PARIS - MAY 23: Marin Cilic of Croatia serves during the men's singles first round match between Marin Cilic of Croatia and Ricardo Mello of Brazil on day one of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 23, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

French Open 2011: Marin Cilic Upset In Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic both face tough draws at Roland Garros 2011, while Andy Roddick's withdrawal makes the path to American victory seems even bleaker than usual. In the women's field, the stage is set for an unfortunately early meeting between favorites Kim Clijsters and Maria Sharapova.

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French Open 2011: Women's Draw Pits Kim Clijsters Against Maria Sharapova

The women's draw is set for the French Open 2011 and, like the men's field, seems to hold little to no chance of a U.S. victory with both Venus and Serena Williams scratched due to injury. American sweetheart Melanie Oudin, on a cold streak since her storied run to the quarterfinals in the 2009 U.S. Open, is as luckless as compatriot John Isner in this draw, facing 2010 Roland Garros champ Francesca Schiavone in Round 1 and further scuttling chances of an American taking a victory lap two Sundays from now.

On to players actually in contention: No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki draws Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan in Round 1, a player of whom we stand in perpetual awe thanks to her continuing to play professional tennis while being older than Michael Chang. Fan favorite Li Na, 2011 Australian Open runner-up, faces a relatively easy draw with No. 4 Victoria Azarenka the greatest threat. And in a truly unfortunate twist, the two likeliest women to hoist the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen have landed in the same quarter: There will be no Kim Clijsters-Maria Sharapova final in Paris.

French Open 2011 play begins in Paris on Sunday, May 22. Track your favorite players at Roland Garros with our full 2011 French Open TV schedule.

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French Open 2011: Men's Draw Lays Tough Path For Rafael Nadal And Novak Djokovic

The men's draw has been set for the French Open 2011, with first-round play set to begin at Roland Garros this Sunday, May 22. As so often seems the case in Paris, it's a bit of a luckless day for the Americans, with Andy Roddick withdrawing late Thursday night (along with Juan Carlos Ferro, both nursing shoulder injuries) and unseeded John Isner drawing No. 1 Rafael Nadal in his first-round match.

Nadal himself will have no cakewalk, with a possible meeting with Robin Söderling in the quarters, a match that would re-stage last year's Roland Garros men's final. Second-seeded Novak Djokovic fares little better, drawing Thiemo De Bakker in Round 1 and sharing a bracket with Richard Gasquet and Juan Martin del Potro.

Fans of the injured Andy Murray, take heart: The World No. 4 gets a qualifier for his opening match, which may give him a bit of a breather to rest a rumored groin injury.

French Open 2011 play begins in Paris on Sunday, May 22. Track your favorite players at Roland Garros with our full 2011 French Open TV schedule.

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French Open 2011: Notable Names Missing From Draw Include Williams Sisters

The Friday release of the French Open 2011 draw is less than 24 hours away. Don't place your bets too early just yet -- many luminaries from Roland Garros tourneys past will be sidelined with injuries for this year's contests. 

Defending doubles champs Serena and Venus Williams (who also play a bit of singles tennis, I'm told) will both miss this year's clay-court Grand Slam event thanks to nagging injuries. Venus has battled knee and hip problems over the past year, and was forced to withdraw from the 2011 Australian Open. This time around she's citing an unspecified abdominal injury. Serena missed the Aussie entirely owing to lingering problems from foot surgery, and hasn't yet reconditioned from the months she had to spend in a walking boot. 

On the men's side, the biggest injury scare of the tourney so far came from World No. 4 Andy Murray, who withdrew from a warmup match Thursday morning but isn't expected to pull out of the draw. No. 11 Andy Roddick, plagued lately with shoulder problems, is still in doubt for Roland Garros action as he considers preserving his strength for Wimbledon.

See our 2011 French Open schedule page for complete TV times and channels. 

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