Novak Djokovic drawn in Carlos Alcaraz half at French Open as Brits learn fate

Novak Djokovic could face Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-final of the French Open. The Serb was drawn in the same half as the top seed during Thursday’s official ceremony. Meanwhile, the only three Brits in the draw – Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans and Jack Draper – all learned their fate.

The official draw for the French Open was made on Thursday, with one question on everyone’s lips. As Djokovic had dropped down to the third-seeded position, he faced being drawn in Alcaraz’s half.

And that’s precisely what happened, as the two-time former French Open champion was placed in the same section as the world No 1, meaning they will face off as early as the semi-final stage if they both get there. Alcaraz will begin his French Open campaign against a qualifier or a lucky loser while Djokovic opens against world No 114 Aleksandar Kovacevic.

Daniil Medvedev is the second seed at the tournament thanks to his recent Rome Masters title run, also drawing a qualifier of lucky loser in the first round. Meanwhile, there are only three Brits in the singles draws this year – Norrie, Evans and Draper.

There were supposed to be four men in the main draw but Kyle Edmund – who entered using his protected ranking – was forced to withdraw hours before the official draw ceremony after aggravating a wrist injury during an ITF tournament. And there is no British representation in the women’s singles draw of a Major for the first time since 2009.

Emma Raducanu pulled out after undergoing triple surgery while no Brit made it beyond the second round of qualifying, leaving just three men to fly the flag across the singles draws. Draper is the only unseeded player of the trio and starts his campaign against Tomas Etcheverry.


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