Kyle Edmund has drawn Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open

Last Updated May 24 2018, 18:30Tennis
Kyle Edmund
Kyle Edmund

Kyle Edmund will play Australian teenager Alex de Minaur in the first round of the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

The British number one is seeded 16th and, in the absence of the injured Andy Murray, carries his country's best hopes of an extended run at Roland Garros after recently breaking into the world's top 20 for the first time.

Britain's other representative in the men's singles, Cameron Norrie, has been rewarded for making a grand slam main draw for the first time by being paired with Germany's Peter Gojowczyk.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal is chasing an 11th title and will begin his campaign against Ukraine's Alexandr Dolgopolov.

His great rival Novak Djokovic will hope to put injury and poor form behind him when he takes on a yet-to-be-decided qualifier.

British women's number one Johanna Konta will also hope for better fortunes after a disappointing start to the year when she faces first-round opponent Yulia Putintseva from Kazakhstan.

Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko will open her defence of the women's title against Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova and Britain's other representative in the women's singles' draw, world number 86 Heather Watson, faces France's Oceane Dodin.

Former world number one Serena Williams, unseeded and making her first grand slam appearance since the 2017 Australian Open after giving birth to her daughter, faces a tough test against world number six Karolina Pliskova.

Simona Halep, the current world number one and top seed, has an opening-round match against American Alison Riske.

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