Four Canadians have earned direct entry into the main draw of the French Open, the second Grand Slam event of the tennis season, while three more have a chance to qualify.
On the women's side, Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, QC, seeded no. 18, will start against Shahar Peer of Israel. It will be the fourth meeting between the two players and Bouchard has won the first three. Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantuchova, and Angelique Kerber are the other seeds in the Canadian's section.
At last year's French Open, Bouchard was defeated by Maria Sharapova in the second round.
With her career-high ranking of no. 77, Sharon Fichman of Toronto, ON, has earned direct entry into a Grand Slam main draw for the first time. She faces a tough first round test against sixth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic. Fichman will also be teaming up in with Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in doubles. The pair won two junior Grand Slam doubles titles together including Roland-Garros in 2006.
On the men's side, eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Thornhill, ON, will open against the fast rising Australian wildcard Nick Krygios. The 19-year-old Aussie was crowned champion of the International Junior Tennis Open in Repentigny in 2012.
Raonic has enjoyed a successful clay court season, highlighted by a semifinal appearance at the Rome Masters event last week. He will be looking to improve on his third round showing in Paris last year where he fell to Kevin Anderson. Some of his potential opponents include Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Kei Nishikori.
Vancouver's Vasek Pospsil is hoping to get back in the win column for the first time since the Australian Open. He will take on world no. 60 Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the first round.
Peter Polansky of Thornhill, ON, became the first Canadian to qualify for the French Open. With the win, the 25-year-old will return to the French Open main draw for the first time since 2009. One more Canadian is alive in qualifying - Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, QC, needing one more win to get a spot in the Roland Garros main draw.
Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls and Gabriela Dabrowski of Ottawa were both eliminated in qualifying on Friday.