French Open Tennis

French Open Qualifying – Battle for the Main Draw

With the second grand slam of the year kicking off next week, hundreds of players will battle each other for a chance to reach the main draw. Interestingly, players will have to go through three rounds of qualies for a chance to participate in the 2023 French Open. In this article, we’ll provide daily updates for the Roland Garros qualifying rounds.

Which Players Made It Through The Qualifying Rounds?

We’ve experienced three qualifying rounds, and 32 players came out on top, earning their place in the French Open main draw. There are 16 qualifiers on the men’s side, and 16 on the women’s side, and these are:


  • Pedro Martinez
  • Thiago Agustin Tirante
  • Guilio Zeppieri
  • Juncheng Shang
  • Radu Albot
  • Andrea Vavassori
  • Hamad Medjedovic
  • Lucas Pouille
  • Elias Ymer
  • Flavio Cobolli
  • Genaro Alberto Oliveiri
  • Aslan Karatsev
  • Thiago Seyboth Wild
  • Timofey Skatov
  • Emilio Nava
  • Sebastian Ofner


  • Kayla Day
  • Iryna Shymanovich
  • Mirra Andreeva
  • Ylena In-Albon
  • Elizabeth Mandlik
  • Dayana Yastremska
  • Sara Bejlek
  • Brenda Fruhvirtova
  • Arantxa Rus
  • Taylor Townsend
  • Clara Tauson
  • Fiona Ferro
  • Olga Danilovic
  • Simona Waltert
  • Storm Hunter
  • Tamara Zidansek

It may interest you to know that a couple of players who crashed out of the third round of qualies will still advance to the French Open as lucky losers.

French Open Qualifying Results – Day 5

These are the results of the qualifying matches played on Friday:


Elias Ymer def Yannick Hanfmann 2-0

Sebastian Ofner def Facundo Diaz Acosta 2-0

Flavio Cobolli def Laurent Lokoli 2-0

Aslan Karatsev def Nicolas Moreno de Alboran 2-0

Thiago Seyboth Wild def Dominik Koepfer 2-0

Genaro Alberto Olivieri def Adrian Andreev 2-1

Timofey Skatov def Felipe Meligeni Alves 2-1

Emilio Nava def Geoffrey Blancaneaux 2-1


Sara Bejlek def Viktoria Kuzmova 2-0

Brenda Fruhvirtova def Alice Robbe 2-0

Arantxa Rus def Moyuka Uchijima 2-0

Taylor Townsend def Maria Timofeeva 2-0

Clara Tauson def Mirjam Bjorklund 2-1

Fiona Ferro def Jaimee Fourlis 2-1

Olga Danilovic def Erika Andreeva 2-0

Simona Waltert def Elsa Jacquemot 2-1

Storm Hunter def Ashlyn Krueger 2-0

Tamara Zidansek def Aliona Bolsova 2-0

Who Will Feature in the 2023 French Open Qualifying Rounds?

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A total of 128 players will participate in the 2023 French Open qualies on the men’s side, and also the women’s side. There are a few Brits in the qualifying rounds, including Heather Watson, Liam Broady, Harriet Dart, Katie Boulter and Ryan Peniston. These are some notable qualifiers:

Nikoloz Basilashvili

The first player on our list is one who has been on tour for about 15 years. Nikoloz Basilashvili is a former top 20 player who has reached nine ATP career finals, winning five titles. The Georgian player has won three ATP 500 titles on clay courts. Interestingly, despite having been ranked #16 in the world, Basilashvili has been past the second round of a grand slam just once in his career, when he exited in the third round of the French Open last year.

Aslan Karatsev

Aslan Karatsev turned heads in 2021, when he upset some top players en route to the Australian Open semi-finals. The Russian player has won three career titles, he was ranked #14 in the world just last year. Although Karatsev is a former French Open mixed doubles finalist, he has never gotten past the second round in singles.

Heather Watson

Another player worth keeping an eye out for is Heather Watson. The former British number 1 has had an interesting career, winning four WTA titles. It’s fair to point out that Watson has made it through to the French Open main draw a fair few times; but despite reaching the second round on six occasions, she has never been through to the third round.

Sofia Kenin

Unlike the other players on our list, Sofia Kenin has a grand slam title to her name. She was one of the best players in the world just three years ago, reaching back-to-back grand slam finals. It may interest you to know that the American player is a former French Open finalist, and a former Australian Open champion. She has won five career WTA titles, and was ranked fourth in the World at some point.

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Coco Vandeweghe

Just like Kenin, Coco Vandeweghe was one of the best players in the world a few years ago. She’s a former top 10 player, who has reached at least the quarter-finals in three of the four grand slams. Unfortunately, Vandeweghe hasn’t fared too well at this event, as she has never made it past the second round. She has won a doubles grand slam title, with two appearances in grand slam mixed doubles finals.

Dayana Yastremska

Dayana Yastremska is a player who almost broke into the top 20 when she was just 19 years old. The Ukrainian player has advanced to five WTA finals in her career, winning three titles. She featured in the main draw of this competition in three of the last four years, but crashed out of the first round every time.

Laura Siegemund

Laura Siegemund is another player who has reached the second week of the French Open; as she advanced to the quarter-final of this event three years ago. Although the German player has won grand slam titles in doubles and mixed doubles, she hasn’t had the same success in singles grand slams. Siegemund is a former top 30 player.

Roland Garros Qualifying – Prize Money

Roland Garros 2023

It may interest you to know that players who make it through to the French Open main draw will be guaranteed at least £60,000. We would also like to point out that there are prizes for those who are knocked out in the qualifying rounds, depending on the stage. Players who crash out in the first round of qualies will get a consolation prize of £14,000; those who exit in the second round will receive £19,000 while third round losers will get £29,500, with some of them reaching the main draw as lucky losers.

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