As first-round action continues, interest will be focused on these top players.
Nadal faces a tough opponent in American John Isner, who stands very tall on the opposite side of the net. Nadal leads in their head-to-head at 2-0. Most expect Nadal to survive this contest.
Scot Andy Murray faces a qualifier Eric Prodon of France, who will undoubtedly have the French crowd behind him, but little else.
Sharapova faces 29-year-old Mirjana Lucic of Croatia, who is attempting to make a comeback in tennis. One imagines that Lucic’s chances against Sharapova, who won the tournament in Rome, are quite limited.
Kim Clisters, the No. 2 seed, will face Anastasiya Yakimova of Belarus, currently ranked No. 100. Clijsters is returning to action after an extended layoff resulting from an ankle injury suffered in a “dancing” incident.
World No. 5 Robin Soderling will face American teenager Ryan Harrison in his first match of the 2011 French Open. Soderling has been a finalist the past two years.
Action is underway. What surprises are in store for today? Stay tuned...