Bryan Armen Graham
Sunday May 22nd, 2011

Bethanie Mattek-Sands, the highest ranked American in the women's draw, rallied to win her first-round match on Sunday. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

What's Happening Monday

Tennis Channel's live first-round coverage begins at 5 a.m. ET and runs until 3 p.m. (Clip and save the complete TV schedule.)

The big names will finally come out to play after one of the thinnest opening-day schedules in recent memory. You know the slate is wanting for star wattage when David Ferrer and Sam Stosur are the lone single-digit seeds in action.

No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Roger Federer play their first-round matches on Court Philippe Chatrier after defending women's champion Francesca Schiavone opens against 19-year-old Melanie Oudin (5 a.m. ET, Tennis Channel).

Other matches to watch on Monday include:

• No. 25 Juan Martin del Potro vs. Ivo Karlovic (Court 1, 5 a.m. ET): The comebacking Argentine is playing his first match at Roland Garros since nearly taking down Roger Federer in 2009. His opponent? The 6-foot-10 ace machine Ivo Karlovic.

• No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kimiko Date-Krumm (Court 1, fourth match): The 20-year-old Wozniacki is looking for the Grand Slam title to back up her No. 1 ranking. The 40-year-old Date-Krumm -- who made her Roland Garros debut in 1989, one year before Wozniacki was born -- is rewriting the seniority records in the WTA Tour media guide.

• No. 25 Maria Kirilenko vs. Coco Vandeweghe (Court 3, fourth match): Of the nine American women in the main draw, the 19-year-old Vandeweghe is one of five who is 21 or younger, along with Oudin (19), Sloane Stephens (19), Christina McHale (19) and Irina Falconi (21). Vandeweghe, who won the 2008 U.S. Open girls' championship without dropping a set, is the niece of former NBA All-Star and current Denver Nuggets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe.

The complete order of play for Day 2 can be found here.

What Happened Sunday

The low-profile Day 1 schedule didn't keep the crowds away on a sunny, windy Sunday in Paris.

American women shine. Bethanie Mattek-Sands rallied from a set and a break down to beat Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja, while Varvara Lepchenko (a Urkranian who obtained U.S. citizenship in 2007) scored an upset of No. 17 Flavia Pennetta. The Americans will play against each another in the second round.

• Three seeds go down early. Both No. 19 seeds -- Marin Cilic and Shahar Peer -- joined Pennetta on the sidelines. Cilic bowed to Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, while Peer lost to veteran dirtballer Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez.

• Hewitt pulls out with ankle injury. A Sunday schedule already thin on "name" players took a hit when two-time Grand Slam champ Lleyton Hewitt withdrew with an ankle injury. The 30-year-old Aussie has played just eight matches this season, winning four.

Other seeds march on. Samantha Stosur, last year's runner-up, needed just 68 minutes to dispense of Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic. Other seeded winners included No. 7 David Ferrer, No. 14 Stan Wawrinka, No. 17 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, No. 30 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, No. 31 Sergiy Stakhovsky, No. 10 Jelena Jankovic, No. 13 Svetlana Kuznetsova, No. 14 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, No. 17 Julia Goerges and No. 32 Tsvetana Pironkova.

Paris Clicks

BBC News surveys Roland Garros' forthcoming £240m expansion, which is expected to be completed by 2016 ... Billie Jean King lobbed tennis balls into the crowd after speaking at the University of Vermont's commencement ... Tom Perrotta for the Wall Street Journal on the French Open's sleepy Sunday opener ... The different tennis balls at this year's French Open -- the tournament switched to Babolat from Dunlop -- have already drawn complaints from Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.

Photo of the Day

France's Julien Benneteau plays a forehand to Portugal's Rui Machado during their first-round match. (from's Best Shots from Day 1 at the French Open).

Go Figure

17 ... Years since a British woman last won a main-draw singles match at the French Open, when Clare Wood defeated Gigi Fernandez in 1994. Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson will attempt to end the drought Monday.

3 ... Number of matches won by Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in 15 Grand Slam tournaments prior to the Spaniard's upset of Marin Cilic on Sunday.

67 ... Number of unforced errors made by Cilic in the 7-6(5), 6-4, 6-4 loss.

2-7 ... Career record of Melanie Oudin in Grand Slam matches outside of her fourth-round run at Wimbledon and quarterfinal run at the U.S. Open in 2009 .

Must-See Video

Novak Djokovic embraced his inner Daft Punk at the French Open's kids' day, playing DJ to the delight of thousands of fist-pumping fans.

They Said It

"The truth is that when I saw the draw, it wasn't very good for me, but I knew that with a little luck I'd win."

--Spain's Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo, in a confessional mood after upsetting 19th-seeded Marin Cilic

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