While the best in the world continue to tune their rackets for Roland Garros -some in competition and others focused on their training- in the club Bois de Boulogne The action of the second Grand Slam of the season will get underway this Monday, with the first round of the qualy. And eleven Argentines will go hunting for a place in the main draws of the French Open.

Seven will seek to get into the main draw male, among them, Diego Schwartzman, 2020 semi-finalist, who will play for the last time in his career on the Parisian clay court. And four others will try to enter the women’s team. Although with a couple of possible 100% albiceleste crosses in the second round, it is already known that not all of them will achieve the goal.

Six will take the field on the first day, led by Juan Manuel Cerúndolo and Facundo Bagnis, who will play in the first turn, from 5 in Argentina. The porteño, 167th in the ranking and winner of the Cordova Open in 2021, will clash with the Kazakh Beibit Zhukayev, 174°. And the Santa Fe player, 119th, will face the Chilean Tomás Barrios Vera, 154°. If they advance, they will meet each other in the second round.

Around 6.20, Julia Riera93rd in the world and having a great season, will face the Serbian Natalija Stevanovic, 184th. And not before 10.10, Solana Sierra179th, will face the Ukrainian Kateryna Baindl169th.

Schwartzman, who reached the semifinal in that historic 2020 edition, in which he said goodbye to Rafael Nadal will have his last dance in Bois de Boulognesince he plans to retire in the Argentina Open Next year.

Despite having dreamed of an invitation, the Little, former eight in the world (today 142nd), will have to compete for classification. And he won’t have an easy road. Although he will debut against the Austrian Lukas Neumayer211th in the classification, could meet the Chilean in the third round Cristian Garin number one hundred in the ranking and top favorite of this previous phase.

The list of Argentines in qualifying is completed Roman Burruchaga, recent semi-finalist in the Oeiras Challenger, who will go against the Chinese Juncheng Shang (105th); and Camilo Ugo Carabelli, 107°, which will start against the Spanish Bernabé Zapata Mirallés, 178°, a rival that is always difficult on slow courts. And on the feminine side, Martina Capurro Taboada 162nd, who will collide with the Canadian Rebecca Marino, 164th, and Paula Ormaechea who entered thanks to a protected ranking of 193rd (she is 929th after a long absence due to injury) and will face the Romanian Cristina Dinu, 229th.

Schwartzman and Thiem will play the Roland Garros qualifier, in their farewell to the French Grand Slam.  Instagram PhotoSchwartzman and Thiem will play the Roland Garros qualifier, in their farewell to the French Grand Slam. Instagram Photo

Among the notable names of the qualy, appears that of Dominic Thiem. Located at 117th place in the ranking, the Austrian is experiencing a situation similar to that of Schwartzman. The former world number three and finalist twice in Paris (2018 and 2019) warned that 2024 will mark his retirement. And after not receiving one wild card for the main box, you will have, like the Little who will have to find his place in the preliminary phase, in which he will debut this Monday at 6:15 against the Italian Franco Agamemone 234° and born in Río Cuarto.

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“Let’s try one more time” Schwartzman wrote in English (Let’s try one more time“) on his social networks, along with a photo in which he is seen with Thiem at Roland Garros, after a shared training session. “Come on” the Austrian responded, in Spanish.

All French Grand Slam qualifying matches can be seen live on Star+.

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