French Open 2023 LIVE: Tennis scores and results on Day 2 as Djokovic starts campaign


Lookalike Ruud seeking to go in one direction at Roland Garros

The French Open continues at Roland Garros today with the second grand slam in tennis wide open in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Novak Djokovic enters the fray as he bids for a record-breaking 23rd grand slam singles title, looking to add to the French Open crowns he claimed in 2016 and 2021. With clay-court king Rafael Nadal missing this year’s tournament through injury, the 36-year-old Serbian looks to have the perfect opportunity to further cement his greatness and USA’s Aleksandar Kovacevic is his first opponent this afternoon.

Djokovic’s main contender for the men’s title appears to be young pretender Carlos Alcaraz, who has lit up the tennis world since bursting on to the scene. The 20-year-old is already a grand slam winner after claiming last year’s US Open and could dominate men’s tennis in a post-Djokovic-Nadal-Federer world. Italy’s Flavio Cobolli is his first-round opponent.

Elsewhere today, Britain’s Cameron Norrie takes on home favourite Benoit Paire this morning, while the women’s draw sees the likes of Caroline Garcia, Petra Kvitova and Jelena Ostapenko get their campaigns underway.

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Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 1-1 Benoit Paire

A worry for Norrie as he gives up a break point, but some fighting spirit and clever positional play work him back into the game to ensure Paire’s momentum doesn’t continue to build.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:40


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 0-1 Benoit Paire

It’s not proving a particularly good opening couple of days for the already reduced number of Brits in Paris – not only is Norrie struggling on Suzanne Lenglen, but over on Court Nine, Jack Draper has been forced to serve underarm due to another injury issue. The youngster has dropped the first set to Tomas Martín Etcheverry.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:38


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 0-1 Benoit Paire

Next up over on the other show court will be Novak Djokovic’s opening match of Roland-Garros 2023, but for now we’ll be sticking with Benoit Paire’s attempts to seal victory against 14th seed Cameron Norrie.

A solid hold marks a good start to set four.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:37


Sloane Stephens knocks out Karolina Pliskova

It’s all over on Philippe Chatrier – a major victory for former finalist Sloane Stephens, knocking out Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. 6-0, 6-4 – solid work from the American, who will next face either Varvara Gracheva or Dalma Gálfi.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:35


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 3-6 Benoit Paire

But listen to the noise! A clenched fist, a turn to the crowd, and Benoit Paire is two sets to one in front.

Cameron Norrie has never won a five-setter – he’ll have to break that duck, or his French Open is over.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:30


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 3-5 Benoit Paire

Now then. Bad habits creep back in as Benoit Paire attempts to close out the set and a smattering of errors gift Norrie another game.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:27


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 2-5 Benoit Paire

Norrie stops the rot with a much-needed hold, but Paire will serve for the set.

Still on serve on Philippe Chatrier, by the way, in the second set – though Karolina Pliskova needs to hold to keep her match with Sloane Stephens alive.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:23


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 1-5 Benoit Paire

A hold to love. Benoit Paire rubs his great tangle of a beard approvingly.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:20


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 1-4 Benoit Paire

Paire repeatedly gets advantage but can’t quite put Norrie away, the 14th seed battling on.

That’s lovely, though, fooling Norrie with the eyes as he clips a little low forehand up the line past the stranded Brit. Break point…4-1!

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:16


Cameron Norrie 7-5, 4-6, 1-3 Benoit Paire

This is the most consistently focussed and energetic Benoit Paire I’ve seen for a little while. He’s recognising a real opportunity here to claim a major first round scalp, drawing on the crowd’s support to lift him.

He takes Norrie to deuce in the Brit’s next service game.

Harry Latham-Coyle29 May 2023 12:13

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