Djokovic excited by 'new vibe' with Agassi

"I'm looking to apply myself the best I can", she said.

One prominent name absent from Paris is Roger Federer.

That trio's reasons for being absent? The 2009 champion made a decision to skip the red-clay courts of Roland Garros to focus on upcoming grass-court and hard-court tournaments. Williams is pregnant and due in the fall, with plans to return to the tour in 2018. Last May, the Spaniard was struggling with a wrist injury which eventually forced him to withdraw from Roland Garros after two rounds.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion - who is seeded fourth this year - will need to deal with the talented and unpredictable Benoit Paire in the first round.

Novak Djokovic's partnership with Andre Agassi actually started with a thank you phone call from the Serb.

He's only 20 years old and has his best years ahead of him, but this year he has already beaten Djokovic in the Rome final to claim his first Masters title - the first of many for this talented young German tennis ace. The way the 2017 French Open bracket looks, the two could match up in the semifinal round. Heading into the French Open, the men at Nos.

Aside from various ailments, Murray admitted that at times he has felt flat during matches, having climbed to world No 1 at the end of 2016.

Struggling world number one Kerber faces a potentially tricky first round match against Ekaterina Makarova.

After finishing 2016 on such a high and usurping Djokovic at the top of the rankings, Murray has found it hard to get going this season.

"Even, before when I was No. 1 and playing very successfully, winning trophies and in the latest period where I was not as successful and where I received a lot of criticism from many sides, Andre was one of the few people that was actually standing on my side and supporting me", said the 30-year-old Djokovic on Friday. Without them, there is no clear-cut favorite to take the title.

Halep has an ankle injury and described her chances of making Roland Garros as "50-50" earlier this week. Other women who could make a splash include No. 3-ranked Karolina Pliskova, a finalist at the U.S. Open in September, or No. 6 Elina Svitolina, who just won the Italian Open on clay.

Away from the usual suspects, 20-year-old Zverev could be on the verge of something special after conquering Rome, although a first-round against Spain's Fernando Verdasco is unsafe.

Murray could have a run-in with Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals.

Worth keeping an eye on some of the up-and-coming younger guys in Paris, such as Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios. I haven't played so well and I also had a few physical issues with my elbow around February, March time.

Muguruza will begin the tournament against Schiavone, victor of the clay-court grand slam seven years ago, and is in the top half of the draw along with top seed Angelique Kerber.

  • Julie Sanders