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Carlos Alcaraz slides to play shot against J.J. Wolf during their first-round match at the French Open on Sunday in Paris. Christophe Ena/Associated Press

PARIS — Carlos Alcaraz made a confident start at the French Open on Sunday, overwhelming J.J. Wolf, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1.

It was the Spaniard’s first win since coming back from the right forearm injury that sidelined him for almost a month.

“I’m almost at 100% of my abilities,” Alcaraz, the No. 3 seed, said after his first-round win. “After the match, I didn’t feel anything.”

Stan Wawrinka repeatedly used his trademark one-handed backhand to get the better of Andy Murray in a matchup of three-time Grand Slam champions, beating him 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in what might have been Murray’s last singles match at Roland Garros.

Wawrinka, at 39, is just the third man of at least that age to win a match at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since 1980, joining his Swiss countryman and pal Roger Federer, who did it in 2021, and Ivo Karlovic, who did it two years earlier.

In the women’s draw, Naomi Osaka marked her seventh appearance in Paris with a 1-6, 6-4, 7-5 first-round victory over Lucia Bronzetti.


“There were moments I played pretty well, but I was pretty nervous and got really tight,” said the No. 134-ranked Osaka of her hard-fought victory during an on-court interview.

Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, secured her first victory in a Grand Slam tournament since 2022. She made her comeback in January after a maternity leave.

Osaka advanced to what could be a matchup against No. 1 Iga Swiatek, the three-time French Open winner and defending champion who plays her first-round match Monday.

“I think it’s an honor to play her in the French Open because she’s won here more than once,” Osaka said when asked about the prospect of playing Swiatek.

Barbora Krejcikova, the 2021 French Open champion, lost 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Viktorija Golubic – making the 24th-seeded Krejcikova 0-3 in Paris since winning her title.

Caroline Garcia, the No. 21 seed, rallied to beat Eva Lys, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. Garcia will next play American Sofia Kenin, the 2020 Australian Open champion, who beat Laura Siegemund, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.


Amanda Anisimova, an American who reached the 2019 semifinals at Roland Garros as a teenager, defeated Rebecca Šramková, 7-6, 6-4.

No. 30 Dayana Yastremska eliminated Ajla Tomljanovic, while Lesia Tsurenko forfeited after playing less than a set against Donna Vekic because of a back problem.

In the men’s draw, No. 6 Andrey Rublev defeated Taro Daniel, 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5. Rublev showed some frustration during his match, throwing his racket at one stage.

Lorenzo Sonego stunned No. 17 Ugo Humbert, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. Humbert was the highest-ranked Frenchman in the tournament.

Eighth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz beat Shintaro Mochizuki, 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, and 10th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov routed Aleksandar Kovacevic in three sets. Brandon Nakashima also won.

Play was interrupted for a little more than an hour on all 18 clay courts because of rain, except for the two largest equipped with retractable roofs. Court Philippe Chatrier has had a roof since 2020, while the roof on Court Suzanne Lenglen was inaugurated Sunday.

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