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French Open 2024: Murray and Draper Exit Early, Alcaraz Advances

French Open 2024: Murray & Draper Out

Murray’s Potential Farewell Match

Andy Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, was eliminated in the first round of what might be his last French Open. Murray lost in straight sets to Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 French Open winner, with a score of 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. This match marked the third time Wawrinka has knocked Murray out of the French Open, with previous eliminations occurring in 2020 and in the 2017 semi-finals.

Despite his early exit in singles, Murray is still set to compete in doubles with Dan Evans.

Draper’s Five-Set Battle

Jack Draper also faced disappointment, falling in the first round after a grueling five-set match against Jesper de Jong. Draper initially rallied from two sets down but ultimately lost 7-5, 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 3-6, 6-3. Draper was aiming to reach the second round in Paris for the first time and potentially face world No. 3 Carlos Alcaraz.

Alcaraz Cruises Through

Carlos Alcaraz, the world No. 3, showed no signs of injury concerns as he easily defeated JJ Wolf in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2, 6-1. Alcaraz’s participation had been in doubt due to a forearm issue that had sidelined him from several key tournaments. However, he appeared in top form, dropping only four games in his opening match.

Other Key Matches

  • Andrey Rublev, the sixth seed, overcame a challenging match against Taro Daniel, winning 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-5 in three hours and 11 minutes.
  • Naomi Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam champion, survived an early scare to defeat Lucia Bronzetti 6-1, 4-6, 7-5. Returning from a 15-month maternity break, Osaka overcame nerves and a potential third-set collapse to secure her first French Open win in three years.
  • Jelena Ostapenko, the 2017 French Open champion and ninth seed, defeated Jaqueline Cristian 6-4, 7-5. Ostapenko recovered from a slow start in both sets to advance to the second round.

Upcoming Coverage on Sky Sports

Stay updated on the French Open by visiting and the Sky Sports app. Coverage includes expert analysis, draws, schedules, and orders of play.

Looking ahead, Sky Sports will also feature coverage of the grass-court season leading up to Wimbledon, including:

  • Stuttgart Open (ATP 250): June 10-16, featuring Andy Murray
  • Rosmalen Open (ATP/WTA 250): June 10-16

Credit: SkySports

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