Aussie tennis players cop brutally tough French Open draw

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Seen here are three players flying the flag for Australia at the French Open.
The French Open draw hasn't been kind to Australia's tennis stars. Pic: Getty

Australia's tennis players have been given the rough end of the stick, following the announcement of the draw for the French Open, starting this weekend.

All three Australian women play seeds in the opening round, while men's No.1 Alex de Minaur also faces a tough time progressing on the Roland Garros clay.

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Seeded 25th following his inspired run to the US Open quarter-finals earlier this month, de Minaur starts against a qualifier and could run into world No.7 and Flushing Meadows runner-up Alexander Zverev in the third round.

Should he win his opener, de Minaur is guaranteed an Argentine in the second round, either Federerico Delbonis or Juan Ignacio Londero.

The tennis gods have again been rough on 2018 US Open quarter-finalist John Millman.

Accustomed to daunting draws having struck some of the sport's biggest names early on at the four grand slams, Millman will meet Pablo Carreno Busta, two weeks after the Spaniard reached the last four in New York for the second time.

Carreno Busta lost to Zverev at Flushing Meadows, having led two sets to love, after being Novak Djokovic's opponent when the Serbian world No.1 was sensationally disqualified for accidentally hitting a lineswoman in the throat with a ball in the quarter-finals.

Jordan Thompson, who made the last 32 in Paris last year, plays Radu Albot of Moldova, while fellow Sydneysider James Duckworth has drawn American Tommy Paul.

Young gun Alexei Popyrin, the 2017 French Open junior champion, is up against South African Lloyd Harris.

Six Aussie men to start in French singles draw

Emerging talent Aleksandar Vukic has given Australia six men in the singles after qualifying for his maiden grand slam main draw.

The 24-year-old carved out an impressive 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over American Jason Jung, the 16th seed, in the final round of qualifying to guarantee himself a life-changing pay day of at least 60,000 euros.

Vukic will learn of his first-round opponent at the completion of the qualifying event.

But Marc Polmans fell in the final round of qualies, 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Brit Liam Broady.

In the absence of world No.1 and defending champion, Ajla Tomljanovic will spearhead the Australian women's assault at Roland Garros.

Tomljanovic plays Greek 20th seed Maria Sakkari in the first round.

Pictured here, injury-plagued Aussie Daria Gavrilova.
Daria Gavrilova will be hoping to put injury nightmares behind her at Roland Garros. Pic: Getty

Making her grand slam comeback from chronic foot injuries, former Australian No.1 Daria Gavrilova takes on Ukraine's talented young 24th seed Dayana Yastremska.

Maddison Inglis faces Russian 27th seed Ekaterina Alexandrova.

West Australian Astra Sharma is a win away from joining Tomljanovic, Gavrilova and Inglis in the women's draw after advancing to the final round of qualifying with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Yuki Naito.

But Arina Rodionova lost 6-0 6-4 to former world No.2 and dual grand slam finalist Vera Zvonareva 6-0 6-4 in the second round of qualifying.

WHO THE AUSSIES PLAY IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE FRENCH OPEN STARTING ON SUNDAY

Men's singles, first round

25-Alex de Minaur v qualifier

John Millman v Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

Alexei Popyrin v Lloyd Harris (RSA)

Jordan Thompson v Radu Albot (MDA)

James Duckworth v Tommy Paul (USA)

Aleksandar Vukic v TBC

Women's singles, first round

Ajla Tomljanovic v 20-Maria Sakkari (GRE)

Daria Gavrilova v 24-Dayana Yastremska (UKR)

Maddison Inglis v 27-Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)

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