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Who’s in, who’s out in Roland Garros’s entry lists

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Novak Djokovic is the defending champion at Roland Garros (Photo : Corinne Dubreuil / FFT)

As we know, the list immediately after a tournament’s entry deadline looks radically different by the time the first ball is struck in the main draw.

Most of the withdrawals tend to be late, as players try to be ready for a tournament – especially a Grand Slam tournament – until the very last minute.

But so far, there are only a few players not entered in Roland Garros, which begins May 22.

And there are a fair few protected rankings.

Wawrinka, Coric on protected list

Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori are out from the get-go, as the initial cutoff for the men’s singles event in Paris is Attila Balazs of Hungary, entered with a protected ranking of No. 101.

Entered with their protected rankings are:

Stan Wawrinka (No. 22)
Borna Coric (No. 27)
Aljaz Bedene (No. 75)
Jéremy Chardy (No. 88)

You’d imagine Chardy would get a wild card – although with so many veteran French players needing them this year, nothing is certain.

Chardy, who has spoken of physical issues following a vaccine, hasn’t played since the last US Open.

Bedene, per a member of this team at Indian Wells, was out more than six months after a bout of COVID left him struggling physically and not in top shape to even train, let alone compete. He finally returned at Indian Wells

If Chardy does get a wild card, the next ito the main draw would be Frenchman Quentin Halys. So that would make logical sense.

Beyond Halys are Pablo Cuevas, Guido Pella, Jaume Munar, Taro Daniel, Steve Johnson and Kevin Anderson.

Puig, Andreescu, Townsend to return?

The last player entered in the Roland Garros women’s singles draw is Harriet Dart of Great Britain, ranked No. 101.

Entered with their protected ranking are:

Sofia Kenin (No. 4)
Bianca Andreescu (No. 22)
Taylor Townsend (No. 84)
Tatjana Maria (No. 100)

The only player in the top 100 not entered is No. 70 Jaqueline Cristian of Romania, who had suffered a nasty knee injury not long ago.

Tbe top alternates are Bernarda Pera, Vera Zvonareva, Monica Puig (with a protected ranking of No. 103), and Heather Watson.

You would expect French players Chloe Paquet (No. 105) and Harmony Tan (No. 107) to get wild cards.

Canadian Rebecca Marino is 11th on the alternate list (ninth, if you subtract the two French players).

Notably, Genie Bouchard (with a protected ranking of No. 118) is not on the main entry list.

So far, with less than two weeks to ago before the qualifying deadline, she’s not on the qualifying list, either.

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