French Open 2023: Full list of Indian participants


May 28 2023
Rohan Bopanna

Rohan Bopanna reached the final of mixed doubles at the Australian Open in January.

French Open 2023 is a Grand Slam tennis competition held on outdoor clay surfaces. It is slated to take from May 28 to June 11, 2023, at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France. The tournament will feature singles, doubles, and mixed doubles competitions.

Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion in men’s singles, dropped from the tournament because of injury. This is the first time the 14-time champion Nadal has been absent from the competition since his first appearance in 2005. In women’s singles, Iga Switek is the defending champion.

Let’s take a look at the list of all Indian players to step foot on clay outdoors surface during the 2023 French Open Tournament:

Ankita Raina – Women’s singles qualifying

Ankita Raina, the current flagbearer of Indian women’s tennis after Sania Mirza, has had an excellent season thus far. Raina had risen from 301 to 218 in the WTA Rankings after a poor 2022, when she plummeted to 301. She was about to debut in her first-ever Grand Slam since the Australian Open 2022, but was knocked out from the qualifying round (2nd round).

Nevertheless, this past week, the Gujarati-Kashmiri had a confidence-boosting performance at the WTA 125K clay surface tournament in Florence, Italy, where she upset 122nd-ranked Elina Avanesyan and pushed 78th-ranked Sara Errani hard in a three-set tiebreak.

Rohan Bopanna/Matthew Ebden – Men’s Doubles

Rohan Bopanna, 43, has had a fantastic season thus far, winning one Masters title, one ATP 500 final, and one ATP 250 trophy. He also reached the Australian Open mixed doubles final with long-time buddy Sania Mirza. 

He and his Australian partner Matt Ebden appear to be gelling nicely and will aim to go far in the draw. At 43, Rohan emerged as the oldest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 championship when he and his partner Matthew won the men’s doubles event in Indian Wells in March this year.

Yuki Bhambri/Saketh Myneni – Men’s Doubles

The pair will play their second consecutive Grand Slam together after making their Grand Slam breakthrough at the Australian Open earlier this year. Bhambri stepped down from singles at the beginning of this year to concentrate on shifting into full-time doubles. Both players had an exceptional season in 2022 and want to advance to higher levels by winning a few (or more) games on the Parisian clay surfaces.

Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan/N. Sriram Balaji – Men’s Doubles

The Indian men’s doubles pair of Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan and Sriram Balaji made it to the main draw of French Open 2023 as alternates. The duo will take on the Belarussian-Australian pair of Ilya Ivashka and Alexei Poyrin in the opening round on May 31. Jeevan-Sriram have been in good form so far this season reaching the second round of the Australian Open as well as making the final of the ATP Pune Challenger. They beat fifth seeds Ivan Dodig/Austin Krajicek in the opening round of the Australian Open and also recently reached Macedonia Challenger final.

Yuvan Nandal – Junior Boys Singles

There is enthusiasm in Indian tennis as 17-year-old Yuvan Nandal makes decisive measures ahead to make an impression on the world stage of the French Open 2023. The right-hander won his maiden ITF title at a J3 event in Chandigarh, then a second in Tashkent.

Yuvan has made the sporting community pay attention after reaching the second stage of the junior draw of the Australian Open in Melbourne by capturing one of the largest ITF junior competitions in Malaysia, defeating top seed and countrymen Aryan Shah in the final.

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Aryan Shah – Junior Boys Singles Qualifying

Aryan Shah is the top-ranked Indian youngster in boy’s singles and is gearing up to compete in the 2023 French Open. The 17-year-old right-hander made his junior Grand Slam breakthrough in Melbourne, barely two months after claiming his first ITF championship at a J3 event in Sarawak, Malaysia.

Aryan has risen past a slew of outstanding juniors, including Asia-Oceania junior champions Manas Dhamne, Aman Dahiya, Yuvan Nandal, Rushil Khosla, Saheb Sodhi, Denim Yadav, and Chirag Duhan, and is ready to take the next step with mentor Vaidik Munshaw.

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