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2019 Roland Garros: A Career Slam is on the line for Team Yonex heading into Paris

Date
24 May 2019

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka (JPN) leads Team Yonex into Roland Garros after putting together her best clay season performance to date. The current World No. 1 is 7-1 on red clay this year and has won the past two Grand Slams. 

“Of course for me, I would love to have the career Grand Slam,” said Osaka. “It would be even better to make it a calendar. That's definitely my goal.”

While Osaka would need to win Roland Garros and Wimbledon to complete the career Grand Slam, Angelique Kerber (GER) is only one Roland Garros title away from completing hers. The German’s best performance in Paris came last year when she was one set away from reaching the semifinals.  

“I'm trying not to put too much pressure on myself,” said Kerber, who fought a foot injury and illness over the past couple of weeks. “If I had the chance to complete the career Grand Slam, that would be amazing, but I'm not thinking about this right now.”

Belinda Bencic (SUI) and Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) are players to look out for on the women’s side. Bencic was ranked 72 at this time last year but has already defeated seven top-10 opponents and is currently ranked 15 in the world. 

19-year-old Vondrousova has made deep runs in the majority of tournaments she has entered this year and is sitting at a career-high ranking of 38 entering Roland Garros. 

On the men’s side, Stan Wawrinka (SUI) will be looking to find his footing on arguably his best surface. The 2016 Champion is ranked 27 - his highest ranking since coming back from injury last year - and has already defeated a top-10 opponent on clay this season. 

ATP Next Gen players Denis Shapovalov (CAN) and Frances Tiafoe (USA) highlight the young, up-and-coming stars featured in the men’s draw. The duo will be seeded for the first time in their careers at Roland Garros. 

Shapovalov reached a career-high ranking of 20 in April and Tiafoe cracked the top-30 in February after his quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open. 

Jaume Munar (ESP) and Hubert Hurkacz (POL) have also built momentum before the year’s second major, reaching their career-high rankings this month. The pair will face major tests early on in Paris, as Hurkacz drew top-seeded Novak Djokovic, while Munar is also listed in the top portion of the draw. 

Main draw matches begin Sunday, May 26. Follow @Yonex_Tennis on Twitter and Instagram for round-by-round updates throughout the tournament.  

Women
[1] Naomi Osaka (JPN) – EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Elena Rybakina (KAZ) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 125
[24] Caroline Garcia (FRA) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Timea Babos (HUN) – VCORE 100
Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR TOUGH 125 / SONICAGEParis Collection
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Marie Bouzkova (CZE) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Viktorija Golubic (SUI) – VCORE 98
Tatjana Maria (GER) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120 / ECLIPSION2 / Paris Collection
Jessica Pegula (USA) – EZONE 98
Daria Gavrilova (AUS) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – VCORE 100
Jasmine Paolini (ITA) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 125
Monica Puig (PUR) – VCORE 100 / FUSIONREV3 / Paris Collection
Lin Zhu (CHN) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) – EZONE 100 
Ivana Jorovic (SRB) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 / ECLIPSION2 / Paris Collection
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[15] Belinda Bencic (SUI) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Sofya Zhuk (RUS) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[23] Donna Vekic (CRO) – VCORE 100
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 & POLYTOUR FIRE 125
[5] Angelique Kerber (GER) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120
Yafan Wang (CHN) – VCORE 98 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR AIR 125
Dayana Yastremska (UKR) – VCORE PRO 100 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 & POLYTOUR DRIVE 125 / FUSIONREV3 / Paris Collection
Tamara Zidansek (SLO) – VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Vera Lapko (BLR) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[12] Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) – EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 / ECLIPSION2 / Paris Collection
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) – EZONE 100 
Fiona Ferro (FRA) – VCORE 100

Men
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) – VCORE PRO 97 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 / ECLIPSION2 / Paris Collection
Jaume Munar (ESP) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[20] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) – VCORE 95POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Radu Albot (MDA) – VCORE 98 / ECLIPSION2 / Paris Collection
Lloyd Harris (RSA) – EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 120
Steve Johnson (USA) – VCORE 98
Alexander Bublik (KAZ) – EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) – VCORE 98 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125 / FUSIONREV3Paris Collection
[32] Frances Tiafoe (USA) – VCORE PRO 97 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 
[24] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) – VCORE PRO 97 / ECLIPSION2Paris Collection
Marton Fucsovics (HUN) – EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
Casper Ruud (NOR) – EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 & POLYTOUR SPIN 125 / FUSIONREV3 / Paris Collection
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) – VCORE PRO 97
Ricardas Berankis (LTU) – VCORE PRO 97 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 / ECLIPSION2Paris Collection
Denis Kudla (USA) – VCORE 98
Yannick Maden (GER) – EZONE 98