tournament, which Roland Garros highlighted via Twitter:
Currently ranked World No. 277, Robby Ginepri is unlikely to challenge a player whose dominance on clay defines his career. Nadal's raw power, speed across the court and overall confidence will be too much for an individual who has plummeted down the rankings since coming in at No. 15 back in 2005.
Nadal could face an up-and-coming star in the second round, but he is likely to first run into trouble during the quarter-finals. Neil Harman of The Times spotlit that matchup:
Possibility of Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem in the second round. Plays Robbie Ginepri first.— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) May 23, 2014
Should Dominic Thiem fail to make the second round, Nadal will face Paul-Henri Mathieu before moving on to tougher challengers, noted by Roland Garros:
Projected QFs: (Top half) Nadal vs. Ferrer and Wawrinka vs. Murray. (Bottom half) Federer vs. Berdych and Raonic vs. Djokovic #RG14— Roland Garros (@rolandgarros) May 23, 2014
Andy Murray's potential quarter-final clash with Stanislas Wawrinka is noteworthy. The Scotsman, whose best showing at the French Open was his 2011 run to the semi-final, will most likely need to overcome Nadal at the same stage to make this year's final.
BBC Tennis provided a rundown of Murray's draw:
Andy Murray's projected route through the French Open. pic.twitter.com/5QNcK3tHa6— BBC Tennis (@bbctennis) May 23, 2014
Harman outlined favourable first-round ties for Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who will be hoping to break Nadal's stunning run of form at the European event:
Novak Djokovic v. Joao Sousa in first round— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) May 23, 2014
Roger Federer v Lukas Lacko in rd 1, in Djokovic half— Neil Harman (@NeilHarmanTimes) May 23, 2014
Both juggernauts have been placed on the same side of the draw, meaning they will need to face each other if they are to reach the final. It's likely this could happen at the semi-final stage, where progress may mean facing Nadal or Murray at the last hurdle.
Federer looks to have the easiest route through the competition out of all the top seeds. He could potentially face Dmitry Tursunov, Mikhail Youzhny and Ernests Gulbis along his journey, none of whom will be expected to halt the precision master.
Djokovic could run into trouble against the likes of Marin Cilic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Milos Raonic. The Serbian may also face Kei Nishikori en route to the latter stages, suggesting he'll need to dramatically up his intensity once the likes of Federer arrive.
Top Women's Seeds/Routes to Watch
On the women's side, No. 1 seed Serena Williams can expect a tough ride throughout the competition, per BBC Tennis:
Alize Lim, Williams' Round 1 opponent, highlighted her surprise at facing the top seed:
Aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh !!!!!!....— Alizé Lim (@AlizeLim) May 23, 2014
So 5 minutes ago I was in the locker room speaking to Serena, asked her "oh did you make the draw, who do I play ?!"— Alizé Lim (@AlizeLim) May 23, 2014
She told me no I don't look at the draw.— Alizé Lim (@AlizeLim) May 23, 2014
A potential all-Williams showdown may be on the cards in Round 3, but Serena will be more worried about what lies beyond her sister. Facing 2012 champion Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final could take an awful lot out of the American, a worrying prospect considering Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na may await afterward.
Serena will undoubtedly have to be at her best if she is to reclaim the crown. Li is likely to be less exhausted if she makes the final, with potential showdowns against Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep en route to the showpiece match.
Halep's fitness remains questionable after she was forced to retire from the Internazionali BNL d'Italia. Despite this, she currently ranks at a career high of No. 4 and will be looking to continue pushing into the upper echelons after rising 60 places across the last 12 months.
Will Serena Williams retain her French Open title?
The Romanian escaped the likes of Williams, Radwanska and Li by making it into the highest-ranking quartet, indicating a bright future for the 22-year-old.
There's no doubt both Nadal and Williams would have liked easier draws, but both possess the experience and ability to waltz through the majority of this year's competition. Nadal's clay record currently stands at 311-24, recorded by ATP, marking him as heavy favourite against any opponent.
Williams is going to need a great deal of guts, mental toughness and energy to work beyond a draw that will have her running from the early stages. While both champions remain favourites to grab the prize, both will need to be playing at 100 percent beyond Round 3 to walk away with the trophy.