Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal could meet in the quarter-finals of the French Open.
The pair have won 15 of the last 17 titles at Roland Garros between them, with Nadal claiming 13 of them but losing to eventual champion Djokovic in the semi-finals last year.
They have not met as early as the quarter-finals at any grand slam since the French Open seven years ago but Nadal has dropped to world number five while he goes into the tournament with concerns over a chronic foot problem.
An unbalanced draw saw Carlos Alcaraz, widely considered the most likely challenger to Djokovic and Nadal, also placed in the top half – along with Alexander Zverev – and a potential semi-final opponent for either of the two veterans.
The main beneficiary of the draw appeared to be last year’s runner-up Stefanos Tsitsipas, who joined second seed Daniil Medvedev in the bottom half.
Nadal, who will take on Australian Jordan Thompson in the first round, could meet former champion Stan Wawrinka in round two.
There were good draws for Britain’s two main hopes, with 12th seed Emma Raducanu making her debut at Roland Garros against a qualifier while 10th seed Cameron Norrie will meet French wildcard Manuel Guinard.
Raducanu, who will begin her campaign on Monday, has shown encouraging form in her first professional matches on clay and is seeded to meet in-form sixth seed Ons Jabeur in the last 16.
Dan Evans, who is seeded 29th but still looking for a first victory at Roland Garros, faces a tougher opener against Argentina’s Francisco Cerundolo.
Rounding out the British contingent, Heather Watson meets French teenager Elsa Jacquemot and Harriet Dart, another debutante, faces former quarter-finalist Martina Trevisan.
World number one and hot favourite Iga Swiatek opens against a qualifier but could take on former champion Simona Halep in the fourth round for the third time in four years.
Defending champion Barbora Krejcikova, who has not played since February because of an elbow injury, will meet France’s Diane Parry while Naomi Osaka was handed a tough opener against Amanda Anisimova, to whom she lost at the Australian Open in January.
Osaka is back at Roland Garros 12 months after pulling out of the tournament following a row over her appearances at press conferences and opening up about her mental health difficulties.
What is it?
It is the second grand slam of the year, the French Open at Roland Garros, which runs from Sunday May 22 to Sunday June 5 this year.
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What is the latest news?
Novak Djokovic will be allowed to defend his French Open title as the tournament prepares to stage what is expected to be the first Grand Slam without any Covid-19 related restrictions since the pandemic broke two years ago.
France has lifted restrictions in almost all public spaces – except hospitals, nursing homes and public transports – meaning the Roland Garros stadium should be operating at full capacity with Djokovic taking to the red dirt courts.
“As things stand, nothing stands in the way of Djokovic taking part in the French Open,” tournament director Amelie Mauresmo said.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was unable to defend his Australian Open title in January after being deported from the country in a furore after being initially admitted to the tournament despite not being vaccinated against coronavirus.
Who are the defending champions?
Novak Djokovic and Barbora Krejcikova won the singles tournaments in Paris last year.
What are the latest odds?
Men’s champion latest odds:
Rafael Nadal 7/5
Novak Djokovic 11/4
Carlos Alcaraz 13/5
Stefanos Tsitsipas 5/1
Alexander Zverev 14/1
Women’s champion latest odds:
Iga Swiatek 21/10
Simona Halep 6/1
Paula Badosa 11/1
Barbora Krejcikova 12/1
Maria Sakkari 16/1