French Open 2023: With No. 2 Medvedev Gone, No. 1 Alcaraz, No. 3 Djokovic Go Back to Work

PARIS — No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz and No. 3 Novak Djokovic are back on court on Day 4 of the French Open and they hope to avoid the sort of surprise that took No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev out of the bracket.

On Tuesday, Medvedev was upset by a guy who is ranked 172nd and was playing just the second main-draw Grand Slam match of his career.

On Wednesday, Alcaraz meets Taro Daniel in a second-round match in Court Philippe Chatrier, where Djokovic will follow by facing Martin Fucsovics in the night session.

Two of the top three women in the field are also scheduled for second-round action: No. 2 Aryna Sabalenka against Iryna Shymanovich, and No. 3 Jessica Pegula against Camila Giorgi.


Play begins at 11 a.m. local time in Paris, which is 5 a.m. EDT, everywhere except the main stadium, Court Philippe Chatrier, where the first match — Pegula vs. Giorgi — is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m. local time, which is 5:45 a.m. EDT. No. 5 Caroline Garcia meets Anna Blinkova next in Chartier, followed by Alcaraz-Daniel, which could begin around 4 p.m. local time, which is 11 a.m. EDT. Djokovic-Fucsovics is scheduled to start at 8:15 p.m., local time which is 2:15 p.m. EDT — and will mean that the first three night sessions this year were all men’s matches.

Spain’s Carlos Alcaraz plays a shot against Italy’s Flavio Cobolli during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Monday, May 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)


Medvedev was knocked out by Brazilian qualifier Thiago Seybolt Wild 7-6 (5), 6-7 (8), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, then reminded anyone who would listen how much he dislikes playing on red clay. Barbora Krejcikova, who won singles and doubles titles at Roland Garros in 2021, lost in the first round of singles for the second consecutive year. She was defeated by Lesia Tsurenko 6-2, 6-4. Top women’s seeds advancing included defending champion Iga Swiatek, 2022 runner-up Coco Gauff, reigning Wimbledon winner Elena Rybakina and two-time major finalist Ons Jabeur. No. 4 Casper Ruud (the runner-up to Rafael Nadal a year ago), No. 6 Holger Rune, No. 9 Taylor Fritz and No. 16 Tommy Paul were among the men’s winners.


Coco Gauff says Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler predicted his team would reach the NBA Finals before a playoff berth was even assured. Read the tale here.


What you need to know about the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament:

– Nadal is not here

– Djokovic can break a tie with Nadal by winning Slam No. 23

– Swiatek, Sabalenka, Elena Rybakina split past four major titles

– Alcaraz, Djokovic drawn to meet in the semifinals

– First-round opponents for Alcaraz, Djokovic do not find them ‘otherworldly’

– 3 Chinese men in main draw at Roland Garros

– Elina Svitolina wins her first Grand Slam match as a mother

– Facts and figures about the French Open, including a look back at 2022


Try your hand at the AP’s latest tennis quiz here.


With third choice Medvedev gone, Alcaraz — at plus-135 — and Djokovic — at plus-200 — remain the heavy favorites for the French Open men’s championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, while No. 6 Rune and No. 8 Jannik Sinner are joint third choices at plus-900. Swiatek remains a significant favorite for the women’s championship at Roland Garros, listed at minus-125. Pegula is listed at minus-315 to eliminate Giorgi.


2000 — That was the last time a No. 2 seed lost in the first round of the French Open men’s bracket, when Pete Sampras was eliminated by Mark Philippoussis.


“I haven’t had many matches under my belt coming into this tournament, so my goal was just to do my best, give 100% and whatever happens, happens. I did bit more than that and I’m very proud of myself.” — 2019 U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu, after coming back to beat former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.


-In the U.S.: Tennis Channel, NBC, Peacock.

-In France: France TV, Amazon Prime.

-Other countries listed here.


-Wednesday-Thursday: Second Round (Women and Men)

-Friday-Saturday: Third Round (Women and Men)

-Sunday-Monday: Fourth Round (Women and Men)

-June 6-7: Quarterfinals (Women and Men)

-June 8: Women’s Semifinals

-June 9: Men’s Semifinals

-June 10: Women’s Final

-June 11: Men’s Final



MUNICH (AP) — A late strike denied Slovenia a first ever win in a European Championship as Serbia snatched a 1-1 draw on Thursday.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

NEW YORK – Meropi Kyriacou, the new Principal of The Cathedral School in Manhattan, was honored as The National Herald’s Educator of the Year.


Alberto, Season’s First Named Tropical Storm, Dumps Rain on Texas and Mexico, Which Reports 3 Deaths

TAMPICO, Mexico (AP) — Tropical Storm Alberto rumbled toward northeast Mexico early Thursday as the first named storm of the season, carrying heavy rains that left three people dead but also brought hope to a region suffering under a prolonged, severe drought.

ATHENS – After five years of systematic research, documenting and collecting stories from all over Greece, Istorima, the largest-scale collection of oral history in the country, continues its activity and is enriched with a renewed website with updated series and collections.

For centuries, ancient artifacts, art, and relics have been a topic of ownership, provenance, and morality debates.

LESVOS – The 2nd International ELIA Lesvos Confest (an olive conference and festival) took place at the Vrana Olive Press Museum on the island of Lesvos in Greece May 23-26.

NEW YORK – Pancyprian Association of America issued a statement mourning the passing of Constantine Iordanou, the businessman and philanthropist who was also a founding member of the Association.

Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.