Quebecer Félix Auger-Aliassime will face Italian Andreas Seppi in the first round of the French Open next week.
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The tournament organizers held the draw on Thursday and the path may be strewn with pitfalls for Auger-Aliassime, 20th favorite. Indeed, his first rival may be 37 years old and occupy the 95th place in the world, but he has experience and knows how to win; Seppi has already reached the 18th rank in the ATP. If he triumphs, the player from La Belle Province will have to do battle with the South African Kevin Anderson (97th) or the South Korean Soonwoo Kwon (90th). In the third round, a duel with the Italian Matteo Berrettini (9th) is possible.
For his part, the Ontarian Milos Raonic will have the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (79th) as the first opponent. The 17th seed will then be measured, if he wins, against the winner of an all-American duel between Frances Tiafoe (73rd) and Steve Johnson (86th). The 12th favorite, the Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, could be Raonic’s opponent in the third round.
A great challenge for Fernandez
On the women’s side, Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez (69th) will play her first meeting against Russian Anastasia Potapova, 78th in the world. In case of victory, she will possibly rub shoulders with the American Madison Keys, 23rd seed. If she gets any further, Fernandez could play her third game against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who is ranked 15th.
As for Bianca Andreescu, she has an appointment with Slovenian Tamara Zidansek (85th) in her initial match. The sixth favorite will then have a player from qualifying or Madison Brengle (83rd), from the United States, as a rival if she succeeds in her debut.