Four Australians will take the court in Paris on day two at the French Open.
Court 8 – John Millman v Gianluca Mager (ITA)
Millman withdrew from his match just before he was due to take to the court. This was due to a back injury.
John Millman, the world no. 43, faces Italy’s world no. 87 Gianluca Mager in the opening match on court 8. It will be their first career meeting.
Millman is 8-12 so far in 2021. Mager has a similar record at 7-10.
Mager won a Challenger title on clay back in early April defeating Jaume Munar of Spain in the final.
At the Rome Masters the Italian defeated Australia’s Alex de Minaur in the opening round before losing to fellow Italian Lorenzo Sonego in the next round.
Millman won one match at the Rome Masters before losing to Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in round 2.
Millman also picked up a win in the opening round of the Madrid Masters when he defeated world no. 16 Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.
At the Munich ATP 250, Millman reached the third round before losing to a hot Casper Ruud.
This match could go either way, however the experience of Millman should get him through.
Millman is looking for his first ever singles win at the French Open after five first round exits dating back to 2016. Munar is aiming for a first ever Grand Slam victory after three appearances.
Court 8 – Jordan Thompson v Jamie Munar (ESP)
World no. 64 Jordan Thompson follows Millman against world no. 72 Jaume Munar of Spain.
This is a first time meeting for the pair.
Munar has come into the French Open after reaching the semi-finals at the ATP 250 tournament in Parma and he reached the final of the ATP 250 event in Marbella, losing to Pablo Carreno Busta in the final.
Thompson has struggled to get a win over recent tournaments. He has lost in the first round at the past three tournaments he has competed.
Based on recent form I can’t see Thompson getting the win.
Court 7 – (Q) Storm Sanders v (14) Elise Mertens (BEL)
Storm Sanders has been getting a few good wins over recent months although Mertens should have too much class for her on this occasion.
Sanders reached the main draw for the first time after coming through qualifying. This could possibly give Sanders some chance if Mertens has an off day.
It will be the first career meeting in singles.
Court 5 – (W) Christopher O’Connell v Tommy Paul (USA)
Australian wildcard recipient Christopher O’Connell is playing his first French Open.
At the 2020 US Open he reached the second round and then at the 2021 Australian Open he matched that.
Paul should to be too strong for the Aussie after recently reaching the semi-finals where he lost to up and coming Sebastian Korda.