French Open 2016: Draw Results, Seedings for Men's and Women's Brackets

Rory MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2016

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 7: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland (right) poses with the Coupe de Mousquetaires and runner up Novak Djokovic of Serbia  after the men's final on day 15 of the French Open 2015 at Roland Garros stadium on June 1, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has been drawn against Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round of the men's draw at the 2016 French Open, and the Serb could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals after the pair were put in the same half. 

Women's top seed Serena Williams starts her defence against Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, while Nadal will face world No. 95 Sam Groth as he begins his campaign for a 10th Roland Garros title.

In-form second seed Andy Murray will play a qualifier in the first round as he goes in search of a third Grand Slam title, and Stan Wawrinka will start his defence against Lukas Rosol having beaten Djokovic in last year's final in Paris.

Roland Garros provided the full men's and women's draws along with the seedings:

The tournament gets under way on Sunday, but there will be no Roger Federer after he was forced to withdraw through injury, per the New York Times' Ben Rothenberg:

As a result, Nadal has been bumped up to fourth seed and avoids the possibility of facing Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals—as he did last year—but they could still meet in the last four, per MailOnline's Stuart Fraser:

The New York Times' Christopher Clarey provided the Serb's potential run to the final, which doesn't look to be too problematic until the semis:

Unquestionably Djokovic is the favourite to prevail this year in the French capital, and he has the chance to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat not achieved since Rod Laver did it in 1969.

However, a French Open title is the one major gong currently missing from the 28-year-old's trophy cabinet, and he will undoubtedly be under a lot of pressure—not least from himself—to go all the way in 2016 having lost in three of the last four finals.

Murray will present a significant challenge to Djokovic having beaten him in the final last time out at the Italian Open—although the Serb did prevail when the pair met the week before in Madrid.

The Scot's clay-court game has come on massively in the last couple of years, and he will be looking to at least reach his first-ever French Open final in 2016.

He has a tough draw, not least because he could face the in-form Kei Nishikori as early as the quarter-finals, potentially followed by a last-four clash with Wawrinka, per Fraser:

In the women's draw, there is little doubt who the favourite is, with Williams back in form having ended a nine-month title drought in Italy last time out.

USA Today Sports previewed the women's tournament, indicating that Victoria Azarenka could be the main threat to Serena claiming a fourth French Open title:

Angelique Kerber and Azarenka were drawn in the same half as Williams, who potentially faces a very tough run as she goes for a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam, per Clarey:

Meanwhile, Agnieszka Radwanska, Garbine Muguruza and Simona Halep are all in the bottom half of the women's draw. 

Romania's Halep is being tipped by many as potentially another threat to Williams' crown, and she will face Nao Hibino in the opening round as she bids to go all the way at Roland Garros this year having reached the final in 2014.