'I almost destroyed wrist at French Open,' says Nadal

Williams is pregnant and due in the fall, with plans to return to the tour in 2018.

It won't be easy for Canada's Milos Raonic if he makes it through the first few rounds of the French Open.

Now, the Serb has picked up Agassi ahead of his Roland Garros title defence.

Locally, McMurray native Alison Riske awaits her first-round draw, which will be revealed today.

Rafael Nadal admitted that he nearly "destroyed" his wrist at last year's French Open, as he relived the pain that forced him to abandon his pursuit of a 10th Roland Garros title.

Djokovic said he wasn't planning on starting a professional relationship when he contacted Agassi for the first time.

Elsewhere, Djokovic, now working with tennis legend Andre Agassi, will open against Marcel Granollers, while Nadal plays Benoit Paire.

The 47-year-old Agassi will work with Djokovic at the forthcoming French Open where the Serbian star is the defending champion.

Much like Murray, the top-ranked Angelique Kerber has failed to hit the heights of past year and is the first to admit she is not at home on clay. I need to try and enjoy this period nearly because the more frustrated you get, it doesn't help. "But the last two months, I just haven t played well", Murray said, speaking at an event in the French capital by his sponsor Under Armour.

Which woman will step up?

Given Serena Williams will not compete in this year's French Open, there's a wide-open feel to the women's draw. Without them, there is no clear-cut favorite to take the title.

Halep was the one everyone was looking at as favourite but she has had an ankle injury. 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.

The Canadian could possibly have to defeat Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic just to set up a matchup with world No. 1 Andy Murray in the final. Fans and opponents alike would love to see her back in competition.

Britain's other representatives in the main draw are Kyle Edmund, who plays the Portuguese Gastão Elias, Dan Evans, who might struggle to reproduce the heroics on clay that he showed on the hard court of Flushing Meadows in a competitive four-setter against Tommy Robredo in 2013, and Aljaz Bedene, who has a good chance against the American, Ryan Harrison.

On clay this year, Djokovic has been on an upward curve - quarterfinals in Monte Carlo, semi-finals in Madrid and a runners-up spot in Rome where he was comprehensively demolished by Alexander Zverev.

And while his preparations for Paris have not been ideal, compounded by a bout of shingles early in the season, Murray is talking up another good run, following last year's first-ever final appearance.

  • Julie Sanders