Some tennis players have their practice partners lined up well in advance of major tournaments.
Others do not and just go with the flow.
Whatever the case, there were some interesting practice pairs on the clay courts at Roland Garros in the days leading up to the start of the 2023 French Open on Sunday, May 28.
Here are four of them.
1. Carlos Alcaraz And Stan Wawrinka
Carlos Alcaraz, 20, is the No. 1 seed, and Stan Wawrinka, 38, is the 2015 French Open Champion.
Both are in different stages in their careers but want to prove themselves at the 2023 French Open.
Carlitos and Stan The Man hitting on Philippe-Chatrier 🧨@carlosalcaraz @stanwawrinka | #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/72ZGpEHZ2n
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 25, 2023
2. Jannik Sinner And Dominic Thiem
21-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner hit the courts with 29-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem.
Thiem is the 2020 U.S. Open Champion and a two-time French Open finalist in 2018 and 2019, losing to Rafael Nadal both times.
Sinner has made it to the quarterfinals in each of the Grand Slams in his short career.
Jannik Sinner & Dominic Thiem practicing together ahead of Roland Garros
Different ages & different stages of their careers.
But the same common goal.
Paris isn’t ready for them 🇫🇷
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) May 24, 2023
3. Elena Rybakina And Barbora Krejcikova
Barbora Krejcikova is the 2021 French Open singles and doubles champion.
She is a formidable opponent on any surface, especially clay.
Elena Rybakina is coming off her Italian Open victory and has shown that her game works well on the clay as well as other surfaces.
Practice of the day for Elena Rybakina this morning at Roland-Garros 🇫🇷 on court 6
With Barbora Krejcikova.🙂🎾🇰🇿#RolandGarros
📸: Elenarynakina_fan_page/ IG pic.twitter.com/LM0Na1wDmT
— Sebastien G. (@sebsharfam) May 25, 2023
4. Coco Gauff And Francis Tiafoe
The second-ranked Americans in women’s and men’s singles also took to a practice court recently.
As an aside, Coco is already playing singles and doubles, but a mixed doubles matchup with “Big Foe” would be a dream.
Gauff was the 2022 French Open runner-up in both singles and doubles.
Tiafoe is looking to better his 2022 result of advancing to the second round.
Practice time for Frances Tiafoe 💪@FTiafoe | #RolandGarros pic.twitter.com/6YWK0y8ggw
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) May 24, 2023
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