French Open 2017: Andy Murray to face Andrey Kuznetsov in first round

French Open 2017: Andy Murray to face Andrey Kuznetsov in first round

World number one Andy Murray will play Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov in the French Open first round.

Murray, 30, is in the same half of the French Open draw as 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in last year’s semi-finals.

Second seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic is in the same half as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal.

Petra Kvitova, who was stabbed six months ago, returns for the Grand Slam event, which starts in Paris on Sunday.

The Czech, twice a Wimbledon winner, suffered serious hand injuries when she was attacked by an intruder in her home.

She is seeded 15th thanks to her protected ranking and drawn against American Julia Boserup.

Seventh seed Konta, who is chasing a first win at Roland Garros, having lost in round one in the previous two years, is up against the world number 109 from Taiwan.

Defending women’s champion Garbine Muguruza opens against 2010 winner Francesca Schiavone and could face a semi-final against world number one Angelique Kerber, who starts against Ekaterina Makarova.

Romania’s world number four Simona Halep, who is battling to be fit after tearing ankle ligaments, starts against Slovakia’s Jana Cepelova and is in the same half of the draw as Elina Svitolina, who beat Halep in the Italian Open final last weekend.

Spain’s Nadal, 30, has won three titles on clay this season, including a 17-match unbeaten streak that ended in defeat by Dominic Thiem in the Italian Open quarter-finals.

Serb Djokovic will play his first tournament with new coach Andre Agassi, having appointed the eight-time Grand Slam champion after losing to German 20-year-old Alexander Zverev in the Italian Open final.

Djokovic faces Spain’s Marcel Granollers in round one.

Culled from BBC

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