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Andy Murray starts French Open campaign against Andrey Kuznetsov

Press Association logo Press Association 27-05-2017 By PA Sport Staff

Andy Murray during the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals: (Adam Davy/PA) © Provided by The Press Association (Adam Davy/PA) \

Andy Murray will open his French Open campaign against Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov.

The world number one has been struggling recently but will hope the best-of-five-sets format allows him to rediscover the form that carried him to the final at Roland Garros 12 months ago.

Should Murray make it past 85th-ranked Kuznetsov in round one, he would face either Slovakia’s Martin Klizan or French wild card Laurent Lokoli.

A potential major danger lurks in round three in the shape of 29th seed Juan Martin Del Potro, should he recover from injury problems in time.

Murray was drawn in the same half as third seed Stan Wawrinka, who he beat in the semi-finals last year, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic potential last-four opponents in the bottom section.

In the women’s draw, seventh seed Johanna Konta will play world number 109 Hsieh Su-wei from Chinese Taipei in the opening round.

The British number one is not a natural clay-courter but it would be a sizeable upset if she did not at least win her first ever match at Roland Garros.

Should she beat Hsieh, her second-round opponent would be either American Taylor Townsend or a qualifier, with a potential third-round meeting against France’s Caroline Garcia.

Angelique Kerber heads an open women’s draw and will face Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in round one, while defending champion Garbine Muguruza was given a difficult path starting with former champion Francesca Schiavone.

Title favourite Simona Halep, who is battling an ankle injury, was drawn in the same quarter as Ukrainian Elina Svitolina, who beat her in the final in Rome last weekend.

Petra Kvitova was due to announce later on Friday whether she would make her comeback at Roland Garros six months after suffering serious hand injuries when she was stabbed by an intruder in her home.

If the Czech does play, she will contest her first match against Julia Boserup of the United States.

Nadal was handed a crowd-pleasing first-round draw against unpredictable Frenchman Benoit Paire while Djokovic will meet Marcel Granollers of Spain.

The other British players all avoided seeds, with Kyle Edmund facing Gastao Elias of Portugal, Dan Evans taking on Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo and Aljaz Bedene meeting Ryan Harrison of the USA.

Play begins at Roland Garros on Sunday.

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