Top 10 stars Kevin Anderson (Philadelphia Freedoms) and John Isner (New York Empire) each advanced in straight sets on Tuesday to begin their Roland Garros title quests.
The sixth-seeded Anderson dismissed Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, requiring just one hour and 42 minutes to overcome the Italian. Anderson dominated off the ground, hitting 49 winners (18 aces) to 19 unforced errors. The South African has previously reached the round of 16 in Paris on three occasions (2013, 2014 and 2017).
Isner completed a rain-interrupted clash with countryman Noah Rubin, finishing off the USTA Roland Garros Wild Card Challenge winner, 6-3, 7-6(7), 7-6(7). The ninth seed, Isner rifled 28 aces to zero double faults and was not broken in the two hour-and-18-minute victory. Isner faces Horacio Zeballos for a spot in the third round.
Fellow American Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) shone through in her opener, brushing aside wild card Myrtille Georges 6-4, 6-2. Townsend saved all seven break points she faced and now awaits the winner of world No. 1 Simona Halep and Alison Riske. In 2014, Townsend achieved her best major singles result when she progressed to the third round.
Neal Skupski (Empire) and older brother Ken prevailed over #WTTFamily members Mike Bryan (Washington Kastles) and Sam Querrey (Orange County Breakers) 7-5, 6-4 in a first-round encounter. The Skupskis, making their team debut at the French Open, won their first title together earlier this year in Montpellier. Their best result at a Grand Slam came during their run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2017.
Venus Williams (w/Serena) – third on
Tatjana Maria (w/Watson) – first on
Nicole Melichar (w/Peschke) – fourth on
Abigail Spears (w/Rosolska) – fourth on
Sam Querrey – third on
Sloane Stephens – fourth on
Robert Lindstedt / Marcin Matkowski – fourth on
Marcelo Demoliner (w/Gonzalez) – first on
Tennys Sandgren (w/Lipsky) – second on
Jack Sock (w/Johnson) – third on
Stephane Robert (w/Hemery) – second on
Daniel Nestor (w/Chardy) – fourth on
Taylor Townsend (w/Voracova) – fourth on
Fabrice Martin (w/Raja) – fifth on
Naomi Osaka – first on